On 18 June this year, the Council of the European Union placed Serbia on the green list of countries whose citizens have the right to travel to the EU, but if the number of newly infected people continues to rise, Serbia could soon be removed from the list.
To be on this list of so-called third countries that have travel privileges, a country must meet some basic criteria: having less than 75 people infected with the coronavirus per 100,000 citizens in the last 14 days, according to the European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC).
At one point Serbia had 15.5 infected people per 100,000, but the fourth wave of infections started last month and now Serbia has an average of 52/100,000 with a growing trend.
Serbia will have an average of more than 75 infected people per 100,000 when there will be about 375 infected people in 24 hours on a daily basis for a fortnight. Epidemiologists fear that Serbia will reach a number of 500 infected people already this week.
The EU Council reviews the list of countries on the green list every fortnight, adding those with a stable epidemiological situation, but also removing others where there has been an increase in the number of patients, i.e. the appearance of new, more dangerous variants of the virus.
Besides Serbia, this list also includes Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, China, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Montenegro, New Zealand, Qatar, Moldova, North Macedonia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Ukraine.
Being on the list, allows the citizens of these countries to travel to the EU even if they do not have a permanent place of residence or close family members living there, and even if they do not fall into the category of essential occupations.
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