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A passenger walks through Gatwick Airport in London, England, on November 27.
A passenger walks by way of Gatwick Airport in London, England, on November 27. Leon Neal/Getty Images

Travelers from the UK will from January be topic to the identical journey restrictions as all different non-EU nations, which bar all however important journey to Europe, a European official advised NCS.

The present Brexit transition interval ends on December 31 and these journey restrictions will nonetheless apply even when the UK and European Union strike a commerce deal.

“The UK is not part of the Schengen area and — following the end of the transition period — it will also no longer be treated similarly to a Member State,” the official from the European Commission stated, including that the UK “will be subject to the [EU] Council Recommendation on the external travel restriction.”

The standards within the advice is based totally on whether or not a selected nation’s epidemiological state of affairs is best or decrease than the EU common.

It additionally contains components resembling “containment measures, including physical distancing, as well as economic and social considerations.” 

Reciprocal preparations on whether or not EU residents are allowed to journey to that nation, “should also be taken into account regularly and on a case-by-case basis,” the advice says. 

In October, EU member states determined that solely eight nations met the “safe country” standards, together with Australia, Japan and New Zealand.

“The Council is responsible for reviewing the list of third countries towards which the travel restriction is lifted and the Council will therefore need to consider the inclusion of the UK,” stated the Commission official.

What occurs subsequent: The UK will likely be thought of with different non-EU nations at the subsequent evaluate scheduled to happen within the week of December 14, an EU official at the European Council advised NCS. 

“The list of countries for which restrictions should be lifted is reviewed and, as the case may be, updated regularly,” the Council official defined, however stated it was too early to “confirm at this stage what the status of a country will be on 1 January.”

Essential journey is categorized into 11 areas together with:

  • healthcare professionals
  • passengers in transit
  • diplomats
  • folks travelling for crucial household causes.



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