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EU agrees to lift entry restrictions for travelers with approved vaccines

EU agrees to lift entry restrictions for travelers with approved vaccines
European Union flags are seen in front of the Parliament building in Athens, Greece. The country is one of 27 members of the EU, which on Wednesday said it will soon begin readmitting fully vaccinated travelers. File Photo by Dimitris Michalakis/UPI | License Photo

May 19 (UPI) -- The European Union said Wednesday it will soon allow vaccinated travelers to enter its borders after more than a year of strict bans that crippled the tourism industry there.

Officials said travelers will need to be fully vaccinated by any of the shots that are approved for use in the 27-member bloc. That rule excludes travelers from countries that are administering Russia's Sputnik V vaccine, which has not been approved by the alliance.

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Ambassadors from all member states agreed conditionally to lift the restrictions at a meeting on Wednesday.

EU officials didn't specify exactly when the travel ban will be lifted.

The EU recommended that member states ease some of the current restrictions, especially in countries using EU-authorized vaccines. The bloc also urged member nations to expand their travel list to non-EU countries with a "good epidemiological situation."

"This will help progressively resume international inbound travel where it's possible to do so safely, while at the same time ensuring quick action to counter the spread of new virus variants," an EU spokesman told The Guardian.

Also Wednesday, EU member France began to allow restaurants, cafes and bars to reopen. The businesses had been closed for about six months under a strict national lockdown.

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Saudi Arabia has said it will open most public activities on Aug. 1 on the condition that visitors have been fully vaccinated.

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