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EU Travel Restrictions: List of Measures That Will Be Facilitated in Following Days

After taking into account the current situation of COVID-19 and concluding that travel restrictions no longer have an important role in stopping the spread of the virus, three other EU countries – Greece, France and Belgium – decided to ease their procedures.

Greek authorities announced earlier this month that from March 15, vaccinated travelers, regardless of their country of origin, will not be required to fill out a passenger locator form.

The decision to scrap this requirement is part of the Greek government’s efforts to further facilitate travel and thus increase tourism levels.

“The abolition of the PLF system simplifies the entry process for travelers, shifting the focus to monitoring vaccination certificates,” said Tourism Minister Vassilis Kikilias.

This statement indicates that travelers will still be required to present a valid vaccination certificate upon entry.

Similar to Greece, Belgium will also raise requirements for the passenger locator form. The Belgian Federal Public Service (FPS), Food Chain Safety and the Environment has announced that from March 11, travelers arriving in Belgium will no longer be required to present the form upon entry.

“The general obligation to complete the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) is no longer valid. The authorities said that the PLF is only mandatory for those traveling to Belgium with a third-country carrier not on the EU whitelist.

In addition, authorities have indicated that travelers with a vaccination, recovery or test certificate will no longer undergo pre-entry testing or quarantine requirements.

French authorities revealed that they also plan to relax some of the rules. The Prime Minister of France, Jean Castex, said that from March 14, the requirement to hold a valid permit when accessing various indoor areas such as restaurants, cafes, bars, museums, cinemas and other similar places will be abolished.

This means that all travelers, as well as citizens of France, will soon be able to attend various public places without having to show a vaccination card.

However, it has been confirmed that the obligation to carry a vaccination certificate when going to hospitals, nursing homes and other health institutions will continue to apply, reports.

The French Minister of Health, Olivier Veran, said that the obligation to carry a valid vaccination card will be canceled for other places in the coming days as well. However, he did not specify a specific date for this to happen.

In addition to the above, the French authorities announced that as of March 14; The requirement to wear a face mask when attending public places will also be abolished. This requirement will remain valid only for those who use public transport and health institutions.

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