Under the terms of the new recommendations, Member States
“should not impose any travel restrictions for reasons of public health”, reads the
press release made available by the EC. However, the recommendations continue
to contain a series of “safeguards in case of deterioration of the
Travel from third
Whenever necessary, in order to face a significant worsening
of the epidemiological situation, Member States should decide, in a
“coordinated way, to reintroduce adequate requirements for travellers before
departure”, says the EC. These requirements may include “vaccination, proof of
recovery or carrying out tests”, stressing the EC that the Member States may also
apply “additional measures upon arrival, such as additional tests or the
imposition of quarantine periods”.
Whenever a variant arises that raises “concern or interest
in a third country”, Member States may, “exceptionally, establish an urgent,
common and temporary travel restriction or impose other travel requirements”.
Freedom of movement
in the EU
If a Member State considers it necessary to impose
restrictions on freedom of movement due to a significant worsening of the
epidemiological situation, these restrictions should “be limited to requiring
travellers to be in possession of a valid EU COVID Digital Certificate”, adding
that “persons who are not holders of a certificate may be obliged to take a
test before or after arrival”.
In order to be able to react quickly to new variants, the “emergency brake” is maintained. In such cases, a Member State may require travellers to undergo quarantine or testing, even if they hold an EU COVID Digital Certificate.