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Published on Tuesday, May 4, 2021

EU aims to open up to foreign vaccinated travellers this summer

The European Union unveiled a proposal to open up for non-essential leisure travel this summer.

"It is 'time to revive the tourism industry' Commission President Ursula von der Leyen tweeted.

The European Commission recommended allowing in fully vaccinated non-EU travellers from countries with a 'good epidemiological situation.'

This would likely be based on the number of infections per 100,000 people over a two week rolling period.

This would allow British travellers into Europe based on current levels.

The EU drug regulator has so far authorised vaccines from BioNTech/Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson, and may also approve two Chinese vaccines in the coming days.

"We want to have this done before the mass summer travel starts," an EU official said.

While all member states need to agree in principle, individual countries can strengthen requirements as they deem necessary.

This could include providing a negative Covid test or a period of quarantine.

The proposal, which it hopes will be adopted by member states by the end of the month, complements the EU's digital green certificate system.

The digital green certificate system can be used by non-EU citizens ff they have taken vaccines which are recognised and approved by the EU.


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