On June 11, the European Commission recommended to Schengen Member States (including Malta) to prolong temporary restrictions on non-essential travel until June 30. Following that date, a progressive approach of lifting restrictions which were temporarily applied as a result of COVID-19 should be undertaken.
Restrictions are to be lifted for countries which are selected by Member States after taking into account a set of principles and criteria which include but are not limited to:
- The country’s health situation;
- Ability to apply containment measures during travel; and
- Reciprocity considerations.
The European Commission also issued guidance to its Member States to ensure resumption of visa operations abroad so that the process is well co-ordinated in the coming months.
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