For the past 3 months, the borders of the Schengen area were closed to nationals of non-EU and EEA nations.
Now, 6 Balkan countries will become the first among third-countries to be permitted to travel, as with a visitor visa, to the Schengen area from July 1, 2020.
The 6 Balkan countries are:
- North Macedonia
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
The European Commission has placed its recommendations before the Schengen member countries and Schengen associated countries. These include:
- Extending temporary restriction on non-essential trips to EU nations until June 30, 2020
- Remove travel restrictions in parts and gradually, keeping in mind the objectives set for each third-country
The COVID-19 conditions in the 6 Balkan countries are now at a similar or better level as in the EU.
The Commission is of the opinion that lifting border restrictions with any country will be subject to the epidemiological condition and COVID-19 response in that country.
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