If I achieve one thing with this newsletter today it’s explaining what this:
“From 1 July onwards, all EU member states will accept the certificates, which will show that a person has been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, has a recent negative PCR Covid-19 test, or has recently been infected and has recovered, and is therefore immune.“
… means for you.
And because – like some of you – I was a little fuzzy on what this meant on a practical level for people in Belgium, so I asked Maïthé Chini because she’s been reporting on this for what feels like forever.
“It means that they can travel freely within the EU from this summer,” she replied.
Now the finer points of it can be found here and more practical info will no doubt come to light in the coming weeks, but when it comes down to it, this is the takeaway.
Free travel is back, mostly.
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