EU updates air travel guidelines to factor in vaccination evidence

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) have issued a new version of the Aviation Health Safety Protocol providing clear operational guidance and risk-based recommendations for health-safe air travel to complement the European Union’s key initiatives, such as the EU Digital COVID Certificates. 


The new version of the document, published on the ECDC’s website, takes into account new evidence and information such as the circulation of variants of concern (VOCs) and the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccination programmes. 


The new version also emphasises the need to keep non-pharmaceutical measures in place – such as the wearing of medical face masks, hygiene measures and physical distancing, said the statement from ECDC. 


It is intended to provide support to national authorities in the member states and to aviation stakeholders and is based on the latest scientific evidence,…

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