Tourism season under the threat of delta virus

Under the COVID-19, the traditional summer tourism season in Europe is coming again. Although the “new crown pass”, which aims to promote the safe and free movement of citizens of EU member states in the EU, will come into full force in the EU, in the face of the fierce mutation of the virus, the Member States once again have differences on border control policies.
Anti vandelta virus strains vary from country to country
The number of new confirmed cases per day in many European countries has decreased significantly compared with before, but due to the spread of delta virus, the recent epidemic situation in Britain and other countries has rebounded significantly. According to euronews on June 29, Germany, Spain and Portugal have introduced new travel restrictions to prevent vandelta virus.
Since the 29th, Germany has banned travelers from entering the country from Portugal and Russia, with the exception of German citizens and foreigners with the right of abode, but they must also be quarantined for two weeks. Before that, Germany’s entry ban has been applied to Britain, India, Brazil, South Africa and other countries.
Germany’s “travel ban” against Portugal, a member of the European Union, has been criticized by the European Commission. The German government’s policy “does not seem to be fully in line with” the EU’s proposal to ease summer travel restrictions, the European Commission said Tuesday, Reuters reported.
Portugal and Spain, both highly dependent on tourism, relaxed entry requirements for British travelers in May. However, as the local epidemic rebounded, Portugal demanded that passengers from the UK who had not been vaccinated with the new crown vaccine be quarantined for two weeks from June 28; From July 2, Spain will also ask travelers from the UK to provide negative new crown test results or vaccination certificates. However, these measures are still much more relaxed than the German ban. Edward Simon, research director of the French Institute of international and strategic relations( É Douard Simon told French TV station 24 that the economies of southern European countries are most affected by the epidemic, and tourism plays a very important role in these countries’ economies.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on the 23rd that she hoped other EU countries, like Germany, would tighten their entry policies to countries where the delta virus is widely spread, such as the United Kingdom: “in our country, if you come from the United Kingdom, you must be quarantined, but not in every European country. I’d like to see [isolation] French President macarone also made a similar statement.
Patrick Martin Genier, a lecturer at the University of Political Science in Paris, believes that “there is little chance that EU coordination will succeed. There are differences between countries that want to maintain public health and countries that want to save the tourist season. “
According to official data, 49.6% of people in the European Union have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 31.5% have completed it, AFP reported. The European Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned on the 23rd that the current evidence shows that the delta virus strain is more infectious. By the end of August, 90% of the new cases in the European Union may be caused by the virus infection.
“New crown pass” will be fully implemented
After the opening of some Member States, the “new crown pass” (officially known as “EU digital new crown certificate”) launched by the EU to ensure the flow of people will take effect in all Member States and four non member states on July 1. The certificate has a form of paper, electronic document and two-dimensional code. It can prove that the holder of the certificate has been vaccinated with a new crown vaccine, the new crown has been tested negative or has been infected with COVID-19 and has recovered. International Travel and some major domestic events will require participants to show their “new crown pass”.
According to the website of the European Commission, if individuals are vaccinated with vaccines already approved by EU regulators, member states cannot restrict their free movement. At present, the EU has approved four new vaccines, Pfizer, Modena, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson. But countries can also, at their own discretion, allow the free movement of people who have received only one dose of vaccine or other vaccines.
Greece, which also hopes to boost its tourism industry, will allow tourists to enter the country who have been vaccinated with a number of vaccines not yet approved by the European Union. However, according to French TV 24, Greece finally “bowed down” under the pressure of the European Union and asked tourists from Russia who have been vaccinated with the “satellite-v” vaccine developed by Russia to test their nucleic acid since June 28.
It is one of the important policies of the European Union to ensure the free flow of internal personnel. The European Commission said that the “new crown pass” can promote the “safe and free” flow of personnel. EU officials have previously said that the “new crown pass” may be extended to non EU citizens in the future.
In the specific implementation rules of the “new crown pass”, EU member states have a certain degree of autonomy. However, some airport and airline organizations issued a joint statement on June 29, saying that “repeated inspections and insufficient verification tools for airlines” may lead to long queues in the airport. These organizations call on EU Member States to coordinate the implementation of the “new crown pass” and improve efficiency.

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