Passengers who prove that they have been fully vaccinated or recovered from Covid-19 under the new travel rules, or who present a negative test result, will be able to travel within the European Union from 1 February 2022 without being subjected to measures such as quarantine.
The new rules of the Council of the European Union are not binding, but EU ministers have backed the Council’s rules.
Accordingly, the new travel rules will be determined according to the Covid-19 certificate, which includes information on vaccination, testing or passing the disease, not according to the region in which the individuals come from.
The EU Council wants the restrictions to be person-based rather than region-based.
The EU’s Covid-19 certificate includes people’s vaccination status, whether they have the disease, and recent testing information.
New rules of recommendation
People who have had their first vaccinations a maximum of 270 days in place or have a reminder dose will be able to enter another country freely.
The travel barrier will be lifted for people who have recovered from Covid-19 in the last 180 days and passengers who have a PCR test 72 hours before travel or an antigen test 24 hours earlier.
Exceptions will be made to countries in the “dark red” category of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control’s risk map. These countries can be excluded under the new rules.
The new framework will take effect on February 1st.