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The epidemic slows down and all regions try to "travel bubbles" to unblock the border

As the new pneumonia epidemic slows in many parts of the world, some areas with similar epidemics are negotiating to open borders to each other, so that travelers from both sides can travel or work between these areas without isolation after entry.

These practices of opening borders to each other are called "travel bubbles". The "Baltic Three Countries" in Europe, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, have opened borders to each other. In addition, the regions that are preparing to set up "tourism bubbles" include Australia and New Zealand, mainland China and Singapore, as well as Hong Kong, Macau and Guangdong Province.

The United Kingdom reportedly planned to set up a "travel corridor" with France earlier, allowing visitors from both sides to enter the country without having to isolate themselves, but the British government later denied that there were plans.

The British business community and universities this week asked the local government to step up discussions with foreign governments to open the border to travelers from areas where the epidemic is not serious. They pointed out that it would be difficult to restore the economy if the United Kingdom cannot regain contact with the outside world.

Attempt to remove travel restrictions

"Travel Bubble" is regarded as the first step in the relaxation of travel restrictions in various countries after the outbreak of new pneumonia.

Many countries have imposed different degrees of restrictions on international tourism after the outbreak of the new pneumonia epidemic. Some places only allow citizens or permanent residents to enter the country, and some countries require that people entering the country must be tested for new pneumonia virus and forced quarantine.

The World Health Organization called at the beginning of this year that countries should not implement these restrictions on the grounds of preventing the spread of the new pneumonia virus. However, the United States, Russia and other countries have ignored the WHOs proposal and restricted the entry of tourists who have visited mainland China earlier this year.

A Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson once criticized the US approach bringing a very bad head in February, but as the epidemic situation in mainland China improved and the US epidemic situation worsened, China announced in March that it would ban all foreign citizens from entering China.

Affected by the epidemic, the global air traffic demand has dropped significantly, and the airport is full of aircraft.Image copyrightGETTY IMAGESImage captionAffected by the epidemic, the global air traffic demand has dropped significantly, and the airport is full of aircraft.

"Travel Bubble" and "Travel Corridor"

Most of the "tourism bubbles" are still under negotiation. In addition, some areas with no land connection are also considering the establishment of an air "travel corridor" (travel corridor), using aircraft to connect the two places, passengers in these areas do not need to be isolated after arriving at their destination.

The first "tourist bubble" in Europe was established between Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The outbreaks of new pneumonia in these three areas are not too serious. To date, less than 150 people have died of new pneumonia. They opened their borders to each other in May, and everyone can freely enter and leave the three places, but passengers entering from outside this range need to isolate themselves.

However, the degree of opening of "tourism bubbles" varies from place to place. Finland and Estonia have partially opened their borders earlier, but only to businessmen, students or teachers.

Hong Kong, Macau and Guangdong provinces are also prepared to implement the "tourism bubble", but it is currently limited to some special populations, and before entry and exit, they need to carry out virus testing at recognized institutions in various regions to ensure that they are not infected with the new pneumonia virus. Exemption, without compulsory isolation.


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