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Have A Lover In Europe? The EU Might Exempt You From Its Travel Ban
Europe is considering rolling back travel restrictions for lovers who are not legally recognized as a couple but wish to reunite.
Trending under the hashtags #LoveIsEssential and #LoveIsNotTourism, the EU is considering a travel exemption for lovers.
European Union Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson is asking EU nations to apply a “wide definition” of partnership in order to allow temporarily-separated couples to reunite.
Europe’s travel ban has separated binational families and couples since Mar. 17. The ban took a turn for the worse after the EU extended the travel ban on Americans citing the country’s response to the coronavirus.
If the EU agrees on the exemption, it means they view love as an essential reason to travel.
“The new recommendation we have presented is to broaden the definition of a couple […] so now it’s up to the member states to see how they actually implement this. For me, it’s important that you have as broad as possible a definition of what is a true couple. But the exact definition of that is for the member states to decide,” Johansson told reporters.
The call is gaining momentum among Twitter users – some who have been patiently waiting to get back to their loved ones for months since the global shutdowns.
It’s unclear which countries will respond to the call. Right now, only Denmark is allowing foreign partners, parents, and children to enter the country.
Meanwhile, Croatia’s government recently announced that they are allowing tourists from the United States.