European Union officials agreed on who can visit the bloc as of July 1 based on how countries of origin are faring with new coronavirus cases. Zimbabweans, so far, are excluded, according to the lists seen published by the block.

Zimbabwe is not among the 54 world countries set out benefit from the reopening of the European Union’s external borders, which is expected to happen by the beginning of July.

The list of countries was compiled following this criteria:

  • epidemiological situation and coronavirus response in that country,
  • the ability to apply containment measures during travel, and
  • whether or not that country has lifted travel restrictions towards the EU.

Sources who spoke to Euronews said EU officials failed to agree on a common list of the countries that would definitely be banned from entering the EU when borders reopening on July 1.

EU officials however managed to create a list of the countries with a better epidemiological situation, whose citizens will be able to enter Europe by the end of this week.

The same sources told Euronews that nationals from Brazil, Qatar, the US and Russia will only be able to enter Europe at a later date when the epidemiological situation in their countries improves.

The draft list comes after an EU Commission presented its recommendation on the reopening of the bloc’s internal borders on June 15. This was to allow Europeans to travel within the borderless area freely, just as they did before the covid-19 pandemic.

At the same time, the Commission recommended that the Member States should start allowing third-country nationals to enter the EU starting from July 1, gradually and partially, based on the epidemiological situation in each third-country.Zimbabweans not allowed into Europe

African countries on the list include; Angola, Namibia, Mozambique, Egypt, Uganda and Rwanda.

Nationals of the following countries are listed in the draft list:

  1. Albania
  2. Algeria
  3. Andorra
  4. Angola
  5. Australia
  6. Bahamas
  7. Bhutan
  8. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  9. Canada
  10. China
  11. Costa Rica
  12. Cuba
  13. Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
  14. Dominica
  15. Egypt
  16. Ethiopia
  17. Georgia
  18. Guyana
  19. India
  20. Indonesia
  21. Jamaica
  22. Japan
  23. Kazakhstan
  24. Kosovo
  25. Lebanon
  26. Mauritius
  27. Monaco
  28. Mongolia
  29. Montenegro
  30. Morocco
  31. Mozambique
  32. Myanmar
  33. Namibia
  34. New Zealand
  35. Nicaragua
  36. Palau
  37. Paraguay
  38. Rwanda
  39. Saint Lucia
  40. Serbia
  41. South Korea
  42. Tajikistan
  43. Thailand
  44. Tunisia
  45. Turkey
  46. Turkmenistan
  47. Uganda
  48. Ukraine
  49. Uruguay
  50. Uzbekistan
  51. Vatican City
  52. Venezuela
  53. Vietnam
  54. Zambia