Intra-European travel: EU recommends ending testing on vaccinated people

Vaccinated travelers will no longer need a COVID test to enter the UK. On the continent, twenty-seven have adopted a recommendation along the same lines for travel within the Union. An act, however, is not legally binding.

European affairs ministers from twenty-seven EU countries adopted a new recommendation during a meeting in Brussels on Tuesday that aims to ” Better coordinate their free movement measures“. This recommendation, which will come into effect from 1 February, recommends not to subject travelers in possession of an EU digital COVID certificate to the presentation of a negative test.

Although the act is not legally binding, and may not be enforced by some states – including Italy – which require a test, even when someone has been vaccinated or cured of COVID goes. , We will see how the various Member States will adjust their health measures in the coming days.“He had given his report to everyone,” remarked Clement Beaune, the French Foreign Minister for European Affairs. intent to comply,

The same measure will apply on February 1, fixing the period of validity of vaccination certificates to nine months (270 days), in the absence of a booster dose allowing travel in the Union. At this point, remember that France, like many other countries, is more serious: from February 15, the period of validity of vaccination certificates without booster injections will increase to 4 months instead of 7 at present.

The British government also took the initiative on Monday and announced the lifting of the obligation to conduct a test for fully vaccinated travelers arriving in England. This exemption from any screening will be effective from February 11. The measures have also been eased for travelers who have not been (fully) vaccinated: they will no longer need to self-isolate while waiting to be tested on D+8, but will still be given 48 hours. Must submit a negative test in less than Get a PCR test done before they leave, then after their arrival.

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