EU Aims to Open up to More Foreign Tourists This Summer Despite COVID-19

BRUSSELS—The European Union’s executive has recommended easing COVID-19 travel restrictions next month to let foreign travelers from more countries enter the EU, hoping to boost the stricken tourism industry this summer. Under current restrictions, people from only seven countries, including Australia and Singapore, can enter the EU on holiday, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated against COVID-19 but subject to tests or quarantine. New proposals outlined by the European Commission on Monday, but still requiring member states’ approval, would allow in foreign citizens who have been fully vaccinated and those who arrive from countries with a “good epidemiological situation.” “Time to revive tourism industry and for cross-border friendships to rekindle—safely,” Commission President Ursula von der Leyen wrote on Twitter. People arriving from Britain, Russia, and a number of other countries would meet the new criteria, according to data provided by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). U.S. …
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