The EU Council on Monday finally approved the decision to lift travel restrictions within the European Union for holders of European COVID-certificates, according to a statement issued by the union.
“The Council today adopted recommendations to amend the coordinated approach to restricting free movement against the backdrop of the changing epidemiological situation, the vaccination campaign, and the introduction of the coronavirus certificate. < … > Vaccinated and coronavirus-affected COVID certificate holders should not be required to undergo testing or quarantine if they are fully vaccinated with EMA-approved vaccines at least 14 days before travel. <…> Recovered certificate holders must confirm that at least 180 days have passed since receiving a positive test,” the document says.
In addition, minors traveling accompanied by holders of coronavirus certificates are also exempt from the need for testing and quarantine.
According to the updated recommendations, two additional criteria must now be taken into account when considering restrictions on free movement: progress in the vaccination campaign and the spread of dangerous variants of the coronavirus. If the situation with the spread of dangerous strains worsens in a particular region, EU countries may temporarily impose emergency restrictions, including requirements for vaccinated and ill people to undergo tests and observe self-isolation. Officially, coronavirus certificates will work in the European Union from July 1.