EU travel rules are ‘incredibly too politicized’, says CEO of Hungarian airline
The CEO of the Hungarian airline, Wizz Air, believes that the process of coordinating travel rules set by the European Union has become highly politicized, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.
“I think the European Union as such has completely collapsed, we have failed to adopt unified measures and an orchestrated approach to deal with the situation, and it has become incredibly overpoliticized,” he said. he adds. Jozsef Varadi, CEO of Wizz Air, said Wednesday.
Recently, France and Germany have banned non-essential travel for visitors to the UK, where the new variant of the coronavirus has spread.
Speaking on this, Varandi explained how the travel rules have become politicized, saying that “If you look at the UK for example, the country is very well vaccinated, better than Europe, so you should travel freely within the European Union.”
Consumers are willing to travel, he said, but the problem lies with governments continuing to impose restrictions of an unpredictable nature. He also added that the EU regulatory framework is very volatile, which he says is a problem.
EU members have discussed reopening their borders for tourism this summer, but details have yet to be determined nationally. However, the 27 EU member states are working to make travel more accessible inside and outside the countries of the bloc by issuing the COVID-19 passport.
The first countries to issue the document to their citizens are Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Croatia, Bulgaria and Greece, from Tuesday June 1. The remaining countries will start issuing the certificate in the coming days and weeks. So far, around 22 EU countries have successfully tested the document gateway.
“As vaccination progresses, we propose to gradually relax travel measures in a coordinated manner without a common tool: the EU COVID digital certificate”, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in a statement on Monday.
However, vaccinated tourists from non-EU countries will be allowed to travel to any of the 27 EU states this summer by providing proof that they have received the last recommended dose at least two weeks before entering. the country. Entry restrictions may still apply if travelers are coming from a country with high virus rates.
Likewise, European travelers are also allowed to travel to other EU countries by providing proof of vaccination or a negative test. Now they can do that thanks to 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.