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Last Updated Date: January 25, 2022

Will Travel Measures Be Arranged According to the Covid-19 Certificate?

The European Union (EU) Council wants travel measures to be renewed according to the Covid-19 certificate status.

Will Travel Measures Be Arranged According to the Covid-19 Certificate?

The European Union (EU) Council has recommended member states to determine the Covid-19 travel measures according to the Covid-19 certificate, which contains information about vaccination, testing or passing the disease, not according to the region from which people come.

In the statement made by the European Council, it was stated that the recommendation decision was taken in order to provide coordination to facilitate unrestricted safe travels. It was demanded that the restrictions be person-based rather than region-based.

In the decision, reminding that vaccination rates have increased, Covid-19 travel measures were requested to be the determinant of the EU’s digital Covid-19 certificate, not where the passengers came from. Despite this, it was stated that the countries where the epidemic was intense could be excluded from the scope.

The EU’s Covid-19 certificate contains information about people’s vaccination status, whether they have had the disease and recent tests.

In the decision, it was noted that those who do not have a Covid-19 certificate can be asked to test 24 hours before and 24 hours after the trip. In addition, it was stated that exceptions should be applied to compulsory travels, those who go to their home or work by crossing the border every day, and children under the age of 12.

The decision of the European Council is of recommendation nature. EU countries determine their own travel restrictions.

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