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Clarifying on EU lifting temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the region and reports that Sri Lanka was not included in the list of selected countries, the EU Embassy said today that the absence of a country on the list should not be considered as being blacklisted.

The Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Sri Lanka and the EU Member States Embassies in Colombo issued a clarification on lifting the temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU and reports that Sri Lanka was not included in the list of selected countries.

“The EU and Member States Ambassadors resident in Colombo recognise the successful efforts of the Sri Lankan government to contain the spread of COVID-19.

With the process of lifting internal border controls well underway, the EU is now preparing for the gradual reopening to travel from outside the EU.

The decision to lift travel restrictions with non-EU countries is ultimately the prerogative of EU Member States and the Schengen Associated Countries.

To that effect, Member States and Associated countries have been working together to agree an initial positive list of countries with which borders could be reopened soon on the basis of objective criteria, including the epidemiological situation in the given country and possibility to seek reciprocity with the country concerned.

The short list being examined at the moment is limited to 15 countries. It can be seen as a first step towards a return to normal.

The absence of a country on this positive list should therefore not be considered as being blacklisted. The list will be regularly updated and revised to ensure that further countries can be added as soon as the situation allows.

Countries and travellers will be duly informed,” the statement said.

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  • Modaya Monday, 29 June 2020 06:28 PM

    On what ground is India included? Westerners are masters of double standard and they always preach love and practice discrimination....carrots for rich and sticks for poor....

    Geetanjali Mishra Tuesday, 30 June 2020 02:19 PM

    Indian are not allowed . Correct your facts.

    Nimal Monday, 29 June 2020 07:01 PM

    Oh ( Anay, Anay ) EU , please include us as soon as possible. Otherwise SL will go completely bankcruft and government politicians will get more involved in bribery and corruption..

    mohan Tuesday, 30 June 2020 01:42 PM

    simply formula , it's based om trading Value

    Jeeves Monday, 29 June 2020 07:04 PM

    Is US on that list?

    Ranjan Tuesday, 30 June 2020 12:03 PM

    I saw a PM’s statement today to say Sri Lanka is right on top in the world in controlling COVID-19 pandemic , even better than New Zealand. They almost number one position. How come NZ is included by EU and not SL to travel there. Vihulu Katha

    Sambo Tuesday, 30 June 2020 01:03 PM

    This shows that Sri Lanka is not so much of a wanted country. They side line us in every possible way and this is mainly due to our policies.

    Lollypops Tuesday, 30 June 2020 01:58 PM

    This is a reciprocal arrangement with countries who accept inward travel. Sri lanka is not ready to open the airport yet, therefore cannot be considered to be put on the list. Do not read conspiracy theories into everything.

    navaratna willamune Tuesday, 30 June 2020 03:17 PM

    If SL don't do what they say ,this is what they do.SL did not vote for EU in recent security council selections.this is the reason


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