EU sets 'safe' travel list, excluding U.S.

The United States has been left off the European Union’s initial "safe list" of destinations for non-essential travel, which the bloc voted in on Tuesday (June 30).

Residents from the 14 approved countries - which include Australia, Canada, Japan, and Morocco - would be granted leisure or business travel starting July 1.

Russia and Brazil, along with the United States, are among countries that do not make the initial "safe list."

Reciprocity is a condition of being on the safe list. So, China would also be provisionally approved, although travel would only open up if Chinese authorities also allowed in EU visitors.

The vote aims to support the EU travel industry and tourist destinations, particularly countries in southern Europe hardest hit by the pandemic.

The list will act as a recommendation to EU members, meaning they will almost certainly not allow access to travelers from other countries, but could potentially set restrictions on those entering from the 14 chosen nations.

The EU's efforts to reopen internal borders, particularly among the 26-nation Schengen area which normally has no frontier checks, have been patchy as various countries have restricted access for certain visitors.

Greece for example, requires COVID-19 tests for arrivals from a range of EU countries, including France, Italy, and Spain, with self-isolation until results are known.

The Czech Republic is not allowing tourists from Portugal and Sweden.

British residents can travel to many EU countries, although non-essential travelers to Britain are required to self-isolate for 14 days.