Yesterday, the European Commission proposed to member states to ease current restrictions on travel to the EU to take into account the progress of vaccination campaigns and the development of the epidemiological situation in the world.
The Commission proposes to join the EU not only to all people coming from countries with a good epidemiological situation, but also to all people who are received the last recommended dose of the vaccine approved by the EU. This could be extended to vaccines that have completed the WHO emergency list process.
In addition, the Commission proposes that, in line with the evolving epidemiological situation in the EU, raises the threshold relating to the number of new COVID-19 cases used to determine the list of countries from which all travel should be allowed.
At the same time, the emergence of worrying new strains of coronavirus requires continued caution. Therefore, as a counterweight, the Commission proposes new emergency brake mechanism which will be coordinated at EU level and which will limit the risk of new variants of Covid19 entering the EU. This will allow Member States to act quickly and temporarily restrict entry for all travel from affected countries.
The Commission proposes to amend the criteria to take into account the growing evidence of the positive impact of vaccination campaigns. The proposal is to increase a 14-day cumulative COVID-19 case reporting rate threshold of 25 to 100. This is still well below the current EU average, which is over 420.
Time to revive 🇪🇺 tourism industry & for cross-border friendships to rekindle - safely.
We propose to welcome again vaccinated visitors & those from countries with a good health situation.
But if variants emerge we have to act fast: we propose an EU emergency brake mechanism.
- Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) May 3, 2021
Member States should allow those who received, at least 14 days before arrival, the last recommended dose of vaccine after marketing authorization in the EU to travel to the EU. Member States could extend this to those vaccinated who have completed the WHO emergency inventory process. In addition, if Member States decide to waive the requirement to present a negative PCR test and / or undergo quarantine for vaccinated persons in their territory, they should waive such requirements for vaccinated travelers outside the EU.
The whole process should be made easier after finally digital green certificate be implemented. Passengers should be able to prove their vaccination status by a digital green certificate issued by the authorities of the Member States on an individual basis or by another certificate recognized as equivalent to a Commission decision on adequacy.
It is also suggested that Member States could consider the possibility setting up a portal that allows passengers to recognize the vaccination certificate issued by a non-EU country as reliable evidence of vaccination and / or for the issuance of a digital green certificate.
Children who are excluded from vaccination should be able to travel with their vaccinated parents if they have a negative PCR COVID-19 test made at the earliest 72 hours before arriving in the area. In these cases, Member States could request additional testing upon arrival.
As of today, the EU has been vaccinated over 129 million citizens, and the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen points out that the EU will have enough doses to vaccinate 70% of adults in July.