SAWT BEIRUT INTERNATIONAL

| 29 February 2024, Thursday |

European Union lifts travel restrictions on several countries, including Lebanon.

The European Union recommended its countries on Friday, to lift non-essential travel restrictions imposed on a group of countries, including an Arab country.

The countries included in the recommendation were, the United States, Albania, Japan, Lebanon, North Macedonia, Serbia and Taiwan.

With this step, the aforementioned countries joined the union’s white list, which included Australia, Hong Kong, Israel, Macau, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand.

China appears on the EU’s whitelist, but is subject to “reciprocity”.

The inclusion of countries in the list means that those coming from them are accepted, regardless of their vaccination status against the emerging coronavirus.

Nevertheless, the recommendation is not considered legally binding on the member states, but rather each of them must set appropriate restrictions for it.

Hopes are pinned that this step will be a push forward for airlines that have been affected by the travel restrictions caused by the Corona pandemic, including France’s Air France, Dutch KLM and Germany’s Lufthansa.

Some countries in the European Union allow visits to Americans who have received the Corona virus vaccine, but the latest recommendation may allow them to enter all European countries smoothly.