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European Commission seeking travel exemptions for vaccinated citizens

The European Commission has urged for fully vaccinated people to be exempt from Covid-19 quarantine when travelling.

This recommendation comes from the downward trend in infection numbers as a result of the vaccine roll-out. The EU executive’s update to its non-binding travel recommendations was unveiled a week prior to EU legislation on a Digital EU Covid Certificate, which is expected to be passed with enforceable measures across member states.

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The EU wants to use the Covid certificate, which comes into force from the 1st of July, to allow travellers within the bloc to avoid mandatory quarantine and testing when they are fully vaccinated.

Travellers will be asked to prove that they are fully vaccinated, have recovered from Covid-19 in the past nine months or have tested negative for the virus in the 72 hours prior to their journey.

Officials at the European Commission have encouraged member states to start using the certificate system by the end of the month. Certain countries are expected to issue certificates on Tuesday which include, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Greece and Poland.

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