Brits face quarantine in every EU country under proposed traffic light system

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Brits face quarantine in every EU country as nations discuss adopting a threshold across the board for imposing self-isolation rules.

The European Commission is pushing member states to adopt its recently published 'traffic light' system so the entire bloc uses the same criteria.

It would see quarantine measures applied to all countries which have more than 50 Covid-19 cases per 100,000 people over the previous two weeks and a positive test rate above 3%.

The UK currently has an infection rate of 51.1 per 100,000 and a positive test rate of 6% following a recent surge in infections which has resulted in coronavirus lockdown restrictions being tightened.

France, Spain, Germany and the Netherlands are all thought to be in favour of the standardised system but it is thought they would want to retain the ability to act individually to alter their quarantine restrictions as they see fit.

The other EU countries with current infection rates above 50 per 100,000 are Spain, France, the Czech Republic, Romania, Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria and Portugal.

Ireland and Finland are set to be the first countries to adopt the new restrictions.

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Paul Charles, chief executive of the travel consultancy The PC Agency, said the idea of a consensus being struck on quarantine is "good news" but "bad news for travellers leaving the UK because our numbers are getting worse".

The European Commission, the executive branch of the EU, published its proposals at the start of September in a bid to harmonise the union's rules for coronavirus.

The system would see countries with an infection rate above 50 per 100,000 – currently including the UK – added to the red list while nations with a rate between 25 and 50 would be on the amber list.

Countries with an infection rate of lower than 25 per 100,000 would be added to the green list. People travelling from countries on the red list would be told to either quarantine or get tested.

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control would publish a map every week with the latest colour codes applied to each country.

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