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The EU states want - in principle - a Europe-wide traffic light system to mark Corona travel restrictions. But before it can be realized, many (political) traffic lights have to switch from red to green.
After weeks of negotiations, the EU member states have agreed on initial guidelines against the European patchwork of corona travel restrictions. In Brussels, they gave the go-ahead for recommendations by the German EU Presidency, which provide for a uniform traffic light system for color coding risk areas. However, it is largely up to them whether and which measures the individual countries decide on based on this. Only entry bans should no longer exist.
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Almost 30 rallies have been registered for the weekend in Konstanz. Some are directed against the corona measures. The authorities make strict requirements. © Photo: dpa / Christoph Soeder Protest with Reichsflagge against the Corona measures (archive picture) The city of Konstanz has banned Reich flags at the rallies against the Corona measures , among other things, at the rallies registered for the weekend.
At a meeting of the EU ambassadors of the member states there was now "broad support" for a coordination proposal, said a spokesman for the German EU Council Presidency. This is "an important step that, with a joint risk analysis, leads to more predictability and transparency when traveling under COVID-19 conditions in the EU".Europe in green, orange and red
With the color code system, areas in Europe are to be marked with the colors green, orange and red. The classification is based on the number of corona cases and the test rate per 100,000 inhabitants as well as the proportion of positive tests. The member states should report this data to the EU disease control authority ECDC on a weekly basis. It updates a map on which the areas are marked in the color code.
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How exactly the member states deal with the classification is open. Only in green areas should there be no restrictions. From Orange, the member states can prescribe quarantine or corona tests. A maximum duration of self-isolation is not specified. The tests should always be carried out after arrival. But there is also the option for tests before entry.Free travel for truck drivers and medical personnel
The member states are also requested to inform the public about travel restrictions in good time. A warning period of 24 hours is recommended. The restrictions are also published on the EU website "Re-open EU". In addition, there should be an EU-wide uniform form that is filled out upon entry. Travelers who perform "essential functions", such as medical staff, truck drivers, diplomats or journalists, should be exempt from restrictions.
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Hungary with general entry ban has already had a Corona traffic light - which is highly controversial among the population - to assess the situation within the country since last month. It even has four colors and, in addition to the number of infections over the past seven days, also evaluates factors such as the age of the sick, hospital capacity and the traceability of the infections.
Overall, the EU states are currently still proceeding very differently with regard to travel restrictions due to the coronavirus. For example, there is a travel warning for Belgium from the German side, but not from the French. Hungary has even generally banned entry, citing the virus; There are only exceptions for travelers from Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The Hungarian practice would - by itself - no longer be permissible under the planned new guidelines - also because, according to the EU Commission, it is discriminatory because citizens from three EU countries are excluded. He assumed that Hungary will follow the EU decision, said an EU diplomat. However, since it is only a recommendation, it is not obliged to do so.
The recommendations still have to be adopted by the Council of European Ministers on Tuesday in order to come into force. With this Friday's decision, "nothing stands in the way," said the spokesman for the Council Presidency.
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