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The revisions are in response to the pandemic’s progression, rising vaccination uptake and booster dose administration, and the recognition of an increasing number of certificates produced by third countries as equal to the EU digital COVID certificate. On March 1, 2022, the revised recommendation will take effect.
COVID-19 limits should be enforced in accordance with this proposal, taking into account both the situation in the third country and the person’s specific position. Persons vaccinated with an EU- or WHO-approved vaccine, recovered persons, and all people traveling from a country on the EU list should be allowed to travel for non-essential reasons. Additional procedures, like as PCR testing before travel, may be necessary for some of these travelers.
Persons vaccinated with an EU- or WHO-approved vaccine who have received the last dose of the primary immunization series at least 14 days and no more than 270 days before arrival or who have received a booster dose should have the temporary ban on non-essential travel to the EU lifted.
Member states should also lift the temporary ban on non-essential travel for people who have recovered from COVID-19 and plan to visit the EU within 180 days.
For those who have been vaccinated with a WHO-approved vaccine, member states may also demand a negative PCR test 72 hours before to departure, as well as extra measures such as quarantine or isolation. Persons who have recovered from COVID-19, as well as those who have been vaccinated with an EU-approved vaccine but do not have an EU or similar certificate, may be asked to have a negative PCR test before leaving.
Children over the age of six and under the age of eighteen who meet the adult requirements should be allowed to travel.
In addition, all other children over the age of six and under the age of eighteen should be permitted to travel if a negative PCR test is obtained at least 72 hours before to departure. Additional testing, as well as quarantine or isolation, may be required by member states following arrival.
Children under the age of six should not be subjected to any tests or additional obligations.
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