EU lawmaker approves COVID-19 travel certificate

Brussels-On Wednesday, European Union lawmakers approve a new travel certificate that allows people to travel between European countries without undergoing quarantine or additional coronavirus testing, to begin the pass in time for the summer. Paved the way for.

The long-awaited certificate aims to save the European travel industry and major tourist destinations from another dire vacation season. Major travel destinations, such as Greece, are rapidly introducing certificates that can use both paper and digital forms.

Several EU countries have already begun using this system, including Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Greece and Poland.

Traveling to 27 EU countries is now a trial for both travelers and airlines. There are various COVID-19 traffic light systems in the country, the green ones are considered safe and the red ones should be avoided. However, travel is confusing for everyone, as each country applies different rules and standards.

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Tourists sunbathe on the beaches of the Balearic Islands in Mallorca, Spain, on June 7, 2021. (Francisco Ubilla / AP Photo)

The new regulation governing vaccine certificates was adopted in two votes at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. The rules for EU citizens were passed 546 vs. 93, with 51 abstaining. There were 553 participants from outside the block, 91 with abstentions, and 46 withdrawals.

Voting still has to be rubber stamped by EU countries, but it is likely to be formal.

This means that from July 1st to 12 months, all EU member states will need to approve the vaccine certificate. They are issued free of charge and prove that a person has either been completely vaccinated against the virus, recently tested negative, or recovered from the disease.

This rule is less enforced for six weeks to prepare each country.

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People sunbathing on the beaches of Barcelona, ​​Spain, Tuesday, June 8, 2021. (Emilio Morenatti / AP Photo)

Passes are issued by individual countries, not from the Central European system. Includes a QR code with advanced security features. Personal data will not be shared with other countries.

“EU countries are encouraged not to impose further restrictions unless strictly necessary and proportional,” said Juan Fernando Lopez Aguilar, a member of the Spanish Socialist Workers Party who oversaw the vote through parliament.

The majority of immigrants from outside the EU are required to be vaccinated upon entry, but can obtain a certificate if the authorities of the EU country entering the country convince them that they are eligible.

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