Diplomats said that EU member states today agreed to relax travel restrictions during the summer, fully vaccinated tourists will be exempted from vaccinations or isolation, and will expand the list of European regions “safe to travel”.
Three European diplomats stated that ambassadors from 27 EU member states have approved a revised European Commission proposal that people who received the last dose of the vaccine 14 days or more should not be subject to travel to another Europe Country’s travel restrictions.
Restrictions on other travelers should be based on the epidemiology of the country in which they travel.
More than a quarter of adults in the EU are fully vaccinated against the new coronavirus.
The revised guidelines were adopted when the EU issued a certificate to confirm whether a person has been vaccinated or gained immunity after being infected with the new coronavirus or testing negative for the coronavirus.
The system should be ready to be implemented on July 1, although some countries, including Croatia, have introduced certificates earlier.
With the acceleration of the split process, the European Group will relax restrictions on areas marked with different colors.
“Green” areas should now have fewer than 25 cases per 100,000 residents in 14 days, with a positive test rate of less than 4%.
Children 12 years of age or older can be tested, but they only need to be isolated if they are accompanied by an adult.
EU member states will also be able to pull the “emergency parking brake” and ban all passengers from areas where the disease is more contagious.
The system is also intended to be applicable to non-EU countries located in the open border Schengen area: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, but not to the former EU member United Kingdom.
Tourists from other countries can also come if they prove that they have been vaccinated.