« Member States are urged to require all passengers arriving from China to be tested for COVID-19 no more than 48 hours before departure, — Council of the European Union said in a statement.
In addition, the EU insists that all passengers on flights to and from China wear face masks and observe other health and personal hygiene measures.
< p>EU countries are also strongly encouraged to continue sharing and using vaccines, including boosters and boosters, especially among vulnerable groups.
“We will continue to monitor the epidemiological situation in the EU and China, including data exchange, in order to ensure EU coordination of any measures that are necessary,” — The statement reads.
Recently, China has been facing a surge in COVID-19 cases, and several countries around the world have reintroduced preventive measures for arrivals from China to protect their citizens from infection.
In addition, China is being criticized for not providing data on the current epidemiological situation. Recently, the World Health Organization has accused the Chinese authorities of underestimating the current situation with COVID-19. They are called upon to provide faster data on hospitalizations and deaths, as well as more complete real-time virus sequencing.
The current epidemiological situation in the Middle Kingdom has caused disputes among European countries about whether additional measures should be introduced regarding arrivals from China or not.
Recently, authorities in Greece, Switzerland and Germany have announced that they do not plan to impose restrictions on Chinese tourists, despite the increased number of infections.
Other countries, such as Spain, France , Italy, announced that they have decided to introduce mandatory COVID-19 testing for passengers arriving from China.
The UK authorities have also confirmed that all travelers from China will be subject to mandatory coronavirus testing upon arrival.