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18.10.2020 Wizz Air in the last few weeks continue to adjust planned operation, due various travel restrictions and market demand. As of 17OCT20, the airline’s planned operation for the month of November 2020 (01NOV20 – 30NOV20) as follows.

The following list only covers service operating under “W6” flight numbers, therefore certain service to/from the UK is excluded. Selected routes scheduled on 01NOV20 is also omitted. Additional change remains highly possible. Although the list below is based on the airline’s booking engine, certain routes may have been omitted.

Bacau – Billund 2 weekly
Bacau – Catania 1 weekly
Bacau – London Luton 4 weekly (1 daily from 16NOV20)
Bacau – Memmingen 2 weekly
Bacau – Milan Bergamo 2 weekly
Bacau – Rome Fiumcino 2 weekly
Belgrade – Dortmund 2 weekly
Belgrade – Eindhoven 2 weekly
Belgrade – Gothenburg 2 weekly
Belgrade – Karlstuhe/Baden-Baden 2 weekly
Belgrade – Larnaca 1 weekly
Belgrade – Malmo 3 weekly (2 weekly from 16NOV20)
Belgrade – Memmingen 2 weekly
Belgrade – Mulhouse 3 weekly (2 weekly from 10NOV20)
Belgrade – Paris Beauvais 2 weekly
Belgrade – Stockholm Skavsta 2 weekly
Bucharest – Abu Dhabi eff 16NOV20 3 weekly
Bucharest – Alicante 2 weekly
Bucharest – Barcelona 3 weekly (2 weekly from 19NOV20)
Bucharest – Bari 2 weekly
Bucharest – Basel 2 weekly

Bucharest – Billund 2 weekly
Bucharest – Birmingham 2 weekly
Bucharest – Bologna 1 weekly
Bucharest – Brussels South Charleroi 2 weekly
Bucharest – Catania 1 weekly
Bucharest – Copenhagen 1 weekly
Bucharest – Doncaster/Sheffield 3 weekly
Bucharest – Dortmund 6 weekly
Bucharest – Edinburgh 1 weekly
Bucharest – Eindhoven 3 weekly (2 weekly from 09NOV20)
Bucharest – Hamburg 2 weekly
Bucharest – Lisbon 2 weekly
Bucharest – Liverpool 2 weekly
Bucharest – London Luton 2 daily (12 weekly from 09NOV20)
Bucharest – Madrid 2 weekly
Bucharest – Malaga 2 weekly
Bucharest – Malmo 2 weekly
Bucharest – Memmingen 2 weekly
Bucharest – Milan Bergamo 2 weekly
Bucharest – Naples 1 weekly
Bucharest – Nice 1 weekly
Bucharest – Nuremberg 2 weekly
Bucharest – Paris Beauvais 3 weekly
Bucharest – Rome Ciampino 2 weekly
Bucharest – Sandefjord 2 weekly
Bucharest – Stockholm Skavsta 3 weekly
Bucharest – Tenerife South 1 weekly
Bucharest – Turin 1 weekly
Bucharest – Valencia 2 weekly
Bucharest – Venice Treviso 2 weekly
Bucharest – Zaragoza 1 weekly
Budapest – Abu Dhabi eff 17NOV20 2 weekly
Budapest – Athens eff 17NOV20 2 weekly
Budapest – Barcelona eff 16NOV20 2 weekly
Budapest – Bari eff 19NOV20 2 weekly
Budapest – Basel 1 weekly (3 weekly from 16NOV20)
Budapest – Berlin 2 weekly
Budapest – Birmingham eff 18NOV20 2 weekly
Budapest – Brussels South Charleroi eff 16NOV20 3 weekly
Budapest – Dortmund 2 weekly
Budapest – Eindhoven 3 weekly (5 weekly from 16NOV20)
Budapest – Gothenburg eff 17NOV20 2 weekly
Budapest – Kyiv Zhulyany eff 17NOV20 2 weekly
Budapest – Lisbon eff 18NOV20 2 weekly
Budapest – Liverpool eff 16NOV20 2 weekly
Budapest – London Gatwick eff 16NOV20 4 weekly
Budapest – London Luton 4 weekly (10 weekly from 16NOV20)
Budapest – Madrid eff 17NOV20 2 weekly
Budapest – Malaga eff 18NOV20 2 weekly
Budapest – Malmo eff 16NOV20 2 weekly
Budapest – Malta eff 19NOV20 2 weekly
Budapest – Milan Malpensa 2 weekly (4 weekly from 17NOV20)

