Intended to facilitate a return to free movement, the green certificate will be valid throughout the European Union from July 1, but seven Member States will start issuing it on Tuesday, June 1, when the system begins to operate from technical point of view, according to European Commissioner Didier Reynders. This document has a triple dimension: it certifies a vaccination, a negative test or an immunity linked to a Covid-19 infection for less than 180 days.
In order to revive tourism, the European Commission is trying to harmonize the measures to which travelers will be subject within the EU, but these decisions are ultimately the responsibility of the Member States. “We propose that there be no tests or quarantines imposed on people fully vaccinated or cured” of Covid-19, said Didier Reynders at a press conference, specifying that it was already the practice in many of Member States. A person will be considered fully vaccinated 14 days after receiving the last dose needed.
For people who have not been vaccinated or who have not recently contracted Covid-19, the Commission proposes that the measures vary depending on the area of origin of the traveler. Based on the color mapping published weekly by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Tests and quarantine could only be imposed on travelers from “dark red” areas with an incidence rate of more than 500 cases (per 100,000 inhabitants) over 14 days.
In addition, the Commission proposes to harmonize the period of validity of a PCR test to 72 hours, and to 48 hours that of a rapid antigenic test, when the latter is accepted by the Member State. In order to facilitate family travel, while the youngest do not have access to vaccination, the European executive recommends not subjecting them to quarantine when their parents are exempt, and exempting children from testing. less than six years old.
Member states can be less strict, for example by deciding that a single dose of vaccine is sufficient to enter their soil. For tourists coming from third countries, “if they come to Europe with proof of vaccination, they will also be able to have access to European certificates to travel to the EU,” said Reynders. Concerning the United States, which does not “seem to have the intention for the moment to have the equivalent of the certificate at the federal level”, the European Commissioner clarified that discussions have been held. initiated with the US government to allow authentication of the data that will be provided.
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