The EU to allow fully vaccinated Brits to travel without restrictions

The EU to allow fully vaccinated Brits to travel without restrictions
EU ambassadors agreed yesterday to ease COVID-19 travel restrictions on visitors ahead of the summer season. This move will allow fully vaccinated Britons to visit Europe without any restriction.
The EU is set to allow non-essential travel from outside the EU this summer.

It was agreed on Wednesday that borders will reopen to tourists who have received their Covid-19 vaccine.

The only condition will be that the vaccines that have been administered have the approval of the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

These will be Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Janssen.

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Tourists must have received their two jabs at least 14 days before their arrival.

Children will also be able to travel with vaccinated parents.

This new measure will potentially allow Britons that have had their vaccine, to travel across Europe and go on holiday this summer with no restrictions.

As well as agreeing on a policy for the fully vaccinated, EU ambassadors also approved the proposal to loosen the criteria to determine “safe” countries.


Non-essential travel will now be allowed from countries with low infection rates.

The UE is expected to release a new list this week.

Britain would be one of the countries that meet the new criteria although the new Indian Covid-19 variant could make things more difficult.

Visitors will be allowed to come from countries with an incidence rate of below 75 cases per 100,000 people.

In the UK, the case rate for the last seven days is 22 per 100,000 – but there are concerns this could change with the Indian variant.

A decision on whether to add the UK and other countries to the EU’s “safe list” will be made on Friday.

Under current restrictions, people from only eight countries can enter the EU on holiday, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated.

Those include Australia, Israel or Singapore.

However, the EU warned that individual countries will be allowed to set their own policies.

Therefore, each one can decide whether to maintain or impose additional restrictions on visitors.

Portugal, for example, decided to lift the travel ban on British tourists on Monday.

Last year the EU imposed strict measures to contain Covid-19 outbreaks, but countries that are highly dependent on tourism have been pushing for the restrictions to be eased.

Senior vice president at World Travel & Tourism Council Virginia Messina said: “We hope to see EU ministers and member states adopt this position to ensure a strong summer and enhance economic recovery as a result.”

She also said that they shouldn’t forget about those who haven’t had the vaccine yet.

“We shouldn’t discriminate against those yet to be vaccinated or are unable to get the jab.

“Less than a third of the UK population are fully vaccinated, so we must allow those who aren’t the opportunity to travel to the EU with a negative Covid-19 test.”

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Travel Feed


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