EU to Lift COVID-19 Travel Ban on International Tourists

Member states of the European Union have agreed to lift the travel restrictions imposed on non-EU tourists as countries of the bloc prepare ahead of the summer tourist season, two sources from the bloc said on Wednesday.

The move came after ambassadors from the 23 member states of the bloc decided to approve a proposal from the European Commission on May 3 which aimed to ease the COVID-19 travel restrictions of the EU.

The approval of the plan would allow EU to determine “safe” countries and permit fully vaccinated international visitors to enter the borders of the bloc’s member states.

According to the sources who spoke on condition of anonymity, the bloc is expected to release a list of countries that it could categorize as “safe” within this week or early next week.

The assessment conducted by the European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that Britain and many other countries would meet the new criteria set by the bloc.


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