Budapest – Moscow Vnukovo eff 16NOV20 3 weekly
Budapest – Nice eff 18NOV20 2 weekly
Budapest – Paris Orly eff 01NOV20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 18NOV20)
Budapest – Rome Fiumcino eff 16NOV20 3 weekly
Budapest – Stockholm Skavsta 2 weekly
Budapest – Tel Aviv eff 24NOV20 2 weekly
Budapest – Tenerife South eff 16NOV20 2 weekly
Budapest – Thessaloniki eff 17NOV20 2 weekly
Budapest – Tirgu Mures eff 16NOV20 2 weekly
Catania – Bologna 2 daily
Catania – Dortmund 2 weekly
Catania – Memmingen 2 weekly
Catania – Rome Fiumcino 3 daily
Catania – Venice 1 daily
Chisinau – Berlin 2 weekly
Chisinau – Bologna 1 weekly
Chisinau – Brussels South Charleroi 1 weekly
Chisinau – Dortmund 2 weekly
Chisinau – Hamburg 2 weekly
Chisinau – Liverpool 2 weekly
Chisinau – London Luton 1 daily
Chisinau – Memmingen 2 weekly
Chisinau – Milan Bergamo 1 weekly
Chisinau – Rome Ciampino 1 weekly
Chisinau – Verona 1 weekly
Cluj – Abu Dhabi eff 17NOV20 2 weekly
Cluj – Alicante 1 weekly
Cluj – Barcelona 2 weekly
Cluj – Basel 1 weekly
Cluj – Bologna 1 weekly
Cluj – Doncaster/Sheffield 2 weekly
Cluj – Dortmund 2 weekly (3 weekly from 09NOV20)
Cluj – Eindhoven 2 weekly
Cluj – Hahn 1 weekly
Cluj – London Luton 1 daily
Cluj – Lyon 1 weekly
Cluj – Madrid 1 weekly
Cluj – Malmo 2 weekly
Cluj – Memmingen 1 weekly
Cluj – Milan Bergamo 2 weekly
Cluj – Paris Beauvais 3 weekly
Cluj – Rome Ciampino 1 weekly (2 weekly from 16NOV20)
Cluj – Valencia 2 weekly
Craiova – Birmingham 2 weekly
Craiova – Cologne 1 weekly
Craiova – London Luton 5 weekly
Craiova – Milan Bergamo 1 weekly
Dortmund – Athens 2 weekly
Dortmund – Larnaca 2 weekly
Dortmund – Lisbon 2 weekly
Dortmund – Thessaloniki 1 weekly
Eindhoven – Rzeszow eff 06NOV20 2 weekly
Gdansk – Alesund 3 weekly
Gdansk – Bergen 3 weekly
Gdansk – Billund 2 weekly
Gdansk – Cologne 2 weekly
Gdansk – Dortmund 4 weekly
Gdansk – Eindhoven 6 weekly (5 weekly from 16NOV20)
Gdansk – Gothenburg 2 weekly
Gdansk – Hamburg 2 weekly (3 weekly from 09NOV20)
Gdansk – London Luton 5 weekly (10 weekly from 16NOV20)
Gdansk – Lviv 1 weekly
Gdansk – Malmo 3 weekly
Gdansk – Oslo 3 weekly
Gdansk – Sandefjord 2 weekly
Gdansk – Stavanger 3 weekly
Gdansk – Stockholm Skavsta 1 daily
Gdansk – Turku 1 weekly (2 weekly from 19NOV20)
Iasi – Bologna 1 weekly
Iasi – Brussels South Charleroi 1 weekly
Iasi – Dortmund 2 weekly
Iasi – Eindhoven 2 weekly (1 weekly from 09NOV20)
Iasi – Liverpool 2 weekly
Iasi – London Luton 1 daily (4 weekly from 09NOV20)
Iasi – Milan Bergamo 2 weekly
Iasi – Paris Beauvais 1 weekly
Iasi – Rome Ciampino 2 weekly
Katowice – Abu Dhabi 2 weekly
Katowice – Bristol 1 weekly (2 weekly from 17NOV20)
Katowice – Doncaster/Sheffield 1 weekly (2 weekly from 17NOV20)
Katowice – Dortmund 1 daily
Katowice – Eindhoven 6 weekly (5 weekly from 16NOV20)
Katowice – Liverpool eff 22NOV20 1 weekly
Katowice – London Luton 3 weekly (5 weekly form 17NOV20)
Katowice – Lviv 2 weekly
Katowice – Malta 2 weekly
Katowice – Rome Ciampino 2 weekly
Katowice – Sandefjord 2 weekly
Katowice – Stockholm Skavsta 2 weekly
Kaunas – Alesund eff 17NOV20 2 weekly
Kaunas – Bergen 1 weekly (2 weekly from 16NOV20)
Kaunas – Eindhoven eff 17NOV20 2 weekly
Kaunas – Stavanger 1 weekly (2 weekly from 17NOV20)
Krakow – Bergen 1 weekly
Krakow – Billund 1 weekly
Krakow – Birmingham eff 17NOV20 2 weekly
Krakow – Doncaster/Sheffield eff 18NOV20 2 weekly
Krakow – Eindhoven 2 weekly
Krakow – Kharkiv 1 weekly
Krakow – Kyiv Zhulyany 2 weekly
Krakow – London Luton 3 weekly (1 daily from 16NOV20)
Krakow – Milan Malpensa 1 weekly (2 weekly from 16NOV20)
Krakow – Oslo 2 weekly
Krakow – Stavanger 1 weekly
Krakow – Trondheim 1 weekly
Kyiv Zhulyany – Berlin 2 weekly (5 weekly from 16NOV20)
Kyiv Zhulyany – Billund 2 weekly (1 weekly from 25NOV20)
Kyiv Zhulyany – Cologne 2 weekly
Kyiv Zhulyany – Copenhagen 2 weekly
Kyiv Zhulyany – Dortmund 2 weekly
Kyiv Zhulyany – Hamburg 1 weekly
Kyiv Zhulyany – Memmingen 1 weekly
Kyiv Zhulyany – Pardubice 1 weekly
Larnaca – Athens 4 weekly
Larnaca – Billund 1 weekly until 08NOV20
Larnaca – Copenhagen 1 weekly
Larnaca – Memmingen 1 weekly
Larnaca – Thessaloniki 3 weekly
Larnaca – Turku 1 weekly
Lublin – Eindhoven 2 weekly
Lublin – Sandefjord 1 weekly
Lviv – Berlin 1 weekly
Lviv – Dortmund 2 weekly
Lviv – Milan Malpensa 1 weekly
Lviv – Pardubice 1 weekly
Lviv – Rome Ciampino 1 weekly
Milan Malpensa – Alexandria Borg el Arab 1 weekly
Milan Malpensa – Athens 3 weekly
Milan Malpensa – Bari 1 daily
Milan Malpensa – Catania 3 daily
Milan Malpensa – Eindhoven 5 weekly
Milan Malpensa – Lisbon 3 weekly
Milan Malpensa – London Luton 2 daily
Milan Malpensa – Palermo 2 daily
Milan Malpensa – Porto 2 weekly
Milan Malpensa – Vilnius eff 17NOV20 2 weekly
Nis – Dortmund 2 weekly
Nis – Memmingen 2 weekly
Nis – Mulhouse 3 weekly
Ohrid – Mulhouse eff 14NOV20 2 weekly
Olsztyn-Mazury – Dortmund 3 weekly (2 weekly from 17NOV20)
Oslo – Bergen eff 05NOV20 2 daily A320 (3 daily from 23NOV20)
Oslo – Tromso eff 05NOV20 1 daily A320 (2 daily from 23NOV20)
Oslo – Trondheim eff 05NOV20 2 daily A320 (3 daily from 23NOV20)
Poznan – Doncaster/Sheffield 1 weekly
Poznan – Eindhoven 3 weekly (2 weekly from 09NOV20)
Poznan – Kyiv Zhulyany 2 weekly
Poznan – Sandefjord 1 weekly
Prishtina – Dortmund 3 weekly
Prishtina – Mulhouse 6 weekly (5 weekly from 10NOV20, 4 from 17NOV20)
Riga – Doncaster 1 weekly
Riga – Dortmund 1 weekly
Riga – Eindhoven 1 weekly
Riga – Hamburg eff 16NOV20 2 weekly
Riga – Kutaisi 1 weekly
Riga – London Luton 2 weekly
Riga – Sandefjord 1 weekly
Sibiu – Dortmund 2 weekly
Sibiu – Hahn 1 weekly
Sibiu – Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden 1 weekly
Sibiu – London Luton 3 weekly
Sibiu – Memmingen 2 weekly
Sibiu – Nuremberg 1 weekly
Skopje – Berlin 2 weekly
Skopje – Cologne 2 weekly
Skopje – Copenhagen 1 weekly
Skopje – Dortmund 3 weekly
Skopje – Eindhoven 1 weekly
Skopje – Friedrichshafen 3 weekly (2 weekly from 17NOV20)
Skopje – Gothenburg 2 weekly
Skopje – Hahn 3 weekly (2 weekly from 16NOV20)
Skopje – Hamburg 2 weekly
Skopje – Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden eff 08NOV20 1 weekly
Skopje – London Luton 2 weekly (until 07NOV20)
Skopje – Malmo 3 weekly (2 weekly from 16NOV20)
Skopje – Memmingen 3 weekly (2 weekly from 16NOV20)
Skopje – Mulhouse 3 weekly (2 weekly from 16NOV20)
Skopje – Nuremberg 2 weekly
Skopje – Stockholm Skavsta eff 08NOV20 1 weekly
Skopje – Turku 1 weekly
Sofia – Abu Dhabi eff 20NOV20 1 weekly
Sofia – Barcelona 2 weekly
Sofia – Bari 1 weekly
Sofia – Basel 2 weekly
Sofia – Bologna 2 weekly
Sofia – Brussels South Charleroi 3 weekly
Sofia – Copenhagen 3 weekly
Sofia – Dortmund 6 weekly (5 weekly from 16NOV20)
Sofia – Eindhoven 3 weekly
Sofia – Geneva 2 weekly
Sofia – Hahn 2 weekly
Sofia – Larnaca 1 weekly
Sofia – London Luton 11 weekly
Sofia – Madrid 2 weekly
Sofia – Malta 2 weekly
Sofia – Memmingen 3 weekly
Sofia – Milan Bergamo 4 weekly (3 weekly from 09NOV20)
Sofia – Nice 2 weekly
Sofia – Paris Beauvais 2 weekly
Sofia – Tel Aviv 4 weekly (3 weekly from 16NOV20)
Sofia – Valencia 2 weekly
Suceava – Dormund 1 weekly
Szczecin – Lviv 1 weekly
Szczecin – Sandefjord 2 weekly
Szczecin – Stavanger 1 weekly
Tallinn – Sandefjord 1 weekly
Timisoara – Dortmund 2 weekly
Timisoara – Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden 1 weekly
Timisoara – London Luton 4 weekly (3 weekly from 09NOV20)
Timisoara – Memmingen 2 weekly
Timisoara – Milan Bergamo 2 weekly
Timisoara – Paris Beauvais 1 weekly (3 weekly from 16NOV20)
Timisoara – Valencia 1 weekly
Tirana – Bari 2 weekly
Tirana – Berlin 2 weekly
Tirana – Bologna 2 weekly
Tirana – Dortmund 3 weekly (2 weekly from 16NOV20)
Tirana – London Luton 5 weekly
Tirana – Memmingen 2 weekly
Tirana – Milan Bergamo 3 weekly
Tirana – Milan Malpensa 3 weekly
Tirana – Pisa 2 weekly
Tirana – Venice Treviso 2 weekly
Tirana – Verona 2 weekly
Tirgu Mures – Dortmund 1 weekly
Tirgu Mures – Memmingen 1 weekly
Tuzla – Berlin 1 weekly
Tuzla – Dortmund 2 weekly
Tuzla – Eindhoven 2 weekly
Tuzla – Gothenburg 2 weekly
Tuzla – Hahn 2 weekly
Tuzla – Malmo 3 weekly (2 weekly form 17NOV20)
Tuzla – Memmingen 2 weekly
Tuzla – Stockholm Skavsta 2 weekly
Varna – Berlin 2 weekly
Varna – Cologne 2 weekly
Varna – Dortmund 3 weekly
Varna – Eindhoven 2 weekly
Varna – Hamburg 2 weekly
Varna – Liverpool 2 weekly
Varna – London Luton 4 weekly
Varna – Memmingen 2 weekly
Vienna – Athens 3 weekly
Vienna – Barcelona eff 16NOV20 2 weekly
Vienna – Bari 2 weekly
Vienna – Billund eff 16NOV20 2 weekly
Vienna – Bremen eff 17NOV20 2 weekly
Vienna – Catania 2 weekly
Vienna – Cologne 2 weekly (4 weekly from 24NOV20)
Vienna – Dortmund 2 weekly (4 weekly from 23NOV20)
Vienna – Eindhoven eff 16NOV20 3 weekly
Vienna – Kyiv Zhulyany 2 weekly
Vienna – Lisbon eff 16NOV20 2 weekly
Vienna – Malaga eff 17NOV20 2 weekly
Vienna – Milan Malpensa 4 weekly
Vienna – Naples 2 weekly
Vienna – Prishtina 2 weekly (1 weekly from 16NOV20)
Vienna – Rome Fiumcino 4 weekly
Vienna – Stockholm Skavsta 2 weekly (1 weekly 10NOV20 – 21NOV20)
Vienna – Tenerife South 1 weekly
Vienna – Tirana eff 16NOV20 2 weekly
Vienna – Warsaw 2 weekly
Vilnius – Billund eff 22NOV20 1 weekly
Vilnius – Doncaster/Sheffield 1 weekly
Vilnius – Dortmund 3 weekly (2 weekly from 09NOV20)
Vilnius – Eindhoven 2 weekly (1 weekly from 10NOV20)
Vilnius – Kyiv Zhulyany 2 weekly
Vilnius – Larnaca 2 weekly (1 weekly from 09NOV20)
Vilnius – London Luton 4 weekly
Vilnius – Sandefjord 1 weekly
Vilnius – Stockholm Skavsta 1 weekly
Vilnius – Trondheim eff 17NOV20 2 weekly
Warsaw – Barcelona 2 weekly
Warsaw – Bari 2 weekly
Warsaw – Basel 2 weekly
Warsaw – Birmingham 1 weekly (2 weekly from 18NOV20)
Warsaw – Brussels South Charleroi 3 weekly
Warsaw – Catania 1 weekly until 14NOV20
Warsaw – Doncaster/Sheffield 1 weekly (2 weekly from 16NOV20)
Warsaw – Eindhoven 3 weekly
Warsaw – Gothenburg 2 weekly
Warsaw – Kyiv Zhulyany 3 weekly
Warsaw – Larnaca 1 weekly
Warsaw – Liverpool 1 weekly (3 weekly from 17NOV20)
Warsaw – London Luton 1 daily (12 weekly from 16NOV20)
Warsaw – Malmo 2 weekly
Warsaw – Milan Bergamo 3 weekly
Warsaw – Paris Orly 2 weekly
Warsaw – Reykjavik Keflavik 2 weekly
Warsaw – Rome Fiumcino 3 weekly
Warsaw – Sandefjord 3 weekly
Warsaw – Stockholm Skavsta 4 weekly
Warsaw – Tel Aviv 2 weekly
Warsaw – Tenerife South 1 weekly (2 weekly from 18NOV20)
Wroclaw – Birmingham 1 weekly (2 weekly from 16NOV20)
Wroclaw – Doncaster/Sheffield 1 weekly (2 weekly from 18NOV20)
Wroclaw – Dortmund 2 weekly
Wroclaw – Eindhoven 3 weekly
Wroclaw – Kharkiv 1 weekly (2 weekly from 18NOV20)
Wroclaw – Kyiv Zhulyany 2 weekly
Wroclaw – London Luton 3 weekly (1 daily from 16NOV20)
Wroclaw – Lviv 2 weekly
Wroclaw – Reykjavik Keflavik eff 16NOV20 2 weekly
Wroclaw – Sandefjord 2 weekly
Wroclaw – Stockholm Skavsta 2 weekly until 06NOV20

29.09.2020 Wizz Air in the last 2 weeks further revised planned new routes launch in the 4th quarter of 2020, due to latest development on travel restrictions from various European countries. As of 25SEP20, various routes scheduled to begin in October, has been postponed due to November or December.

