On the 13th of October 2020, EU member states came to an agreement on how travel in Europe should move forward in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. A new ‘Traffic Light System’ has been put in place where countries will fall in the green, orange, or red category but every state will decide their own travel restriction measures. “We welcome this agreement to bring more order to a currently confusing situation,”
States will receive a GREEN color code if there are less than 4% positive tests over the previous week and fewer than 25 cases per 100,000 people during a 14 day period. Right now these countries are Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden.
An ORANGE code for states if there is 4% + more positive tests over the previous week but fewer than 50 cases per 100,000 people during a 14 day period.
States will receive RED if there is 4% + more positive tests in the previous week and 50 or more cases per 100,000 people during a 14 day period. Hungary is the only nation in the red as of now.
There have been some contrasting thoughts on the idea that is due to be put in place. EU member states seem happy with the outcome stating “Our strength as a Union is when we act as one… today’s agreement is a good example of this.” On the flip side, airlines such as Ryanair and Aer Lingus are not happy with the decision branding it as “A failure.” They believe they are now the cause of destroying the recovery of the tourism sector and are going to be the fault of millions losing their jobs.
Although this does show a desire to recover the travel industry, it doesn’t look like we will be getting back to the traveling we are used to from not so long ago. If you are planning on traveling soon you can click on the link down below for even more information.