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 put in place 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 in order to take into account the introduction of the Covid certificate and the risk of variants. On 20 May, the Council decided to relax the conditions of entry into the EU for travellers from third countries who have received a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency. Restrictions may also be lifted on travel from third countries where the number of cases of Covid-19 is between 25 and 75 per 100,000 population over the last 14 days. The Re-open EU application lists all measures in place for travel between Member States.
Latest actions. As of 30 June, 61% of the EU adult population has received at least one dose of vaccine. The Commission has reserved up to 4.4 billion doses through agreements with 6 laboratories and pre-agreements with 2 others. On 20 May, the Commission signed a third contract with Pfizer-BioNTech to reserve an additional 1.8 billion doses of Covid-19 vaccine between the end of 2021 and 2023. The contract includes 900 million doses of the current vaccine and a variant-adapted vaccine, and an option to purchase an additional 900 million doses. On 15 June, the Commission presented a report on the first lessons to be learned from the crisis.
Last update: 20 July 2021