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EU opens external borders to travellers fully
vaccinated against Covid
The European Union (EU) has recommended to open its external borders to non-essential travel into the
bloc if travellers have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19
The European Union (EU) has recommended to open its external
borders to non-essential travel into the bloc if travellers have been
fully vaccinated against Covid-19. The Council of the EU,
representing the 27 member states, adopted a recommendation
that eases the Covid-19 restrictions for non-EU travellers whose
origin countries report no more than 75 cases per 100,000
inhabitants over the last 14 days. Before the criteria were updated
on Thursday, the upper limit was 25 cases, Xinhua reported.
EU member states are now encouraged to waive testing or
quarantine for third-country travellers who have received the last
dose of a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency.
The drugs regulator has so far greenlighted four vaccines -- Pfizer-
BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.
EU countries could also lift the restriction on non-essential travel
to those who have received the last recommended dose of a
vaccine on the list of the World Health Organization for emergency
use. An emergency brake mechanism is created, and reciprocity
should be taken into account case by case, said the EU Council.
The decision was made on the basis of a proposal presented by
the European Commission in early May, which aims to salvage the
bloc's tourism industry as vaccination campaigns are progressing