The European Union will recommend a nine-month deadline for the validity of vaccinations against kovids for block travel, and will also propose giving priority to vaccinated passengers, according to a document that “Bloomberg” had access to.
The European Commission will propose that member states continue to receive all passengers who have been vaccinated with vaccines approved by the bloc. It also calls on countries to reopen on January 10 for all those who have used vaccines approved by the World Health Organization, the document said.
The proposed updates also introduce a new time limit for vaccine validity, suggesting that boosters will be needed after a period of nine months.
The proposals, which cover travel outside the EU, are expected to be released later Thursday.
EU governments are asking the bloc to equalize differences in rules to make travel easier, after countries have taken different approaches to vaccine length and booster doses.
As the latest wave of the pandemic accelerates across Europe, the EU executive plans to abolish its white list of countries from which all passengers are allowed, regardless of vaccination status, as of March 1. From that date, vaccinated passengers who passed the virus with an EU digital kovid certificate or equivalent pass can enter the block.
New rules for children
The revised rules would also allow travel to the EU for children between the ages of 6 and 17 who have had a negative PCR test before departure even if they have not been vaccinated. EU countries could require additional testing upon arrival, as well as quarantine or self-isolation.
As an additional form of protection, evidence of a negative PCR test would be required for all travelers who have been vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the WHO but not approved by the European regulator, as well as for those who have recovered from the corona.
It should be reminded that the WHO approved the vaccines from the companies Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson and Johnson, Astra Zeneka, Sinofarm, but not the Russian Sputnik V Vaccine. Of these vaccines, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) did not approve the one produced by Sinofarm.
The EC proposals will be further decided by the European Council.
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