Coronavirus: the European Commission looks to open borders to non-EU travelers

Published by Rizhlaine F. · Photos by My B. · Published on 3 May 2021 at 18h15 · Updated on 4 May 2021 at 15h29
Is this time for the European Union to reopen borders? As the coronavirus vaccination campaign is in full swing, the European Commission proposes to reopen borders to non-EU travelers. A proposition that would enable to relaunch tourism from this summer on.

The global vaccination campaign lets us hope life is to get back to normal. So, we need to prepare tomorrow’s world. This Monday May 3, 2021, the European Commission proposes to reopen borders of the Schengen area to non-EU travelers. A decision that could help relaunch the tourism industry for this summer 2021.

But to be able to reopen borders, it is hard to let the principle of the health pass aside. The European Commission therefore proposes to open first the Schengen area to non-EU travelers without compelling reason on the condition they are fully vaccinated with one of the vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency, or one of those approved for emergency use by the World Health Organization.

It would also include the reopening of borders to travelers coming from countries where the viral circulation is extremely weak, where the incidence rate is below 25 cases for 100,000 inhabitants for the past two weeks. For this proposition to be approved, the 27 EU countries must rule for it. The European Commission hopes it will be possible by the end of the month.

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