The European Union (EU) will announce today which countries have been added to the list of countries where citizens can come in the summer for reasons other than absolutely necessary. This gives hope especially to professionals working in the tourism sector, who may begin to slowly accept bookings for the summer months.
Ambassadors to the European Union will meet today to discuss the European Commission’s proposal to lift restrictions on non-EU countries with higher vaccination rates. The decision is expected to be formally taken by EU ministers on Thursday. However, The Telegraph reported that no details have been released on the date of the trip.
Currently, only citizens of countries with an infection rate of less than 25 cases per 100,000 population can come to Europe. However, it will expand to countries with less than 100 cases per 100,000 population. This means tourists from the United Kingdom (44/100 thousand) and the United States (35/100 thousand) will be allowed to enter.
It is assumed that travel is possible using digital, also known as Green Certificates (can also use the British NHS application) to download travel documents, including vaccination certificates. Such EU-wide digital certification will be ready by mid-June.
Conversely, those who have not yet been vaccinated can travel with negative results of the Covit-19 test, which will be downloaded before the trip. Citizens of countries on this list do not need isolation.
Currently, only a few countries are open to tourists from outside the EU. One of them, Portugal, opened to the British on Sunday, adding to the list of twelve British safe havens.