In order to reduce the risk of new variants of the virus spreading through the bloc, the commission proposed an “emergency brake” mechanism that would allow member states to temporarily restrict all travel from affected foreign countries.
Children who are unvaccinated should be able to travel with their vaccinated parents, provided they tested negative for COVID-19 at least 72 hours before entering the bloc. In such cases, the commission recommended additional testing after arrival.
Discussions about the proposal are expected to begin this week. If the plan is adopted by the European Council, it will then need to be up to each member state to implement the measures.
The proposed travel policy comes a week after European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen signaled that some form of vaccination certificate would soon be necessary for travelers coming from the US.
In March, the commission unveiled a plan that would create a “digital green certificate” to facilitate movement of citizens within the EU. The document is designed to be valid in all EU states.