A recent update of maps by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) shows that the COVID-19 situation has begun to deteriorate in many EU member states. However, some areas are still safe.
In line with the data released today, October 28, Croatia, half of Belgium, and two regions of Ireland are now part of the dark red list. Last week, the entire territory of Ireland was part of the Red List. However, as the country has reported increasing infection rates, Munster and Leinster are now part of the dark red list.
Such a classification has been made since these countries have identified more than 500 positive COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population in the past two weeks, TheSchengen.com reports.
Except for the newly added countries, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Romania are already part of the list.
Taking into account the increasing infection rates in all the countries on the dark red list, the EU health agency strongly discourages travel to these areas, especially for those who have not been vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 disease.
Since each member state has the right to maintain its own rules, travelers from countries with dark red color may be subject to restrictions. For this reason, everyone is advised to check the entry rules in the destination country before traveling to avoid any inconvenience.
Through the same update, it was revealed that Liechtenstein and Iceland are now classified as red countries. In addition, all of the Netherlands, half of Norway, and half of the Czech Republic are now colored red, after up to 200 cases of infection were recorded per 100,000 residents in the past 14 days.
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As a general rule, travelers from Red List countries must follow entry rules when traveling to other Member States. However, vaccinated and recovered travelers are on the exemption list.
In contrast, the situation has remained relatively unchanged in Malta, Spain, Italy, Sweden and France, which are the safest countries for travel in Europe at the moment.
Currently, the entire territory of France and Sweden is part of the orange list. On the other hand, Malta, half of Spain, and half of Italy are green. Since these countries have had relatively low infection rates, it is safe to travel to these areas.
This means that people traveling from any of these safe countries are exempt from entry rules as long as they hold a COVID-19 digital EU passport or other equivalent document.
Previously, TheSchengen.com reported that EU countries are trying to reach an agreement that would allow their citizens to travel freely within the bloc without being subject to strict COVID-19 restrictions.