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EU proposed new entry requirements due to new COVID strains

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European Commission proposed to test all travelers for . It is possible that visitors will face self-isolation and a repeat PCR test.

The European Commission (EC) has proposed new rules of entry into the territory of member states due to new mutations of coronavirus infection, writes press service of the European Commission.

Thus, according to the proposal, EU countries should require a negative PCR test to be performed not earlier than 72 hours before boarding a plane.

If the traveler is a citizen or resident of the European Union, he or she would be able to do the test when he or she arrives in the destination country.

After the mandatory test, the EC proposes to send travelers to self-isolation, after which another test should be done.

Cross-border workers and transporters should be exempted from the requirement to submit a negative PCR test — they can be asked to submit a negative rapid antigen test upon arrival. A special procedure of rules should also be provided for aircrews, the press service of the Ministry stressed.

Also, the experts sounded a proposal to develop a joint form to track the location of citizens entering the country (Passenger Locator Form).

The proposal of the European Commission must go to the Council of the EU.

Earlier it was reported that the EC proposed to equalize the vaccination certificate with the COVID-19 test.

Recall that in the EU there are mass complaints about the delivery of vaccines by Pfizer. The company plans to reduce the volume of vaccine deliveries to Europe starting next week due to production reorganization.



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