The European Union has been messaging for a month that there are likely some Covid-19 related travel restrictions reintroduced for inbound visitors.
These updated restrictions would apply to six countries that have not reciprocated with the EU when it comes to entry for bloc citizens, or the Covid-19 situation in these countries has worsened significantly.
Reuters reported late Friday, citing EU’s diplomatic sources, that the bloc would announce on Monday the list of countries that EU/Schengen member states should apply travel restrictions from if there are no objections.
Note that these changes would primarily affect visitors that are not vaccinated using EMA (European Medicines Agency) approved vaccines that may be banned from entering the bloc altogether or need to quarantine with multiple tests.
It is up to each European Union and Schengen country to decide whether to go with the outer border restrictions and whether they choose to apply them to all six countries.
There could also be different entry requirements for vaccination and tests depending on your entry country to EU/Schengen like there have been in place for the entire summer.
The countries removed from the safe travel list:
- United States
- North Macedonia
We should hear the official confirmation from the European Union on Monday, but these leaks from the diplomats working in Brussels are usually correct.
It seems that there are likely very few if any restrictions for travelers who are fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Pfizer (Comirnaty), Moderna (Spikevax), or Johnson & Johnson (Janssen).
It is fair for all the countries involved that the EU should demand reciprocity for its citizens from countries where visitors are allowed to enter the bloc (I am biased on this opinion as one of the member states national).