On January 25th, the European Commission proposed additional safeguards and requirements for international travelers into the EU. New coronavirus variants and the volatile health situation worldwide call for further action to ensure that any travel to the EU takes place safely. To reflect the latest scientific advice, the Commission is also proposing updated criteria taking into account the testing rate, testing positivity, and detection of variants of concern when deciding on the application of restrictions on non-essential travel to the EU to a specific non-EU country.
The Commission has also proposed an update to the common color code to indicate the risk levels, as well as stricter measures for travlers from higher-risk areas.
The first proposal was made in September 2020, which was adopted by EU Member States in October 2020. Click to read the new Proposal for a Council Recommendation in its entirety.