European Council adds Bahrain and UAE to the list of countries for which travel restrictions should be lifted

European Council adds Bahrain and UAE to the list of countries for which travel restrictions should be lifted

Following a review under the recommendation on the gradual lifting of the temporary restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU, the Council updated the list of countries, special administrative regions and other entities and territorial authorities for which travel restrictions should be lifted. In particular, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates were added to the list.

As stipulated in the Council recommendation, this list will continue to be reviewed every two weeks and, as the case may be, updated.

Based on the criteria and conditions set out in the recommendation, as from 8 October 2021 member states should gradually lift the travel restrictions at the external borders for residents of the following third countries:

Australia

Bahrain (new)

Canada

Chile

Jordan

Kuwait

New Zealand

Qatar

Rwanda

Saudi Arabia

Singapore

South Korea

Ukraine

United Arab Emirates (new)

Uruguay

China, subject to confirmation of reciprocity

Travel restrictions should also be gradually lifted for the special administrative regions of China Hong Kong and  Macao.

Under the category of entities and territorial authorities that are not recognised as states by at least one member state, travel restrictions for Taiwan should also be gradually lifted.

Residents of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican should be considered as EU residents for the purpose of this recommendation.

Schengen associated countries (Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Switzerland) also take part in this recommendation.

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