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The EU recommends that Member States only allow travelers from outside the bloc to enter if they are vaccinated against or recovered from Covid-19. Under the proposed rules, travelers would need a reminder every nine months.

In a proposal released on Thursday, the European Commission recommended that from March 2022, the 27 EU member states only allow vaccinated, recovered or essential travelers (such as truck drivers) from outside the country. block. Prospective travelers would have to prove they were last vaccinated no more than nine months prior to entry, a decision that essentially makes booster shots mandatory for most travelers.

The EU currently recommends that member states allow travelers from a list of just over 20 countries with “A good epidemiological situation. Travelers from these places – which include Canada, New Zealand and the United Arab Emirates – are allowed to enter the EU with either a vaccine certificate, proof of recovery, or proof of a Covid test. -19 negative. Under the new rules, that list would be removed and individual travelers allowed entry based on their vaccination or recovery status only.

Currently, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has approved vaccines from Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Janssen. The Russian Sputnik-V is under review by the agency, as are the shots from Sanofi-GSK and China’s Sinopharm.

Under the new proposal, the EU would grant entry to travelers vaccinated with vaccines approved by the World Health Organization (WHO), but not the EMA. This would allow anyone who has received SInopharm, Sinovac and two other vaccines made in India to enter, provided they provide a negative test result as well as proof of vaccination.

The Commission’s proposal will need to be approved by the European Council and, if adopted, will apply to all EU countries except Ireland, which is not a member of the EU. Schengen area without borders.

Some 67% of EU citizens are currently vaccinated against Covid-19, although countries have experienced different participation rates. However, even in Ireland, which has the highest vaccination rate in the bloc at 93%, new weekly cases of the virus have tripled since early October, and the Irish government is considering further restrictions on daily living.

“It is obvious that the pandemic is not yet over”, EU Commissioner Didier Reynders said on Thursday, adding that “Travel rules must take this volatile situation into account. “

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