The European CDC published updated maps on May 6, 2021, supporting the Council Recommendation on a coordinated approach to travel measures in the European Union (EU).
These color-code maps are based on data reported by the EU Member States to The European Surveillance System database every Tuesday.
As of week 2021-17, 692,446 deaths related to COVID-19 have been reported in the EU/EEA.
The EU Member States adopted a Council Recommendation in October 2020 on a coordinated approach to the restriction of free movement in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The right of Europeans to move and reside freely within the EU is one of the most cherished achievements of the EU and an important driver of its economy.
While the measures are intended to safeguard the citizens, they have had serious consequences for the economy and citizens’ rights.
To limit the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus outbreak, the EU’s 27 Member States have adopted various measures, such as requirements to undergo quarantine or take a coronavirus test.
Given the difficult epidemiological situation linked to more infectious coronavirus variants, Member States should strongly discourage all non-essential travel to and from ‘dark red’ countries on the map and discourage all such travel to and from ‘red’ areas. Due to the measures applied to such travel, this difference is said the EC on May 6, 2021.