The European Commission has proposed the reduction of restrictions on non-essential travel towards the European Union. Targeting the revival of tourism, it proposed that a person is permitted to travel to Europe after two weeks have passed since the person had received the last dose of the vaccine approved by the EU. The European Commission has also issued the ’emergency break’ mechanism to address the new variants.
EC spokesperson Adalbert Jahnz said: “one of the main changes we propose to allow entry to the EU for non-essential reasons not only for all persons coming from countries with a good epidemiological situation, but also for all people having received the last recommended dose of an EU authorized vaccine. This could be extended to vaccines having completed the WHO emergency use listing process.”
According to the proposal, persons who received the vaccine at least 14 days before their arrival, will be permitted to travel to EU countries. Another EC proposal is that the Council will increase the list of countries for non-essential travel. Currently, this is only permitted from seven countries.
Meanwhile, the Commission expressed concern about the new variant and has requested countries to be vigilant. It proposed a new emergency break mechanism to limit the risk of the variants entering in Europe.
“This will allow member states to act quickly and temporarily limit to a strict minimum all travel from affected countries for the time needed to put in place proper sanitary measures.”
This means that in case of concern on the presence of a variant in any country outside Europe, the EU countries will temporarily stop traveling from that country.
The proposals will be now considered by the European Council.