EU Soon to Announce New Travel Rules – Entry Restrictions to Be Based on Travellers’ Vaccination Status

The European Union is working on a proposal aimed at updating coronavirus travel rules and making it easier for EU citizens to travel freely within the bloc, TheSchengen.com reports.

However, since the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has not yet made an official statement on the efficacy of the various vaccines approved for travel within the EU, the proposal for travel rule changes has been delayed for an unknown period.

According to Bloomberg, the EU proposal will include changes related to the traffic light system and the validity of vaccination passports.

TheSchengen.com has already warned that the European Union’s health agency is planning to end its traffic light system. The European Union’s health agency has proposed amending COVID-19 travel rules and restrictions because the current color-coding system limits freedom of movement.

After several meetings with health professionals in the European Union, the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention suggested that member states impose uniform entry rules based on the vaccination and recovery status of each person.

This means that travelers who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, as well as those who have recovered from the disease, will no longer be restricted from taking trips even if their home countries are considered severely affected by the virus.

In addition, it is believed that the proposal will also provide instructions regarding the validity of vaccination passports. The EU Commission plans to make passports for COVID-19 vaccinations valid for only 12 months after the final dose. However, it is not yet approved whether travelers who are fully vaccinated will have to take a booster dose 12 months after the second dose of the vaccine.

In order to make travel around the bloc safer, the Greek government has urged the European Union to introduce third booster doses in European COVID vaccination passports. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has suggested that fully immunized people take a third dose of COVID-19 six months after their second dose.

In addition, he said that he intends to write to the head of the European Union Commission and demand that certificates of vaccination be issued only to those who have received two or three doses of the vaccine.

Similar to the Greek prime minister, the director of the center, Andrea Amon, said that all countries should focus on providing booster doses.

“There are still many individuals at risk of severe COVID-19 infection who we need to protect as soon as possible. We need to urgently focus on closing the immunity gap, delivering doses of Booster for all adults and reintroduction of non-pharmaceutical measures.

Austria is just one of the EU member states that now requires every single person who has been stabbed to get a booster shot so that their vaccination certificate remains valid. From January 4, Austrian authorities will require those vaccinated with the Janssen vaccine to prove they have received a booster dose in order to be considered fully immune.

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