EU’s Stricter Measures On Unvaccinated Travellers

EU’s Stricter Measures On Unvaccinated Travellers

The EU has recommended a change in how member states manage travel restrictions, and altering the focus to the individual, away from the region of departure.

This means that covid measures should be applied based on travellers’ vaccination status rather than the situation of their origin country.

Secondly, all member states are shortening the validity of Covid-19 vaccination certificates to 270 days or nine months across the bloc. However, unvaccinated and unrecovered individuals will continue to be subject to strict entry rules when travelling to the other Member States as all European countries are currently highly affected by the COVID-19 disease.

Due to high infection rates, it has been emphasised that stricter rules must apply to travellers from countries that are part of the dark-red list, especially for persons who are unable to meet basic COVID-19 entry rules.

Strict Covid Measures on Unvaccinated

The latest update of maps by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) shows that all Member States, with the exception of some regions in Poland and Romania, are currently part of the dark red list.

Source: ECDC (updated 1 February 2022)

Such categorisation has been made since they have been registering increased COVID-19 infection cases since the beginning of January.

Therefore, in line with the Council’s recommendation, unvaccinated and unrecovered travellers from all EU countries must follow pre-entry testing and quarantine rules when reaching the other Member States.

On the other hand, persons who have already been vaccinated or recovered from the COVID-19 disease will be able to travel within the EU under facilitated restrictions, provided that their certificates meet their destination country’s validity rules.

Since the majority of countries are currently highly affected by the virus, travel within the EU is expected to become even more difficult for persons who hold expiring vaccination passes.

The majority of Member States have already announced that they will shorten the validity of vaccination passes.

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