According to these recommendations, a new dark red color is added to the existing categories of green, orange, red, and grey colors. It will be applied to the regions, where the virus circulates at the very active level, including new variants of the infection that raise concern.
“This color will apply to areas where the virus is circulating at very high levels, including because of more infectious variants of concern. These are defined as areas where the 14-day cumulative COVID-19 case notification rate is 500 per 100 000 people or more,” the message said.
It is noted that the EU countries should assume measures not to encourage people for insignificant travels to the regions of red or dark red colors.
According to the recommendations, people who stay in dark red regions should pass tests for Covid-19 until the arrival and stay in quarantine or self-isolation after the arrival. Transport workers, usually, are not obliged to undergo testing; however, in the case of necessity, they might pass rapid tests for antigens. The demand for obligatory testing and self-isolation do not spread to the citizens of border regions who cross the borders every day for work, studying, or family reasons.
“By acting in a coordinated manner, member states aim to prevent the reintroduction of internal border controls and to ensure the free movement of goods and services is not disrupted,” the EU noted.
As we reported, France banned travel to and from non-EU countries as part of new measures to avoid a third lockdown. Since Sunday all but essential travel from outside of the EU will be banned. Testing requirements from inside the EU will also be tightened.
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