EU unveils plans for overseas tourists to return

The EU Commission has recommended easing restrictions on non-essential travel from overseas. Under the plans, anyone who has received the last dose of an EU-approved vaccine at least two weeks beforehand will be permitted to travel.


“Time to revive EU tourism industry and for cross-border friendships to rekindle – safely,” EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen tweeted.


The EU currently only allows non-essential travel from seven countries. But the proposals will also contain an “emergency brake” allowing member states to limit travel quickly in response to new variants or a deteriorating health situation in non-EU countries.

 
This would be reviewed every two weeks. Discussions on the plans will begin on Tuesday. The EU has already announced plans for a digital certificate, which would cover anyone who is either vaccinated against Covid-19, has a negative test, or has recently recovered.