The development of COVID-19 in Canada meant that the European Union decided to remove Canada from the list of countries recognized as safe for international travel, adopted in July.
As the Thursday statement of the European Council explains, from 22 October on the list of countries to which the member states can gradually remove restrictions on travel, there are Australia, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand and Uruguay. Singapore was added to the list as of Thursday. The ninth country is China, but travellers from this country will be admitted to EU countries and Schengen countries only if China applies the principle of reciprocity.
From Thursday, Canada, Georgia and Tunisia are not on the list of countries from which travellers are accepted.
The initial decision was made by the EU on Wednesday when there were over 203,000 cases in Canada detected. According to data from Thursday from public broadcaster CBC, the number of people so far infected with the coronavirus has increased to 208,447 in Canada.
Canadian regulations only allow entry into the country of Canadians, permanent residents and their broadly regarded families. Essential journeys, such as for drivers transporting goods, as well as the entry of people who have to meet, for example, a seriously ill family member are also allowed.
The EU list was adopted on June 30, this year, it included 15 countries, excluding the US, against which restrictions could be gradually lifted. Every two weeks, representatives of EU countries meet to discuss a possible update of the list in August this year. Albania, Montenegro, Morocco and Serbia have been removed due to the increasing number of cases.
At the same time, the final decisions, including, for example, the quarantine rules, belong to the EU member states. “The recommendation of the European Union is not a legally binding act. The authorities of the member states are responsible for the implementation of the content of the recommendations ”- it was written in the statement of the European Council.
From Toronto Anna Lach (PAP)