The European Union has updated its COVID-19 travel recommendations, removing Morocco from its “green list” of countries for which it recommends lifting entry restrictions.

Key points:

  • The EU now recommends that member states lift entry on residents of the following countries: Australia, Canada, China (subject to confirmation of reciprocity), Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.
  • Residents of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican are considered EU residents for the purpose of the recommendations.
  • Travel restrictions remain in place for residents of all other non-EU/Schengen Area countries.
  • In countries where travel restrictions apply, the EU recommends that the following people be exempt:
    • EU citizens and their family.
    • Long-term EU residents and their family.
    • Travelers with essential functions or needs.
  • EU travel recommendations are reviewed every two weeks.

Background: On March 16, the EU adopted temporary restriction of all non-essential travel and the restrictions were extended several times. On July 1, the EU recommended that member states lift travel restrictions for residents of “green list” countries and many member states have done so. The list initially included 15 countries (including China), but officials subsequently removed Algeria, Montenegro and Serbia before removing Morocco last week.

Analysis & Comments: The EU continues to update its COVID-19 travel recommendations, and while member states have, in many cases, moved to implement the recommendations, exact policies will vary from country to country. Please check Deloitte’s COVID-19 Digital Map, available here, for country-specific information.

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