The European Union (EU) is preparing to review and revise the different measures taken by member countries and the rules about travel due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) cases that have increased significantly recently.
At the European Parliament General Assembly meeting in Strasbourg, the increase in Covid-19 cases in the EU and the coordination of the measures tightened by the member states at different levels were discussed. Stella Kyriakides, Member of the EU Commission in charge of health, said, “We need to prevent division on this issue.”
Noting that the “Digital Covid Certificate” application is an element that unites all member countries, Kyriakides said that this week, the Commission will make adjustments in the current travel rules in the EU in accordance with the new situation of the epidemic.
The Digital Covid Certificate application, prepared by the EU to facilitate travel during the epidemic, entered into force on July 1.
While the certificate includes the EU-approved BioNTech-Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, no additional testing or additional restrictions are applied to travel if 2 weeks has passed since the last dose.
On the other hand, EU countries are tightening their restrictions due to the significantly increasing number of cases recently.
The EU Commission is expected to present its proposals for non-essential travel between the EU and third countries to the EU representatives of the member states on November 24. It is anticipated that banning travel will not be among the recommendations.