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EU countries have agreed on a coordinated approach to COVID-19 travel measures within the EU.
The new Council recommendation (2022/107) on a coordinated approach to facilitate free movement during the COVID-19 pandemic (replacing recommendation 2020/1475) was adopted on 25 January 2022. It applies as of 1 February 2022.
All travellers with a valid EU digital COVID certificate should be exempt from testing and quarantine/self-isolation.
An EU digital COVID certificate is valid if the person concerned has:
EU countries could also accept vaccines approved by the World Health Organization (WHO).
People without a valid EU digital COVID certificate could be required to take a test prior to or no later than 24 hours after arrival.
Transport workers, patients travelling for imperative medical reasons, seafarers and persons living in border regions and travelling frequently should be exempt from this requirement.
Travellers can be required to fill in a passenger locator form (PLF) when they arrive using collective modes of transport
Under 12 years old: not required to have an EU digital COVID certificate
12-18 years old: same rules as adults
The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) publishes a weekly common colour-coded map of risk areas to support EU countries’ decisions.
The map is based on data provided by member states on the following common criteria:
A member state or the European Commission can trigger an emergency brake based on information from ECDC reports:
Under the emergency brake measures such as testing and quarantine can be introduced, including for EU digital COVID certificate holders and essential travellers.
If the emergency brake is triggered, EU countries should discuss possible coordinated measures in the Council, in cooperation with the European Commission.
All information and updates are available on the EU website reopen.europa.eu
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