This afternoon Brussels announced that Europe is looking to ease travel restrictions as early as next month. Officials say tourists will have to be fully vaccinated or come from a country where COVID is under control. The European Commission is suggesting it will restart the bloc’s indispensable tourist industry which plummeted last year.
Before travel restrictions are loosened, Brussels wants to make sure the EU vaccine rollout is successful and no variants pose a risk. Non-essential travelers would need to receive a vaccine approved by the EU. These include BioNTech/Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
Any European country would still be able to require a COVID-19 test even if the traveler is fully immunized. Each country can also enforce an “emergency brake” which stops arrivals from countries where variants are spreading.
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