European Union to Ease Travel Restrictions for Vaccinated Foreign Tourists

Travellers at the Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv

The new plan is apparently aimed at boosting the bloc's tourism industry for this summer's holiday season.

The EMA has not approved any vaccines from Russian Federation or China as of yet but is looking at data for Russia's Sputnik V jab.

The European Commission is recommending EU member states agree to restart the bloc's vital tourist industry in time for the European summer after a wipe-out season a year ago when travel plummeted worldwide.

The UN health agency has approved the same four vaccines as the EMA, and is expected to make a ruling soon on China's Sinopharm vaccine.

The British government this week is to give a list of countries it deems acceptable for travel to without quarantine, but is expected to keep many European Union countries on its quarantine list.

The easing of restrictions on nonessential travel, which will be welcomed by countries desperate to revive struggling tourism industries, would also allow for an "emergency brake" should infection rates rise again.

"This still remains very much in the hands of the member states", he said.

Hundreds of people wait in lines for a Moderna vaccination in a vaccination mobile on a square at the district Chorweiler in Cologne, Germany.

The proposals are due to be discussed today (Tuesday) and tomorrow.

"The green certificate, for the Luxembourg government is one of the elements that would allow us to get back to normality as fast as possible", Prime Minister Xavier Bettel said in separate comments on Monday.

However, he added: "It is frustrating that the United Kingdom has not gone down the same road, with ministers here still reluctant to acknowledge that we can be more ambitious with our own plans, taking advantage of one of the most impressive vaccination programmes in the world, alongside quicker, cheaper testing and our globally renowned genomic sequencing capability".

In addition, if Member States decide to waive the requirements to present a negative PCR test and/or to undergo quarantine for vaccinated persons on their territory, they should also waive such requirements for vaccinated travelers from outside the EU.

The European Commission Monday said it wants to ease restrictions on non-essential travel to the EU - with the caveat of an emergency brake system to quickly counter the spread of any new coronavirus variants.

"So, there is a phenomenal achievement in terms of rolling out of vaccines and the dropping of COVID-19 infection rates".

People with the plastic cards could enter indoor dining rooms, hotels, theatres, cinemas, spas, gyms, libraries, museums and other recreational venues in Hungary.

The Hungarian government moved ahead with its own certificates because it has been inoculating its people with a variety of vaccines, including jabs from China and Russian Federation that have not been approved by the EMA.



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