EU aims to ease travel restrictions

The European Union has proposed its member states ease anti-coronavirus restrictions on nonessential travel, allowing vaccinated foreign tourists to enter the bloc.

The European Commission, the executive arm of the EU, outlined the new proposal on Monday.

Under the plan, people who received shots with EU-authorized vaccines can enter the bloc even for non-essential reasons. It would permit travel from countries with what it calls a good epidemiological situation.
The Commission recommended that the threshold number of cases from which all travel is allowed be raised from current 25 infections per 100,000 people to 100.

Currently, people from only seven countries, including Australia and South Korea, can enter the EU regardless of whether they have been vaccinated.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen tweeted, "Time to revive tourism industry and for cross-border friendships to rekindle, safely."

The new plan is apparently aimed at boosting the bloc's tourism industry for this summer's holiday season.

The EU plans to obtain approval from its members by the end of May and introduce new travel rules in June.