European Union wants to reopen borders for third-country tourists such as the United States and the United Kingdom
After European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen warned that the EU intends to allow fully vaccinated American travelers to visit the European Union this summer, the European bloc continued to unveil its plans to open EU borders for vaccinated third-country nationals. travel for tourist purposes.
On Monday, 3 May, the Commission presented a proposal to Member States that the latter should gradually begin reopening borders for third-country nationals who have been vaccinated against Coronavirus with one of the vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). ).
" The Commission proposes to allow entry into the EU for non-essential reasons not only for all people from countries with a good epidemiological situation, but also for all people who have received the last recommended dose of EU-authorized vaccine. ", Said the Commission in a press release on the proposal.
The Commission intends to allow vaccinated travelers from third countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom, to enter EU countries on the basis of the EU's COVID-19 travel certificate, which is due to be issued by the end of June.
However, until the implementation of the European certificate, Member States should be able to accept " certificates from non-EU countries on the basis of national legislation, taking into account the ability to verify the authenticity, validity and integrity of the certificate and whether it contains all relevant information given ".
At the same time, the EU Commission has also proposed that Member States raise the threshold for the number of new COVID-19 cases used to decide on free movement of third-country tourism to the EU from 25 to 100.
Just days after the proposal was unveiled, the EU advised Member States to allow Israeli travelers to enter the Schengen area and the rest of the EU countries without restrictions for non-essential purposes, including tourism, after the same country registered a low number of COVID cases. -19 in the last few weeks.
The decrease in the number of cases is mainly due to the Israeli government's intensive vaccination campaign, with almost 80% of the Israeli population being vaccinated against Coronavirus.
The EU Commission has recommended the closure of the EU's external borders in mid-March 2020, amid the outbreak of Coronavirus in Europe. Since then, the EU's borders have been closed to most of the world's citizens.
On 30 June 2020, the EU Council of Ministers published a list of 15 third countries, recommending that Member States open borders for residents of those states. The "safe list" has been regularly reviewed and adjusted for the latest developments in a pandemic context.