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Travellers should be allowed to enter the EU if they have:
Member states should use the EU digital COVID certificate or third- country equivalent certificates as proof of vaccination and recovery.
Essential travellers should always be allowed to travel into the EU, regardless of where they are travelling from.
Who is considered to be an essential traveller?
Every two weeks, the EU reviews the list of third countries for which travel restrictions should be lifted, based on common criteria.
All travellers from third countries on the EU list should be allowed to travel into the EU.
By 30 April 2022, the European Commission will assess whether to keep the list.
Member states may require a negative PCR test taken at the earliest 72 hours before departure for all travellers, except for those vaccinated with an EU-approved vaccine.
Member states may require:
Children over 6 and under 18 should be allowed to travel if they:
No test or additional requirements should be applied to children under the age of 6.
An urgent, temporary restriction on all travel into the EU from a third country can be adopted by a member state:
The emergency brake should not apply to:
Such restrictions should be reviewed at least once every 2 weeks. If the emergency brake is triggered, EU countries should discuss possible coordinated measures in the Council, in cooperation with the European Commission.
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