The coronavirus situation in the countries of the European Union and the Schengen area may not be as bad as it was last winter. However, travel to a large part of these countries is still risky, and travel to only five countries in the European Union is considered safe.
Updating the maps published to support the council’s recommendation for a coordinated approach to restrict freedom of movement within the bloc amid COVID-19, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control revealed that the only countries remaining green in the maps are Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania (with the exception of Bucharest).
Countries colored green in the maps are those with fewer than 50 detected cases and a positive test rate of less than 4 percent in the previous 14 days, or a notification rate of less than 74 and less than a 1 percent test positive rate during the same period.
Travel to these countries is safe, and travelers arriving in other EU countries from these five countries should not be subject to any entry restrictions upon arrival.
Countries in the orange category, on the other hand, are those where the 14-day notification rate is less than 50, the test positivity rate is 4 percent or more, and also those where the two-week notification rate is 50 or higher, or less than 75 When the test positive rate is one percent or more.
According to maps updated on August 26, the following countries and territories are colored orange:
Austria Croatia Estonia Finland, except for the Uusimaa area, which is a red area all half Belgium half Germany half Italy Malta most of the Netherlands Norway, except for the Vestland area which is all red Slovenia some parts of Denmark
On the other hand, countries in red are those with a case notification rate of 75 to 200 when the test positivity rate is four percent or more, as well as those with a case notification rate of over 200 but less than 500. People over the age of 500 are classified as dark red.
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Member states are advised to impose travel restrictions such as pre-departure testing and quarantine requirements for people traveling from red-coloured areas, in particular the dark red color category.
“This should also apply to essential travelers provided this does not have a disproportionate impact on the exercise of their function or need. However, transport workers should in principle be exempted from testing and quarantine/self-isolation requirements,” advises the EU Commission.
Currently, according to ECDC, it is dangerous to travel to the following countries, which are all colored red: Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Lithuania, Latvia, Liechtenstein and Bulgaria.
While the following parts are partially colored red: France, Italy, Greece, Ireland, Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands. Countries with only one red zone are Norway and Finland.
The areas that are most dangerous for travelers currently are those colored in dark red, and they are as follows:
French Midi-Pyrenees, Languedoc-Roussillon, and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Several Greek islands Madeira Cyprus Italy Sardinia Ireland Connaught and Ulster