Additional changes remain highly possible.

Abu Dhabi – Bucharest eff 16NOV20 Service resumption, 3 weekly
Abu Dhabi – Budapest eff 17NOV20 Service resumption, 2 weekly
Abu Dhabi – Cluj eff 17NOV20 2 weekly (Previous plan: eff 18OCT20; Original plan: eff 16SEP20)
Abu Dhabi – Katowice eff 17NOV20 2 weekly (Previous plan: eff 26OCT20; Original plan: 15SEP20)
Abu Dhabi – Sofia eff 20NOV20 2 weekly (Previous plan: eff 17OCT20; Original plan: eff 15SEP20)
Bacau – Billund eff 29OCT20 2 weekly
Bacau – Bologna 1 flight on 04DEC20 open for booking (Previous plan: 3 weekly from 30OCT20)
Bacau – Brussels South Charleroi eff 05DEC20 3 weekly (Previous plan: eff 29OCT20)
Bacau – Catania eff 31OCT20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 04DEC20; Previous plan: 2 weekly from 30OCT20)
Bacau – Larnaca eff 04DEC20 2 weekly (Previous plan: eff 30OCT20)
Bacau – Liverpool eff 30OCT20 2 weekly
Bacau – London Luton eff 09OCT20 4 weekly (1 daily from 29OCT20; Previous plan: 1 daily from 29OCT20)
Bacau – Memmingen eff 31OCT20 2 weekly
Bacau – Milan Bergamo eff 01NOV20 2 weekly (4 weekly from 04DEC20; Previous plan: 4 weekly from 30OCT20)
Bacau – Rome Fiumcino eff 30OCT20 2 weekly (5 weekly from 06DEC20; Previous plan: 5 weekly from 29OCT20)
Bacau – Turin eff 05DEC20 3 weekly (Previous plan: eff 30OCT20)
Bacau – Venice Treviso eff 05DEC20 3 weekly (Previous plan: eff 29OCT20)
Bucharest – Prague eff 05DEC20 2 weekly (Previous plan: eff 27OCT20; Original plan: 3 weekly eff 01JUL20)
Catania – Bologna eff 08OCT20 2 daily
Catania – Memmingen eff 28OCT20 2 weekly
Catania – Rome Fiumcino eff 08OCT20 3 daily
Catania – Venice eff 08OCT20 1 daily
Chisinau – Hamburg eff 26OCT20 2 weekly (Previous plan: eff 16JUL20)
Chisinau – Liverpool eff 26OCT20 2 weekly
Chisinau – Mulhouse eff 06DEC20 2 weekly (Previous plan: eff 25OCT20; Original plan: eff 15JUL20)
Cluj – Liverpool eff 22OCT20 2 weekly
Dortmund – Porto eff 13DEC20 2 weekly
Dortmund – Reykjavik Keflavik eff 26OCT20 2 weekly (Previous plan: eff 09AUG20)
Kharkiv – Berlin Brandenburg eff 04DEC20 2 weekly (The airline originally planned to launch this route to Berlin Schoenefeld on 03JUL20, later revised to 26OCT20 prior to latest adjustment)
Krakow – Barcelona eff 04DEC20 2 weekly (Previous plan: 3 weekly eff 26OCT20; plan: 4 weekly eff 13JUL20)
Larnaca – Paris Beauvais eff 04DEC20 2 weekly (3 weekly 21DEC20 – 15JAN21; Previous plan: eff 26OCT20)
Larnaca – Suceava eff 05DEC20 2 weekly (Previous plan: eff 27OCT20; Original plan: eff 10JUL20)
Larnaca – Turku eff 11OCT20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 26OCT20; Previous plan: 2 weekly eff 26OCT20; Original plan: eff 12JUL20)
Milan Malpensa – Alexandria Borg el Arab eff 17SEP20 2 weekly (Reduce to 1 weekly 26SEP20 – 06DEC20)
Milan Malpensa – Catania eff 01OCT20 2 daily (3 daily from 08OCT20)
Milan Malpensa – Kharkiv eff 03NOV20 2 weekly (Previous plan: eff 02OCT20)
Milan Malpensa – Marrakech eff 30OCT20 1 weekly (3 weekly from 07DEC20; Previous plan: 3 weekly eff 26OCT20; Original plan: 4 weekly eff 01AUG20)
Milan Malpensa – Prishtina eff 03NOV20 2 weekly (Previous plan: 2 weekly from 03OCT20; Original plan: 3 weekly from 18JUL20)
Milan Malpensa – Tallinn eff 03NOV20 2 weekly (Previous plan: eff 29SEP20; Original plan: eff 18JUL20)
Milan Malpensa – Tel Aviv eff 03NOV20 2 weekly (Previous plan: eff 04OCT20; Original plan: 1 daily from 17JUL20)
Riga – Bergen eff 06DEC20 2 weekly (Previous plan: eff 15OCT20)
Riga – Billund eff 06DEC20 2 weekly (Previous plan: eff 16OCT20)
Riga – Birmingham eff 04DEC20 2 weekly (Previous plan: eff 18OCT20)
Riga – Hamburg eff 18OCT20 2 weekly (Previous plan: eff 15OCT20)
Riga – Reykjavik Keflavik eff 04DEC20 3 weekly (Previous plan: eff 16OCT20)
Riga – Stockholm Skavsta eff 18OCT20 2 weekly (4 weekly from 08DEC20; Previous plan: 4 weekly eff 15OCT20)
Riga – Trondheim eff 04DEC20 2 weekly (Previous plan: eff 18OCT20)
St. Petersburg – Bologna eff 17DEC20 2 weekly
St. Petersburg – Bratislava eff 04DEC20 3 weekly (4 weekly from 20DEC20; Previous plan: eff 16OCT20; Original plan: 01JUL20)
St. Petersburg – Bucharest eff 06DEC20 2 weekly (Previous plan: eff 03OCT20; Original plan: 3 weekly eff 20JUL20)
St. Petersburg – Copenhagen eff 04DEC20 3 weekly (4 weekly from 20DEC20; Previous plan: eff 16OCT20; Original plan: eff 18SEP20)
St. Petersburg – Malta eff 05DEC20 2 weekly (3 weekly from 17DEC20; Previous plan: eff 17OCT20; Original plan: eff 19SEP20)
St. Petersburg – Milan Bergamo eff 03DEC20 4 weekly (1 daily from 14DEC20 unchanged; Previous plan: 4 weekly from 15OCT20)
St. Petersburg – Oslo eff 15DEC20 3 weekly (Previous plan: eff 19SEP20)
St. Petersburg – Salzburg eff 04DEC20 3 weekly (4 weekly from 20DEC20; Previous plan: eff 16OCT20; Original plan: eff 18SEP20)
St. Petersburg – Sofia eff 05DEC20 2 weekly instead of 3 weekly (Previous plan: eff 03OCT20; Original plan:3 weekly eff 02JUL20)
St. Petersburg – Stockholm Skavsta eff 15DEC20 3 weekly (Previous plan: eff 19SEP20)
St. Petersburg – Turin eff 19DEC20 1 weekly
St. Petersburg – Venice Treviso eff 03DEC20 2 weekly (3 weekly from 14DEC20; Previous plan: eff 15OCT20)
St. Petersburg – Vilnius eff 06DEC20 2 weekly (Previous plan: eff 04OCT20; Original plan: eff 01JUL20)
Salzburg – Kyiv Zhulyany eff 19DEC20 1 weekly (Previous plan: 2 weekly eff 30OCT20; Original plan: eff 01JUL20)
Tallinn – Bergen eff 06DEC20 2 weekly (Previous plan: eff 15OCT20)
Tallinn – Lviv eff 20OCT20 2 weekly (Previous plan: eff 03OCT20; Original plan: 3 weekly eff 02JUL20)
Tallinn – Sandefjord eff 29OCT20 2 weekly (Previous plan: 3 weekly eff 23OCT20)
Tallinn – Trondheim eff 05DEC20 2 weekly (Previous plan: eff 24OCT20)
Vienna – Suceava eff 06DEC20 2 weekly (Previous plan: eff 25OCT20; Original plan: eff 03JUL20)
Vienna – Tallinn eff 05DEC20 2 weekly (3 weekly 22DEC20 – 09JAN21; Previous plan: 3 weekly eff 27OCT20; Original plan: eff 02JUL20)
Vilnius – Birmingham eff 05DEC20 3 weekly (Previous plan: eff 22OCT20)
Vilnius – Hamburg eff 26OCT20 2 weekly (Previous plan: eff 22OCT20)
Vilnius – Liverpool eff 06DEC20 2 weekly (Previous plan: eff 24OCT20)
Vilnius – Stockholm Skavsta eff 22OCT20 2 weekly (Previous plan: 2 weekly)
Vilnius – Trondheim eff 27OCT20 2 weekly (Previous plan: eff 24OCT20)
Vilnius – Yerevan eff 30OCT20 2 weekly (Previous plan: eff 26OCT20; Original plan: eff 03JUL20)
Warsaw – Tenerife South eff 03OCT20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 25OCT20; Previous plan: 2 weekly eff 02JUN20)
Zaporizhzhia – Gdansk eff 05DEC20 2 weekly (Previous plan: eff 27OCT20; Original plan: eff 22JUN20)

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  • European Union EU Digital COVID Certificate: Commission adopts binding acceptance period of nine months for vaccination certificates
    Today, the Commission adopted rules relating to the EU Digital COVID Certificate, establishing a binding acceptance period of 9 months (precisely 270 days) of vaccination certificates for the purposes of intra-EU travel. A clear and uniform acceptance period for vaccination certificates will guarantee that travel measures continue to be coordinated, as called for by the European Council following its latest meeting of 16 December 2021. The new rules will ensure restrictions are based on the best available scientific evidence as well as objective criteria. Continued coordination is essential for the functioning of the Single Market and it will provide clarity for EU citizens in the exercise of their right to free movement.

    The EU Digital COVID Certificate is a success story of the EU. The Certificate continues to facilitate safe travel for citizens across the European Union during these times of the pandemic. So far, 807 million certificates were issued in the EU. The EU Digital COVID Certificate has set a global standard: by now 60 countries and territories across five continents have joined the system.

    The new rules for intra-EU travel harmonise the different rules across Member States. This validity period takes into account the guidance of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, according to which booster doses are recommended at the latest six months after the completion of the first vaccination cycle. The Certificate will remain valid for a grace period of an additional three months beyond those six months to ensure that national vaccination campaigns can adjust and citizens will have access to booster doses.

