Europe Considers Easing Travel Restrictions For Vaccinated Travelers
European Union countries are looking to find common ground on how to ease pandemic travel restrictions. One of the options that’s being discussed is a plan to completely scrap the traffic-light system of green and red areas in the bloc. Instead this proposal will allow anyone who has been vaccinated to travel freely.
The information in the European Commission informal proposal was first reported by Bloomberg. This is just one of the options on the table ahead of a two-day EU summit in Brussels.
The plan would use the EU digital Covid passports which are already popular since they launched this summer. They allow travelers to cross borders without tests or quarantines. These Covid passports show whether a person has been fully inoculated or recovered from the virus.
“Given the very sizable impact on the exercise of free movement, persons traveling within the EU should in principle no longer be required to quarantine save for very exceptional situations,” the European Commission proposal says.
But there are also those who worry ahead of the summit. Tuesday saw the most single-day confirmed deaths in Europe since April. The 7-day average is also on the rise. Over 1.3 million people were infected with Covid-19 in the last seven days, up 7% from the previous seven days.