European Commission Proposes Easing Travel Restrictions for Vaccinated Travelers | Health News

The European Commission outlined plans on Monday that would allow people who are fully vaccinated to travel to the European Union.

The commission proposed that member states ease the current COVID-19 restrictions that are in place on non-essential travel into the EU “to take into account the progress of vaccination campaigns and developments in the epidemiological situation worldwide.”

The current restrictions, which ban travel from all but seven countries to the bloc, have been in place since July 1, 2020.

The proposal includes allowing entry to the EU for non-essential reasons to not only people from countries with “a good

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Kauai sees spike in COVID-19 cases following relaxed travel restrictions

In just three weeks the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases on Kauai since the pandemic began had jumped from 199 to 289 as of Monday, sending residents flocking to get tested, closing at least one bar and ratcheting up pressure on residents to get vaccinated. On Sunday an employee at Kauai’s jail also tested positive for the virus, setting off mass testing at the facility and raising the prospect of yet another major coronavirus outbreak at one of the state’s correctional facilities.

The small island has weathered the pandemic remarkably well with low case numbers and just two deaths. But

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EU looks to ease travel restrictions as vaccination ramps up

Brussels — The EU’s executive branch proposed Monday to ease restrictions on travels to the 27-member bloc as vaccination campaigns keep gathering speed. Travel to the EU is currently extremely limited except for a handful of countries with low infection rates. But with the summer season looming, the European Commission hopes that the new recommendations will help dramatically expand that list.
“The Commission proposes to allow entry to the EU for nonessential reasons not only for all persons coming from countries with a good epidemiological situation, but also all people who have received the last recommended dose of an

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Despite India flight ban, travel restrictions not as ‘solid as they should be,’ Ontario chief medical officer says

Less than a week after the federal government announced a travel ban for passenger flights from India and Pakistan for at least 30 days, Ontario’s top doctors warn these border restrictions may not go far enough.

At a press conference on Monday, Dr. David Williams, Ontario chief medical officer of health, indicated that there have been concerns throughout the pandemic related to importation and spread of COVID-19 from international destinations, especially now that more variants of concern have been identified.

“In Ontario especially, because we have such an international hub,” Dr. Williams said. “We’re like a global touchpoint for a

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Caribbean Travel Restrictions: Experiencing Jamaica’s Safety Protocols

With a diverse landscape of lush mountains and forests alongside expansive white sand beaches, Jamaica makes for an ideal vacation spot. In addition to stunning tropical views, the island also has a welcoming atmosphere that visitors feel the moment they step off the plane.

As U.S. travelers become more confident in taking vacations, they are looking to destinations with increased health and safety protocols. Jamaica not only falls within the countries taking extra precautions, but the destination goes above and beyond some of its neighboring Caribbean islands.

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Although there are added steps for traveling to this island, they

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Travel restrictions through May 21

The United States’ land borders with Canada and Mexico will remain restricted to nonessential travel through at least May 21, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

“To deter the spread of #COVID19 and protect our citizens, the United States is continuing restrictions on non-essential travel at our land borders through May 21, while maintaining the flow of essential trade and travel as we have for over a year,” DHS announced via tweet.

The agency continued: “We are guided by science and public health data and engaged in discussions with Canada and Mexico about easing restrictions as health

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