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EU Sounds Cautionary Note on Virus With New Travel Guidance

(Bloomberg) — European Union regulators offered a fresh set of safe-travel recommendations in bid to make it easier for people to cross national borders within the bloc while guarding against another resurgence of the coronavirus.



a group of people walking down a street: Travelers queue to enter the Covid-19 test center, operated by Centogene NV, at Frankfurt Airport in Frankfurt, Germany, on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. A spat has broken out between senior officials in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc over coronavirus rules for travelers arriving in Germany from areas designated as risky.


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Travelers queue to enter the Covid-19 test center, operated by Centogene NV, at Frankfurt Airport in Frankfurt, Germany, on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. A spat has broken out between senior officials in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc over coronavirus rules for travelers arriving in Germany from areas designated as risky.

The guidelines in the run-up to the end-of-year holidays are the latest attempt to strike a balance between the responsibility of EU governments for health policy and the role of the European Commission in preventing barriers in the bloc’s single market.

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The commission, the 27-nation EU’s regulatory arm, accompanied its latest recommendations with an appeal for prudence. The goal is to avoid a repeat of a rush to looser measures — something that EU countries did several months ago in a bid to salvage the summer tourist season and that fueled spikes in Covid-19 infections.

“Like everything else this year, end-of-the-year festivities will be different,” EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides said in a statement on Wednesday in Brussels. “We cannot jeopardize the efforts made by us all in the recent weeks and months.”

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At the same time, the EU’s disease-control and aviation agencies issued a separate set of non-binding guidelines that urge member countries to avoid treating travelers as automatic high-risk sources of Covid-19 because the virus is now “well established” across the bloc.

“In such a scenario, testing and quarantine have only a limited impact on reducing the risk of spread, particularly with respect to travel between areas of similar risk or when moving from less risky ‘green’ areas to ‘orange’ or ‘red’ areas with greater prevalence of the disease,” the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and the European Aviation Safety Agency said in an emailed statement on Wednesday.

European airline and airport groups, which have been vocal critics of what they say has been a patchwork of measures across Europe to tackle the pandemic, jumped on the ECDC-EASA input to call for an end to quarantines on travelers.

European governments should “immediately abolish quarantine measures and other travel restrictions,” Airlines for Europe and the Airports Council International Europe said in an emailed statement.

Following are the latest commission travel-related recommendations to EU governments:

Where available, encourage people who intend to travel to get the season flu vaccine.Strongly discourage people with symptoms of Covid-19 from travelingWhere possible, increase public transport options and capacities to reduce crowdingRequire the use of masks in public transport and ensure all vehicles are well ventilatedEnsure that workers in transport, tourism and other exposed sectors have protection measuresEnsure that, if quarantine and testing of travelers are requested, these requirements are proportionate and non-discriminatoryAssess how testing can lead to the lifting of quarantine or other

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Relaxing Sounds From 50 Popular Vacation Spots

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The holiday season is a time when many people go to see loved ones, discover new places, or enjoy a few days on the beach. But thanks to the pandemic, travel enthusiasts may feel more restless than usual. This year, help the armchair adventurers in your life ease their wanderlust with these gifts that’ll get them dreaming about their future trips.

1. Explore The World Wall Calendar; $26

Since 2020 has not been the year of travel, hopefully 2021 will be. This wall calendar from Rifle Paper Co. features a new city each month, beautifully designed to make viewers want to grab their passports. From month to month, your traveler will get to discover new places to explore, from Kenya to Marrakesh to Kyoto to Oaxaca.

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2. 1,000 Places to See Before You Die: The World as You’ve Never Seen It Before (Deluxe Edition); $40

It seems as though every traveler has read the original 1,000 Places to See Before You Die by Patricia Schultz. Now, she’s back with a deluxe edition of the book. The updated tome features over a thousand stunning new photographs and 544 new pages of prose for wanderlusting individuals to add to their itinerary.

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3. Mental Floss Holland Shirt; $25

Here at Mental Floss, we know a good joke when we see one. Our new and improved shop features some of the best shirts out there that will almost guarantee a smile from spectators. This particular shirt will help lift anyone’s spirits about not being in the Netherlands with the slogan “Can’t Dutch This.”

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4. Moleskine Traveller’s Journal; $26

Every good traveler knows they need to document their trips. Your loved one can pretend they’re Jack Kerouac, Elizabeth Gilbert, or Hunter S. Thompson with a trusty travel journal in their hands as they embark on a new great adventure. This one from Moleskine is the perfect travel companion on any type of trip, since it already does all the organization. The sturdy cover can withstand wherever your giftee takes it.

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5. Ancestry DNA Genetic Ethnicity Test; $99

Heritage tourism has been around for a long time, but with the introduction of accessible ancestral DNA tests, these types of trips have skyrocketed. While your travel enthusiast is waiting for the pandemic to be over, they can pass the time by learning more about where their family came from, and even plan their heritage trip once travel is safe again.

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6. Condé Nast Traveler 1-Year Autorenewal Subscription; $5

Have travel brought to your giftee’s doorstep with a subscription to one of the industry’s leading magazines. Condé Nast Traveler is known for its stunning photography, coverage of hidden locales, and luxury getaways. Since people are stuck at home this holiday season, let the pages of this magazine virtually transport

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