EU countries are closing in on a brand new method to pandemic travel inside the bloc by specializing in a traveler’s particular person well being danger quite than their nation of departure, three EU diplomats stated Thursday.
Underneath the replace of the non-binding rules, vacationers with a COVID certificates wouldn’t face extra testing or quarantine necessities. Nonetheless, countries might nonetheless impose extra measures for travel from areas labeled “darkish crimson,” for high-risk, on the European Centre for Illness Prevention and Management’s coronavirus map — a standing that at present covers most of the EU.
The map’s colours mirror well being danger by counting new instances, testing charges and positivity charges. After the change, the map would additionally bear in mind a area’s vaccination fee. One EU diplomat stated the proposed modifications to the map have been nonetheless being debated.
The brand new technique follows a Fee proposal in November to take a “person-based method” to travel contained in the EU, that means individuals with a COVID certificates “ought to in precept not be topic to extra travel restrictions, wherever they arrive from within the European Union.”
Countries have held off on updating the rules amid uncertainty concerning the affect of the Omicron variant. The aim is for member countries to undertake the brand new advice at a Basic Affairs Council subsequent Tuesday.