EU to open its external borders to Western Balkans on July 1

After almost four months, citizens of third-countries, including the Western Balkans, will finally be eligible to travel to the Schengen Area.

Starting from July 1, the European Commission will start permitting non-EU and non-Schengen travellers to enter the borderless territory, gradually and partially.

The Commission also recommends that restrictions on travel to the EU for citizens of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia should be lifted from 1 July “because their epidemiological situation is similar or better than in the EU”.

The decision was announced by High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell at the College of Commissioners meeting today:

“The lifting of temporary travel restrictions at external borders will come at a second stage. In this respect, later this week, the College will adopt its assessment of travel restrictions and will put forward an approach for the gradual and partial lifting of these restrictions as of the 1st of July, with certain third countries, taking into account a number of principles and criteria, and based on a common coordinated approach by the Member States, supported by the Commission,” Borrel pointed out during his speech.

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The College has also been discussing the measures taken by the Member States at internal borders in the context of the coronavirus crisis and the temporary restrictions of non-essential travel to the EU area.

“As far as internal borders are concerned, the College took note of the fact that several Member States are in the process of lifting internal borders controls and considered that this process should be finalised in the course of this month,” the Commissioner said.

(Danas, 11.06.2020)



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