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European Commission guidelines on restoration of transport services

Earlier this month, the European Commission presented its Tourism and Transport package of guidelines and recommendations to help Member States gradually lift travel restrictions and allow tourism businesses to reopen, while respecting health precautions. The guidelines include specific recommendations for rail, amongst other transport modes, including limiting contact among passengers and between passengers and transport workers, reducing passenger density, and the use of personal protective equipment.


The Commission’s Tourism and Transport package includes:

  • An overall strategy towards recovery in 2020 and beyond;
  • common approach to restoring free movement and lifting restrictions at EU internal borders in a gradual and coordinated way;
  • framework to support the gradual re-establishment of transport whilst ensuring the safety of passengers and personnel;
  • recommendation which aims to make travel vouchers an attractive alternative to cash reimbursement for consumers;
  • Criteria for restoring tourism activities safely and gradually and for developing health protocols for hospitality establishments such as hotels.


More information:

Read the European Commission’s Communication on COVID-19 Guidelines on the progressive restoration of transport services and connectivity