Covid-19, EU proposes a common ‘traffic light’ system to facilitate travel

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Covid-19, EU proposes a common 'traffic light' system to facilitate travel




Map of European countries is pictured during the SPD's campaign for the upcoming European Parliament elections in Quedlinburg


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Map of European countries is pictured during the SPD’s campaign for the upcoming European Parliament elections in Quedlinburg


BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission has proposed a common ‘traffic light’ system for EU member states to coordinate border controls and remedy the current confusing patchwork of coronavirus-related restrictions for travelers across Europe .

The body said it is responding to requests from the 27 EU member states, which will have to approve the proposal, and from citizens who have to face long queues at borders or who are not clear about where they can travel and under what conditions.

Under the proposal, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control should create a weekly map with each region or country in a color between green, orange or red.

The Commission advises not to place restrictions on travelers coming from the green or orange zones, although visitors to the latter may be advised to take a test for Covid-19.

Restrictions, whether quarantine or testing, would be appropriate for those coming from the red zones, although the measures should be the same for all red zones, both inside and outside the countries.

Individual countries would be free to determine which measures to take.

The color coding is based on two criteria: no restrictions for people from areas with 50 or fewer Covid-19 infections per 100,000 population in the past 14 days, or where the percentage of positive tests is less than 3%, unless that the number of cases does not exceed 150.

The red zones would indicate regions or countries with over 150 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, or more than 50 cases if at least 3% of the tests are positive.

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