Fully vaccinated British holidaymakers should be able to move freely across the European Union from 1 July under the bloc’s planned digital Covid-19 certificates, officials announced on Tuesday.
The European Commission wants the patchwork of different EU travel restrictions lifted by the end of the month to kickstart the summer holiday season, with British tourists included in the new travel scheme.
“I hope many, many British citizens will come to our countries, and I hope many EU citizens will visit the UK,” he said. “I think everybody is doing their utmost to create those conditions.”
Seven EU countries have already started issuing the certificate, which uses a QR code with advanced security feature: Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Croatia, and Poland. “Seven member states is a good start,” EU Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton said, urging the remaining countries to prepare systems to issue, store and verify certificates. “I encourage others to follow as soon as possible.”
The EU certificate, available in digital and paper form, will allow travellers to show that they have been vaccinated, have a recent negative PCR test, or have recovered from a past infection and are therefore immune. Without the pass, they would face quarantine or testing requirements when crossing the EU’s internal borders.
CDC officials also reported Friday that it was anxiety — not a problem with the shots — that caused fainting, dizziness and other reactions reported in 64 people at vaccine clinics in five states in early April. None got seriously ill.
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