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EU Health Agency Suggests Stricter Entry Rules for Travellers from Baltic States, Slovakia, Romania & Slovenia

With the recent update of COVID-19 maps, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) revealed that the COVID-19 situation has worsened significantly in six European countries.

Based on the latest numbers published by ECDC yesterday, October 14, the countries listed below are now classified as dark red:

Estonia Latvia Lithuania Romania Slovakia Slovenia

Such a classification was made because all the six countries listed above have recorded more than 500 positive cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 population in the past 14 days, reports.

According to figures provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), Estonia reported 1,056 new cases of COVID-19 only in the past 24 hours. During the same period, Latvia reported 2,408 new cases, Slovenia recorded 1,081 cases, Lithuania 2,962 and Slovakia 1,871 new cases of the virus.

In contrast to the infection rates in the above-mentioned countries, Romania has the highest infection rate of them all. In the last 24 hours alone, Romania recorded 16,383 new cases of COVID-19.

The three Baltic states, Slovenia and Romania, were part of the dark red list last week as well, which means that the COVID-19 situation in the countries has not improved over the past seven days.

On the other hand, Slovakia was colored red last week. However, due to the increase in cases of infection in the country, now all of its territory is colored dark red.

As a result, due to the high infection rates, ECDC strongly discourages travel to one of these areas, especially for people who have not been vaccinated or recovered from coronavirus disease.

Although each EU member state maintains its own entry rules and restrictions, in general, all non-vaccinated and non-exempt travelers from countries listed in dark red are required to follow the strictest restrictions when traveling to other countries.

The Czechs have already tightened their entry rules into Latvia and Romania. Unvaccinated and non-exempt travelers are required to undergo testing and quarantine requirements.

However, in most cases, travelers who demonstrate that they have received a full vaccination against the disease or recovered from it within the past six months are allowed to travel to other member states without having to follow the rules of testing or self-isolation.

However, when traveling to certain countries with stricter entry rules, they may be required to submit a negative test taken prior to arrival, regardless of their vaccination status.

For this reason, every traveler is advised to check the entry rules and restrictions of the destination country before traveling to avoid any inconvenience.

Last week, the European Health Agency advised an end to the EU’s traffic light system. The ECDC suggested that the system be modified so that travel rules for those vaccinated could be further relaxed.

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