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The year 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the United Nations: In 1945, soon after the end of the Second World War, nations worldwide took the commitment to work together for peace. At around the same time years, European countries chose to follow the same path with the European Union.

The Council of the European Union has issued a recommendation on 22 October advising EU Members States to restrict non-essential travel from a number of countries, including Canada, which have seen a surge in COVID-19 infections in recent weeks.

The Council imposed restrictive measures on two individuals and one body that were responsible for or took part in the cyber-attack on the German Federal Parliament (Deutscher Bundestag) in April and May 2015.


Following a review under the recommendation on the gradual lifting of the temporary restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU, the Council updated the list of countries for which travel restrictions should be lifted. As stipulated in the Council recommendation, this list will continue to be reviewed regularly and, as the case may be, updated.