Finally the curse is lifting. As of this week, travellers can once again move freely between most of the 22 EU countries in the Schengen area. But despite the fact that thousands of flights are scheduled to most of those countries over the next few weeks, and ferries and the Eurostar are operating, we Brits remain shackled. The Foreign Office continues to advise against all but essential travel, even though all those Schengen countries have a significantly lower rate of Covid-19 infection than the UK. And if we decide bravely to go anyway, we will have to submit ourselves to compulsory self-isolation for 14 days after we return.
Here’s the situation on the continent. Last week, the European Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson, urged Schengen members to lift as many restrictions as possible so