The Commission Thursday proposed that vaccine certificates for travel be valid for nine months, and that rules on travel within the bloc should be tied to travelers’ personal health risk, rather than their country of departure.
“This means that holders of an EU certificate should in principle not be subject to additional travel restrictions, wherever they come from in the European Union,” Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders said.
According to documents seen by Bloomberg the European Commission will recommend that member states open their borders to all travellers with a WHO-approved vaccine by 10 January.
The proposed rule changes, which are expected to be announced later today, include a nine month limit on the validity of vaccines with travellers requiring a booster jab to have access to cross-border travel.
Today’s announcement could facilitate a more joined up response to the pandemic in Europe with the bloc so far taking a patch work approach to restrictions.
Tough lockdown measures have been announced for unvaccinated people in Austria and the Netherlands as cases rise quickly in Europe.
The region has reported 29,300 deaths in the past seven days, higher than any other region in the world according to WHO data. Over 2.5m cases have been reported in the past week alone whilst case numbers in the US stood at 848,000 and 129,500 in South-East Asia.