With countries slow to lock and unlock, many tourists are stranded, and with new rules and regulations, it is becoming difficult for tourists to keep up with the latest travel advisories and regulations.
On Tuesday, EU countries approved a set of guidelines to facilitate free movement that have been disrupted due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The decision was taken at a meeting in Luxembourg, where the envoys from 27 European countries agreed on a common approach to help citizens and workers gain more clarity on how to move between countries.
This new decision came after countries began releasing it after months of lockdown that closed this March to contain the rise of the coronavirus. Although the Schengen Agreement allows citizens to travel back and forth between countries, the attempt to close the countries blocked traffic and medical equipment.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted our daily lives in many ways. Travel restrictions have made it difficult for some of our citizens to get to work, to university or to their relatives “, said the German Minister for Europe Michael Roth.” It is our common duty to ensure the coordination of all measures that impair free movement and to give our citizens all information that you need to decide about your trip. “
All of the members attending the conference also agreed that they would provide the coronavirus data to the European Center for Disease Control (ECDC), which is published weekly to provide data on coronavirus cases in the respective countries.
Based on the data, the places in the zones of green, orange and red where the number of newly reported cases become members are colored.
Member States also agreed that they would not restrict the free movement of people traveling back and forth from green spaces. However, the non-EU countries will follow the rules set by their government.
A region is rated green if the 14-day notification rate is below 25 and the test positivity rate is below 4%.
“This agreement avoids border closings and favors the least punitive health control measures such as testing,” said Clement Beaune, the French Minister for Europe. “Last but not least, essential movements, especially those of border workers, are secured.”
The council also agreed that they would give their neighbors 48 hours notice of any new restrictions in advance so they could plan their visit accordingly.
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