On Thursday, the European Council updated the list of safe countries from which the bloc will allow non-essential travel.
From January 28, residents of Australia, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and China (subject to confirmation of reciprocity), will be permitted to enter Europe.
Travel restrictions should also be gradually lifted for the special administrative regions of China Hong Kong and Macao, subject to confirmation of reciprocity.
Residents of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican should be considered as European Union residents for the purpose of this recommendation.
The criteria to determine the third countries for which the current travel restriction should be lifted cover in particular the epidemiological situation and containment measures, including physical distancing, as well as economic and social considerations.
Schengen associated countries (Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Switzerland) also take part in this recommendation.