ECDC Says It Is Now Safer to Travel to Most EU Countries, Including Spain, France & Italy

The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) revealed through its latest update of the COVID-19 map that the epidemiological situation has improved significantly in most EU countries, especially in Spain, France and Italy.

Based on figures released by the European Union’s health agency yesterday, October 7, the Canary Islands, Liechtenstein and several regions of France, Italy and the Czech Republic have turned green since they identified fewer than 50 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents and tested positive at a rate lower than 4 percent in the past two weeks.

As a result, travel to and from the Canary Islands, Liechtenstein and one of the regions listed below is no longer desirable provided that travelers meet the rules for entering their country of destination:

Regions of Spain: Extremadura, Valencia, La Rioja (Galicia, Castile and Leon, Navarre are already greener) Regions of France: Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Brittany, Hautes-de-France (Normandy is already part of the green list) Regions of Italy: Puglia, Umbria, Liguria Half of the Czech Republic

The COVID-19 situation has also improved in Sweden and Norway, with the regions of Jamtland and Vestland turning from orange to green, TheSchengen.com reports.

The vaccination campaign has been successful in all the countries mentioned above and this is one of the main reasons why it is now on the green list. In addition, the requirement to obtain a COVID-19 health permit when attending various venues and events has had an important role in improving the situation.

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In general, not all travelers from one of the countries and regions currently on the Green List should be required to follow entry rules as long as they hold a vaccination or refund certificate. However, each country has the right to decide on its own entry rules.

Furthermore, Finland, Denmark and Hungary are colored orange this week, which means that travel to and from one of these countries is no longer discouraging.

In turn, almost the entire territory of Romania has been colored green for some time, but now the COVID-19 situation has deteriorated, and the areas of the country have become red or dark red.

Yesterday, TheSchengen.com reported that ECDC had advised stricter rules for travelers from Germany and the three Baltic states – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – since they identified very high cases. As a result, travel to and from one of these countries is not recommended.

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