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Estonia Tightens Travel Restrictions for Arrivals From All European Countries Due to COVID-19

Estonian authorities have announced that the red list, which consists of countries severely affected by the virus, has been expanded to include all European countries, with the exception of the Vatican State.

The latest decision, which will take effect from Monday, January 17, means that all people who have not completed the coronavirus vaccination process will be obligated to follow the mandatory ten-day quarantine requirement upon arrival.

In addition, Romania was also placed in the red list, after previously belonging to the green list which was included in the areas considered safe in terms of the situation of the Corona virus.

At the same time, the orange list, which consists of countries that pose an average risk in terms of a case of COVID-19, is currently empty.

Arrivals from the orange list must submit a PCR test result of no more than 72 hours on arrival or an antigen test no later than 48 hours.

As for the red list, which includes countries that reported a rate of infection with the Corona virus for 14 days, at a rate of 201 per 100,000 people or more, it includes the following countries:

Andorra 6,827.5 Poland 437.65 Portugal 3,631.19 Romania 227.63 San Marino 4918.3 Slovakia 699.94 Slovenia 1,742.82 Spain 2,989.18 Sweden 1,778.38 Switzerland 3,211.0

Travelers from countries belonging to the Red List are subject to stricter entry requirements when planning to enter the Baltic State.

People from Estonia’s Red List countries who have not completed the virus immunization process are required to follow the mandatory ten-day quarantine requirement upon arrival.

In addition, tests should be carried out on their arrival and on the sixth day. If both test results are negative, the mandatory quarantine requirements can be shortened.

However, authorities in Estonia have confirmed that people who have been vaccinated against the virus and have a valid vaccination document are not required to follow additional entry rules such as the testing process.

According to data provided by the World Health Organization, the authorities in Estonia have recorded a total of 262,482 cases since the beginning of the epidemic and more than 1,900 deaths.

The same reveals that more than 12,800 people have tested positive for the virus in the past seven days, while 19 people have died.

After confirming that the Omicron variant became prevalent in many European countries, the authorities in Estonia decided to tighten its entry requirements in order to prevent a further increase in the number of infections.

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