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The European Union is set to gradually ease entry restrictions for travelers from the United States of America and seven other countries, after an agreement was reached among the 27 member states.

The Portuguese presidency of the European Union told dpa that travelers from the United States, Albania, Hong Kong, Lebanon, Macau, Macedonia, Serbia and Taiwan to the European bloc will have an easier chance of entry. However, it is still up to each EU country to decide what requirements they will impose on travelers. It was not already clear when the new travel arrangements would be implemented.

It is noteworthy that at the height of the Corona pandemic, all European Union countries, except Ireland, imposed a ban on non-essential travel, with few exceptions. Non-EU countries, namely Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and Iceland, also participated in the travel ban.

The eight countries whose EU ambassadors have agreed to ease travel restrictions for their citizens join a list that includes Australia, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand.

A Portuguese presidential spokesman said a decision would be formally adopted by the end of the week.

JA/KHS (DPA, AFP)





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