COVID restrictions on travel to Europe could be eased with new EU recommendation

Travel restrictions may soon ease across the European Union.

On Tuesday, the European Council recommended that member states “lift the temporary restriction on non-essential travel” to the EU for people who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have recovered from the virus in the last 180 years. days.

Vaccines approved by the EU and the World Health Organization would be eligible, including the three vaccines available in the United States: Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. Travelers should have received their last dose at least 14 days and no more than 270 days before arrival or have received a booster shot.

Travelers could still be required to present negative results of a PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure if they do not have an EU digital COVID-19 certificate or equivalent certification.

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The council does not recommend testing for children under 6, but says older children “should be allowed to travel with a negative PCR test taken no earlier than 72 hours before departure”.

National flags of European Union member countries are seen at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, February 14, 2022.

The start date for the new guidelines is March 1.

While EU recommendations are non-binding and member states have the right to decide their own rules, many countries followed suit when the council recommended phasing out travel restrictions last June. .

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