“Time to revive the EU tourism industry and for cross-border friendships to rekindle – safely.”
That is the view of the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen. She tweeted: “We propose to welcome again vaccinated visitors and those from countries with a good health situation.
“But if variants emerge we have to act fast: we propose an EU emergency brake mechanism.”
Brussels is proposing that travel restrictions are eased, with fast-track access for visitors who have been vaccinated.
But the new proposals can be implemented, modified or ignored by member countries.
What is the EU saying?
European nations, especially those in the south, have been hit extremely hard by the collapse of tourism. Last summer, a jumble of travel restrictions – which in the case of the UK got more and more tangled as the months went on – put paid to tens of millions of holidays, and billions of euros in spending.
The recommendation from Brussels is: “There is room to ease travel restrictions, particularly for those already vaccinated.
“This proposal aims at progressively resuming travel from third countries in a safe manner, relaunching tourism, especially in view of the summer season, and business travelling, thus fostering the recovery of Europe’s economy…