At the meeting in Brussels, the ambassadors of the 27 EU member states approved the removal of Serbia from the list of safe countries for travel across the Schengen external borders. Serbia, along with five other countries, was removed from the list due to the worsening epidemiological situation in the country, reports RTS.
This decision is expected to be officially formalised in the EU Council by the end of the week. The list, which is updated every fortnight by the ambassadors of the EU-27, is a recommendation for member states when deciding which third countries their borders will be open to, i.e. which citizens and travellers will not be subject to restrictive measures.
The Council of the European Union underlines that the recommendation “does not have a legal character” and that member states are “responsible for implementing the content of the recommendation”. The removal from the list means that the Member States will be advised to reinstate entry restrictions on travellers from these countries, which travellers so far have been eligible to enter most EU and Schengen Area countries completely restriction-free.
However, people who have EU citizenship or a residence permit, and their family members, as well as those who have a valid reason to travel, will be able to travel to the EU.
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