Japanese tourists can travel to Europe again one of these days. Japan has sufficiently contained the coronavirus also to allow non-essential travel from that country, the EU countries say.
According to insiders, Japan will be the eighth country from which the member states want to welcome tourists and other pleasure travellers, the ambassadors of the EU countries have agreed.
Israel, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and Rwanda preceded Japan. An EU member state can still ask travellers from these countries to go into quarantine or be tested.
The United Kingdom now also has so few infections that it qualifies for the select list. But the UK currently has its hands full with the new Indian virus variant. EU countries first want to see whether the British can curb it.