Germany and france currently consider mandatory PCR testing for coronavirus when traveling within the eu to be inappropriate.
"We have no intention of introducing these tests within the european union because we attach great importance to the smooth functioning of our common area," french president emmanuel macron said at a joint press conference with german chancellor olaf scholz on friday night after the eu summit in brussel. In addition, the effectiveness of such a mabnahme would be very reduced, because cross-border commuters were usually exempt from them.
Scholz: "freedom is important"
Scholz said: "freedom of movement within europe is important, which is why we have also aligned our previous mabreakdowns accordingly." The situation will have to be monitored. But first we are "on the way like france".
Possible new testing requirements are being discussed primarily because of the worrying omicron variant. Italy therefore already requires a negative corona test from all incoming – even vaccinated – EU foreigners. Ireland and greece have also introduced new testing requirements.