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The European Union (EU) has decided today, June 16, to lift the EU-wide entry ban for Taiwanese citizens during a member’s gathering in Brussels. Alongside Taiwan, the EU has also removed the ban for United States travellers.
The relaxation of travel rules has been agreed upon by all EU members, based on criteria such as COVID conditions and reciprocity considerations, reports.
The trade bloc has recommended that the member states gradually lift restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU for several more third countries since many citizens got vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus during May. Member states can impose their own quarantine rules or testing measures for travellers visiting their country.
Among Taiwan and the United States, the European Union intends to allow non-essential travelling for Albania, Lebanon, North Macedonia, Serbia, and the Chinese administrative regions of Macau and Hong Kong. Only a negative PCR or rapid antigen test will be required for these countries to enter the EU countries zone.
As a result of the EU Council’s decision, the list of epidemiologically safe third-countries, which is a list of non-EU/EEA countries that are considered safe due to the low rates of infections with Coronavirus, will be updated, and travellers coming from those countries will be allowed to travel to EU member states.
The initiative comes from the EU Commission, which proposed that the EU member states reopen their borders gradually and partially for non-essential travel from outside the block after an EU-wide entry ban had been in force since March.
The ‘safe list’ is reviewed often and adopted depending on the latest COVID-19 developments occurring in each country.
On June 3, the European list of epidemiologically safe countries in terms of the Coronavirus was modified with Japan added to the list, in which were previously listed Australia, Israel, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Singapore, and Thailand. China, including Hong Kong and Macau regions, are to be confirmed of a reciprocity status.
According to Our World in Data, over one million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in Taiwan, with 4.28 doses per 100 people. As of June 17, Taiwan has reported a total of 13,409 cases since the beginning of the pandemic, and 487 deaths.
The country’s authorised vaccines against COVID-19 are Moderna and AstraZeneca, whereas Medigen, Adimmune Corporation vaccines, and COVAXX vaccines are still under trial.


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