EU member states have agreed to a list of 15 countries that will be allowed to enter when external borders reopen.
An EU diplomatic source confirmed to Euronews that the draft list of 15 countries we reported on Monday has enough votes to pass and that an official announcement is expected later on Tuesday.
There are two lists, one for those that will be allowed to enter, and one for those who will not.
The list has already aroused controversy after sources revealed that the United States – the worst-affected country worldwide by COVID-19 with more than 2.4 million cases, is on the latter list.
Euronews has obtained, from EU diplomatic sources, the final list of the countries for which Europe’s borders will be open, and can confirm what we reported last Wednesday that Brazil, the US and Russia are indeed not on the approved list.
China, meanwhile, is on the list but only in the event that EU citizens are allowed to travel there as well.
On Thursday, we reported that a draft list of 54 countries had been discussed by EU members but the final list contains 15 states.
Ultimately, it will remain up to individual EU countries to make the call for their borders, meaning in some cases countries could reimpose internal borders.
No new date has been released for the border openings, so they may well stick to the original plan of July 1 (Wednesday).