European countries to scrap major Covid rule for holidaymakers ‘within days’
According to reports, more European countries could drop testing for fully vaccinated arrivals in the coming days.
France has revealed plans to drop its requirement for vaccinated UK travelers to show proof of a negative Covid test on arrival.
The change will most likely be rolled out in the European Union for fully vaccinated arrivals from outside the bloc.
Speaking on Tuesday, France’s Europe Minister Clement Beaune said the change would be announced in the “coming days”, but did not give details on an exact date.
He told France 2 television: “In the next few days, we will announce that tests are no longer necessary for those who have been vaccinated.
“This week there will probably be a new European protocol for vaccinated people arriving from outside the EU, with relaxed measures.”
Double arrivals in France must currently show a negative lateral flow or a PCR test result taken within the previous 48 hours.
The country could follow in the footsteps of Spain which no longer requires fully vaccinated travelers to undergo Covid tests on arrival or present proof of a test.
Greece and Portugal have also announced that they have dropped negative Covid-19 testing requirements on entry.
Norway has also eased its restrictions and travelers no longer need to test themselves upon arrival.
EU countries agreed on January 25 to better coordinate their travel rules for tourists crossing borders.
The move is a major boost for holidaymakers hoping to get away from it all during the February school holidays.
It comes as France joined Spain and Denmark last week in changing vaccination rules, requiring anyone who finished their shots more than nine months ago to have a reminder to enter.
People who received their second dose more than 270 days ago before mid-May in 2021 would also need a booster if they are traveling on February 12.
Greece has further reduced the limit to seven months, while Austria requires booster shots after 180 days since its last vaccine.
It comes as Australia will reopen its borders to vaccinated tourists and business travelers from February 21 after nearly two years of tough coronavirus travel restrictions.
Border restrictions were eased slightly in November, allowing international students and skilled migrants to enter the country, but holidaymakers will now be able to return.
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