In its latest update, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) advised that stricter entry restrictions should be applied to travelers from Germany, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Romania as the four countries identified increasing infection rates.
According to ECDC figures published in today’s update, Germany and several regions in Romania are currently part of the red list as they have identified 75 to 200 cases per 100,000 population and have had a positive test rate of 4 percent or more over the past 14 days.
As a result, this means that travel to or from Germany and the regions of Romania – Transylvania, Montania and the southeastern part – is extremely frustrating, especially for those who haven’t been vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19, TheSchengen.com reports.
As a general rule, all travelers arriving in other member states from one of the countries placed on the red list must follow strict procedures, such as rules for testing and self-isolation.
However, in most cases, those who prove that they have received a full vaccination against the virus or recovered from it within the past six months, are on the exemption list, which means that they are not required to be quarantined. However, some countries require travelers to undergo a COVID-19 test before or after entry, regardless of their vaccination status.
In addition, the same included the Baltic states in the list of countries severely affected by the COVID-19 disease. Based on figures provided by the ECDC, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are now part of the dark red list with countries reporting very high cases.
Over the past 14 days, the three Baltic states have identified more than 500 coronavirus cases per 100,000 population, which means they also have low vaccination rates.
Thus, in order to stem the spread of the virus, the European Union’s health agency is suggesting that all travel to and from the areas listed in dark red become more restricted.
However, if someone has to travel for very essential purposes from a country on the dark red list, member states are strongly advised to enforce testing and quarantine rules in order to prevent public health and avoid further spread of the disease.
Earlier today, TheSchengen.com reported that ECDC had advised an end to the EU’s traffic light system. The European Union’s health agency has proposed changes to the system so that travel rules for those who have already been vaccinated can be relaxed.
In addition, the same suggested that EU countries base their system on the vaccination status of each country and use vaccine uptake as one of the indicators.