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The European Union is due to open its borders to 15 countries deemed ‘safe’ after debating the list for five days.

Lockdown measures are being rolled back across the world – including in England and the rest of the UK – and travel restrictions are slowly being loosened.

Now, after a unanimous vote, the EU has said that their borders will be open to a select number of countries they’ve deemed ‘safe’ for travel.

What countries are allowed to travel into the EU?

From Wednesday, EU borders will be open to: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.

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China was also to be included on the list of ‘safe countries’, however an agreement is needed between it and the EU before travel is officially allowed.

The UK has automatically been deemed ‘safe’, along with four more non-EU states – Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

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States can choose to not open their borders to all of these countries however, as the EU’s list is not legally binding.

The inclusion of these countries on the list was based on factors such as; ensuring that there was a very low rate of infection, there is ‘a sufficient level’ of social distancing and the number of coronavirus cases was falling.

As for travelling from the UK, while several countries are now allowing travel again, the UK has yet to form any ‘air bridges’ which would allow tourists to travel without needing to quarantine for 14 days upon their return to our shores.

While there’s been no confirmation as yet, there have been reports that the UK could form air bridges with France, Spain, Italy and Turkey.

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