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EU recommends opening up to foreign travellers this summer amid COVID-19

CA, 04 May 2021
The European Union's executive body on Monday recommended easing COVID-19 travel restrictions next month to let foreign travellers from more countries enter the bloc, hoping to boost the stricken tourism industry this summer.

Under the new proposals, which still require approval by the EU's 27 member states, fully vaccinated foreign citizens and those from countries with a "good epidemiological situation" would be allowed to travel to the European Union.

To limit the risk of importing new coronavirus variants, the Commission also proposed a new "emergency brake" that would allow the introduction of travel restrictions from countries where the health situation deteriorates sharply.

EU member states are due to start discussing the proposal on Tuesday, and officials hoped it would be approved this month.

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