Ireland has been left out in the cold as EU opens its borders to each other and to 15 other countries following the lockdown for the Covid-19 virus due the country’s common travel arrangement with the UK and because its refusal to join the Schengen area of free travel.
Due to Ireland’s open borders arrangement with the UK and the UK’s refusal to join the Schengen area Ireland has been forced to refrain from joining as well.
Denmark is the only other EU member state not being included in the free travel arrangement between the EU and 15 other nations but this down to its sovereign decision rather than a forced situation as is the case with Ireland.
The countries which can now free travel to the EU are:
Algeria, Australia, Canada, China, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay.
The EU only agreed on permitting Chinese citizens entry into the EU under the condition that EU citizens would be permitted to likewise travel to China.
This is despite the fact that China has seen a number of serious outbreaks of the Covid-19 virus once again and is now contending with a possible Swine Flu pandemic.
Meanwhile, the EU has said it will ban travel from the United States to the EU due to the continued spread of the Chinese virus there.
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