Friday, June 4, 2021

EU Travel Rules Are “Incredibly Over-Politicised”, Says CEO of Hungarian Airline

The CEO of the Hungarian airline, Wizz Air, believes that the coordination process for travelling rules set by the European Union has become very politicised, reports.

“I think the European Union as such has broken down completely, we have failed to come with unified measures and an orchestrated approach dealing with the situation, and it has become incredibly over-politicised,” Jozsef Varadi, Wizz Air’s CEO, said on Wednesday.

Recently, France and Germany have banned non-essential travelling for United Kingdom visitors, where the new Coronavirus variant has spread.

Speaking on the matter, Varandi explained how travel rules had become politicised by saying that “if you look at the UK for example, the country is very well vaccinated, better than the European so you guys should travel freely within the European Union.”

According to him, consumers are willing to travel, but the problem lies in governments that continue imposing restrictions of unpredictable nature. He also added that the EU’s regulatory framework is very volatile, which he claims is an issue.

Members of the EU have discussed reopening their borders for tourism this summer, but the details are yet to be determined on a national level basis. However, the 27 EU member states are working to make travelling more accessible for both inside and outside the bloc countries by issuing the COVID-19 Passport.

The first countries to issue the document to their citizens are Germany, Poland, Czechia, Denmark, Croatia, Bulgaria, and Greece, starting this Tuesday (June 1). The remaining countries will start issuing the certificate in the upcoming days and weeks. About 22 EU countries have so far successfully tested the document’s gateway.

“As vaccination progresses, we propose to gradually ease travel measures in a coordinated way without a common tool: the EU Digital COVID Certificate,” President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said in a press release on Monday.

However, the vaccinated tourists coming from countries outside the EU will be permitted to travel into one of the 27 EU states this summer by providing proof they have received the last recommended dose at least two weeks before entering the country. Entry restrictions can still be applicable if the travellers come from a country with high rates of the virus.

Likewise, European travellers are also allowed to fly to other EU nations by providing proof of vaccination or a negative test. Now, they are able to do so through the COVID-19 passports, the digital document that proves the holder is either vaccinated, has recovered from the virus or recently tested negative for the disease.

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