The European Council has advised EU member states to lift all COVID-related travel and entry restrictions.

Key Points:

  • The European Council recommends that member states lift all remaining COVID-19 entry restrictions and said they “should not impose any restrictions on travel on the grounds of public health.”
  • In the event that the COVID-19 situation worsens, the Council said member states should “decide in a coordinated manner to reintroduce appropriate requirements for travelers prior to departure.” Such requirements could include vaccination, proof of recovery or testing, or quarantine upon arrival.
  • The Council said that if a “variant of concern or interest” emerges in a third country, member states could establish a temporary travel restriction for 21 days.

BAL Analysis: Most EU countries have already lifted COVID-19 entry and travel requirements. Policies can change with little or no notice, however, and the U.S. continues to enforce a vaccination requirement on most foreign nationals entering (or reentering) the country. Employers and employees are encouraged to continue consulting their BAL professional before planning international travel from the United States.

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