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Travel Sector Prepares for New Phase of Facilitated COVID-19 Restrictions

The spread of the coronavirus Omicron variant that has profoundly affected European countries, has led the authorities on this continent to change the approach to the virus.

Instead of viewing the virus as a fatal disaster requiring strict preventive measures such as entry bans and closures, it has been urged to accept the virus as part of daily life, prompting the authorities to find alternative ways in order to keep the epidemiological situation under control. , as The New York Times reports, reports.

Figures recently provided by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) revealed that cases of COVID-19 have increased dramatically.

Based on figures provided by ECDC, all EU countries and the Schengen area are colored in dark red, except for some areas in Romania and Poland, which means that all EU and Schengen area countries have reported high rates of coronavirus infection, especially the variant Omicron.

However, despite these numbers, authorities across European countries have not imposed strict entry rules, compared to those introduced at the beginning of the epidemic.

In contrast, some European countries have eased their travel requirements in order to prevent another devastating situation in the travel and tourism industry.

In this regard, the Danish authorities announced that they had decided to cancel all restrictions imposed within the country to stop the spread of the Corona virus, becoming the first European country to take such a decision.

This decision means that travelers in Denmark are no longer required to wear face masks or use a COVID-19 vaccination document when planning to enter restaurants, bars and other indoor venues.

In addition, the Swedish government also announced that from February 9, travelers from EU countries and other Schengen area countries will be allowed to enter the Nordic country without being subject to additional entry requirements such as testing or quarantine rules.

The authorities in Sweden have announced that travelers who have not completed the vaccination process against the virus, as well as those who have not recovered from the virus, will also be exempted from entry restrictions.

The authorities in the Netherlands and Austria have also eased lockdown measures as part of efforts to facilitate travel amid the ongoing pandemic, despite the current increase in infections caused mainly by the spread of the Omicron variant.

Previously, the World Health Organization stressed that half of Europe will be infected with the Omicron variant within the next two months; As a result, many countries in Europe and the world have begun to regard the coronavirus as the flu.

Bloomberg stressed that Spain was the first country in Europe to suggest that people start getting used to living with the virus, and urged other countries to treat the virus as an endemic disease.

Last month, the World Health Organization called on the governments of countries to lift all travel bans or ease such measures, according to the organization, these rules have proven ineffective to stop the spread of the virus further.

The organization has consistently called on governments to keep their borders open while urging them not to re-impose strict entry rules.

In addition, the authorities in the European Union countries revealed a new plan urging the authorities to focus more on the individual health risks of the traveler rather than the epidemiological situation in the country of departure.

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