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The European Commission is proposing a coordinated lifting of travel restrictions between Member States that have a similar epidemiological situation

The European Commission has recommended the gradual and coordinated lifting of travel restrictions between Member States or regions within them that have a similar epidemiological situation in order to save what ...

The European Commission has recommended the gradual and coordinated lifting of travel restrictions between Member States or regions within them that have a similar epidemiological situation in order to save as much as possible from this year's tourist season. 

"Free movement and cross-border travel are key to tourism. As Member States manage to reduce the circulation of the virus, the covered restrictions on free movement should be replaced by more targeted measures. If the general abolition of restrictions is not justified by the health situation, the Commission shall propose a gradual and coordinated approach starting with the abolition of restrictions between areas or Member States with sufficiently similar epidemiological situations. The approach must also be flexible, including the possibility of reintroducing certain measures if the epidemiological situation so requires”Point out from the EC.

As for the opening of borders and bilateral negotiations between the states, the EC points out that the principle of non-discrimination is especially important, but that they approve bilateral negotiations in principle.

"The principle of non-discrimination is particularly important: when a Member State decides to allow travel to its territory or to certain regions and territories in its territory, it should do so in a non-discriminatory way - allowing travel from all EU regions, regions or countries with similar epidemiological conditions. In the same way, all restrictions must be lifted without discrimination, to all EU citizens and all residents of that Member State, regardless of their nationality, and should apply to all parts of the Union in a similar epidemiological situation.”Point out from the EC.

The Commission also establishes a common framework that provides criteria for the safe and gradual renewal of tourism activities and the development of health protocols for hotels and other forms of accommodation to protect the health of guests and employees.

“These guidelines will allow people to safely stay in hotels, camps, bed and breakfasts or other leisure facilities, eat and drink in restaurants, bars and cafes, and go to beaches and other outdoor leisure areas.”Is stated in the statement of the EC. Read more about the guidelines in the attachment.

/ / / ATTACHMENT: COVID-19: EU Guidance for the progressive resuming of tourism services and for health protocols in hospitality establishments

Also, the EC addressed the eye vouchers. According to EU rules, passengers have the right to choose between a voucher or a cash refund for canceled transport tickets (plane, train, bus / bus and ferry) or a package trip. Voluntary vouchers should be protected from the insolvency of the issuer, with a minimum validity of 12 months, and can be returned after a maximum of one year if not used.

They should also provide passengers with sufficient flexibility, should allow passengers to travel on the same route under the same conditions of service or should passengers book a package travel contract with the same type of service or of the same quality. They should also be transferable to another passenger, the EC recommends.

Read the whole document in the attachment.

Tourism and transport: Commission's guidance on how to safely resume travel and reboot Europe's tourism in 2020 and beyond

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