EU urges its members to lift all remaining COVID-19 restrictions

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EU calls on its members to lift all remaining COVID-19 restrictions

In a statement dated December 13, the Council of the EU confirmed that it had adopted amendments to travel recommendations and to facilitate freedom of movement within the EU. Therefore, Member States are advised to refrain from imposing any new restrictions.

“According to the new recommendations, Member States should not impose any travel restrictions citing public health. At the same time, we have retained a number of precautionary measures in case the epidemiological situation worsens, — noted in a Council statement.

If the epidemiological situation worsens and the situation needs to be resolved, appropriate restrictions should be introduced in a coordinated manner, such as resuming vaccination, returning verification of certificates of recovery and testing.

If a dangerous strain is found in any third country or region of the world, EU countries may impose urgent temporary travel restrictions, which should be the same for all.

“Such restrictions expire after 21 days, unless Member States will not decide to shorten it or extend it for an additional period,” — The Council said in a statement.

As a reminder, Spain was the last in the EU to lift COVID-19 restrictions for tourists from outside the EU on October 21, allowing them to enter without having to fill out a medical questionnaire and provide evidence of vaccination, testing or recovery.

Three weeks earlier, on October 1, Luxembourg lifted all restrictions.

According to experts, by the end of 2023, European tourism will recover by at least 75 percent to the level 2019.

According to the European Tourism Commission (ETC), the air travel industry has been the most successful recovery, with flight volumes in August only 11 percent below August 2019 levels.

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