Re-open EU travel ban quarantine

A new EU-wide traffic light system has come into effect this week and it aims to ‘ensure freedom of movement and avoid fragmentation and disruption of services’.

According to the EU, the new system will ensure ‘safe and healthy’ travel across Europe by categorising countries in either a red, amber or green band.

Data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) on the 14-day cumulative incidence rate, testing rate and testing positivity rates is being used to classify individual countries and regions as either green, orange or red, with almost every country at present being ranked in the red zone.

What do the individual categories mean for travellers?

Green

The 14-day cumulative coronavirus case notification rate is less than 25 per 100,000 people, and the test positivity rate of tests for coronavirus infection is less than 4%.

Orange

The 14-day cumulative coronavirus case notification rate is less than 50 per 100,000 people, and the test positivity rate of tests for coronavirus infection is 4% or more

or

The 14-day cumulative coronavirus case notification rate ranges from 25 to 150, but the test positivity rate of tests for coronavirus infection is less than 4%.

Red

The 14-day cumulative coronavirus case notification rate is 50 or more per 100,000 people and the test positivity rate of tests for coronavirus infection is 4% or more

or

The 14-day cumulative coronavirus case notification rate is more than 150 per 100,000 people.

What is the current categorisation?

Eu Traffic Light Travel System Coronavirus Covid 19

What does this mean then?

Norway, Finland and some parts of Greece and it’s Islands are classed as orange, every other country is red.

For the areas depicted as orange and red, the EU says that, in principle, entry should not be refused to travellers . But it does accepts that requirements such as a negative Covid-19 PCR test before or after arrival, as well as quarantine, could be stipulated.

“Measures should be proportionate and respect differences in the epidemiological situation of orange and red areas,” the European Union said.

The United Kingdom, so far, has decided not to take part in the new system and are operating their own quarantine and travel ban system. The Republic Ireland however has adopted the new system.

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