The European Council updated the list of countries for which it recommends travel restrictions be lifted, removing Singapore and Ukraine from the list.

Key Points:

  • On Nov. 9, the European Council advised its 27 member states to re-implement travel restrictions on nonessential travel from Singapore and Ukraine.
  • The Council recommended the continue lifting of restrictions for 18 countries, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and the United Arab Emirates. The full list is available here.

Additional Information: Member states have the right to impose or lift entry restrictions and are not legally bound to apply the EU Council’s recommendations.

BAL Analysis: The EU continues to update its COVID-19 travel recommendations, and while member states have, in many cases, implemented EU recommendations, exact policies will vary from country to country. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and BAL will provide additional updates as information becomes available.

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