According to some new developments on Wednesday, the countries part of the European Union seem to be planning to ease their current restriction on foreign tourists this summer.
The news outlet Bloomberg stated, “Ambassadors from the EU’s 27 member states backed a proposal to waive quarantine for those with coronavirus inoculations approved by its drug regulator, including shots from Pfizer Inc., Moderna Inc. and Johnson & Johnson. The approval could be finalized this week and implemented soon after.”
The outlet went on to state that there are two officials who are familiar with the situation stated that travelers who have not received both doses of their vaccination can travel without quarantine as long as they are coming from any such countries that have a solid handle on their COVID-19 issues. This directly translates to mean that the country has a 14-day new-case rate of less than 75 per 100,000.
NBC News stated that until now, the list of safe countries was extremely short and contained a list with only seven countries on it — Australia, Israel, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand.
The member countries of the bloc still have the power to decide which of the restrictions set on travel they would like to east and of the timeline at which they plan to do so. An “emergency brake” plan was also put out as a way for the member countries to, temporarily, slow down the rate of travel from all countries with any coronavirus variants of concern, stated Christian Wigand, spokesperson for the European Commission.
This new plan crops up as countries start their plans to reopen for summer travel and to allow certain more tourist-heavy countries to prepare as they anticipate a large increase in their economic activity in the upcoming warmer months. The airline industry is also expected to see some love as traveling tourists make summer plans after a year of restrictions and lockdowns.
As reported by the European Travel Commission, 2020 was the worst year for all international traveling into Europe in the past three decades. The report stated, “All reporting European destinations record declines in arrivals between 51%-85%, 1 in 3 declining between 70%-79%,” and “92% of business travellers expect their company to experience negative outcomes due to travel restrictions.”
The New York Times issued a statement that released a detailed overview of six of the most popular destinations on the continent for upcoming tourists. President Emmanuel Macron of France has also announced that beginning on the ninth of June, all visitors that are arriving from areas outside of Europe will be allowed to enter into the country if they have a ‘pass sanitaire’, or health pass. The details of this health pass program have yet to be released.
Visitors hailing from the U.S. and other non-European nations that are deemed low risk — Japan, Canada, Australia, and Singapore — are able to travel into Italy but must provide a coronavirus test and take part in a 10-day-quarantine. “Americans avoid the quarantine if they take special ‘Covid-tested flights’ that require taking a test both before and after the flight, and submitting an E.U. digital passenger locator form,” concluded the outlet.