European Covid Passport: Travel Between Holland, Germany and Belgium…

Whether the European Covid passport is activated or not, the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany could allow this summer to their citizens to travel freely between the three countries without having to undergo any restrictions. According to reports from the country’s public television, the Amsterdam government is working on this hypothesis, which in view of the tourist season would like to guarantee the arrival of visitors at least from the two neighboring nations without the need for tests or, worse, quarantine.

The proposal on the table in Amsterdam is reminiscent of the tourist corridor that the governments of Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Croatia worked on last summer to attract tourists, especially those from Germany. A solution that was not liked by the Italian tourism sector, in particular that of the North East, and which had caused diplomatic tensions in the EU. If the “bubble” project were to materialize, there will probably be controversy.

Doubts about the EU pass
As the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte recently pointed out, the problem of the European Covid passport concerns the timing of implementation: according to Rutte, even if the final ok should arrive in mid-June, it will still take 6 weeks to put it into practice. Which means it would be fully operational in the tourist season rather than late. Austrian Chancellor Sabastian Kurz also attacked the slow adoption of the pass: “The EU does not want to implement the Green pass vaccination before the beginning of the summer and this is too late for Austria, these are not ideal terms considering that tourism should have started some time ago, “he said.

Words, those of Kurz, which seem to presage bilateral initiatives on the part of Vienna, such as the one he took last summer. The difference from summer 2020 is that this time Kurz is not the only one showing impatience. In addition to the aforementioned Netherlands, Greece and Spain are also entering into bilateral agreements or carrying out initiatives such as the “Covid free” islands in order to intercept tourist flows.

German tourists
Berlin, for the moment, has decided that travelers fully vaccinated or cured of Covid can return without presenting a negative swab and / or undergo quarantine. These provisions do not apply to those entering Germany from countries where the Covid-19 variants are widespread. For those coming from areas at risk, however, quarantine can be avoided by presenting proof of negativity to the infection. To this end, rapid tests carried out no later than 48 hours before arrival in Germany or PCR that are no more than 72 hours are allowed.

So far, those who had stayed in the last days before returning to an area with a high presence of coronavirus variants had to undergo an anti-Covid test as well as a two-week quarantine even if they were fully vaccinated or cured. In Germany, the so-called “two-swab strategy” applies: those coming from risk areas had to undergo at the latest 48 hours before returning home or “immediately after returning”, which was followed in any case by a 10-day quarantine, which could be reduced to 5 days if an additional negative swab occurs.

In general, among the countries that in recent days have been declared “not at risk” for German tourists, and which therefore do not require a quarantine on their return, include the United Kingdom as well as the Virgin Islands and the Falklands, but also large areas of Finland . Malta, some provinces of Norway, Albania, large areas of Portugal including the Algarve and Iceland also belong to the list. On the other hand, Brazil, India and South Africa are classified as risk areas for coronavirus variants, while Egypt, Argentina, France, the Maldives are still considered high incidence areas among others. the Netherlands among the nations still classified, the United States, Belgium, Denmark, Greece, Italy, Cuba, Austria and many regions of Spain. including Andalusia, the Canary Islands, Madrid, the Basque Country…