Reopening Report: The EU Announces Plans for a Travel-Friendly Summer

On Wednesday, the European Union Member States agreed to ease the current COVID-19 restrictions for non-EU visitors in advance of the upcoming tourism season.

The travel-friendly policy will welcome tourists and nonessential travelers from “safe” countries and fully vaccinated travelers from around the world to the EU. The formal rules and the list of “safe” countries are expected to be released this Friday.

As reported by the New York Times, according to a draft,

  • Vaccinations from AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, and Sinopharm will be approved.
  • The criteria to be on the safe list will be based on the number of new COVID-19 cases recorded over the previous 14 days per 100,000 people.
  • All travelers will be required to present a negative PCR test to be allowed to enter the EU.
  • Different rules may apply to children.

The individual EU states will be able to maintain more restrictions for their entry guidance, including additional testing and quarantining.


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