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EU allows COVID plan to open free travel by summer

The European Union's executive body has announced to open up free travel for all the EU residents this summer.

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The European Union’s executive body has announced to open up free travel for all the EU residents this summer.

It will allow all EU residents to travel across 27-nation blocs. This includes all residents who have recovered and tested negative from the disease.

With summer looming and tourism-reliant countries anxiously waiting for the return of visitors, the European Commission creates certificates to facilitate traveling. The plan is set to be discussed during a summit of EU leaders next week. “We all want the tourist season to start. We can’t afford to lose another season,” European Commission Vice President Vera Jourova told Czech public radio. “Tourism, and also culture and other sectors that are dependent on tourism, terribly suffer. We’re talking about tens of millions of jobs.”

However, the vaccine plan and the issuance of the certificate are still under discussion. The travel-industry is also looking into this context and will approve it after considering it in depth. Economies like Greece and Spain, which are dependent on tourism, have pushed for the quick introduction of a program. The new program will eliminate all kinds of testing requirements for the tourists.

According to data compiled by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, less than 5% of European citizens have been vaccinated in total. The European Commission says that almost 70% is still left to be vaccinated. The commission proposed that all vaccines must be approved by the European Medicines Agency. It includes Russia’s Sputnik or China’s Sinovac.

The European Commission guaranteed that data protection will be given while issuing the vaccine certificates. They will be issued in digital form to increase the scrutiny and maintain transparency. The commission said the certificates should be suspended once the World Health Organization declares the end of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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