COVID-19 Situation in EU Worse Than Ever, as Commission Proposes New Travel Rules

Shortly after the European Commission proposed new rules for travel within the European Union, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) revealed that the COVID-19 situation on the continent is worse than ever.

Yesterday, the Commission suggested that all people who hold a vaccination certificate that falls under the EU’s COVID-19 Digital Corridor or other equivalent document showing that its holder has been vaccinated with one of the vaccines approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) should also be allowed to travel to the block without subject to additional rules.

Moreover, in order to allow simpler movement, the same advised member states to impose harmonized rules based on the vaccination status of travelers.

However, despite these recommendations, it is not clear whether EU and non-EU citizens will be able to make a trip anytime soon without exposure to the virus as the COVID-19 situation has worsened dramatically.

According to the latest update of maps published to support the council’s recommendation for a coordinated approach to travel rules, all EU member states have identified increasing infection rates over the past seven days.

For this reason, the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention has suggested that everyone, especially unvaccinated and unwell people, refrain from taking any non-essential travel for the time being, TheSchengen.com reports.

Consistent with data provided by the European Health Agency, most EU member states – Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, half of Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Ireland, Iceland, Poland, Netherlands, Latvia, Lithuania, Greece, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Slovenia, and Slovakia – currently part of the Dark Red List.

Such a classification was made after all of these countries reported more than 500 coronavirus cases per 100,000 population, and the test-positivity rate was more than four percent in the past two weeks.

Figures from the World Health Organization (WHO) showed that among all the member states, Poland, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic and Belgium had the highest infection rates.

During the past seven days, Poland recorded 154,317 new cases. During the same period, the Netherlands reported 156,921 cases, followed by the Czech Republic with 117,409 cases, and Belgium with 85,308 cases.

Thus, bearing in mind that cases of infection are increasing every day, the agency has strongly recommended that everyone refrain from travel during this time. Those who need to take a trip are advised to be careful and carry the necessary documents with them at all times.

Apart from the above countries, Spain, Portugal and France have also reported increased cases of COVID-19. These countries were the safest destinations to travel to so far. However, due to the new wave of COVID-19, these areas are also affected.

However, travel to one of these three regions is not as strongly recommended as travel to the regions listed in dark red, provided that travelers meet the entry requirements for their destination country.

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