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A third country that treats a person seeking international protection in accordance with the following principles:
(a) life and liberty are not threatened on account of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion;
(b) there is no risk of serious harm as defined in Directive 2011/95/EU (Recast Qualification Directive) ;
(c) the principle of non-refoulement in accordance with the Geneva Refugee Convention and Protocol is respected;
(d) the prohibition of removal, in violation of the right to freedom from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment as laid down in international law, is respected; and
(e) the possibility exists to request refugee status and, if found to be a refugee, to receive protection in accordance with the Geneva Refugee Convention and Protocol.


Art. 38 of Directive 2013/32/EU (Recast Asylum Procedures Directive)


  • BG: сигурна трета страна
  • CS: bezpečná třetí země
  • DE: sicherer Drittstaat
  • EL: ασφαλής τρίτη χώρα
  • EN: safe third country
  • ES: tercer país seguro
  • ET: turvaline kolmas riik
  • FI: turvallinen kolmas maa
  • FR: pays tiers sûr
  • GA: tríú tír atá sábháilte
  • HU: biztonságos harmadik ország
  • IT: paese terzo sicuro
  • LT: saugi trečioji šalis (EU acquis); saugi trečioji valstybė
  • LV: droša trešā valsts
  • MT: Pajjiż terz sigur / bla perikli
  • NL: veilig derde land
  • PL: bezpieczny kraj trzeci
  • PT: país terceiro seguro
  • RO: ţară / stat terţ(ă) sigură
  • SK: bezpečná tretia krajina
  • SL: varna tretja država
  • SV: säkert tredjeland
  • NO: trygt tredjeland

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