European Union adds Qatar to list of states allowing non-essential travel
European Union (EU) governments have added Qatar and 10 other countries to their list of states from which they will allow non-essential travel on June 30, 2021.
Ambassadors from the EU's 27 states approved the additions at a meeting on Wednesday, with the change to take effect in the coming days.
The UK has not been added to the list as the highly infectious Delta variant of the coronavirus has caused a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases in the country.
Qatar, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, Jordan, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, and Saudi Arabia are the 11 countries added to the list.
EU countries are recommended to gradually lift travel restrictions for the current 14 countries on the list - Albania, Australia, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Rwanda, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and the United States.
Chinese administrative regions Hong Kong and Macau are also included.
Moreover, individual EU countries can still opt to demand a negative COVID-19 test or a period of quarantine.
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