The EU calls for the lifting of the British travel ban but warns against non-essential travel

The European Union on Tuesday recommended that all 27 member states discourage all significant travel to and from the UK for the time being.

With EU countries imposing ad hoc restrictions on travel in the UK following the emergence of a new variant of the coronavirus, the European Commission called on them to adopt a coordinated approach, but not to prevent people in the UK or Europe from returning to their homes.

EU Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders said “Member States should take concerted action to discourage non-essential travel between the UK and the EU. At the same time, comprehensive travel bans should not prevent thousands of EU and British citizens from returning to their homes. ”

The EU’s executive arm said that people returning to their home countries or their main place of residence should be able to do so provided they themselves produce a negative test or quarantine.

Transport workers should be exempted from all travel bans when traveling across a border to and from a ship, vehicle or aircraft. Significant medical personnel should be able to move freely without quarantine provided they have tested negative within 72 hours of travel.

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