The European Commission’s recommendations on easing restrictions on entry from third countries must be agreed by the end of May so that they can come into force as early as June, an EU source told reporters in Brussels, stressing that the start date of the recommendations is not yet known, the EU Council will determine it.
“There is no date for the entry into force of the recommendations yet; it is up to the EU Council to decide. It is reasonable that the document should be agreed before the end of the month and could enter into force by the beginning of June,” he said, stressing that by this time, the EU is expected to introduce coronavirus certificates.
The source suggested that one of the first might open the entrance for residents of Israel, which has already made great progress in vaccinating the population.
He also noted that the issue of opening borders with countries such as the United Kingdom and the United States is still being discussed. At the same time, the decision will also depend on whether they accept citizens of EU countries.
“The principle of reciprocity will also be taken into account in this matter,” the European representative said. On Monday, the European Commission unveiled a proposal to ease restrictions on entry to the EU from third countries. This proposal provides permission to enter the territory of the European Union to anyone who will be fully vaccinated with EU-approved vaccines at least two weeks before the trip. EU countries will also be able to allow independently the entry of vaccinated drugs from the WHO list for use in emergencies.