New Zealand declared safe by EU: Reports

New Zealand declared safe by EU: Reports

New Zealand is one of 14 countries whose citizens are deemed “safe” to be let in.

New Zealand has been declared "safe" by the European Union, allowing Kiwi citizens to travel to Europe, according to media reports.

The EU has drafted up a list of 14 countries which will be allowed into the bloc from July 1, reports the BBC.

Also on the list are Australia, Japan and Canada, but missing are the US, Brazil, Russia and China.

The US and Brazil are both struggling with increasing numbers of coronavirus infections, while Chinese citizens will be allowed entry once a reciprocal agreement is made for EU citizens into China.

New Zealanders will be able to travel to Europe from July 1.
New Zealanders will be able to travel to Europe from July 1.

* Coronavirus: Kiwis choosing to go overseas could get Covid-19 isolation bill
* Report suggests European Union about to let Kiwis in, but New Zealand Government still says 'don't go'
* Coronavirus: US citizens likely to be left out as Europe reopens borders

The full list of 14 countries is Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay.

The UK is still covered by EU rules until the end of the Brexit transition period on December 31.

Whether New Zealanders will want to travel to Europe unless for "essential reasons" is up for debate.

On Monday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern warned that those planning to leave the country for "non-essential" reasons during the Covid-19 pandemic might be left picking up their isolation or quarantine bill on return.

Ardern floated the idea at Monday's post-Cabinet press conference. She has previously been asked about whether all arrivals could have to pay a share of the bill for isolation.

"One message I'm sending clearly to New Zealanders ... for anyone who may be considering a non-essential trip, we will be looking at whether or not you end up being charged on your return, because you have choices.

"It's just not fair to expect New Zealanders to pick up the tab on that."


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