The European Union has approved a list of 14 "safe" countries - from July 1, their citizens will be able to travel to the Old Continent.
The EU issued the finalised list of "acceptable countries", based on how well the nations are faring in handling the covid-19 pandemic, after a delay of several days due to some EU member states seeking more time to decide.
The countries are - Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Australia, Bhutan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Egypt, Ethiopia, Georgia, Guyana, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Mauritius, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Palau, Paraguay, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, San Marino, Serbia, South Korea, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, the Vatican, Venezuela, Vietnam, and Zambia.
Euro News citing sources said that European Union officials failed to agree on a common list of the countries that would definitely be banned from entering the block upon the border reopening but managed to create a list of the countries with a better epidemiological situation, the citizens of which will be able to enter Europe by the end of next week.
The EU has drafted up a list of 14 countries which will be allowed into the bloc from July 1, reports the BBC.
Like Greece, countries such as Spain, Cyprus, Italy and Portugal see a broad list of acceptable visitors as critical for tourist income.
A Kenyan passport. Kenya is among countries that have been banned to travel to Europe. Tens of thousands of travelers had a frantic, chaotic scramble in March to get home as the pandemic swept across the world and borders slammed shut. Once confirmed, the list will be updated every two weeks.
The US has not only the highest number of reported coronavirus infections of any nation, now 2,590,582, but also the highest number of deaths, at, 126,141, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University.
The United States is now the country most affected by COVID-19 with more than 125,000 deaths - while Europe believes it has passed the peak of its outbreak.
Americans are excluded from the list in the short term due to the number of U.S. coronavirus cases.
However, it is not expected that member states will deviate from the recommendations in a direction that allows for more countries to be added to their lists.
The EU list does not apply to travel to Britain, which left the EU in January.
In contrast, aside from a notable recent outbreak tied to a slaughterhouse in western Germany, the virus's spread has generally stabilised across much of continental Europe.
In March, President Donald Trump suspended all people from Europe´s ID check-free travel zone from entering the US, making it unlikely now that USA citizens would qualify to enter the EU.
Non-EU citizens who are already living in Europe are not included in the ban. The requirement also applies to United Kingdom citizens.