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ACI Europe & IATA Applaud New EU Recommendation for Facilitated Entry Rules For Third Country Travellers

The International Airports Council (ACI EUROPE) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have welcomed the adoption of the European Union Council recommendation to facilitate entry rules for foreign travelers coming into the European Union. They also called for more action to be taken to help resume air contact.

Through a press release issued on February 22, ACI EUROPE announced that both airports and airlines have shown evidence supporting this approach, along with clear guidance from the World Health Organization and independent research from third parties, which show travel restrictions do not affect the spread of the virus, reports.

According to the new recommendation of the Council of the European Union, from 1 March 2022, member states should allow entry to third-country nationals who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and who have recovered from the virus even for non-essential purposes.

In a statement issued on February 22, the council noted that the changes introduced are directed at responding to the evolution of the epidemic, as well as the high classification of immunization and booster doses, and the increasing number of certificates issued by third countries. Equivalent to the EU COVID digital certificate.

This new system is in line with the recommendation adopted in January on travel within the European Union, which also promotes the establishment of more travel standards based on the personal health status of travelers rather than the epidemiological situation of the country.

Due to the recommendation adopted yesterday, we strongly urge EU countries to accept all travelers who have been fully vaccinated with EU approved vaccines without any restrictions or conditions.

EU countries are also advised to allow entry to all travelers who have been vaccinated with other WHO-listed vaccines and travelers who have recently recovered from the virus without any restrictions or conditions or only when a negative PCR test is requested before departure.

In addition, EU countries can fully accept vaccinated travelers who do not have a valid EU DCC or equivalent, and undergo a negative PCR test prior to departure.

The industry also called on EU countries to take steps to ease entry restrictions a step further by unconditionally accepting all WHO approved vaccines and replacing PCR with other rapid testing options.

ACI EUROPE Director General Oliver Jankovi? said Member States must be prepared to implement this recommendation while increasing the safe resumption of air connectivity.

“We now know beyond reasonable doubt that a system based on the personal health status of travelers is appropriate for individuals, economies and societies,” he noted.

In addition, the International Air Transport Association urged member states to follow this recommendation as it will help establish a normal life with the virus.

In this regard, IATA’s Regional Vice President for Europe, Raphael Schwartzman, insisted that travelers who are vaccinated from outside the European Union should be treated in the same way as those who have been vaccinated within the European Union.

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