The European Commission has encouraged its member states to lift the ban on non-essential travel for citizens of third countries who have received Covid-19 vaccinations and have recovered from the virus.
The EU Council updated its proposal on the temporary limitation of non-essential travel into the EU, noting that the current recommendation is a result of the pandemic’s progression as well as the high proportion of the world’s population vaccinated against Covid-19.
According to the Council, EU nations should not need further testing for non-essential travelers who have been vaccinated with one of the vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency or the World Health Organization.
Although each member state sets its own admission standards, the bulk of them follow European Commission recommendations, with Italy saying that it will begin implementing the new policy next week.
Most EU members eliminating entry bans and limitations would provide a significant boost to the aviation industry in former Yugoslav markets outside of the EU, which rely significantly on traffic to and from the bloc as their primary source of passengers.