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EU Travel Restrictions to Remain in Place for Unvaccinated & Unrecovered Persons Due to High COVID-19 Rates Throughout the Bloc

Non-vaccinated and non-exempt EU citizens will remain subject to strict entry rules when traveling to other member states as all European countries are currently severely affected by the COVID-19 disease.

The Council of the European Union has suggested through its latest recommendation that COVID-19 measures be applied based on the vaccination status of travelers rather than the situation of their country of origin.

However, as cases of infection are increasing rapidly, it was emphasized that stricter rules should be applied to travelers from countries that are part of the dark red list, especially for people who are unable to meet basic COVID-19 entry rules.

Member states should implement measures related to travel to and from areas marked in dark red, where the virus is spreading at very high levels. They should, in particular, discourage all non-essential travel and require people coming from those areas who do not have a vaccination or recovery certificate to undergo a pre-departure test and post-arrival quarantine,” the council said in a statement.

The latest map update by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) shows that all member states, except for some areas in Poland and Romania, are currently part of the dark red list.

Such a classification has been made since increasing cases of COVID-19 have been recorded since the beginning of January, reports.

Therefore, in line with the Council’s recommendation, non-vaccinated and non-exempt travelers from all EU countries should follow pre-testing and quarantine rules on arrival in other member states.

On the other hand, people who have already been vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 will be able to travel within the EU under concessional restrictions, provided that their certificates meet the validity rules in their destination country.

Data from the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that, of all the European Union countries, France, Italy, Spain, Germany and the Netherlands have the highest infection rates.

France has recorded 2473,371 new cases of infection in the past seven days. During the same period, Italy reported 1,164,170 new cases, Spain 642,739 new cases, Germany 918,545 cases, and the Netherlands 386,521 cases.

With the majority of countries currently being severely affected by the virus, it is expected that travel within the European Union will become more difficult for people with expired vaccination cards. The majority of Member States have already announced that they will limit the validity of vaccination permits.

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