Once the Brexit transition period ends in the New Year it is expected that travellers from the UK will be unable to visit the EU under the coronavirus restrictions.
People from UK will be barred from EU travel: At the present time the UK is included in the list of countries able to travel in the EU during the pandemic. However the European Commission has been reported as saying that after 31st December the UK will be placed into the same system as other non-EU countries where access will be denied if the particular country’s virus outbreak is high.
Just 8 countries are included in the “safe” third nations list so far and it is very doubtful that the UK will become the ninth reports say. If the EU were to add the UK to the list they would have to meet strict criteria to be included. The Commission’s website says these include “the epidemiological situation and containment measures, including physical distancing, as well as economic and social considerations”.
It goes on to say “Reciprocity should also be taken into account regularly and on a case-by-case basis.” The FT reported that UK diplomats, those travelling for “imperative family reasons” and certain “highly qualified third-country workers” will be exempt from the rules. The paper also said “EU nationals living in the UK and Britons living in the EU will be also allowed to travel to and from their respective homes.”
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