Following a review under the recommendation on the gradual lifting of the temporary restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU, the Council of the European Union added 10 countries to its list of countries for which restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU should be lifted.
As from 1 July 2021 member states should gradually lift the travel restrictions at the external borders for residents of the following third countries:
- Armenia 🇦🇲
- Azerbaijan 🇦🇿
- Bosnia and Herzegovina 🇧🇦
- Brunei 🇧🇳
- Canada 🇨🇦
- Jordan 🇯🇴
- Montenegro 🇲🇪
- Qatar 🇶🇦
- Republic of Moldova 🇲🇩
- Saudi Arabia 🇸🇦
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 Kosovo and 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. The Council recommendation is not a legally binding instrument. The authorities of the member states remain responsible for implementing the content of the recommendation.