The European Union has finally agreed to permit entry to vaccinated citizens from nations with low infection rates almost a year after of shutting their boarders, giving hope to those wishing to spend summer vacation in Europe.
The recommendations for lifting travel restrictions have been stated into the bloc by the EU on Wednesday, confirming the much-awaited move.
Although there’s uncertainty as to when these changes will be executed, an approved list of “safe” places is to be signed off this week.
With the possibility of individual member states having the ultimate call on what measures to impose, it suggests that some may still value more highly to keep quarantine measures in their countries, whereas others might request negative PCR tests and/or evidence of vaccination.
The tourism industry may receive a far required boost this summer, with the positivity from officials that the new rules will be executed in June. However, just in case infection rates jump up once more, the plans agree to an “emergency halt”.
It’s been said that the bloc will take reciprocity into consideration once drawing up its list, however, recommendations propose that countries with less than 75 cases per 100,000 individuals are going to be included.
Predicted to occur on Thursday is a formal adoption of the recommendations – which aren’t lawfully binding for member states.
The suggestions were first publicized by the EU earlier this month when bloc member Greece declared that it would show hospitality to Covid-tested or fully vaccinated global travelers.
They officially lifted travel restrictions on May 14, granting entry to those that have been vaccinated or tested negative to a COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival.
A member state of the European Economic Area – Iceland, has opened its borders to vaccinated visitors back in April.
Croatia is welcoming vaccinated visitors, too, as well as those who prove that they’ve recovered from COVID-19 within the past 180 days or show a negative PCR test, and no less than 11 days prior to their arrival.
Cyprus opened its borders to vaccinated travelers from 65 countries, the UK and the US included, whereas Portugal started permitting entry to travelers from England, Wales and Scotland after being put on the UK’s “green list” of nations where quarantine free travel is allowed.
Additional details of the “Digital Green Certificate” have yet to be brought forth. This certificate will serve as evidence of vaccination, negative PCR test result or COVID-19 recovery for visitors entering the EU borders, as stated by the EU Commission.