The EU will continue to ban travellers from the United States and most other countries beyond July 1, EU diplomats told German news agency dpa.
The EU put in place a temporary restriction of non-essential travel to the bloc on March 17, initially for a period of 30 days but extended on several occasions.
While border control will ultimately remain the prerogative of each member states, the European Union is hoping that once the list is approved, individual members will reopen their borders to the same third countries in tandem.
Most travelers from the United States will be barred from entering the European Union after it reopens its borders Wednesday because the coronavirus is still far too prevalent in the U.S., European officials announced Tuesday.
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The countries whose citizens will have quarantine-free access to the European Union from 1 July include: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Montenegro, Morocco, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay. The EU Council said that member states "should not decide to lift the travel restrictions for non-listed third countries before this has been decided in a coordinated manner".
Diplomats said Chinese citizens would be able to travel to Europe if Beijing released Europeans into the country.
The EU judgment, which is non-binding on member states, recommends that visitors only be allowed into the bloc from countries where the average number of infections per 100,000 inhabitants over the past two weeks is similar or below the level of the EU and that the trend of new cases is declining.
The criteria are based on epidemiological data and on Thursday, the draft list had 54 nations that would be accepted. However, today, June 29, a meeting was held in Brussels, at which they chose to revise the list and reduced it to 15 countries.
The United States is now the country most affected by COVID-19 with more than 125,000 deaths - while Europe believes it has passed the peak of its outbreak.