Restrictive measures have been tightened on travelers entering European countries, especially towards British tourists, but an agreement between London and Brussels on the digital certificate of the Covid virus should restore hope to British tourists.
According to The Guardian, Brussels and London are in talks for mutual recognition of a Covid-19 digital certificate in the UK and an English language application that has the same effect in EU countries, allowing vaccinated citizens to travel freely between member states. A former member of the European Union. However, the measure only applies to British citizens who have already completed the vaccination.
The procedure should be relatively easy to implement, because the systems underlying both mechanisms are quite similar, a British government representative told the English newspaper.
Portugal and other countries, such as Spain and Germany, have imposed a mandatory 14-day quarantine on these tourists, in part due to the spread of the delta type in the country, which is resistant to only one dose of the vaccine (in this case there are two – because the J&J vaccine is a dose of one).
Despite the impending agreement, Germany continues to advise countries most dependent on tourism to maintain mandatory quarantines for British tourists. Last week, Angela Merkel declared that the continent “has not succeeded” in controlling the variables from outside countries.
The British government is now concerned about the emerging inequality between those vaccinated with just one or two doses, but this gap seems inevitable.
According to the Guardian, a working group of EU diplomats and representatives of European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) believes that by August, the delta variant will account for 90% of cases in Europe.