EU plans to end ‘patchwork’ of different travel rules

All fully-vaccinated British travellers will be allowed to visit the European Union without the need for Covid-19 tests under new plans set to be approved by the European Council on Tuesday (February 22).

Children aged six to 18 who have not been fully jabbed will also be allowed to travel into EU countries provided that they have a negative pre-departure PCR test, according to a report in the Daily Telegraph.

“The plans, which will cover visitors from all non-EU countries including the UK, are designed to end the patchwork of different regulations that EU countries have used, causing confusion for many British holidaymakers,” said the report.

Countries such as Italy and the Netherlands currently require all travellers from the UK to have a negative lateral flow or PCR test before they can enter.

The regime is expected to come into effect on March 1, ahead of the Easter school holidays in April, and is reported to apply to all those who have been double or triple-jabbed within 270 days of their arrival in the country.

However, the report noted member states can deviate from the recommendations made by the European Council if they choose.

Spain caused problems for many British families in December when it introduced tighter entry rules for those over the age of 12 to tackle the surge of the Omicron variant.

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