European Union relaxing travel rules for vaccinated visitors

Specifically, tourists from outside the bloc who have been fully vaccinated should be allowed in.The European Council “will now recommend that member states ease some of the current restrictions” for those who have been vaccinated, said EU Commission spokesman Christian Wigand. Coronavirus vaccines authorized by the European Medicines Agency, the bloc’s drug regulator, include Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson. European Union relaxing travel rules for vaccinated visitors

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Wigand said ambassadors also agreed on an “emergency brake” mechanism designed to stop dangerous virus variants from entering the 27-nation bloc through quickly enacted travel limits if the infection situation deteriorates in a non-EU country.EU nations have been struggling throughout the pandemic to prop up their vital tourism industry and hope to recover some income over the peak summer season.Greece, which is heavily reliant on tourism, has already lifted quarantine restrictions for the U.S., Britain, Israel, and other non-EU countries as negotiations between governments and EU lawmakers to introduce COVID-19 certificates aimed at facilitating travel across the region this summer continue. The EMA hasn’t approved any vaccines from Russia or China as of yet but is looking at data for Russia’s Sputnik V jab. They also agreed on easing the criteria for nations to be considered a safe country, from which all tourists can travel. He didn’t give a precise date for when the borders will reopen since EU countries have yet to formally approve the measures. Coronavirus Crisis


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The European Union on Wednesday took a step toward relaxing tourism travel for visitors from outside the bloc, with EU ambassadors agreeing on measures to allow fully vaccinated visitors in. “The council should also soon expand the list of non-EU countries with a good epidemiological situation from where travel is permitted,” said Wigand. A new #COVID19 tourism safety protocol and label will facilitate the safe reopening of tourism in the EU.Tourism businesses compliant with health and safety requirements will be able to receive a ‘safety seal’, increasing the trust of travellers and workers.#StrongerTogether— European Commission 🇪🇺 (@EU_Commission) May 19, 2021

The relaxation of rules was proposed earlier this month by the European Commission, which said entry should be granted to all those fully vaccinated with EU-authorized shots. The EU’s European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control is to give advice on the list.The EU also said Monday it would grant COVID-19 coronavirus “safety seals” to tourism businesses compliant with health and safety requirements. The EU imposed strict measures last year to contain COVID-19 outbreaks but the bloc’s 27 ambassadors now say many of those restrictions on nonessential travel should be eased. Up to now, that list included only seven nations.