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WTTC Welcomes EU Council’s Decision to Ease Travel Restrictions Before Easter

The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) has applauded the European Union’s new recommendation to ease travel restrictions for arrivals from third countries before Easter.

In a press release on February 22, Julia Simpson, President and CEO of WTTC, said it was time to rebuild travel and tourism to connect Europe with the world, reports.

“The mixture of rules and regulations has done nothing to prevent the spread of COVID but has caused massive damage to Europe’s economy, causing job losses and businesses,” she added.

The new EU Council resolution urged member states to allow entry to third-country nationals who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and those who have recovered from the virus even for non-essential purposes such as tourism, from March 1. .

According to the council, travelers who have been vaccinated with vaccines that have been green-lighted by the World Health Organization but not the EMA must submit COVID-19 test results.

The recommendation insists that for non-essential purposes such as tourism, travelers who have been infected with the COVID-19 virus in the past 180 days and have recovered from it should also be allowed to enter the building.

The decision was also welcomed by non-EU countries, where vaccination certificates were recognized by the European Union as being equivalent to the EU’s COVID-19 digital certificate. This means that travelers from the following countries, who hold these certificates, should soon be eligible to travel throughout the European Union completely without restrictions:

Albania Andorra Armenia Benin Cabo Verde El Salvador Faroe Islands Georgia Israel Iceland Jordan Lebanon Liechtenstein Moldova Monaco Montenegro Morocco New Zealand North Macedonia Norway Panama San Marino Serbia Singapore Switzerland Taiwan Thailand Tunisia Togo Turkey Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom Uruguay Vatican

At the same time, in a press release issued regarding the recommendation, ACI EUROPE and IATA welcomed the decision of the Council of the European Union.

Airports Council International (ACI EUROPE) noted that airlines and airports have supported this approach, along with clear guidelines from the World Health Organization and independent third-party research, which also show that travel restrictions do not affect the spread of the virus further. .

“The new system is in line with the recommendation already adopted in January on travel within the European Union, and thus reinforces the principle of travel criteria based on the personal health status of travelers rather than the epidemiological situation of the country or region of departure,” ACI Europe announced in a press release on February 22.

Commenting on the new recommendation, IATA Regional Vice President for Europe Raphael Schwartzman, and Director General of ACI EUROPE, Oliver Jankovic, emphasized that it would also greatly help in the safe growth of air links and would at the same time help establish a normal life with the virus. .

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