Commission – In 9 months the validity of the vaccination certificate for travel from 1 February


The European Commission has adopted rules stipulating that European Union Covid-19 certificates are valid for travel up to nine months after the completion of the primary vaccination program, an EU official told Reuters.

The new rules will be binding on the 27 EU member states from 1 February, the official said. The rule could be blocked by an increased majority of EU governments or a simple majority of members of the European Parliament, but officials have said there is sufficient support for it.


The rule replaces a non-binding European Commission recommendation announced in November.

Once the rule goes into effect, EU states will be required to allow fully vaccinated travelers with a valid health certificate to access their territory.

However, as an exception justified by a possible deterioration of the situation, they will still be able to impose further requirements, such as negative tests or quarantines, if they are proportionate.

EU countries, including Italy, Portugal and Greece, are currently requiring fully vaccinated travelers from other EU countries to also test negative on Covid-19 upon arrival.

The new rules only apply to international travel

Governments may have different Covid-19 passes for access to indoor events or activities within their territory.

After the booster vaccine, the power of the Covid-19 pass will be extended further without any limit, because at the moment there is not enough information about the duration of protection offered by the booster dose, the EU official said.

The primary vaccine against Covid-19 in the EU currently consists of two doses of Pfizer / BioNTech vaccines, AstraZeneca and Moderna or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.  

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