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EU introduces new rules for tourists

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The EU authorities have adopted new rules for travel during the pandemic. This was announced on January 25.

According to the published recommendations, the individual status of a person should be taken into account first, rather than the situation at the regional level where they arrive from. The exceptions would be areas where the incidence of the disease has reached serious proportions. Such a decision is a response to the significant increase in the use of vaccines.

Now tourists with a valid EU digital COVID certificate will not be subject to additional restrictions on free movement. At the same time, the document must include one of the requirements:

  • a vaccination certificate (at least 14 and no more than 270 days must have passed since the last vaccination);
  • negative PCR test results no more than 72 hours before the border crossing;
  • a negative express antigen test no more than 24 hours before the trip;
  • a certificate of recovery, not exceeding 6 months.

Travelers without a digital certificate may be required to take the test immediately before travel or no later than 24 hours before travel.

The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) will continue to publish a color-coded COVID-19 generic risk map weekly. Restrictions will be adopted for dark red areas.