EU countries agree on new coordinated coronavirus travel guidelines

Miguela Xuereb

European Union countries approved a series of guidelines aimed at facilitating free movement across the bloc and avoiding further disruption during the coronavirus pandemic.

With the coordinated approach, Member States will be providing the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC) data about the coronavirus on their territory every week, after which the organisation will publish a uniform colour-coded map of the EU.

The ECDC will assign colours to countries and regions based on the number of new cases per 100,000 inhabitants over the last 14 days (14-day cumulative coronavirus case notification rate), the number of tests per 100,000 inhabitants carried out in the last week, and the percentage of positive tests carried out in the last week (positivity rate).

The most important outcome is a single map with common colour codes based on common criteria, produced by the ECDC. Member States can still decide what restrictive measures they apply such as quarantines or tests.