Covid 19: EU lifts travel restrictions for unmarried couples

The European Union’s travel restrictions in the face of the coronavirus pandemic has left international couples split between continents. However thanks to a social media campaign separated lovers and couples will have a chance to reunite.

A social media campaign has brought together the stories of couples caught up in the travel restrictions, using the hashtags #LoveIsNotTourism and #LoveIsEssential.

Last week the European Commission urged 27 member states to open their borders on compassionate grounds to such couples, and so far 10 have done so.

However, these exemptions are granted appear to be far from unified. Some countries require documents to prove a couple’s relation, others appear to take it on their word without any additional background checks or information needed. Meanwhile some countries also require proof of negative Covid 19 checks, before travel on top of these.

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