how the European Covid passport will fight the wave of viruses

The wave of coronavirus sweeping through Europe has prompted the European Union to update its Covid passport system for travel within and outside the region.

The bloc’s health commissioner, Stella Kyriakides, said new travel rules would be adopted this week, with the EU’s Covid-19 digital certificate being a “meeting point” for the coordination of the movement of travelers to the inside Europe.

The heart of the modified system will see the focus on the Covid-19 status of travelers, rather than the country from which they have traveled.

This means that EU countries will adjust their quarantine policies to target those who do not have a valid Covid-19 digital certificate from the EU.

“We must avoid fragmentation,” she told the European Parliament, as she planned the measures.

Unvaccinated EU citizens can still travel

Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, warned of a “pandemic of the unvaccinated”, but the EU is not committed to preventing its unvaccinated citizens from traveling. Instead, the test results will offer a second pillar for travelers.

EU officials have tried to declare that there will be no discrimination between the vaccinated and the unvaccinated. Instead, a valid negative test uploaded to the EU’s Covid-19 digital certificate will be sufficient to allow unrestricted travel.

The new Brussels rules take care of this and stipulate that the quarantine rules for essential workers will be tightened. Previously, essential workers were allowed to bypass the quarantine, but the bloc will seek to end those exemptions.

Elsewhere, the EU-wide consensus for a more liberal approach may still be at odds with some of its more prominent members, who prioritize rapid expansion of overall vaccination rates as opposed to the level of vaccination. infections.

Germany is grappling with a spike in infections after recently announcing that people in Belgium, Ireland, Greece and the Netherlands who are not vaccinated or cured of the virus will need to self-isolate at their home. arrival,

Contained Austria is imposing fines of up to 3,600 euros ($ 4,058) on those who refuse to be vaccinated against the coronavirus once mandatory vaccinations are launched next year. Leisure travel within the country is prohibited until December 13.

Ahead of the upcoming EU leaders’ summit on December 16-17, EU officials are looking into the issue of vaccine reluctance and how to tackle it. The bloc is hoping the hassle of regular testing to enable travel will prompt many currently unvaccinated citizens to get vaccinated.

Covid recalls weighed

Scientific evidence suggests that vaccines offer waning protection after six months. New updates to the EU Covid digital pass will take into account those who have received their reminders.

New EU travel rules are not binding

The committee’s proposals on non-essential travel are not binding on member states.

Currently, countries may require quarantine or testing if people come from an area with a high enough infection rate, and may impose more stringent restrictions on people traveling or arriving from areas coded “dark red” on the map. common in the EU.

The framework will set out recommendations for addressing travel from outside the EU. Rules for access to restaurants and public events are set by national governments.

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Updated: November 24, 2021, 13:08

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