The ambassadors of the Member States to the European Union agreed on Friday on facilitating tourists during holidays, the Portuguese presidency of the EU Council announced. The facilities are designed to allow fully vaccinated people to avoid testing or quarantine.
“The EU’s permanent representatives have just approved the updated Council Recommendation on restrictions to free movement. (…) Member States showed a broad consensus on the responsible restoration of free movement,” the Portuguese Presidency informed on Twitter.
The main point of the agreement, which is not yet binding, is to allow fully vaccinated tourists, 14 days after taking their last dose, to travel without testing or quarantine.
Restrictions for other travelers should be based on the extent to which their country of origin has mastered the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
Traveling within the European Union may be easier from 1st July. It has to do with EU Covid certificates, also known as vaccination passports. They are to contribute to the gradual and coordinated lifting of restrictions in the EU countries.
The certificate can be obtained by people who are fully vaccinated, i.e. who have received two doses of vaccination or who have received a single dose vaccine. The certificate is valid from 14 to 365 days after the last dose has been administered.
A certificate may also be issued to a person who has tested negative for coronavirus. The validity period of such a certificate is 48 hours.
The certificate can also be obtained after COVID-19 has been stored. Then it is valid from the 11th to the 180th day after obtaining a positive PCR test result.
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