    The new rules on the acceptance period of vaccination certificates apply for the purposes of travel. When introducing different rules to use the certificates at national level, Member States are encouraged to align them to these new rules to provide certainty for travellers and reduce disruptions.

    In addition, today the Commission has also adapted the rules for the encoding of vaccination certificates. This is necessary to ensure that vaccination certificates showing completion of the primary series can always be distinguished from vaccination certificates issued following a booster dose.

    Boosters will be recorded as follows:

    3/3 for a booster dose following a primary 2-dose vaccination series.
    2/1 for a booster dose following a single-dose vaccination or a one dose of a 2-dose vaccine administered to a recovered person.

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    22.12.2021
  • European Union The European Union’s Commission has come forward with an official proposal to the Member States to put at halt all travel from countries in the southern African region after the new COVID-19 virus variant was detected and reported in South Africa last Thursday.

    In a press statement on the new COVID-19 variant, the Commission’s President Ursula von der Leyen urged the Member States to stop travel from the countries affected by the new variant in order to prevent a spread of it in Europe.

    “The European Commission has today proposed to the Member States to activate the ‘emergency brake’ on travel from countries in southern African and other countries affected to limit the spread of the new variant. All air travel to these countries should be suspended. They should be suspended until we have a clear understanding about the danger posed by this new variant,” the President said.

    She also said that travellers from this region to the EU block should be subject to strict quarantine rules as precaution measures.

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    29.11.2021
  • European Union The Commission of the European Union has come forward with a proposal to the Member States to update the rules on coordination of safe and free movement in the block, which amongst others recommends making COVID-19 vaccination certificates valid for only nine months.

    In a press release, the Commission revealed its proposal to the Member States to impose measures on a ‘person-based’ approach and create a standard acceptance period for vaccination certificates of nine months since the primary vaccination series.

    “The nine-month period takes into account the guidance of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) on the administration of booster doses as of six months, and provides for an additional period of three months to ensure that national vaccination campaigns can adjust and citizens can have access to boosters,” the Commission recommends.

    In order to ensure a coordinated approach, the Commission guides the Member States to not accept vaccination certificates that have not been issued within the last nine months but on a date beyond that.

    It also urges the Member States to take the necessary steps to make sure that persons whose vaccination certificates approach the nine-month limit have access to vaccination.

    So far, several EU countries have already limited the validity of vaccination certificates to a period of nine months, or at least have been considering doing so in the recent weeks, after Europe became once again the epicentre of the Coronavirus pandemic.

    Austria is among the countries that have made vaccination certificates valid for only nine months. The country has also imposed a total lockdown in a bid to tackle the increasing number of cases.

    Regarding third doses, the Commission’s proposal notes that they will be included in the COVID-19 Digital Vaccine Certificates. According to the proposal, a certificate must be issued after the administration of each dose.

    “On November 17, 2021, the Commission adopted standard rules on how to encode a booster dose in the EU Digital COVID Certificate: a booster following a two-dose vaccine will be reflected as 3/3 in the certificate, and a booster following a single-dose vaccine will be reflected as 2/2,” the Commission explains.

    The majority of EU countries already administer booster shots in a large share of their population, in particular senior citizens and those with endangered health.

    The Commission, once again, insists that persons holding valid EU Digital COVID Certificate should not be subject to extra restrictions, like tests or quarantine, no matter the country of departure in the EU.

    Through its most recent proposal, the Commission also intends to update the EU traffic light map combining new cases with a region’s vaccine uptake.

    Today the same will also reveal a new proposal to update the rules on external travel to the EU.

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    26.11.2021
  • European Union Georgia, Moldova, and Serbia have officially joined the EU Digital COVID Certificate on November 15, after the three countries met all the requirements to become part of the system used for travel in Europe.

    “Today, we welcome Georgia, Moldova, and Serbia in our #EUCovidCertificate system,” the EU Commission wrote on its official Twitter account yesterday.

    In line with the newly made announcement, COVID-19 certificates that are issued by the authorities of Georgia, Moldova, and Serbia will now be recognised under the same conditions as the EU Digital COVID Certificate issued by EU/Schengen Area countries.

    This means that citizens of these third countries will now be able to travel to the EU Member States and other third countries that are already connected to the system as long as they hold a valid certificate that proves vaccination or recovery from the virus.

    Those who hold a recent negative COVID-19 test result also fall under the same rules, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

    “When travelling, the EU Digital COVID Certificate holder should in principle be exempt from free movement restrictions: Member States should refrain from imposing additional travel restrictions on the holders of an EU Digital COVID Certificate,” the Commission explained.

    Nonetheless, the authorities of Georgia, Moldova, and Serbia need to keep relaxed entry and travel rules for other holders of the EU Digital COVID Certificate, too, meaning that those who hold the document should generally be exempted from all entry rules when reaching the three countries.

    Except for Georgia, Moldova, and Serbia that have joined the system just now, another 11 third countries are also connected to the gateway.

    “49 countries and territories in five continents are now connected to the system – hereby strengthening confidence in safe travel inside and outside the EU!” the Commission added.

    These countries are Albania, Armenia, the Faroe Islands, Israel, Morocco, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Panama, Turkey, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom.

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    16.11.2021
  • European Union Two more countries have been removed from the European Union’s list of epidemiologically safe third countries today, on November 9.

    The decision has been taken and announced by the EU Council, which through a press release, pointed out that Singapore and Ukraine have been removed from the list of safe third countries, for which list the member states are recommended to remove travel restrictions.

    The move means that the Member States are now advised to reimpose entry restrictions on arrivals from Singapore and Ukraine, in particular for unvaccinated travellers.

    “Following a review under the recommendation on the gradual lifting of the temporary restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU, the Council updated the list of countries, special administrative regions and other entities and territorial authorities for which travel restrictions should be lifted. In particular, Singapore and Ukraine were removed from the list,” the EU Council notes in its press release.

    The decision was taken after both Singapore and Ukraine reported a higher number of COVID-19 cases in recent weeks. Data by the World Health Organization shows that only in the 24 last hours Singapore has reported a number of 2,553 new COVID-19 cases. The country is home to a population of 5.686 million,

    On the other hand, Ukraine, which counts 44.13 million residents, has reported 13,068 new cases.

    Last week, SchengenVisaInfo.com reported that the Council was set to remove Ukraine from the list. The information had also been confirmed by the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which rushed to point out that though the country was removed from the white list, this did not affect the visa-free travel agreement between Ukraine and the EU anyhow.

    The last time the white list was reviewed was on October 29, when Argentina, Colombia, Namibia and Peru were added to it. Soon enough, several counties have started applying the recommendation, including here Germany and Sweden.

    Prior to that, the list had been updated on October 8 with Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates being added to it. Whereas on September 23, the Council had advised the Member States to remove entry restrictions for travellers from Chile, Kuwait and Rwanda and reimpose the travel ban for Moldova and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

    As of November 9, the list consists of the following countries:

    Argentina
    Australia
    Bahrain
    Canada
    Chile
    Colombia
    Jordan
    Kuwait
    Namibia
    New Zealand
    Peru
    Qatar
    Rwanda
    Saudi Arabia
    South Korea
    United Arab Emirates
    Uruguay
    China, subject to confirmation of reciprocity
    The Member States are highly encouraged to remove the entry ban on travellers from these countries, as well as for the special administrative regions of China, Hong Kong and Macao. Removal of the entry ban on Chinese travellers is recommended as soon as China reciprocates the move.

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    10.11.2021
  • European Union All European citizens who fall under the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement can continue using a national identity card issued by any EU Member States to enter British territory; the European Commission has recalled European citizens and permanent residents.

    “National authorities or travel operators cannot restrict their right to choose which travel document to use to enter the UK by insisting on passports only,” the press release explains.

    In addition, all EU citizens that have a settled or pre-settled status under the UK’s EU Settlement Scheme, Jersey, Guernsey, or the Isle of Man’s settlement schemes, can enter the UK by presenting a valid national identity card.

    Moreover, holders of the EU Settlement Scheme family permit, frontier worker permit, and S2 Healthcare Visitors are eligible to enter the country by presenting the same document, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

    Furthermore, those with settled or pre-settled status can show proof of their status through the UK’s View and Prove system through a shared code. Those still on hold for a decision on the settled/pre-settled status application can also use their valid national identity.

    In such cases, they must show proof of the following:

    they have applied for settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme or Jersey, Guernsey, or the Isle of Man’s settlement schemes
    they have obtained a valid certificate of application
    “Using a valid national identity card for citizens protected by the EU–UK Withdrawal Agreement to enter the UK is a right for life. After December 31, 2025, the UK may only accept valid national identity cards that also hold a biometric chip. Until this date, all national identity cards issued by the EU Member States – whether they have a biometric chip or not – are good for the purposes of UK entry,” the press release explains.

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    08.11.2021
  • European Union Since the White House announced yesterday vaccinated travellers from the 26 Schengen Area countries, Ireland and the United Kingdom, would be permitted to enter the United States in early November, Europeans have been asking which vaccines would be accepted for entry into the country.

    Clearly, the US will permit entry for those who have been vaccinated with one of the vaccines which have been vaccinated with the ones approved by the US federal agency Food and Drug Administration (FDA) which are Moderna, Pfizer, and Janssen.

    The European Medicines Agency, on the other hand, has approved all three, as well as the AstraZeneca vaccine. That is why many travellers worry that the AstraZeneca vaccine, with which the majority of Brits and 70 million EU nationals have been vaccinated, may not be accepted for travel into the US when the travel ban is lifted.

    In a press conference held today, Eric Mamer, a spokesperson for the EU Commission, said that it is expected that the US travel for people vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine even though the same has not been approved by the FDA yet.

    From our point of view, obviously it would make sense for people who have been vaccinated with AstraZeneca to be able to travel,” Mamer said, though he pointed out that there is no official information in this regard, reported Reuters.

    Only today, the NDTV has quoted an unnamed top medical body of the country that a vaccinated person will be any person who has received has been fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the FDA or the World Health Organization (WHO).

    Up to this point, the list of the vaccines approved by the WHO consists of the following:

    • Pfizer/BioNTech
    • AstraZeneca (including Covishield)
    • Janssen
    • Moderna
    • Sinopharm
    • Sinovac

     

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    22.09.2021
  • European Union Travellers from Albania, Andorra, Faroe Islands, Israel, Monaco, Morocco and Panama can soon travel to EU countries under the same restrictions as EU nationals, as they have now joined the EU Digital COVID Certificate.

