The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has advised through its latest update that stricter entry restrictions should apply to travellers from Germany, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Romania since the four countries have identified increased infection rates.
According to ECDC figures published on today’s update, Germany and several regions of Romania are currently part of the red list since they have identified 75 to 200 infection cases per 100,000 inhabitants and have had a test positivity rate of four per cent or more during the last 14 days.
As a result, this means that travel to or from Germany and the regions of Romania – Transylvania, Muntenia, and South-Eastern part – is highly discouraged, especially for those who have not been vaccinated or recovered from the COVID-19 disease, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
As a general rule, all travellers reaching the other Member States from one of the countries that have been placed on the red list should follow strict measures, such as testing and self-isolation rules.
However, in most cases, those who prove that they have been fully vaccinated against the virus or recovered from it during the last six months fall into the exemption list, meaning that they are not required to quarantine. Still, some countries require travellers to undergo COVID-19 testing before or after entry, regardless of their vaccination status.
Additionally, the same has listed the Baltic countries on the list of countries that are highly affected by the COVID-19 disease. Based on the figures provided by ECDC, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania now are part of the dark red list since the countries have registered extremely high infection cases.
During the last 14 days, the three Baltic countries have identified more than 500 Coronavirus infection cases per 100,000 inhabitants, which means that they also have low vaccination rates.
Consequently, in order to halt the spread of the virus, the EU health agency suggests that all travel to and from the dark red-listed areas gets more restrained.
Nonetheless, if someone has to travel for absolutely essential purposes from a country placed on the dark red list, the Member States are highly advised to impose testing and quarantine rules in order to prevent public health and avoid the further spread of the disease.
Earlier today, SchengenVisaInfo.com reported that ECDC has advised ending the EU traffic light system. The EU health agency proposed to make changes to the system so the travel rules for those who have already been vaccinated can be eased.
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.