(CNN) — After nearly a year of closed borders, the European Union could open in June to fully vaccinated vacationers from countries with low Covid infection rates in time for summer under a plan revealed on Monday.
The easing of restrictions on nonessential travel, which will be welcomed by countries desperate to revive struggling tourism industries, would also allow for an “emergency brake” should infection rates rise again.
Reflecting success with vaccination programs, the EU also wants to relax qualification rules for adding to its safe travel list of countries whose travelers don’t need to be vaccinated or to enter quarantine.
Officials hope the plan could be implemented by the end of June, a year since the EU closed its external borders to most travelers, but borders could open up sooner depending on how quickly European countries sign off on the proposal.
The move comes as some members of the 27-nation bloc are already planning to forge ahead with opening up. Tourist-starved Greece last month said almost all fully vaccinated or Covid-tested international travelers can come from mid-May.
The proposals, published by the European Commission, advised that arrivals must have been inoculated 14 days before arrival with a vaccine from its approved list, including BioNTech/Pfizer, Oxford University/AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna…