Travel is made easier for those who have been vaccinated, tested and recovered


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Those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered do not have to go into quarantine in Germany after entering Germany from a high-risk area. © Jesús Hellín/EUROPA PRESS/dpa

Unification of the EU countries: From next month it will no longer be decisive where a trip starts from – but whether there is a valid vaccination, test or proof of recovery.

Brussels – In the future, a valid EU Corona certificate for travel in the EU should be more important than the infection process in the country of departure.

The EU states agreed that from February 1st it should no longer be decisive where a trip starts from – but whether there is a valid vaccination, test or proof of recovery. This was announced by the EU countries. In doing so, the states are largely following a proposal that the EU Commission presented two months ago.

According to the agreement, in addition to vaccines approved in the EU, funds accepted by the WHO or national authorities should also be sufficient. A PCR test should be carried out no earlier than 72 hours before the trip, and a rapid test 24 hours. A recovery certificate should be valid for 180 days. Anyone who does not have a certificate should take a test upon arrival. There are exceptions for children. There shouldn’t be any additional restrictions. A spokesman for the EU Commission emphasized: “The least we can all expect is that the member states will implement this recommendation.”

Since the Omicron variant has now spread throughout Europe, consideration should also be given to lifting the travel restrictions introduced in some member states in view of the variant.

Germany distinguishes between virus variant and high-risk areas for entry. Those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered do not have to be quarantined after entering the country from a high-risk area. Unvaccinated persons can be tested five days after entry at the earliest. All EU countries are currently classified as high-risk areas, and no country is currently classified as a virus variant area. Other countries such as Italy and Austria are currently demanding more than just a certificate. Anyone who only has a basic immunization, for example, must also present a negative test for a holiday in Austria. dpa


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