    The EU Commission’s Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations has announced on Wednesday, September 15, that the Commission now recognises COVID-19 certificates issued by all these countries as equivalent to those issued by the EU Member States under the EU’s Vaccination Passport Scheme.

    “As a result, the seven countries and territories will be connected to the EU’s system, and the COVID certificates they issue will be accepted in the EU under the same conditions as EU Digital COVID Certificates,” the Directorate-General notes in a press release announcing the decision.

    The same also noted that EU travellers will be able to travel to these seven countries with their EU Digital Certificate, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

    Commenting on the decision, the EU Commissioner for Justice, Didier Reynders, asserted that throughout summer 2021, EU citizens have been able to travel safely, thanks to the certificate, adding that the EU countries have issued more than 420 million certificates up until now.

    “I, therefore, welcome that more and more countries outside the EU are joining our successful system. A total number of 42 countries – 27 EU Member States and 15 non-EU countries – are now taking part in the EU Digital COVID Certificate system, confirming the EU certificate as an international standard,” the Commissioner said.

    The EU has created the COVID-19 travel certificate scheme in a bid to restore the freedom of travel between the Member States. Since the scheme was launched, travellers holding the certificate have been able to travel throughout the block without or at least with minimal restrictions.

    The certificate is issued to those who are fully vaccinated, those who have recovered from the virus in the past 180 days, as well as to those who test negative for COVID-19.

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    20.09.2021
  • European Union Travellers from Albania, Andorra, Faroe Islands, Israel, Monaco, Morocco and Panama can soon travel to EU countries under the same restrictions as EU nationals, as they have now joined the EU Digital COVID Certificate.

    The EU Commission’s Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations has announced on Wednesday, September 15, that the Commission now recognises COVID-19 certificates issued by all these countries as equivalent to those issued by the EU Member States under the EU’s Vaccination Passport Scheme.

    “As a result, the seven countries and territories will be connected to the EU’s system, and the COVID certificates they issue will be accepted in the EU under the same conditions as EU Digital COVID Certificates,” the Directorate-General notes in a press release announcing the decision.

    The same also noted that EU travellers will be able to travel to these seven countries with their EU Digital Certificate, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

    Commenting on the decision, the EU Commissioner for Justice, Didier Reynders, asserted that throughout summer 2021, EU citizens have been able to travel safely, thanks to the certificate, adding that the EU countries have issued more than 420 million certificates up until now.

    “I, therefore, welcome that more and more countries outside the EU are joining our successful system. A total number of 42 countries – 27 EU Member States and 15 non-EU countries – are now taking part in the EU Digital COVID Certificate system, confirming the EU certificate as an international standard,” the Commissioner said.

    The EU has created the COVID-19 travel certificate scheme in a bid to restore the freedom of travel between the Member States. Since the scheme was launched, travellers holding the certificate have been able to travel throughout the block without or at least with minimal restrictions.

    The certificate is issued to those who are fully vaccinated, those who have recovered from the virus in the past 180 days, as well as to those who test negative for COVID-19.

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    17.09.2021
  • European Union More European Union and Schengen Zone countries have started to reopen their visa application centres located abroad, accepting applications for several visa categories, after confirming that the COVID-19 situation permits such a step to be taken. Many of these visa centres are located in India.

    Recently, authorities in Ireland have announced that the visa application centre in India has resumed its work and now accepts short-stay visa applications. In addition, visa centres for long-stay visas have also resumed their work in the following territories; Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Kochi, Hyderabad, Jalandhar, Kolkata, South Mumbai, Pune and New Delhi, as confirmed by the visa outsourcing and technology Services Company, VFS Global, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

    Besides Ireland, authorities in Germany also have announced that their visa centre in Ahmedabad, India, will continue its work, from September 20, after remaining temporarily closed due to the Coronavirus situation.

    “The Germany Visa Application Centre in Ahmedabad will resume operations on September 20 2021, operating every Monday and Wednesday from 9 am to 3 pm,” the statement published by VFS Global reads.

    Citizens from India can also head to the centre in Pune, India, in order to require visa service when interested in visiting Switzerland, as the latter reopened its visa application centre in Pune, India.

    Belgium’s visa application centre in Ahmedabad, India, has resumed its work from September 1, accepting D category and Seaman visa applications.

    “The Belgium Visa Application Centre in Ahmedabad will resume accepting D category, and Seaman Visa applications from September 1 2021, operating every Monday and Wednesday from 9 am to 2 pm,” the statement published by VFS Global reads.

    Russian citizens wishing to travel to Estonia are now permitted to require visa services, as the latter has opened its centre in Ivangorod, Russia. According to the announcement of the VFS Global, the centre located in Ivangorod will offer its visa services from Monday to Wednesday, from 10 am to 2 pm.

    Czech Republic’s visa application centre located in Tehran also resumed its operations from September 2 for all persons requiring visa services.

    On September 1, Finland announced that it reopened its visa application centre located in Hong Kong. However, it started accepting limited category applications, while it keeps its doors open from Wednesday to Friday from 9 am to 12 pm.

    The Hungarian visa application centre located in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates, resumed its services on September 5, according to the announcement of the VFS Global.

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    16.09.2021
  • European Union Following EU and Schengen Area countries accept Sinopharm as valid proof of immunity against COVID-19:

    Austria
    Cyprus
    Greece
    Hungary
    Iceland
    Netherlands
    Spain
    Sweden
    Finland
    Switzerland

    10.09.2021
  • European Union EU Countries Accept Mixed COVID-19 Vaccine Doses

    Denmark
    On August 2, the Danish State Serum Institute revealed that people vaccinated with AstraZeneca and then with either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna are offered “good protection” from the combination.

    Thus the country has not only vaccinated about 144,000 Danish residents with such mixed vaccines but also permits entry for those who are vaccinated with mixed jabs as long as both shots are of an EMA-approved vaccine.

    Germany
    The German health authorities have been practising cross vaccination for some time now, even having the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, vaccinated with the AstraZeneca and then a Moderna shot.

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    The country not only recognises cross vaccination but also recommends it. According to the German Standing Committee on Vaccination (STIKO), people whose first shot of vaccine was Oxford-AstraZeneca should get vaccinated with an mRNA vaccine for the second shot, meaning it can either be a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine. STIKO said that this combination generates more superior protection against the virus.

    Italy
    Since mid-June, the Italian Medicines Agency (Aifa) has recognised mixed vaccines as full vaccination. The recognition followed the decision of Aifa to authorise the combination of COVID vaccines for people under 60 as the AstraZeneca jab was limited for use.

    France
    Since March, the country has recognised the mixed vaccines as full immunisation after complaints were being voiced over the AstraZeneca jab. However, travellers must be vaccinated with the EMA authorised vaccines combination in order to enter France.

    Spain
    Like Danish health authorities, a study carried out in Spain with more than 600 participants in May revealed that getting vaccinated with AstraZeneca and then Pfizer shot is more effective than being vaccinated with matching doses. In conclusion, the country recognises cross vaccination as valid proof of immunity for those wishing to enter its territory.

    Norway
    The country approved the combination of Pfizer and Moderna shot and even announced it is working with the British authorities to recognise the practice of cross vaccination.

    Source: www.schengenvisainfo.com/news/travel-to-eu-which-eu-countries-accept-mixed-covid-19-vaccine-doses/

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    09.09.2021
  • European Union The European Union Council is set to narrow down the list of epidemiologically safe third countries removing an additional six more countries from it.

    Sources of Reuters within the EU have once again made known the list of countries that will most possibly be removed from the list on Wednesday when the EU Council meets to review the list. The following countries will be affected:

    Albania
    Armenia
    Azerbaijan
    Brunei Darussalam
    Japan
    Serbia
    The removal from the list means that the Member States will be advised to reinstate entry restrictions on travellers from these countries, which travellers so far have been eligible to enter most EU and Schengen Area countries completely restriction-free.

    The entry restrictions that may soon be imposed on these travellers include testing, double testing, quarantine, and even an entry ban on those unvaccinated.

    While the EU’s decision is expected to be finalized by the end of the week, some EU and Schengen countries have already removed some or all of these countries from their “white lists”.

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    09.09.2021
  • European Union The Council updated the list of countries, special administrative regions and other entities and territorial authorities for which travel restrictions should be lifted. In particular, Israel, Kosovo[1], Lebanon, Montenegro, the Republic of North Macedonia and the United States of America were removed from the list.

    Non-essential travel to the EU from countries or entities not listed in Annex I is subject to temporary travel restriction. This is without prejudice to the possibility for member states to lift the temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU for fully vaccinated travellers.

    Member states can choose not to apply this non-essential traveler ban for those inoculated with the EMA or WHO-approved Covid-19 vaccines.

    Each European Union and Schengen country can decide whether to go with the outer border restrictions update recommended by the European Commission and whether they choose to apply them to all six countries. Usually, they do, and no government objected to the proposal put forward last Friday.

    There could also be different entry requirements regarding vaccination (are vaccinated allowed or not) and tests depending on your entry country to EU/Schengen like there have been in place for the entire summer.

    Countries removed from the safe list:
    Israel
    Kosovo[1]
    Lebanon
    Montenegro
    Republic of North Macedonia
    the United States of America
    An updated list of safe countries:
    Albania
    Armenia
    Australia
    Azerbaijan
    Bosnia and Hercegovina
    Brunei Darussalam
    Canada
    Japan
    Jordan
    New Zealand
    Qatar
    Republic of Moldova
    Saudi Arabia
    Serbia
    Singapore
    South Korea
    Ukraine
    China, subject to confirmation of reciprocity
    Travel restrictions should also be gradually lifted for the special administrative regions of China Hong Kong and Macao.

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    31.08.2021
  • European Union Reuters reported late Friday, citing EU’s diplomatic sources, that the bloc would announce on Monday the list of countries that EU/Schengen member states should apply travel restrictions from if there are no objections.

    Note that these changes would primarily affect visitors that are not vaccinated using EMA (European Medicines Agency) approved vaccines that may be banned from entering the bloc altogether or need to quarantine with multiple tests.

    It is up to each European Union and Schengen country to decide whether to go with the outer border restrictions and whether they choose to apply them to all six countries.

    There could also be different entry requirements for vaccination and tests depending on your entry country to EU/Schengen like there have been in place for the entire summer.

    The countries removed from the safe travel list:
    United States
    Israel
    Lebanon
    Kosovo
    North Macedonia
    Montenegro

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    29.08.2021
  • European Union COVID-19 Vaccination Passport issued by North Macedonia, Turkey and Ukraine will be accepted for travel to the EU and Schengen Area countries starting from today, August 20, after the EU Commission adopted three equivalence decisions for these countries.

