Didier Reynders, Member of the EU Commission for Justice, announced at a press conference that the EU will impose a requirement that the third booster dose be processed on the vaccination certificates within 9 months after the date of the second dose, both in the EU itself and in the travels of people from third countries to the EU.
Noting that the certificate would be rendered invalid in the absence of the third dose, Reynders emphasized that the decision was made in light of the recent significant increase in COVID-19 cases and reports in Europe, as well as scientific findings worldwide.
On the other hand, the EU plans to switch to a ‘person-based’ system instead of regularly updating the list of countries that can be exempted from travel restrictions. From March 1, 2022, it will be possible to travel to the Union with the EU Digital Certificate or other documents recognized by the EU that prove that they are fully vaccinated or have recovered from the disease and that they are on their 3rd dose within 9 months after the last dose.
These rules will also apply to the age range of 6–17. In addition, a negative PCR test will be required on all flights.