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European Commission makes recommendations to facilitate summer travel across EU

DUBLIN: The European Commission has issued recommendations to boost summer travel in EU countries. The Commission proposed an exemption from quarantine and testing for those who have recently recovered from COVID-19 and are fully vaccinated. It is also suggested that travellers who have a negative COVID-19 test be exempted from the above measures.

The Commission’s recommendation follows a steady decline in COVID-19 infections across the EU. The proposals also seek to simplify the laws in order to ensure freedom of movement for European citizens.

The European Union (EU) has said that member states that rely on tourism can grant more exemptions or reduce travel restrictions depending on their circumstances. The Commission expects that the bill will be passed in June to aid summer tourism.

Given the progress of COVID-19 vaccination, the Commission issued the guidelines ahead of the implementation of the Digital COVID Certificate. The Commission wants the Digital Cert to take effect on July 1. It also expects EU member states to pass legislation to implement it in the coming weeks. The Commission said the law would also provide for the immediate regulation of international travel from areas of concern.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin had announced that Ireland has adopted the Digital Green Certificate, which will allow foreign travel to resume. The Taoiseach said that this will take effect on July 19.

The Digital Green Certificate will be valid in all EU countries. These are free and available in both paper and digital formats.

Those who have been vaccinated with vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) will be eligible for the certificate. This includes the Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.

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