EU: Recommendation to Lift all COVID-19-Related Travel Restrictions 

Last Updated on February 23, 2023

Key Points 

  • The European Council recommended that all COVID-19 travel restrictions be removed and that health-related restrictions be coordinated by member states  


The European Council updated its recommendations on travel to the European Union (EU) and the pandemic-related restrictions implemented by member states. Under the recommendation, member states are advised not to impose any restrictions on travel on the grounds of public health. If restrictions are put into place, the EU recommends that member states coordinate entry restriction efforts.  

What are the Changes?  

The European Council recommended that EU member states not implement pandemic-related COVID-19 travel restrictions. According to the announcement, this decision was made as a result of the lessening severity of the COVID-19 pandemic and increased vaccination rates.  

Looking Ahead  

Continue to check the European Council’s website and Envoy’s website for the latest updates and information.  

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