World News – CA – EU closes door to travel from Canada, allows visitors to Singapore


BRUSSELS (BLOOMBERG) – The European Union has decided to remove Canada, Tunisia and Georgia from its list of countries whose residents should be allowed to visit the bloc amid the coronavirus pandemic , according to an EU official familiar with the matter

The EU has also chosen to reopen its borders to travelers from Singapore due to improving viral trends in that country, the official said on condition of anonymity as deliberations on Wednesday (October 21) in Brussels were confidential

The changes are the first in more than two months to the EU’s « white list » of recommended trips, reducing it from 11 foreign countries currently to nine

Besides Singapore, the other eight are Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand and Uruguay

The update – endorsed by envoys from EU member countries in a regular closed-door meeting – comes amid a resurgence of coronavirus cases in Europe itself and is expected to be published in the Official Journal from the block in a few days

On July 1, the EU recommended member states allow foreign visitors from 15 countries as part of an initiative to ease coronavirus-triggered restrictions imposed in mid-March on non-travel essentials in the block

Since then, Serbia, Montenegro, Algeria and Morocco have been removed from the list due to the resurgence of virus cases

The EU typically revises its list about every two weeks, with the latest change being the removal of Morocco in the first half of August

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