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EU Shifts to Travel System Centered on Vaccination Status

Travelers without a digital Covid certificate could be required to undergo a Covid-19 test.

Travelers without a digital Covid certificate could be required to undergo a Covid-19 test.

Photographer: Yorgos Karahalis/Bloomberg

The European Union is aiming to make travel within the bloc easier by adopting a new system of Covid-related travel rules based more on a person’s vaccination status than on where they are coming from.

Travelers with a valid digital Covid certificate -- showing vaccination, recovery from the disease or a recent test -- shouldn’t be subject to additional restrictions, following recommendations adopted by EU member states on Tuesday. Exceptions will still be allowed for travelers from particularly high-risk zones.