With countries entering lockdown and unlocking slowly, many tourists are stranded and with new rules and regulations, it is getting difficult for tourists who need to keep updated on the latest travel warnings and regulations.
On Tuesday, the European Union countries approved with a series of guidelines aimed at facilitating free movement which was disrupted due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The decision was taken at a meeting in Luxembourg where the envoys of 27 European States agreed on a common approach which will help citizens and workers get more clarification on how they could transit between the countries.
This new decision is after the countries which started unlocking after months of lockdown which were closed in March of this year to curb the rise of coronavirus. Even though via Schengen agreement citizens can transit between the countries, the move to close the countries the action blocked traffic and medical equipment.
“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 visit their loved ones,” said Michael Roth, the German minister for Europe he continued saying “It is our common duty to ensure coordination on any measures which affect free movement and to give our citizens all the information they need when deciding on their travel.”
All the members who attended the conference also agreed that they would provide the coronavirus data to European Center for Disease Control (ECDC) which will be published weekly to provide the data of coronavirus cases in the specific countries.
Based on the data, the places will colour zoned Green, Orange and Red where the number of newly notified cases will be membered.
Member states also agreed that they will not restrict the free movement of people travelling to or fro from Green areas. But the Non-EU nations will follow the rules set by their government.
A region will be classified as green if the 14-day notification rate is lower than 25 and the test positivity rate below 4%.
“This agreement avoids border closures and favours the least penalizing health control measures, such as testing,” said Clement Beaune, the French minister for Europe. “Last but not least, essential movements, especially those of frontier workers, will be secured.”
The council also agreed that they would provide timely information to their neighbours about new restrictions 48 hours in advance so that they can plan their visit accordingly.