EC: Albania, North Macedonia and Serbia in the list of countries that can move freely in the Schengen area

EC: Albania, North Macedonia and Serbia in the list of countries that can move freely in the Schengen area

The European Council today updated the list of countries for which travel restrictions should be lifted.

Following a review, as recommended by the phasing out of temporary restrictions on unnecessary travel in the EU, the European Council updated the list of countries for which travel restrictions should be lifted.

As stated in the Council Recommendation, this list will continue to be reviewed every two weeks and, where appropriate, updated.

On the basis of the criteria and conditions set out in the Recommendation, from 18 June 2021, Member States should phase out travel restrictions at the external borders for residents of the following third countries:

Albania, Australia, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, New Zealand, Republic of North Macedonia, Rwanda, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, United States

The criteria for identifying third countries for which the current travel restriction should be lifted were updated on 20 May 2021. They cover the epidemiological situation and the overall COVID-19 response, as well as the reliability of the available sources of information and data. Reciprocity should also be considered on a case-by-case basis./ibna