Today, the Commission has issued new guidance to support Member States in identifying persons who should be exempted from the restriction on non-essential travel into the EU, in the context of the Council Recommendation 2020/912 on the temporary restriction on non-essential travel into the EU.
The guidance is part of the Commission’s additional set of actions related to the COVID-19 response launched today and aimed at better understand the virus' spread and the effectiveness of the response, ramp up well targeted testing, bolster contact tracing, improve preparations for vaccination campaigns, and maintain access to essential supplies such as vaccination equipment, while keeping all goods moving in the single market and facilitating safe travel.
The guidance provides indications on:
Council Recommendation 2020/912 indicates the categories of persons that should be exempted from the restriction on non-essential travel into the EU. At the Integrated Political Crisis Response (IPCR) Working Level Roundtable on 14 September 2020, the Commission was invited to present draft interpretative guidelines on these categories. In response to this call, the Commission has prepared this guidance, taking into account input and feedback from the Member States. The guidance intends to help Member States ensure coherent implementation of the Council Recommendation.
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