Travelers across Europe may soon be allowed to forgo current mandatory quarantine protocols enforced for travel as executives prepare to make comprehensive changes that stress more on stringent COVID-19 testing than on self-isolation.
Reports from British national daily, The Telegraph reveals that the European Commission, the executive body behind the EU is pushing for COVID-19 testing as the “preferred” alternative to quarantine and has already appointed a team of health experts to develop required protocols.
If the plan materializes, which would require “mutual recognition” of protocols by all EU member nations, holidaymakers and business travelers flying between countries will be allowed to reduce or avoid quarantine by sharing a valid medical certificate showing a negative coronavirus result of a certain validity.
Britain which is on the verge of a formal exit from the regional collective by the end of the year will be part of the initiative and could reportedly remain even after the Brexit.
Earlier last week, EU nations extended their support to a common “traffic light” system to provide necessary guidance on COVID-19 testing or quarantines on EU tourists and other non-essential travelers during the pandemic.
The move is expected to end a confusing set of restrictions across Europe and facilitate the free movement of people. Reports suggest that foreign ministers from each member nation in the EU will sign the proposed traffic light system this week.