    The decision was taken yesterday, on August 20, and means that the relevant authorities in these three countries will be connected to the EU’s system, and the COVID-19 certificates issued to their citizens will now be accepted in the EU, under the same conditions as the EU Digital COVID Certificate.

    “At the same time, North Macedonia, Turkey and Ukraine have agreed to accept the EU Digital COVID Certificate for travel from the EU to their countries. Their participation in the EU’s Digital COVID Certificate will thus facilitate safe travel to and from the EU,” the EU Commission noted in a press release announcing the decision.

    Commenting on the decision, the EU Commissioner for Justice, Didier Reynders, showed his belief that the EU is setting standards internationally with the EU Digital COVID Certificate while also asserting that the agreement with North Macedonia, Turkey and Ukraine would help to facilitate safe travel, beyond the block.

    The EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement, Olivér Várhelyi, also appraised the agreements, noting that more countries in Europe would soon join the gateway.

    “As we fight the pandemic together, our partners are also an integral part of opening up safely together. I welcome Ukraine, North Macedonia and Turkey in our Digital COVID Certificate system and look forward to more of our neighbours connecting soon,” Commissioner Várhelyi said.

    The EU Digital COVID Certificate is a document established by the block in a bid to restore the freedom of travel throughout the member states for EU citizens by removing entry bans and other restrictions as quarantine and double testing for its holders.

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    23.08.2021
  • European Union 15 countries in EU now recognise COVISHIELD for travellers.

    The 15 countries that allegedly recognise the vaccine, 13 of which are EU members and the remaining two are Schengen area countries, are as follows:

    Austria
    Belgium
    Bulgaria
    Finland
    Germany
    Greece
    Hungary
    Iceland
    Ireland
    Latvia
    the Netherlands
    Slovenia
    Spain
    Sweden
    Switzerland

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    13.07.2021
  • European Union Today, the Presidents of the three EU institutions, the European Parliament, the Council of the EU and the European Commission attended the official signing ceremony for the Regulation on the EU Digital COVID Certificate, marking the end of the legislative process.

    On this occasion Presidents David Sassoli and Ursula von der Leyen and Prime Minister António Costa said:

    “The EU Digital COVID Certificate is a symbol of what Europe stands for. Of a Europe that does not falter when put to the test. A Europe that unites and grows when faced with challenges. Our Union showed again that we work best when we work together. The EU Digital COVID Certificate Regulation was agreed between our institutions in the record time of 62 days. While we worked through the legislative process, we also built the technical backbone of the system, the EU gateway, which is live since 1 June.

    We can be proud of this great achievement. The Europe that we all know and that we all want back is a Europe without barriers. The EU Certificate will again enable citizens to enjoy this most tangible and cherished of EU rights – the right to free movement. Signed into law today, it will enable us to travel more safely this summer. Today we reaffirm together that an open Europe prevails.”

    EU Digital COVID Certificate

    The aim of the EU Digital COVID Certificate is to facilitate safe and free movement inside the EU during the COVID-19 pandemic. All Europeans have the right to free movement, also without the certificate, but the certificate will facilitate travel, exempting holders from restrictions like quarantine.

    The EU Digital COVID Certificate will be accessible for everyone and it will:

    cover COVID-19 vaccination, test and recovery;
    be free of charge and available in all EU languages;
    be available in a digital and paper-based format;
    be secure and include a digitally signed QR code;
    Member States shall refrain from imposing additional travel restrictions on the holders of an EU Digital COVID Certificate, unless they are necessary and proportionate to safeguard public health.

    In addition, the Commission committed to mobilising €100 million under the Emergency Support Instrument to support Member States in providing affordable tests.

    The Regulation will apply for 12 months as of 1 July 2021.

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    14.06.2021
  • European Union EU completed today the legislative work on the EU digital COVID Certificate package to facilitate travel within the EU and contribute to the economic recovery.

    Plenary passed the new EU digital COVID Certificate Regulations with 546 votes to 93 and 51 abstentions (EU citizens) and with 553 to 91 and 46 abstentions (third-country nationals).

    Chair of the Civil Liberties Committee and rapporteur Juan Fernando López Aguilar (S&D, ES) said: “Today Parliament has set the pace to restore free movement and a fully functional Schengen while we continue to fight this pandemic. The EU Digital COVID Certificate will function from 1st July, and will ensure safe and coordinated travel this summer. EU states are encouraged to refrain from imposing further restrictions, unless strictly necessary and proportionate, and it is reassuring that some are already issuing the certificate.“

    The certificate will be issued free of charge by national authorities and be available in either digital or paper format containing a QR code. The document will certify that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, has a recent negative test result or has recovered from the infection. In practice, these will be three distinct certificates. A common EU framework will make certificates interoperable and verifiable across the European Union, as well as prevent fraud and forgery.

    The system will apply from 1 July 2021 and be in place for 12 months. The certificate will not be a precondition for free movement and will not be considered a travel document.

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    09.06.2021
  • European Union The European Council has abolished an entry ban for non-essential purposes on the residents of Japan, advising the 27 Member States to permit restriction-free entry for the resident of this country.

    The decision has been taken upon a review of the EU Council’s list of the epidemiologically safe third-countries, according to which the Member States should add Japan to the list of safe third countries and soon permit Japanese travellers to enter the Schengen Area and the EU countries for non-essential purposes without being subject to any restrictions as testing and quarantine, including for tourism.

    “Following a review under the recommendation on the gradual lifting of the temporary restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU, the Council updated the list of countries for which travel restrictions should be lifted to add Japan,” reads a press release of the Council, announcing the decision.

    Thus, starting from June 3, the EU’s list of epidemiologically safe third countries, arrivals from which should be permitted to enter the European Union countries and the four Schengen Area associated countries, consists of the following:

    Australia
    China (including Hong Kong and Macao) subject to confirmation of reciprocity
    Israel
    Japan
    New Zealand
    Rwanda
    Singapore
    South Korea
    Thailand
    The EU Council’s list of epidemiologically safe third countries consists of countries outside the EU and Schengen Area that have low rates of COVID-19 cases in their territory.

    The list had first been published on June 30 and consisted of 15 third countries, among which was also listed Japan.

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    07.06.2021
  • European Union The European Commission has announced that the EU Digital COVID-19 Passport may also be issued to non-European travellers, including those from the United States and the United Kingdom.

    The non-EU countries will be subject to the acceptance of the individual Member States of the validity of the passport, including proof of vaccination, proof of a negative test result, or proof of recovery from the COVID-19, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

    “Right now, if you’re an American, not living in the EU, you could get the certificate if you ask the national authorities of a member state to give you that certificate based on some proof that you’ve been vaccinated or had a recent Covid test,” a spokesperson of the European Commission said.

    Nonetheless, he emphasised that such a decision rests with each individual Member State.

    It was also revealed that the EU Commission is in talks with the United States regarding a US COVID-19 Passport, which could be accepted as an equivalent document by the EU states.

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    04.06.2021
  • European Union The European Commission is proposing to create a Digital Green Certificate to facilitate safe free movement inside the EU during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Digital Green Certificate will be a proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result or recovered from COVID-19. It will be available, free of charge, in digital or paper format. It will include a QR code to ensure security and authenticity of the certificate. The Commission will build a gateway to ensure all certificates can be verified across the EU, and support Member States in the technical implementation of certificates. Member States remain responsible to decide which public health restrictions can be waived for travellers but will have to apply such waivers in the same way to travellers holding a Digital Green Certificate.

    Vice-President for Values and Transparency, Věra Jourová said: “The Digital Green Certificate offers an EU-wide solution to ensure that EU citizens benefit from a harmonised digital tool to support free movement in the EU. This is a good message in support of recovery. Our key objectives are to offer an easy to use, non-discriminatory and secure tool that fully respects data protection. And we continue working towards international convergence with other partners.”

    Commissioner for Justice, Didier Reynders, said: “With the Digital Green Certificate, we are taking a European approach to ensure EU citizens and their family members can travel safely and with minimum restrictions this summer. The Digital Green Certificate will not be a pre-condition to free movement and it will not discriminate in any way. A common EU-approach will not only help us to gradually restore free movement within the EU and avoid fragmentation. It is also a chance to influence global standards and lead by example based on our European values like data protection.”

    Key elements of the regulation proposed by the Commission today:

    Accessible and secure certificates for all EU citizens:
    The Digital Green Certificate will cover three types of certificates –vaccination certificates, test certificates (NAAT/RT-PCR test or a rapid antigen test), and certificates for persons who have recovered from COVID-19.
    The certificates will be issued in a digital form or on paper. Both will have a QR code that contains necessary key information as well as a digital signature to make sure the certificate is authentic.
    The Commission will build a gateway and support Member States to develop software that authorities can use to verify all certificate signatures across the EU. No personal data of the certificate holders passes through the gateway, or is retained by the verifying Member State.
    The certificates will be available free of charge and in the official language or languages of the issuing Member State and English.
    Non-discrimination:
    All people – vaccinated and non-vaccinated – should benefit from a Digital Green Certificate when travelling in the EU. To prevent discrimination against individuals who are not vaccinated, the Commission proposes to create not only an interoperable vaccination certificate, but also COVID-19 test certificates and certificates for persons who have recovered from COVID-19.
    Same right for travellers with the Digital Green Certificate –where Member States accept proof of vaccination to waive certain public health restrictions such as testing or quarantine, they would be required to accept, under the same conditions, vaccination certificates issued under the Digital Green Certificate system. This obligation would be limited to vaccines that have received EU-wide marketing authorisation, but Member States can decide to accept other vaccines in addition.
    Notification of other measures – if a Member State continues to require holders of a Digital Green Certificate to quarantine or test, it must notify the Commission and all other Member States and explain the reasons for such measures.
    Only essential information and secure personal data:
    The certificates will include a limited set of information such as name, date of birth, date of issuance, relevant information about vaccine/test/recovery and a unique identifier of the certificate. This data can be checked only to confirm and verify the authenticity and validity of certificates.
    The Digital Green Certificate will be valid in all EU Member States and open for Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway as well as Switzerland. The Digital Green Certificate should be issued to EU citizens and their family members, regardless of their nationality. It should also be issued to non-EU nationals who reside in the EU and to visitors who have the right to travel to other Member States.

