EU Agrees to Allow Entry to Vaccinated Travelers
The EU has agreed to allow entry to vaccinated travelers. It announced today that it will reopen borders to visitors that have been fully vaccinated with an approved shot, or those from a list of "safe" countries in terms of COVID. The news, made by the EU executive, comes right before the summer tourism season would typically kick off.
A group of ambassadors from the bloc's 27 members states reached a consensus and endorsing a European Commission proposal, which will permit the countries to reopen borders to tourists and other vaccinated travelers. The EU has been closed off and largely inaccessible for over a year due to the pandemic.
Details on the final list of "safe" countries – based on epidemiological criteria – will be finalized on Friday, and the new measures could go into effect as early as the last week of May.
Which Vaccinated Travelers Will Be Eligible to Enter the EU?
The EU will accept visitors that have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 using a shot approved either by its own regulator or the World Health Organization (WHO). This list includes: That covers the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, and Sinopharm vaccines.
Travelers impacted by this include Americans, who have access to shots from Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. Further details of the "Digital Green Certificate," which will be required as proof of vaccination or immunity for travelers entering the European Union borders, have not been provided as yet.
EU member states reserve the right to tweak or adjust these measures if they prefer to take a more conservative approach. For example, some countries might require a negative PCR or quarantine periods for certain visitors. Additionally, the bloc maintains an "emergency brake" option, a legal recourse that allows it to quickly return to more restrictive travel conditions if a new variant or other COVID-related emergency arises.
Speaking to CNN, an EU official said the bloc will take reciprocity into account when drawing up its list. However, recommendations suggest that countries with less than 75 cases per 100,000 people will be included.