Coronavirus: EU wants to facilitate entry for vaccinated foreign tourists

After the proposal for a green digital passport within European territory, the European Commission proposed Monday to facilitate entry for vaccinated travelers from other countries despite the coronavirus pandemic.

In anticipation of sunny days and summer holidays, the European Commission has proposed that vaccinated travelers residing in countries outside the European Union can unconditionally and without compelling reason.

“The Commission proposes (to the Member States) to allow entry into the EU for non-essential reasons, not only to people coming from countries with a good epidemiological situation, but also to people who have received the last dose” of vaccine, says the European Commission.

The document also specifies the conditions for authorization to travel within the European area. Travelers must have been vaccinated with a vaccine authorized by EU countries, they must have received their last recommended dose, and wait at least 14 days before their trip.

It is also indicated that member countries may decide to extend this authorization to other vaccines, provided they have been approved by the World Health Organization (WHO).

This announcement by the European Commission comes the day after the emergency approval by the WHO of the American vaccine Moderna, which will therefore, according to the text, allow American travelers who have received this vaccine to be authorized, given that the United States United have bet on the latter as well as that of Pfizer / BioNTech for the most part and that of Johnson & Johnson in third position.

The President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen had declared last week, in favor of the authorization of all American tourists vaccinated to travel to Europe in the coming weeks.

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The European Union, which wishes to boost its summer campaign for 2021, is facing pressure from certain countries whose economy is mainly based on tourism, such as Spain, Italy, Greece and Portugal.

The European green certificate, which has caused much ink to flow, is about to enter into force around June to allow vaccinated people to move freely.

Member States should also put in place arrangements for bilateral vaccination recognition agreements with countries that so wish, provided that they have an incidence of less than 100 per 100,000 inhabitants. Currently the accepted threshold is 50 per 100,000 inhabitants.

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