The incidences in the most popular holiday destinations in Europe are increasing. And the holiday season is entering the final spurt. Which rules apply where and what travelers need to know now. An overview.
Munich – The seven-day incidence in Spain fluctuates regionally, according to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Since July 27th, the Spanish mainland, as well as the Balearic and Canary Islands, are considered high risk areas. The Canary Islands, Catalonia including Barcelona and the beaches of the Costa Brava will be removed from the list of high-risk areas again on Sunday, as the Robert Koch Institute announced on Friday.
In some regions the incidence is falling slightly. As in Mallorca. According to the health authorities, it is still over 200 here. For German vacationers, this means that they have to go into quarantine for ten days after their return. Only when returning travelers can present a negative test can they end the isolation after five days at the earliest. Fines follow in the event of violations.
Coronavirus in Europe: The Spanish government declares Germany a risk area
German vacationers who travel to Spain must expect stricter measures. Because Spain has declared Germany a high-risk area. According to the Federal Foreign Office, all travelers aged twelve and over must present a negative corona test or proof of vaccination or recovery when entering Spain.
Coronavirus in Europe: France is a high-risk area
The Robert Koch Institute also classifies France as a high-risk area, with a current incidence of 247. As the Federal Foreign Office reports, France is affected by Covid-19 in very different regions. The infection rate is particularly high in the entire south-east, including the Mediterranean coast. So: Corsica, Occitania and the Côte d’Azur. The Federal Foreign Office is currently advising against tourist trips to overseas territories such as Guadeloupe, Marnique, Réunion, St. Barthélemy, St. Martin, French Guiana and French Polynesia.
Holidaymakers must note the following if they want to enter France: Vaccinated persons can enter France without any further problems. Unvaccinated people need a negative test, which must not be older than 72 hours. Holidaymakers who were infected with Sars-Cov-2 more than six months ago must also show a test when entering France.
Coronavirus in Europe: In France, the 3-G rule applies to restaurants and other indoor activities
For a visit to a restaurant, but also for entry into a shopping center or for the ride on trains or buses, proof is required in France – i.e. vaccinated, recovered or tested. Evidence from the “CovPass” or “Corona Warning App” apps are also accepted.
Also note for travelers: In the south of France, campsites and towns are currently being evacuated, as violent forest fires are spreading here. Firefighters are also fighting the violent fires in other areas in the Mediterranean region, Portugal, Italy, Turkey and Algeria.
Coronavirus in Europe: While the incidence is falling in Portugal, the value is rising in Italy
The 3G rule also applies in Portugal. Anyone who cannot show a digital EU Covid certificate – this is also required when checking in at the hotel or when visiting a restaurant – needs a test. Most recently, the corona infections had dropped significantly, as the Federal Foreign Office announced. The weekly incidence for Portugal is around 180. From the RKI’s point of view, only the Lisbon region and the Algarve are considered high-risk areas. For those returning from non-risk areas, there is only one mandatory test, with the exception of those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered.
Because of the delta variant, Bella Italia also recorded an increase in the number of infections. This is currently 80. If you want to enter Italy, you also need a negative PCR or antigen test, which must not be older than 48 hours. Vaccinated or recovered persons do not have to test if they can present the relevant evidence. You must also fill out an online form before entering the country. Also good to know: Anyone who has previously been to Great Britain on their vacation is subject to quarantine. This does not apply at the earliest after five days if the test is negative. As in France, Portugal and other European countries, guests in Italy must show proof of vaccination in order to enter the interiors of restaurants, museums or swimming pools.
Coronavirus in Europe: Forest fires are raging in Greece and the incidence is increasing
People who travel to Greece currently have to keep an eye on several risks: In addition to the corona pandemic, Greece is currently affected by numerous large-scale forest and bush fires, as the Federal Foreign Office reports. The fires, which have spread to other regions in the Mediterranean, are particularly severe in Greece. Where 300 emergency services are currently trying to tame a kilometer-long fire front in the west of Athens, like that mirrors writes.
In addition to the fire disaster, there is also an increased incidence, which is around 250 nationwide. The infections are increasing particularly in the big cities and on islands like Mykonos. According to current reports, regions in Greece are now declared as high-risk areas. Crete, the Ionian Islands around Corfu and the southern Aegean Sea, with holiday islands such as Rhodes, Kos, Mykonos or Naxossind, are affected. Please note the following when entering the country: If you cannot present proof of vaccination, you can only enter Greece with a valid negative test. As is often the case, this does not apply to children under 12 years of age. If the illness with Sars-Cov-2 was more than 180 days ago, a test is required. Before arriving, travelers must register using an online form.
In order not to promote corona hotspots at holiday destinations, the Greek government has imposed local restrictions. Since the number of infections has skyrocketed in Crete in the past few days, there is a nocturnal exit ban for the Rethymno region for the next six days. A similar ordinance was extended by one week for Chania and Heraklion. In addition, there is a music ban in bars.
Corona in the EU: In Croatia, events and get-togethers are only allowed until midnight
On average, the seven-day incidence is around 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. The incidence varies greatly from region to region. The Croatian capital Zagreb and the Split-Dalmatia region are hardest hit with over 500 confirmed cases. The Croatian Ministry of the Interior recommends registering online before entering the country, as the Foreign Office writes. In addition, vacationers need a vaccination or health card or a negative test.
Events are time-regulated in some regions, for example in holiday regions around the Adriatic. In public places, only 15 people are allowed to come together in private rounds. Although cafes and restaurants are open both indoors and outdoors, the offerings in shops and on public transport are limited.
Coronavirus in Europe: Austria pays attention to the date of the second vaccination for travelers
Austria: The usual entry regulations also apply in Austria, as well as the 3G rules in the country itself. According to EDCD data, Austria has a current seven-day incidence of 117 and is therefore not classified as a risk area. It should be noted, however, that the proof of complete vaccination protection must not be older than 270 days.
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