    The Digital Green Certificate system is a temporary measure. It will be suspended once the World Health Organization (WHO) declares the end of the COVID-19 international health emergency.

    Next Steps

    To be ready before the summer, this proposal needs a swift adoption by the European Parliament and the Council.

    In parallel, Member States must implement the trust framework and technical standards, agreed in the eHealth network, to ensure timely implementation of the Digital Green Certificate, their interoperability and full compliance with personal data protection. The aim is to have the technical work and the proposal completed in the coming months.

    Background

    To comply with the measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus, travellers in the EU have been asked to provide various documents, such as medical certificates, test results, or declarations. The absence of standardised formats has resulted in travellers experiencing problems when moving within the EU. There have also been reports of fraudulent or forged documents.

    In their statement adopted following the informal video conferences on 25 and 26 February 2021, the members of the European Council called for work to continue on a common approach to vaccination certificates. The Commission has been working with the Member States in the eHealth Network, a voluntary network connecting national authorities responsible for eHealth, on preparing the interoperability of vaccination certificates. Guidelines were adopted on 27 January and updated on 12 March, and the trust framework outline was agreed on 12 March 2021.

    Today the Commission adopted a legislative proposal establishing a common framework for a Digital Green Certificate. The Commission also adopted a complementary proposal to ensure that the Digital Green Certificate is also issued to non-EU nationals who reside in Member States or Schengen Associated States and to visitors who have the right to travel to other Member States. Separate proposals to cover citizens and non-EU citizens are necessary for legal reasons; there is no difference in treatment of citizens and eligible non-EU citizens for the purpose of the certificates.

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    18.03.2021
  • European Union The European Union said Thursday it has decided to reinstate a travel ban from Japan as the country struggles to cope with a surge of novel coronavirus cases, having declared a state of emergency in Tokyo and other areas.

    The EU maintains a list of countries that are exempted from its ban on nonessential travel to the economic bloc. In light of the latest developments, it has removed Japan from the list.

    The latest EU decision is likely to prompt airline companies operating Europe-bound routes from Japan to review their flight plans, although it will remain up to each member country in the EU to decide whether to implement the ban and how to handle enforcement.

    While the pandemic situation in Japan is less severe than in some hard-hit countries such as the United States and several nations in Western Europe, it is one of the most affected countries in East and Southeast Asia, with over 380,000 infection cases and 5,500 deaths, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University.

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    29.01.2021
  • European Union Based on the criteria and conditions set out in the recommendation, as from 16 December member states should gradually lift the travel restrictions at the external borders for residents of the following third countries:

    Australia
    Japan
    New Zealand
    Rwanda
    Singapore
    South Korea
    Thailand
    China, subject to confirmation of reciprocity
    Travel restrictions should also be gradually lifted for the special administrative regions of China Hong Kong and Macao, subject to confirmation of reciprocity.

    Residents of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican should be considered as EU residents for the purpose of this recommendation.

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    17.12.2020
  • European Union Latest News: High-speed train operator Thalys cancels 70 percent of trains from 2 November because of COVID-19 (Brussels Times, 27.10.2020). All flights between countries belonging to Schengen Zone will resume from 30 September (TFN, 28.09.2020). Thalys high-speed train operator cuts several services amid COVID-19 pandemic (Brussels Times, 22.09.2020).

    International Restrictions:

    European Union reopened borders to citizens of 14 countries since July 1. The list includes The safe countries deemed to have the coronavirus pandemic largely under control are Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay. Travelers from China would be approved to enter, but under the condition that Beijing would do the same for Europeans. Some EU countries have requested a delay in the decision for further examination, meaning the decision may be revised. The list is not entirely binding, border management remains a matter of national decision. (Prague Morning, 29.06.2020)

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    27.10.2020
  • European Union Travel restrictions: Council reviews the list of third countries for which restrictions should be lifted
    Following a review under the recommendation on the gradual lifting of the temporary restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU, the Council updated the list of countries for which travel restrictions should be lifted. As stipulated in the Council recommendation, this list will continue to be reviewed regularly and, as the case may be, updated.

    Based on the criteria and conditions set out in the recommendation, as from 22 October member states should gradually lift the travel restrictions at the external borders for residents of the following third countries:

    Australia
    Japan
    New Zealand
    Rwanda
    Singapore
    South Korea
    Thailand
    Uruguay
    China, subject to confirmation of reciprocity
    Travel restrictions should also be gradually lifted for the special administrative regions of China Hong Kong and Macao, subject to confirmation of reciprocity.

    Residents of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican should be considered as EU residents for the purpose of this recommendation.

    The criteria to determine the third countries for which the current travel restriction should be lifted cover in particular the epidemiological situation and containment measures, including physical distancing, as well as economic and social considerations. They are applied cumulatively. Reciprocity should also be taken into account regularly and on a case-by-case basis.

    Schengen associated countries (Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Switzerland) also take part in this recommendation.

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    24.10.2020
  • European Union Latest News: Thalys high-speed train operator cuts several services amid COVID-19 pandemic (Brussels Times, 22.09.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    European Union will continue to ban travelers from Brazil, Russia, U.S because of COVID-19 threat (Al Jazeera, 26.06.2020)

    European Union reopened borders to citizens of 14 countries since July 1. The list includes The safe countries deemed to have the coronavirus pandemic largely under control are Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay. Travelers from China would be approved to enter, but under the condition that Beijing would do the same for Europeans. Some EU countries have requested a delay in the decision for further examination, meaning the decision may be revised. The list is not entirely binding, border management remains a matter of national decision. (Prague Morning, 29.06.2020)

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    22.09.2020
  • European Union Following a review under the recommendation on the gradual lifting of the temporary restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU, the Council updated the list of countries for which travel restrictions should be lifted. As stipulated in the Council recommendation, this list will continue to be reviewed regularly and, as the case may be, updated.

    Based on the criteria and conditions set out in the recommendation, as from 8 August member states should gradually lift the travel restrictions at the external borders for residents of the following third countries:

    Australia
    Canada
    Georgia
    Japan
    New Zealand
    Rwanda
    South Korea
    Thailand
    Tunisia
    Uruguay
    China, subject to confirmation of reciprocity
    Residents of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican should be considered as EU residents for the purpose of this recommendation.

    The criteria to determine the third countries for which the current travel restriction should be lifted cover in particular the epidemiological situation and containment measures, including physical distancing, as well as economic and social considerations. They are applied cumulatively.

    Regarding the epidemiological situation, third countries listed should meet the following criteria, in particular:

    number of new COVID-19 cases over the last 14 days and per 100 000 inhabitants close to or below the EU average (as it stood on 15 June 2020)
    stable or decreasing trend of new cases over this period in comparison to the previous 14 days
    overall response to COVID-19 taking into account available information, including on aspects such as testing, surveillance, contact tracing, containment, treatment and reporting, as well as the reliability of the information and, if needed, the total average score for International Health Regulations (IHR). Information provided by EU delegations on these aspects should also be taken into account.
    Reciprocity should also be taken into account regularly and on a case-by-case basis.

    For countries where travel restrictions continue to apply, the following categories of people should be exempted from the restrictions:

    EU citizens and their family members
    long-term EU residents and their family members
    travellers with an essential function or need, as listed in the Recommendation.
    Schengen associated countries (Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Switzerland) also take part in this recommendation.

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    10.08.2020
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    International restrictions:

    European Union will continue to ban travelers from Brazil, Russia, U.S because of COVID-19 threat (Al Jazeera, 26.06.2020)

    European Union reopened borders to citizens of 14 countries since July 1. The list includes The safe countries deemed to have the coronavirus pandemic largely under control are Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay. Travelers from China would be approved to enter, but under the condition that Beijing would do the same for Europeans. Some EU countries have requested a delay in the decision for further examination, meaning the decision may be revised. The list is not entirely binding, border management remains a matter of national decision. (Prague Morning, 29.06.2020)

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    08.08.2020
  • European Union Travel restrictions: Council reviews the list of countries for which member states should gradually lift travel restrictions at the external border

    Following a review under the recommendation on the gradual lifting of the temporary restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU, the Council updated the list of countries for which travel restrictions should be lifted. As stipulated in the Council recommendation, this list will continue to be reviewed regularly and, as the case may be, updated.

    Based on the criteria and conditions set out in the recommendation, as from 31 July member states should gradually lift the travel restrictions at the external borders for residents of the following third countries:

    AustraliaCanadaGeorgiaJapanMoroccoNew ZealandRwandaSouth KoreaThailandTunisiaUruguayChina, subject to confirmation of reciprocity

    Residents of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican should be considered as EU residents for the purpose of this recommendation.

    The criteria to determine the third countries for which the current travel restriction should be lifted cover in particular the epidemiological situation and containment measures, including physical distancing, as well as economic and social considerations. They are applied cumulatively.

    Regarding the epidemiological situation, third countries listed should meet the following criteria, in particular:

    number of new COVID-19 cases over the last 14 days and per 100 000 inhabitants close to or below the EU average (as it stood on 15 June 2020)stable or decreasing trend of new cases over this period in comparison to the previous 14 daysoverall response to COVID-19 taking into account available information, including on aspects such as testing, surveillance, contact tracing, containment, treatment and reporting, as well as the reliability of the information and, if needed, the total average score for International Health Regulations (IHR). Information provided by EU delegations on these aspects should also be taken into account.

    Reciprocity should also be taken into account regularly and on a case-by-case basis.

    For countries where travel restrictions continue to apply, the following categories of people should be exempted from the restrictions:

    EU citizens and their family memberslong-term EU residents and their family memberstravellers with an essential function or need, as listed in the Recommendation.

    Schengen associated countries (Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Switzerland) also take part in this recommendation.

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    30.07.2020
  • European Union Council updates the list of countries for which member states should gradually lift travel restrictions at the external borders

    Following the first review under the recommendation on the gradual lifting of the temporary restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU, the Council updated the list of countries for which travel restrictions should be lifted. This list will continue to be reviewed and, as the case may be, updated every two weeks.

    Based on the criteria and conditions set out in the recommendation, as from 16 July member states should gradually lift the travel restrictions at the external borders for residents of the following third countries:

    Algeria
    Australia
    Canada
    Georgia
    Japan
    Morocco
    New Zealand
    Rwanda
    South Korea
    Thailand
    Tunisia
    Uruguay
    China, subject to confirmation of reciprocity

    Residents of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican should be considered as EU residents for the purpose of this recommendation.

    The criteria to determine the third countries for which the current travel restriction should be lifted cover in particular the epidemiological situation and containment measures, including physical distancing, as well as economic and social considerations. They are applied cumulatively.

