By excluding people from holiday destinations in Europe, such as France, Spain and Portugal, the British are in danger in 2021 as EU countries seek a common approach to tackling the pandemic.
This could mean that all Britons will have to go through quarantine, get a coronavirus test or even be barred from entering EU countries in the aftermath of Brexit from 1 January.
As part of the transition period for Brexit, Britain is considered an EU member until 31 December. However, this will stop in 2021, as soon as the country leaves the EU customs union and the single market.
According to the Telegraph, the Commission is seeking new measures to be coordinated by EU countries, and the UK is not involved in these discussions.
The measures under discussion are a “red to green” code for countries depending on the rate of coronavirus spread. The measures being discussed by the Commission to change the travel restrictions for a country are…
- New cases of coronavirus per 100,000 people within 2 weeks
- Percentage of positive tests within 7 days
- Number of tests performed per 100,000 people within 7 days.
Countries with less than 50 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants, but with 3% positive test results, will enter the orange zone, as will countries with 25-150 cases per 100,000 inhabitants but with positive tests below 3%.
A country with more than 50 new cases in 14 days and at least 3% positive tests will enter the red zone, or if the new cases are over 150 within 14 days.
The United Kingdom implements its own quarantine system in countries, utilizing data from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Countries with more than 20 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants per day in 7 days are at risk of falling into this travel restriction, as was the case with France, Spain, Malta and Croatia.
However, the United Kingdom announced that it is starting to apply a new approach with local restrictions, as was the case in Greece with the imposition of quarantine on travelers returning from 7 Greek islands.