China made it to the list, which will be updated every two weeks, but on the condition that Beijing do the same for Europeans, a statement said.
The list of countries outside the Schengen area proposed at a diplomatic meeting on Friday evening include Algeria, Australia, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.
The European Commission, which monitors the bloc's laws, believes that "travel restrictions should not be lifted as regards third countries where the situation is worse" than the average in the 27 EU member countries plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. Americans are nearly certain to be excluded in the short term due to the number of USA coronavirus cases, alongside Russian Federation and Brazil.
The list was backed in principle by most EU ambassadors and does not require unanimous support, but still needs to be formalized in member states' capitals as well as in the central European Union bureaucracy before taking effect July 1.
The UK is still covered by European Union rules until the end of the Brexit transition period on December 31.