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Germany, Finland & Ireland Are Now Amongst the Most Unsafe EU Countries for Travel

The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), the European Union’s official public health agency, has revealed that the COVID-19 situation has worsened in Germany, Finland and Ireland, making them among the most dangerous countries in the region. to travel to.

According to weekly collected figures published by ECDC on October 14, these three countries are currently part of the red list as they have recorded 72 to 200 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 population and have a positive test rate of four per cent or more during the two weeks the last two.

As such, in its latest update, the agency advised that stricter entry restrictions should apply to travelers from Germany, Finland and Ireland, reports.

Based on data provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), in the past 24 hours Germany recorded only 12,382 new cases of COVID-19 and 72 deaths. During this same period, Ireland reported 2,051 new cases and 26 deaths.

Germany was also part of the red list last week as well, which means that its epidemiological situation has not improved over the past seven days.

Conversely, Finland has reported the fewest number of infections. During the past 24 hours, the country recorded 279 new cases of coronavirus, and there were no deaths.

The increase in cases is mainly due to the fact that, on average, about 20 percent of the population of these countries has not yet been fully vaccinated against the virus.

Figures from ECDC show that as of October 15, Germany has administered 108,031,313 doses of vaccine, indicating that 78.1 percent of the total adult population has been fully vaccinated.

Similarly, 78.2 percent of Finnish citizens have been fully vaccinated against the virus. So far, Finland has provided 7,788,689 doses of vaccine.

In contrast to the two countries mentioned above, Ireland has the highest vaccination rates. So far, the country has administered a total of 7,262,263 doses of the coronavirus vaccine, which means that 91.8 percent of the population has received the full vaccination.

Entry rules for red list countries

Although each Member State has the right to decide on entry restrictions into its territory, in general, unvaccinated and non-exempt travelers arriving in other EU countries from countries that are part of the Red List, including Germany, Finland and Ireland are required to Follow strict procedures, such as rules for testing and self-isolation.

In some cases, those who have not been vaccinated or recovered are also required to undergo one test prior to travel and another upon arrival in their destination country.

Conversely, travelers from red-listed countries who are able to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated or have recovered from the virus fall into the exemption list, meaning they are not required to be quarantined when traveling to another country.

Additionally, for the most part, vaccinated and recovered travelers are also exempt from testing requirements. Therefore, it is highly suggested that everyone check the entry restrictions in the destination country before traveling.

Previously, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control advised an end to the EU’s traffic light system. The European Union’s health agency has proposed changing the system so that travel rules can be further relaxed for vaccinated and recovered travelers.

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