EU Council Approves Entry For Those Vaccinated With EMA And WHO Approved Vaccines
The Council of the European Union (EU) has approved a proposal by the European Commission (EC) to allow entrance to the EU to those who have been vaccinated against the coronavirus two weeks before entering.
Vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or the World Health Organisation (WHO) must be used.
According to the Council’s statement, if EU members are willing to waive restrictions for vaccinated travellers such as COVID-19 testing and entry quarantine, these countries « should in principle lift travel restrictions for travellers from third countries (non-EU) ». It is noted that the relaxations will apply to tourists who have completed at least 14 days’ vaccination with any EMA- or WHO-approved product before arrival.
There are four vaccines approved for use in the EU: from AstraZeneca, Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.
Also, the EU Council has announced that the member-states will be able to accept certificates on vaccination of citizens of non-EU countries. This will be possible once Europe approves the introduction of digital green certificates, which will contain information on vaccination against coronavirus.
EU countries have been discussing the need for a single vaccination passport since the beginning of the year. The document is expected to contain the date and place of vaccination with one of the EU-approved vaccines, the type of vaccine and other information. The EC presented a draft of the digital green certificate in March. The document is expected to be available by summer.