EU tightens travel restrictions for unvaccinated Australian tourists

Unvaccinated travellers from Australia, Argentina and Canada will face tougher restrictions on entering Europe due to worsening COVID-19 outbreaks, the EU has announced.

Passengers at the international arrivals area of the Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport in Roissy, France.

Passengers at the international arrivals area of the Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport in Roissy, France. Source: EPA

The European Union is to tighten COVID-19 travel rules for unvaccinated arrivals from Australia, Argentina and Canada due to rising case numbers.

The 27 EU member states reached an agreement on Monday to remove the trio from a list of countries where easier travel restrictions apply regardless of vaccination status, a press release from the Council of the EU said.

Australia, Argentina and Canada are no longer among the ranks approved for freer travel that include Bahrain, Chile, Colombia, Indonesia, Kuwait, New Zealand, Peru, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, United Arab Emirates and Uruguay.

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China is also included in this list subject to confirmation of reciprocity.

Fully vaccinated travellers with vaccines authorised by the European Medicines Agency should be able to enter the EU for any purpose.

EU citizens arriving from Australia, Argentina and Canada are exempt along with their family members as well as long-term residents of the bloc.

Health care and transport personnel are exempt as well.

When COVID-19 first hit Europe, all EU states, except for Ireland, plus non-EU states Switzerland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland agreed on a far-reaching entry ban for non-essential travel.



EU member states later developed a so-called "green list" of countries outside of the bloc where arrivals were permitted entry.

The Council of the EU, representing the 27 member states, updates the list on a two-weekly basis depending on the COVID-19 situation in each country.

However, national governments still retain the final say on who may enter their territory.


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Published 18 January 2022 at 5:57am
Source: AAP,SBS