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EU to ease travel restrictions over summer

European Union states have agreed to drop all quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated people who travel within the bloc, as people across the bloc prepare their summer holidays.

People who have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days before their travel should not have to test for the virus or go into quarantine, according to a recommendation by the bloc’s ambassadors.

This comes before the COVID vaccine certificates are set to go live across the bloc on July 1.

This serves as proof – to be mutually recognised in all 27 EU countries – whether a person has been vaccinated, tested for the virus, or recovered from an infection.

The text still needs to be officially adopted, but this is considered a formality. It is non-binding.

Under the same recommendation, also fewer non-vaccinated people would have to quarantine: mainly people coming from an area classified as “dark red,” or high-risk, can be asked to self-isolate and take a test on arrival.

All others can essentially test themselves free – either before or after arrival.

To determine the risk of an area, EU countries look at two criteria: the case notification rate, or how many cases per 100,000 inhabitants have been notified over a 14-day period; and the test positive rate, or how many tests come back positive.

A “dark red” zone is defined when the notification rate is 500 or more.

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