European Commission: Two new regulations that will bring tourists from US and UK
Along with the vaccination certificate, the European Commission is considering two more arrangements to extend the opening of European tourism to more non-EU countries.
According to information published in the international media, the two additional arrangements are expected to be:
1) There will be a green list of countries outside the European Union, which will allow their citizens to travel on holiday to EU countries, if the rate of coronavirus cases is below 100 per 100,000 inhabitants and not 25 per 100,000 that is currently in force.
The list will also include the United Kingdom, which has 44 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, and the United States, with 35 cases per 100,000.
2) The second regulation that has discussed, is: To lift travel restrictions by non-EU countries with high rates of vaccination. The Commission proposal will be discussed at a meeting of co-chairs and is expected to be formally approved by the EU Council of Commerce Ministers, if an agreement is reached.
The EU is also expected to adopt uniform entry requirements, giving fully vaccinated holidaymakers from low-risk countries unrestricted entry to Spain, Greece, France, Italy and other popular destinations.
British Airways CEO Sean Doyle and his Heathrow counterpart John Holland-Kaye have warned that the UK’s limited green list under the new signaling system for opening up British travel abroad is a threat, cause huge losses to the travel industry, despite the success of the vaccination program.
The two officials called on ministers to revise the list of countries on the green list for the summer, including Greece, Cyprus, Spain, France and Malta, countries that have made “huge progress” in reducing infection rates and increasing levels of vaccination.
Holland-Kaye characteristically said that such a green list in the popular destinations of the British will help in the booking options without high prices, as will happen with the limited options and last minute reservations.
Sean Doyle said he was surprised by British ministers’ warnings to citizens to avoid holidays in the orange and red list countries (which now include almost all European countries except Portugal, Gibraltar and Iceland).
Both, of course, stressed that without this opening the consequences would be catastrophic for the British (and) British tourism industry.