European Union member states on Sunday were fine-tuning details for the reopening of borders set to take place on 1 July after countries have been sealed in lockdowns since mid-March in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The 27 member states are designing a plan to authorize arrivals from 20 non-EU countries which so far includes China, Canada, Australia and Thailand but excludes the United States, which has become the epicenter of the pandemic and with the largest global caseload of 2, 5 million infections and more than 125,000 deaths.