EUROPEAN UNION TO REOPEN BORDERS FOR FULLY VACCINATED TRAVELLERS FROM THIRD COUNTRIES
Non-essential travel into the 27-member European Union is currently prohibited, with the exception of a limited number of countries considered safe due to low Covid case rates. Residents of seven nations, including Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and Israel, are officially permitted to enter the bloc for non-essential travel, though the list is not applied uniformly across all Member States.
After more than a year of tight restrictions on travel into the EU, the European Union has agreed to open its doors to vaccinated Americans and others. According to European reports, EU member states decided on Wednesday to reopen the bloc's borders to travelers who have been properly vaccinated against the corona virus. The E.U. guidance is not binding, so some countries could choose to be more or less restrictive than the bloc as a whole. Officials said the reopening could take effect within days of final approval, which will come this week or next.
Diplomats meeting in Brussels have decided to expand the number of new cases a country will receive before being declared unsafe, allowing more places to travel into the EU. The maximum number of cases per 100,000 people a country will register in two weeks and still be eligible for the green list would increase from 25 to 75.