The European Commission on Thursday proposed an update to the EU recommendations on travel from countries outside the Union in a context of Covid. The proposal has yet to be discussed at Council level (Member States), but expects a change of system: we abandon the list of foreign countries of departure recommended as “sure“, and we take as determining data the status of each individual traveler, either their vaccination status (completely vaccinated against Covid-19) or their status as a person recovered from the disease in the previous months.
The Commission is proposing this complete change for next March, with steps until then. Currently, a list of countries is updated every two weeks by the Council, showing third countries whose travelers are believed to be able to enter Europe even for non-essential trips. Please note, even if individual vaccination becomes central in the EU’s approach to travelers departing from abroad, the requirements should continue to diverge depending on the vaccine administered (authorized in Europe or not).