Tuesday, 25 January 2022

European Union proposes 9-month validity on Covid Vaccine for travel

European Union will suggest a 9-month time limit for the validity of Covid-19 vaccinations for travel into the bloc and propose prioritizing vaccinated travelers.

As per a document seen by Bloomberg, the European Commission will propose that member states continue welcoming all travelers inoculated with shots approved by the bloc. It also calls for countries to reopen as of 10 January to all those who have used vaccines approved by the World Health Organization.

The proposed updates launch the new time limit for the validity of Covid vaccinations, suggesting that boosters will be needed beyond the nine months.

The proposals, which across travel from outside the EU, are expected to be announced on Thursday.

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European Union governments are pushing for the bloc to smooth out differences in rules to help safeguard the ability to travel after governments have employed contrasting approaches to how long vaccinations should last and how to manage booster shots. The commission offers recommendations that member nations could implement.

Shares of Ryanair Holdings Plc, Europe’s biggest low-cost carrier, fell as much as 1.3% on Thursday, while British rival EasyJet Plc and Franco-Dutch flag carrier Air France-KLM also traded lower. Deutsche Lufthansa AG was little changed in Frankfurt after falling as much as 0.8%.

Countries across the European Union are scrambling to counter the pandemic’s fourth wave with varying degrees of restrictions against a backdrop of uneven vaccination rates. Germany considers compulsory shots for some vulnerable groups, Italy has imposed limits for unvaccinated people, and Denmark considers mandating face masks in public transport. Austria has restricted leisure travel as part of a three-week lockdown.

As the case numbers continue to rise across Europe, the EU’s executive arm plans to discontinue its safelist of countries. All travelers are allowed regardless of vaccination status, as of 1 March. From that date on, vaccinated and recovered travelers with an EU digital Covid certificate, or an equivalent pass, would be able to enter the bloc.

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