It was on June 11, 2020, that the European Commission recommended its member states to extend the ban on entry of third-country nationals till June 30. It was earlier decided to be till June 15.
The Commission is in favor of letting the third-country nationals to cross EU borders selectively and gradually.
A checklist has been made to estimate which nations have improved the COVID-19 situation. The nationals of these countries will have a lesser chance of spreading pandemic.
The Commission has also recommended the same list as a base for determining which third countries are safe for member states.
There are set criteria that the EU will use to determine which countries can first join the list of eligible nations that can travel, as on a visitor visa, to the borderless Schengen Area and the EU. This will be based on the epidemiological situation of individual countries.
The aspects that will be considered in such first evaluation will be:
- Contact tracing
In the second evaluation, the containment and preventive measures taken by a country will be taken into account. These measures should ensure a similar or a better level of progress in the containment process when compared to the EU.
The criteria here will be:
- In relation to transit passengers, do airlines check if the country of departure is enlisted as eligible for exemption from travel restrictions?
- Is there travel advisory for this country in most of the Member States discouraging travel to it?
- Are airports enlisted by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)?
- Do airlines serving specific routes follow ICAO recommendations?
- Do airports follow ICAO safety recommendations?
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