Amit Acco, Partner |

The European Council adds Israel to the list of countries for which member states should gradually lift restrictions on non-essential travel today, May 6.

Following a review under the recommendation on the gradual lifting of the temporary restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU, the Council updated the list of countries for which travel restrictions should be lifted to add Israel. As stipulated in the Council recommendation, this list will continue to be reviewed every two weeks and, as the case may be, updated. Schengen-associated countries (Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Switzerland) also take part in this recommendation.

Under these recommendations, Israeli will be able to enter the EU on holiday, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated but subject to tests or quarantine.

The Council recommendation is not a legally binding instrument. The authorities of the member states remain responsible for implementing the content of the recommendation. They may, in full transparency, lift only progressively travel restrictions towards countries listed.

A member state should not decide to lift the travel restrictions for non-listed third countries before this has been decided in a coordinated manner.