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Towards a Europe accessible to vaccinated foreigners

The European Commission proposed Monday to allow entry into the European Union to travelers from third countries who have received the necessary doses of anti-covid serum. But only those authorized at European level.

The European Commission proposed Monday to allow entry into the European Union to travelers from third countries who have received the necessary doses of anti-covid serum. But only those authorized at European level.

(AFP) This is one more step towards relaunching tourism. After examining a “green certificate” allowing European nationals to travel within the European Union (EU), the European Commission is now interested in foreign travelers.

On Monday, the EU’s executive body therefore proposed to its member states to allow third-country nationals to travel in the European area by the summer. A measure which would concern people “coming from countries with a good epidemiological situation”, but also those having received “the last recommended dose of a vaccine authorized in the EU”, according to the text published by the Commission.

To date, four laboratories have had their serum authorized by European health authorities: AstraZeneca, BioNTech-Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna. That of Sanofi-GSK should also be as soon as it enters the market, and that of CureVac is under study.

Travelers should have received this last dose of vaccine at least 14 days prior to arrival. Member States could extend this authorization to people who have received a vaccine concerned by an emergency authorization from the WHO, it is specified.

As a reminder, the EU closed its external borders in March 2020 for “non-essential” travel and established from June a restricted list of third countries whose residents can enter the Union. As of the end of January, this list includes Australia, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand (and China subject to reciprocity).

The Commission proposes to widen it, by relaxing the criterion of the incidence rate over 14 days, which would be raised from 25 to 100 (per 100,000 inhabitants), which remains well below the average in the EU, currently of more than 420.

However, a mechanism is provided to quickly suspend arrivals in the event that the epidemiological situation of a country deteriorates, in particular due to a variant. The proposal must now be submitted to the Member States. The ambassadors of the 27 are due to consider it on Wednesday.

Note that this measure would be a real boost for the tourist sector, which represents 10% of European GDP. The Grand Duchy for its part, could thus “promote the Luxembourg destination”, which the health crisis had prevented.


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