Brussels, 22 June (Xinhua)-European Union (EU) officials say on Tuesday that they will be able to reach an agreement with the United States on mutual lifting of travel restrictions in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic after a meeting with the United States. Alejandro Mallorcas, Secretary of Homeland Security in Lisbon, Portugal, said he wanted.
The EU and the United States have “doubled their efforts to achieve visa reciprocity and open up travel after COVID,” European Commission Vice-President Margaritis Schinas said on social media. The four EU member states have not yet participated in the US Visa Waiver Program.
He emphasized that Europe is the most vaccinated continent in the world and that the launch of the EU Digital COVID Certificate scheduled for July 1 will restore mobility within the Schengen area.
Mallorcus confirmed that Washington also aims to ease travel restrictions, taking into account free public health data and the EU’s epidemiological situation and making decisions accordingly.
The EU has added the United States to the “white list” of countries that are considered safe for non-essential travel.
“We will reopen the border with the United States and see if it is possible to agree on a reciprocal relationship,” Didier Reynders said before the meeting.
EU calls for mutual lifting of COVID-19 travel restrictions with the United States
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