Britons ‘to face curbs on travel to EU countries’ after Brexit transition due to coronavirus

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Travel to the EU will be restricted after the Brexit transition period expires at the end of the month due to rules aimed at combatting coronavirus (Covid-19), it has been reported.

The new normal

Non-essential visits to the EU by UK citizens will be hit by curbs, according to the Financial Times. Most UK residents will face restrictions on visiting the remaining 27 members of the EU from 1 January when rules permitting free travel within the bloc cease to apply to Britons, the newspaper said.

Foreign secretary Dominic Raab acknowledged that travel could be disrupted across Europe. He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme:

Covid restrictions will depend on the combination of what the EU decides, but also member states. We have already got challenges with that and we have put our own restrictions in place.

He acknowledged that coronavirus:

remains a live issue and we need to make sure we have got control of it

I’m afraid restriction on travel, inevitably, is going to be something that is kept under review.

Asked whether that would mean Britons will find it difficult to go to the European mainland, he said:

It all depends on the prevalence of the virus in those continental European countries.

Risk

A earlier statement issued by a government spokesperson said:

We take a scientific, risk-based approach to health measures at the border, and it is of course in the interests of all countries to allow safe international travel as we emerge from the pandemic.

The formal end of the transition period on 31 December means Britons will face an EU regime that only allows non-essential travel from a very limited number of non-EU countries, the Financial Times reported.

Most UK citizens would only be able to travel to the EU if individual states make provisions for such a move, or the bloc as a whole lessens its pandemic travel curbs, the newspaper said.

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    1. What’s the problem? If we had kept our borders shut when the pandemic first hit then we wouldn’t have such a high infection and death rate as we have now.
      Global travel is what spreads dieseases from their natural areas of infection around the globe.
      Killing off the travel industry will not only save lifes, but will help save the planet.
      And as the capitalists whores don’t really care about global warming, in ten years time Skeggy will be El Nuevo Costa Del Sol.

    2. The lunacy of the Ruling Class is about to become apparant.
      It will be irreparable just as war is with serious damage done to 50% of the population who saw through this idiocy back in 2016. The referundum was a fraud one must remember with the actions by Cambridge Analytica, and its funding rules in non compliance with the law.
      WW 111 comes again through this ruling class. I haven’t seen any Empire which learned from what made it glorious yet. Three overseas wars by ancient Greece was its undoing.
      Its all unconscious.
      Its amazing how stong the drive is to self destruct.
      Another chapter of interest to add to the Rise, and Fall of the Roman Empire by Gibbons.
      America is following the same path, and so will China.
      How to outwit the envitable is a question only to be gained in the pursuit of knowledge.
      We are in the Age of Knowledge, and its undescribed in the popular press as being a real event.
      Thank goodness for the fearlessness of the Canary to keep chirping.

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