More EU Travel Freedom

Overnight more detail has emerged in regards to EU travel and the agreement on how people can move around the Continent - please see the text below from France24 website:

European Union legislators and member countries found a compromise Thursday for launching COVID-19 certificates before the height of the summer holiday season, a move aimed at boosting travel and tourism following the restrictions of the coronavirus pandemic.

The various players managed to reconcile their differences during another round of discussions, paving the way for the trans-border travel passes to be introduced. Officials said the system should be up and running by July 1.

“This agreement is the first step to get the Schengen Area back on track,” European Parliament rapporteur Juan Fernando Lopez Aguilar said, referring to Europe’s passport-free travel zone. “It will make all the difference, and it won’t be repeating the nightmare of Summer 2020.”

The European Commission said the certificates will be issued in digital format and designed to be shown either on smartphones or paper. It guaranteed that “a very high level of data protection will be ensured.”

So, once you have passed into the EU zone, provided that you have the certificate, travel around the EU zones should be permitted.

They also report:

The proposal should now go to member states for formal adoption and to the European Parliament for ratification during its next plenary session in June. The EU’s executive branch has already started working on the initiative’s technical aspects with EU countries.

“Work still remains,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said. “At EU level, the system will be ready in the next few days. It is now crucial that all member states press ahead with the roll-out of their national systems to ensure that the system can be up and running as soon as possible. This is what EU citizens rightly expect.”

All vaccines authorized by the European Medicines Agency — currently, that’s the ones made by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson - will be automatically recognized. National governments will be allowed to include other vaccines which haven’t received EU market authorization.

Under the provisional agreement, the certificate regulation would be in place for 12 months.

Progress and I will be watching how the Certificates are issued, which looks likely to be linked to the Covid Test required to enter the EU country that you arrive in.

I will have my second Covid vaccine on Monday, which also seems to be a factor in travel going forward.

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