EU agrees to open borders to vaccinated travelers
The European Union is reportedly ready to reopen its borders to vaccinated travelers in another sign world leaders are working toward a return to normal following the coronavirus pandemic.
Christian Wigand, a spokesperson for the EU, confirmed the organization’s plans to The Washington Post but did not give a timetable for when travel restrictions might be lifted. Such a plan would need to clear the EU’s health officials, the newspaper noted.
Under the proposed reopening, fully vaccinated individuals would be able to travel to and from countries in the EU. All vaccines approved by U.S. health officials would be considered acceptable for travel to the EU, officials said, but vaccines made in Russia and China would not.
The EU closed its borders to external travelers in March 2020 as the pandemic was beginning to spread rapidly around the world.
Earlier this month, the EU told member states they should begin to consider opening their borders to nonessential travelers who have been vaccinated.
“This evidence suggests that travel restrictions could be safely waived in certain cases for persons who can demonstrate having received the last recommended dose of a COVID-19 vaccine authorised in the EU,” the organization wrote at the time.
Worldwide cases of coronavirus have begun to fall off since May 19 as more countries race to administer vaccines to their populations.