EU member states have reached a deal paving the way for a Covid-19 certificate to open travel to Europe, just as operators of the iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris announced a reopening in July.

The agreement will allow anyone living in the 27 countries of the EU to obtain by the end of June a digital health pass indicating their vaccination status, the results of Covid-19 tests or the recovery of a coronavirus infection.

“This is an important step towards restarting free movement in the EU in the safest way possible, while providing clarity and certainty to our citizens,” said EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides.

The certificate is seen as a key tool in saving the European summer vacation and, as if to celebrate the news, the operators of the Eiffel Tower, one of the continent’s biggest tourist attractions, announced its reopening on July 16 after several months. closure due to the pandemic.

Visitors will be limited to 10,000 per day to meet social distancing requirements, less than half of their pre-Covid levels, operator Sete said.

However, a director of the World Health Organization has warned that progress against the coronavirus pandemic remains “fragile” and that international travel should still be avoided.

“For now, in the face of a persistent threat and new uncertainty, we must continue to exercise caution and rethink or avoid international travel,” WHO European Director Hans Kluge said, adding that “pockets of increasing transmission” on the continent could spread rapidly.

(With contributions from agencies)

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