The European Union is recommending that its member states start gradually lifting their travel restrictions for Canadians, opening the door to non-essential travel to the region.

Canada was one of 10 countries the European Council announced Thursday should be allowed to travel to the region for non-essential purposes, including Azerbaijan, Armenia, Jordan, Montenegro and Quatar. The announcement brings the total number of countries on that list to 23.

However, it remains up to the member states of the European Union to decide whether they’d like to begin that process of re-opening their borders to tourists.

“The Council recommendation is not a legally binding instrument,” read the release.

“The authorities of the member states remain responsible for implementing the content of the recommendation. They may, in full transparency, lift only progressively travel restrictions towards countries listed.”

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