Europe may introduce COVID-19 double testing for tourists

New outbreaks of coronavirus again put tourism in Europe at risk. Experts are considering new entry schemes, such as double testing of all travelers on COVID-19, reports ATOR.

At the end of last week, tourists from the two most traveling European countries – Germany and Britain – were forced to adjust their plans for recreation.

Since August 15, the German government has classified Spain (excluding the Canary Islands) as a high-risk destination. On average, the country registers about three thousand new cases of COVID-19.

Spain is the most popular destination in the German market: only in Mallorca in the middle of the month were 30 thousand tourists from Germany.

At the end of July, the UK also designated Spain as a high-risk country, introducing a mandatory 14-day quarantine for returnees from that country. And on 15 August, quarantine restrictions came into effect for arrivals from France, the Netherlands, Monaco, Malta, the Turks and Caicos Islands and Aruba.

This forced many Britons to hurry to return from France ahead of schedule. According to the authorities, 160 thousand English tourists were in this country on August 14.

EU headquarters say the closure of borders and travel restrictions are impeding the restoration of movement in Europe. Governments are encouraged to apply measures based on scientific evidence. For example, not only to look at the number of new cases in the last two weeks, but also to take into account strategies and testing volumes.