EU Keen to Allow Non-Essential Travel Soon
The European Union (EU) is keen on easing travel restrictions for overseas tourists as it scrambles to find ways to revive ailing economies.
A report by BBC said that the European Commission plans to allow all travelers to visit EU-member countries as long as they have received their second shot of vaccines approved by the bloc.
“Time to revive EU tourism industry and for cross-border friendships to rekindle – safely,” EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in a Twitter post.
At present, the EU does not allow non-essential travel from seven countries given their increasing number of COVID-19 cases.
The proposal, however, will contain an “emergency brake” that will allow member states to limit travel quickly in response to new variants or a deteriorating health situation in non-EU countries.
The EU said that the provision would be reviewed every two weeks.
The EU has already announced plans to issue digital certificates which would cover anyone vaccinated against COVID-19, or has a negative test result, or has recovered.
According to the commission, until the EU-wide pass, which would be called the digital green certificate, is launched, countries “should be able to accept certificates from non-EU countries based on national law.”
This decision would include the “ability to verify the authenticity, validity, and integrity of the certificate and whether it contains all relevant data.”
The recommendation will cover all EU member states, except for Ireland, as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland.