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May 3, 2021 – 10:47 p.m.

European Union plan to reopen its doors to tourists from outside the European Union. But in Germany, the emergency brakes in restaurants and meetings outside of the family are still in place

From Francesca Basso, Christina Csic, Luigi Ippolito, Giuseppe Sarsina

Tourism at full speed ahead. The European Union cannot afford another summer of crisis and is trying to find a safe solution to bring back citizens from outside the European Union, especially from the United States, the United Kingdom and Israel, where vaccination rates are lower than the European Union. The commission has proposed admission to the European Union for reasons that are not fundamental, not only for all people From countries with good epidemiological situation, but also to all of these Who have received the latest recommended dose of the federation approved Covid vaccine. External borders have been banned for non-essential travel since March 2020.

President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen,

Borders and health are national competencies and therefore are non-binding recommendationsThe last word belongs to individual member states that can still impose testing or quarantines. Tomorrow the ambassadors of the European Union will discuss it. The attempt is to have a coordinated approach. The commission also proposes to reduce requirements for classifying countries as epidemiologically safe (the list so far includes Australia, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand), and quadruple the positive number per 100,000 population. This would allow the council to expand the list of countries that travel is permitted from. The proposal provides some flexibility and the introduction of the emergency brake in the event that the epidemiological situation in a country outside the European Union rapidly worsens or a variable of concern is discovered: a member state can urgently and temporarily suspend all travel entry to non-EU citizens residing in that country.

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The intention to open up to vaccinated American citizens was already anticipated by the President of the European Union Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, at the end of April in an interview with The New York TimesBut without details. The commission now proposes that member states allow The recipient’s trip to the European Union, at least 14 days before arrival, The most recent recommended dose of one of the four vaccines authorized in the European Union: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and a single dose of Janssen (Johnson & Johsnon serum). The permit could be extended to vaccines that have completed the WHO’s emergency use process. As for children, who are currently excluded from vaccinations, they should be able to travel with their vaccinated parents if they pass the PCR test with a negative result, no later than 72 hours before reaching their destination. Meanwhile, member states and the European Union Parliament must quickly agree to the launch of a green digital certificate.

May 3, 2021 | 22:47

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