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Europe Releases New Guidelines For COVID-Era Travel
Since the beginning of the pandemic, traveling restrictions within the European Union have been confusing because each country has a different set of protocols and restrictions.
But that’s all about to change after the EU member countries just approved a set of guidelines designed to create a more cohesive approach to travel during the pandemic.
The new criteria includes:
- Member states should not be restricting travel from other countries with fewer than 50 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people over the last 14 days.
- They should not restrict travel from countries with test positivity rates of less than three percent, as long as weekly testing exceeds 250 tests per 100,000 people.
- Member countries must supply the European Center of Disease Prevention and Control (ECDPC) with their COVID-19 case and testing data weekly.
The ECDPC will use this data to produce a color-coded map on the Re-open EU website that shows up-to-date information about travel restrictions across Europe.
The scale ranges from green (lowest positivity rate) to red (highest), and a new version of the map will be released each week.
Information For Travelers From Outside The EU
Following the first 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.
This list will continue to be reviewed and, as the case may be, updated every two weeks.
Based on the criteria and conditions set out in the recommendation, member states should gradually lift the travel restrictions at the external borders for residents of the following third countries:
- New Zealand
- South Korea
- China, subject to confirmation of reciprocity
The United States is not on the list.