The European Commission is urging for European Union (EU) members to adopt a recently published ‘traffic light’ quarantine system in order to simplify the existing rules and apply the same quarantine criteria across all EU nations.
The new traffic light system would mean that quarantine restrictions are enforced for anyone arriving in a country that has more than 50 Covid-19 cases per 100,000 people, over the two previous weeks, and a positive infection rate above 3%. By being able to clearly see when a countries infection rate is rising, holidaymakers will be able to plan trips accordingly.
As an example, the UK currently has an infection rate of 52.9 per 100,000 people and a positive test rate of 6%. These figures are both above the given threshold and therefore would require visitors to isolate upon arrival to the UK.
It has been reported that countries including Spain, France, and Germany are willing to participate in the new traffic light system. However, there are concerns that countries could alter quarantine restrictions if and when they see fit.
Quarantine and travel restrictions are under constant review and countries are continuously being added and removed from the corridor list, so it is important that Brits looking to get away stay up-to-date with the latest advice and restrictions before they book or travel.
You can find more information on which countries require you to isolate upon your return or arrival here.
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