    Regarding the epidemiological situation, third countries listed should meet the following criteria, in particular:

    number of new COVID-19 cases over the last 14 days and per 100 000 inhabitants close to or below the EU average (as it stood on 15 June 2020)stable or decreasing trend of new cases over this period in comparison to the previous 14 daysoverall response to COVID-19 taking into account available information, including on aspects such as testing, surveillance, contact tracing, containment, treatment and reporting, as well as the reliability of the information and, if needed, the total average score for International Health Regulations (IHR). Information provided by EU delegations on these aspects should also be taken into account.

    Reciprocity should also be taken into account regularly and on a case-by-case basis.

    For countries where travel restrictions continue to apply, the following categories of people should be exempted from the restrictions:

    EU citizens and their family memberslong-term EU residents and their family memberstravellers with an essential function or need, as listed in the recommendation.

    Schengen associated countries (Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Switzerland) also take part in this recommendation.

    https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2020/07/16/council-updates-the-list-of-countries-for-which-member-states-should-gradually-lift-travel-restrictions-at-the-external-borders/

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    16.07.2020
  • European Union The European Union Council will update its list of epidemiologically safe third-countries, by removing Serbia and Montenegro from it, due to an increase in COVID-19 cases in both Western Balkan countries.

    EU diplomats told RFE/RL (which were not named by the medium) that the Council has decided not to add any new countries to the list, considering the epidemiological situation in these countries is not safe, instead only removing Serbia and Montenegro from the list.

    The same sources confirmed that travel from the United States was not even part of the discussions, mainly due to the sharply increasing number of Coronavirus cases all across the US.

    The European Union has decided to drop Serbia and Montenegro from its safe list of countries from which non-essential travel is allowed, and did not even discuss including the United States given its sharp rise in coronavirus cases, EU officials said.

    While there was a possibility of removing Algeria and Morocco from the list as well, as proposed by some EU countries, the majority were against, pointing out the number of infections in these countries remains low.

    An updated list of the remaining 13 countries will be announced in the following days. The list remains a recommendation, and it depends on the EU and the Schengen Member States, to fully or partially apply it, or to reject implementing it as some countries as Hungary have done so far.

    The 13 countries that remain on the EU list are as follows: Algeria, Australia, Canada, China, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.

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    15.07.2020
  • European Union Council agrees to start lifting travel restrictions for residents of some third countries.

    The Council today adopted a recommendation on the gradual lifting of the temporary restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU. Travel restrictions should be lifted for countries listed in the recommendation, with this list being reviewed and, as the case may be, updated every two weeks.

    Based on the criteria and conditions set out in the recommendation, as from 1 July member states should start lifting the travel restrictions at the external borders for residents of the following third countries:

    Algeria
    Australia
    Canada
    Georgia
    Japan
    Montenegro
    Morocco
    New Zealand
    Rwanda
    Serbia
    South Korea
    Thailand
    Tunisia
    Uruguay
    China, subject to confirmation of reciprocity

    Residents of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican should be considered as EU residents for the purpose of this recommendation.

    The criteria to determine the third countries for which the current travel restriction should be lifted cover in particular the epidemiological situation and containment measures, including physical distancing, as well as economic and social considerations. They are applied cumulatively.

    Regarding the epidemiological situation, third countries listed should meet the following criteria, in particular:

    number of new COVID-19 cases over the last 14 days and per 100 000 inhabitants close to or below the EU average (as it stood on 15 June 2020)stable or decreasing trend of new cases over this period in comparison to the previous 14 daysoverall response to COVID-19 taking into account available information, including on aspects such as testing, surveillance, contact tracing, containment, treatment and reporting, as well as the reliability of the information and, if needed, the total average score for International Health Regulations (IHR). Information provided by EU delegations on these aspects should also be taken into account.

    Reciprocity should also be taken into account regularly and on a case-by-case basis.

    https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2020/06/30/council-agrees-to-start-lifting-travel-restrictions-for-residents-of-some-third-countries/

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    30.06.2020
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    International restrictions:

    European Union will continue to ban travelers from Brazil, Russia, U.S when borders reopen on 1 July because of COVID-19 threat (Al Jazeera, 26.06.2020)

    European Union will reopen the borders to citizens of 14 countries starting from July 1. The list includes Australia, Canada, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Uruguay, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Georgia, Montenegro and Serbia. Travelers from China would be approved to enter, but under the condition that Beijing would do the same for Europeans.
    Some EU countries have requested a delay in the decision for further examination, meaning the decision may be revised. The list is not entirely binding, border management remains a matter of national decision. (Prague Morning, 29.06.2020)

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    29.06.2020
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    International restrictions:

    European Union will continue to ban travelers from Brazil, Russia, U.S when borders reopen on 1 July because of COVID-19 threat (Al Jazeera, 26.06.2020)

    26.06.2020
  • European Union From mid-June passengers can travel by train from Prague to Berlin, Vienna, Bratislava and Warsaw.(Radio.cz, 25.06.2020)

    Six airlines will be offering direct connections to 17 airports in nine countries and regions, including Sicily, Germany, Switzerland and Luxembourg, between July and October. The destinations and schedules include seven airports in Germany, and two each in Ireland and Switzerland. The airlines are Air Malta, Ryanair, Wizz Air, Lufthansa, Swiss and Luxair. (Times Malta, 11.06.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    EU External Borders to Remain Closed at Least Until the end of June: Third-country nationals will be unable to travel to the Schengen Area for nonessential purposes, at least until the end of June, the European Interior Ministers have agreed. European Union countries may bar U.S. travelers because of COVID-19 outbreak. (Reuters, 23.06.2020)

    While the European Commission (EC) recommends that member states close their external borders to all non-EU citizens until 15 June. The ban will affect all non-EU nationals except long-term residents, family members of EU nationals and diplomats, cross-border and healthcare workers, and people transporting goods. Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland UK citizens will be unaffected. The Ireland/Northern Ireland border is not affected. Internal travel within the EU remains based upon each countries’ respective restrictions.

    The European Union has imposed travel bans on a number of worldwide airlines, citing the failure to meet safety requirements amid the raging coronavirus pandemic.
    The restrictions, outlined in a lately released report, apply additionally to Armenian air carriers, together with Armenia, Armenian Airways, Armenian Helicopters, Atlantis America Airways, Atlantis European Airways, Mars Avia and Sky Ball. (Reporter.am, 02.06.2020)

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    25.06.2020
  • European Union
    Six airlines will be offering direct connections to 17 airports in nine countries and regions, including Sicily, Germany, Switzerland and Luxembourg, between July and October. The destinations and schedules include seven airports in Germany, and two each in Ireland and Switzerland. The airlines are Air Malta, Ryanair, Wizz Air, Lufthansa, Swiss and Luxair. (Times Malta, 11.06.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    EU External Borders to Remain Closed at Least Until the end of June: Third-country nationals will be unable to travel to the Schengen Area for nonessential purposes, at least until the end of June, the European Interior Ministers have agreed. European Union countries may bar U.S. travelers because of COVID-19 outbreak. (Reuters, 23.06.2020)

    While the European Commission (EC) recommends that member states close their external borders to all non-EU citizens until 15 June. The ban will affect all non-EU nationals except long-term residents, family members of EU nationals and diplomats, cross-border and healthcare workers, and people transporting goods. Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland UK citizens will be unaffected. The Ireland/Northern Ireland border is not affected. Internal travel within the EU remains based upon each countries’ respective restrictions.

    The European Union has imposed travel bans on a number of worldwide airlines, citing the failure to meet safety requirements amid the raging coronavirus pandemic.
    The restrictions, outlined in a lately released report, apply additionally to Armenian air carriers, together with Armenia, Armenian Airways, Armenian Helicopters, Atlantis America Airways, Atlantis European Airways, Mars Avia and Sky Ball. (Reporter.am, 02.06.2020)

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    23.06.2020
  • European Union The EU Commission recommends:
     to prolong the application of the current travel restriction on non-essential travel
    to the EU until 30 June 2020. Applying the coordination mechanism set out under
    Chapter V, the intervening period should be used by the Commission and the Member
    States to prepare a list of those third countries for which travel restrictions can be
    lifted as from 1 July 2020. That list should be regularly updated in line with the
    criteria set out in this Communication. For all third countries that are not on that list
    by 30 June, the Commission recommends that Member States prolong the travel
    restriction on non-essential travel until they are put on the list of countries where
    travel restrictions could be lifted.

     to lift the application of the travel restriction on non-essential travel from the following countries/partners as of 1 July 2020:
    o Albania;
    o Bosnia and Herzegovina;
    o Kosovo;
    o Montenegro;
    o North Macedonia;
    o Serbia.

    For those countries where no decision has been taken to end the temporary travel restriction for non-essential travel into the EU, the exemptions18 should be amended as follows:
    a) EU citizens and citizens of Schengen Associated States and third country nationals
    legally residing in the European Union, as well as their family members, should be
    exempted from the travel restriction, regardless whether or not they are
    returning home. Member States can, however, take appropriate measures such as
    requiring such persons to undergo self-isolation or similar measures upon return from
    a third country for which the temporary restriction on non-essential travel is
    maintained, provided they impose the same requirements on their own nationals;
    b) The specific categories of travellers with an essential function or need 19 should be
    extended to include also:

     third-country nationals travelling for the purpose of study;
     highly qualified third-country workers if their employment is necessary from an
    economic perspective and the work cannot be postponed or performed abroad.

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    11.06.2020
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    International restrictions:

    EU External Borders to Remain Closed at Least Until the End of June: Third-country nationals will be unable to travel to the Schengen Area for nonessential purposes, at least until the end of June, the European Interior Ministers have agreed. While the European Commission (EC) recommends that member states close their external borders to all non-EU citizens until 15 June. The ban will affect all non-EU nationals except long-term residents, family members of EU nationals and diplomats, cross-border and healthcare workers, and people transporting goods. Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland UK citizens will be unaffected. The Ireland/Northern Ireland border is not affected. Internal travel within the EU remains based upon each countries’ respective restrictions.

    The European Union has imposed travel bans on a number of worldwide airlines, citing the failure to meet safety requirements amid the raging coronavirus pandemic. The restrictions, outlined in a lately released report, apply additionally to Armenian air carriers, together with Armenia, Armenian Airways, Armenian Helicopters, Atlantis America Airways, Atlantis European Airways, Mars Avia and Sky Ball. (Reporter.am, 02.06.2020)

     

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    08.06.2020
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