Borders. The European Covid certificate came into force on 1 July. People who have been vaccinated, tested negative or recovered from the disease can travel within the EU without restriction, but measures can be introduced if necessary and proportionate. The Commission has pledged €100 million to make testing affordable and accessible. On 14 June, the Council updated the recommendations for travel within the EU to take account of the introduction of the Covid certificate and the risk of variants. The Council decided on 20 May to relax the conditions for entry into the EU for travellers from third countries who have received a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency. Restrictions can be lifted on travel from third countries where the number of cases of Covid-19 is between 25 and 75 per 100,000 inhabitants over the last 14 days. The list of countries for which restrictions can be lifted was updated on 30 August, including the removal of the USA. The Re-open EU app lists all measures in place for travel between Member States.
The latest actions. The target of complete vaccination of 70% of the EU population was reached on 31 August. The Commission has reserved up to 4.6 billion doses through agreements with 7 laboratories and a pre-agreement with 1 other. The latest contract was signed on 4 August with Novavax, for at least 100 million doses once the vaccine has been approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). On 15 June, the Commission presented a report on the first lessons to be learned from the crisis.
Last update: 25th October 2021