October 2, 2023

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Travel Groove

A common approach to COVID-19 travel measures in the EU

COVID-19: New Council recommendation on the coordination of vacation actions within the EU

Folks with a valid EU electronic COVID certificate

All travellers with a legitimate EU electronic COVID certification ought to be exempt from tests and quarantine/self-isolation.

An EU digital COVID certification is legitimate if the individual anxious has:

  • finished the whole principal vaccination collection with an EU-authorized COVID-19 vaccine (and more than 14 days and less than 9 months have passed because the last dose) OR
  • acquired a booster of an EU-accepted COVID-19 vaccine OR
  • recovered from COVID-19 and fewer than 180 days have passed considering the fact that the day of the favourable test result OR
  • received a damaging PCR test consequence not additional than 72 hrs prior to arrival or a damaging quick antigen examination outcome not more than 24 hours in advance of arrival

EU nations around the world could also settle for vaccines permitted by the World Wellbeing Firm (WHO).

Men and women with out a legitimate EU digital COVID certification

People today without the need of a valid EU digital COVID certificate could be necessary to acquire a take a look at prior to or no later on than 24 hours immediately after arrival.

Transportation personnel, individuals travelling for crucial professional medical motives, seafarers and individuals residing in border locations and travelling frequently really should be exempt from this requirement.

Passenger Locator Variety (PLF)

Travellers can be expected to fill in a passenger locator form (PLF) when they get there working with collective modes of transport


Underneath 12 several years aged: not essential to have an EU digital COVID certificate

12-18 a long time previous: exact procedures as older people

Mapping of chance spots and associated measures

The European Centre for Disorder Prevention and Control (ECDC) publishes a weekly widespread color-coded map of risk locations to aid EU countries’ decisions.

The map is based on information offered by member states on the subsequent common criteria:

  • testing price = the number of tests per 100 000 persons for the duration of the past week
  • 14-day cumulative situations = number of new conditions for every 100 000 folks in the final 14 times
  • vaccination uptake

Darkish pink places

  • all non-important journey to these locations should be discouraged
  • feasible more actions for non-vaccinated or non-recovered travellers: screening prior to arrival and quarantine/self-isolation on arrival
  • youngsters under 6 should be exempt from quarantine or checks
  • young children underneath 12, if they have a legitimate EU electronic COVID certification, should be exempt from quarantine

Crisis brake mechanism

A member state or the European Fee can induce an unexpected emergency brake based mostly on facts from ECDC reviews:

  • if the epidemiological predicament in a location deteriorates fast
  • in unique wherever a variant of concern or curiosity is detected 

Less than the unexpected emergency brake steps this sort of as tests and quarantine can be introduced, which includes for EU electronic COVID certificate holders and necessary travellers.

If the emergency brake is activated, EU countries really should discuss probable coordinated actions in the Council, in cooperation with the European Fee.

Information for travellers

All data and updates are obtainable on the EU web page reopen.europa.eu