British holidaymakers hoping to take a break in the EU this next month will need to be aware of a major coronavirus rule change set to come into force.
With countries looking to protect their citizens, many have opted to tighten entry requirements and a number have now introduced a Covid-19 passport.
In an important change though, EU Covid certificate validity is set to update from February with the union putting in place stricter rules for on the travel pass, reports the Express.
Due to the rising cases of the Omicron variant across the world the EU has moved to limit the time its Covid pass is valid for to just 9 months.
Since its introduction the Covid pass has allowed holidaymakers to show proof of their vaccine status, test results, and recoveries from the virus when travelling between EU nations.
Tourism across the EU has been boosted over the last few months because of the free travel without need for quarantine or testing for citizens of EU nations.
But the EU Covid pass will now only be valid for nine months.
When this nine month period expires a new pass will need to be obtained.
With the arrival of Omicron, EU nations abandoned their uniform approach to their travel rules, with some closing their borders, banning some holidaymakers or reinstating testing requirements.
The European Commission has reacted by adopting a new rule on the validity of the Covid travel pass.
This week, the Commission agreed to make the pass only valid for nine months after travellers became fully vaccinated.
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Full vaccination was defined as two doses of a vaccine, or one dose in the case of Johnson & Johnson.
The new rule could be blocked by member states, but officials have said there is widespread support for the validity restriction.
The new validity will be binding for all 27 EU countries from February 1.
Once binding, member states will have to let fully vaccinated holidaymakers with a valid pass enter their country.
However, each country can still impose more requirements for entry, such as tests or quarantine.
Currently, Italy, Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Latvia, Cyprus and Austria all require EU travellers to show a negative Covid test on arrival on top of the Covid pass.
Once travellers have had their booster jab the pass will then be extended to having no set limit.
Britons who have been fully vaccinated can present a NHS Covid Pass throughout Europe.
The pass is accepted as proof of vaccination overseas, but it is unclear whether the new rule will also apply to non-EU passes.
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