The borders of the European Union countries will remain closed for Albania at least until the end of July.
This is what the Council of the EU decided yesterday 14 July to discuss and update the list of countries that will be allowed to travel and enter the EU without restrictions.
EU countries have not yet considered Albania a safe country in terms of the epidemiological situation. Furthermore, Serbia and Montenegro are removed from the list of safe countries given the negative trends of the past few days. The list update will be officially adopted tomorrow, Thursday 16 July.
In the meantime, Austria has expanded the list of countries to which it has imposed a ban on air travel due to COVID-19, also including Albania and Kosovo. The provision - which will be in effect from Thursday 16 July at the end of the month - was communicated yesterday by the Austrian authorities.
Previously the German Embassy in Tirana had appealed to Albanian emigrants and German citizens who wish to travel to Albania this summer warning them of the risks associated with COVID-19 and the obligation to quarantine upon returning from their trip to Albania.
The first list of countries considered safe (fifteen) was drawn up at the end of June and is updated periodically - every two weeks - according to the epidemiological situation of each country. For Albanian travelers, therefore, we will have to wait at least for August to hope, if the COVID-19 situation improves in the country, in the reopening of EU borders without restrictions.
Until now, the countries considered safe were: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and China. The main criterion for lifting the restrictions is that the country in question must have fewer than 16 cases per 100.000 inhabitants in the past two weeks.
Italy, ban on access from 13 countries extended
Italy has blocked arrivals and transits on the territory until July 31 to those who have stayed or transited in these 14 countries in the previous 13 days:
- Bosnia Herzegovina
- Northern Macedonia
- Dominican Republic
Italy had opened its borders to non-EU citizens on July 1st, but following the new record of infections in the world and to avoid that positive cases imported from abroad could generate new outbreaks, it turned around.
"The ban on entry and transit currently concerns 13 countries, we will constantly update this list and for all arrivals from non-European countries the 14-day quarantine is confirmed. We are at risk of importing the new Coronavirus from citizens who come from outside or from Italian citizens who return. " - Health Minister Roberto Speranza said yesterday.
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