Coronavirus: the European Union agrees and opens borders to vaccinated travelers

Published by Rizhlaine F. · Published on 19 May 2021 at 12h49 · Updated on 19 May 2021 at 13h46
Is this time for the European Union to reopen borders? As the coronavirus vaccination campaign is in full swing, the 27 EU member countries have reached an agreement. Non-EU travelers who are fully vaccinated can visit Europe this summer.

The global vaccination campaign lets us hope life is to get back to normal. So, we need to prepare tomorrow’s world. Earlier in May, 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 was also 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. It included Australia, Israel, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, and eventually China. This criteria has been reviewed upward, the incidence rate needs to be of 75 cases for 100,000 inhabitants. 

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