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Russia remains out of EU list of countries for border opening

13:22, 16 September 2020 186
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According to a source in the EU, Russia is not among the third countries with which the European Union can open borders.


The list was assessed in the first half of the week, and no changes were made, the source told RIA Novosti.

The EU can now open borders with Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, and China, provided that they observe the principle of reciprocity in border opening.

The EU coordinated the recommendations on the phased lifting of restrictions in late June. These are the optional trips to the alliance states for several countries, which could open their borders on July 1. The lists are not binding for the EU members, and not all countries follow them.

Most countries locked down their borders due to the coronavirus pandemic, but already more than half of the countries have relieved the travel restrictions. A total of 115 countries have eased quarantine to some extent. Meanwhile, two countries refused to impose lockdown. The states which mitigate restrictions differ for their high level of sanitarian and hygienic infrastructure and a comparatively low level of COVID spreading.

NEWS.ru reported earlier that experts revealed when EU countries would open borders for Russia