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Europe confirms list of non-EU borders set to open on July 1

Europe is set to reopen its borders with more than 15 non-EU destinations from July 1, including Canada, Australia and Thailand. And while the list includes China, it does not yet include the United States.

The list was published on Friday June 26. It is the latest stage in the reopening of borders following the Covid-19 pandemic. From July 1, bans for travellers coming into the EU from outside its borders will gradually be lifted.

The list comprises:

Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay

China is also on the list, on the condition that it confirms it will itself allow arrivals from the EU.

The list also includes Andorra, Monaco, the Vatican City, and San Marino.

Notably, the United States is not on the list, nor is Russia or Brazil. The US is the worst-affected country by Covid-19, with more than 124,732 deaths and 2.4 million cases.

The list is set to be reevaluated and possibly revised every two weeks, depending on how the health situation changes.

The EU has attempted to coordinate the reopening of borders and movement even within the Schengen Area, although the specific rules and border regulations of travel and entry - including quarantine rules - remain under the control of individual member states.

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