EU member states have reached an agreement on how to plan a cross-border trip this summer, deciding that fully vaccinated people do not need to be tested for coronavirus or quarantined.
Twenty-seven member states, including the Netherlands, upheld the Commission’s proposal to pave the way for free travel for people who have been fully vaccinated for at least two weeks. The Netherlands wanted a shorter period.
Beginning July 1, travelers can use their mobile phone QR codes to indicate that they have been vaccinated, tested negative, or have recently been infected with the coronavirus.
However, a 12-year-old who is not fully vaccinated must have a negative coronavirus test on a bilateral trip, unless both are at green risk levels.
Member States have also reached an agreement to define whether a country has a red, amber, or green risk level. Currently, if the number of infections per 100,000 people is less than 25, the country is classified as “green”, which doubles to 50.
Also, if the percentage of positive tests is less than 1%, 75 of the 100,000 positive tests are also considered green.
The orange zone is the zone where there are no more than 100 positive tests per 100,000 people, or 50 zones per 100,000 people, as long as the infection rate is less than 4%.
The Netherlands, which is still classified as red using this system, wanted the risk assessment to be more generous.
The agreement still has to be confirmed by the European Minister of Health. They will meet in Luxembourg next week to finalize the details of the digital coronavirus certificate. After that, it must be approved by Parliament before it can be implemented from 1st July.
According to the NRC, countries can deviate from the rules even if they want to accept more tourists or if new outbreaks are threatened.
The European Commission states that of the EU’s 350 million adults, about 100 million are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. At least 11.3 million vaccinations have already been given in the Netherlands, which has 140 vaccination sites.
On Friday, people born in 1991 were called in to make an appointment for vaccination.
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EU paves the way for untested cross-border travel using the coronavirus app
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