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New Corona travel warnings: Other regions declared risk areas - a total of 14 of 27 EU countries affected

2020-09-24T03:57:01.115Z

For weeks, travel warnings and risk areas in the wake of the corona pandemic have been keeping people away from traveling. The RKI is now adding other regions in the EU to the list of hazards.



For weeks, travel warnings and risk areas in the wake of the corona pandemic have been keeping people away from traveling.

The RKI is now adding other regions in the EU to the list of hazards.

  • When the Robert Koch Institute * designates a region as a corona risk area *, it does not take long before the Federal Foreign Office issues a travel warning.

  • The Federal Foreign Office will adjust its strategy on October 1

    (see update from September 19)

    .

  • On Wednesday (September 23), the RKI declared further areas to be

    risk areas

    - including four new EU states.

Update from September 23, 9:09 p.m.:

The federal government has declared regions in

eleven countries of the European Union

to be

corona risk

areas

due to increasing numbers of infections

.

A detailed list of which regions in Europe are affected can be found here.

This also includes areas in the neighboring countries of Denmark, the Czech Republic, France, Austria and the Netherlands.

This can be seen from the updated list from the Robert Koch Institute.

Overall,

14 of the 27 EU member states are

now fully or partially designated as corona risk areas.

Travel warnings due to Corona: regions close to the border with Germany

Regions in

Denmark, Portugal, Ireland and Slovenia

were added on Wednesday

.

In addition, other regions in France, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Croatia, Romania, Austria and Hungary were identified as risk areas.

Shortly afterwards, the prognosis came true that the Foreign Office would

issue

a

travel warning

for all these areas

.

# Covid19 # Austria: flagge-at :: The state of Voralberg is now a #risk area with a #travel warning and the test or quarantine obligation applies.

We continue to monitor the infection process in the state of Tyrol.


You can find more about this here


:: pfeil_rechts: https: //t.co/KwkjTsBEAQ

- Crisis Response Center (@AA_SicherReisen) September 23, 2020

Travelers returning from risk areas must be

tested for corona

48 hours before or after entering the country

.

The travel warning is not a ban, but is intended to have a significant deterrent effect.

However, it also has a positive side for consumers: it allows travelers to cancel bookings free of charge.

In the Czech Republic and Austria,

areas directly on the border with Germany

have been designated as risk areas.

In Austria it is the popular holiday region Vorarlberg, in the Czech Republic it is the administrative regions of Karlsbad (Karlovy Vary), Pilsen (Plzen), Liberec (Reichenberg) and South Bohemia on the borders with Bavaria and Saxony.

Travel during Corona: Foreign Office changes course for travel warnings

Update from September 19, 2:30 p.m.:

The Federal Foreign Office will change its travel warning strategy on October 1.

The warning “against unnecessary, tourist trips abroad” still applies up to and including September 30th.

Most European countries are excluded from this.

This relatively

general travel warning

for non-European countries, which applies regardless of the corona infection situation within a country, will be abolished on October 1st.

From then on, "unrestrictedly differentiated travel and safety information for individual countries will apply again," the Foreign Office informs on its website.

This should mean that, for example, travel warnings no longer apply to countries that are outside Europe but where the incidence of infection is low.

Furthermore, the

Robert Koch Institute,

in cooperation with the Foreign Office, the Federal Ministry of Health and the Federal Ministry of the Interior,

monitors the

global infection situation and classifies countries and regions as risk areas.

A travel warning can be issued again at any time after the change on October 1st.

Corona travel warnings: RKI continues to classify regions and states as risk areas

As a guide: as soon as there were more than

50 infected people per 100,000 inhabitants

in a region or state

in the last seven days

, the area could be classified as a risk area.

However, the responsible authorities use further criteria for the decision.

The Federal Foreign Office also points out that travelers should always find out about the situation in the country they are traveling to.

Because quarantine rules or other restrictions could also apply from this side.

Comprehensive information

is

more important than ever

when traveling during the

corona pandemic

.

Vienna is declared a corona risk area - tourism is suffering.

Are private parties to blame?

Update from September 18, 12:34 p.m

.: The

RKI

has declared three other neighboring

metropolises

to be

risk areas

for the coronavirus *.

In

Vienna

,

Amsterdam

and

Budapest

, the number of

infections

has risen further and is thus above the limit of

50 infections per 100,000 inhabitants

.

Anyone who

has booked

a trip to one of the three popular

holiday destinations

can cancel it.

Returnees can be tested

for the

corona

virus

free of charge

.

For

tourism in Vienna

, the German declaration on the risk area * is an enormous blow.

“This is a great

disaster,

” said

Vienna's tourism director Norbert Kettner

on

Thursday

.

The

Germans have

always been the most important group of guests and have remained

loyal to

the city

, especially during the time of the

corona crisis

.

# Austria 🇦🇹: Because of its high number of cases, the state of #Vienna is now a #risk area and a travel warning applies.

Note the test and quarantine obligation.


You can find more travel


advice

here:

➡️ https://t.co/KwkjTsBEAQ

- Crisis Response Center (@AA_SicherReisen) September 16, 2020

But why are the coronavirus * cases increasing

so much

in the

big cities of

all

places

?

In an interview with the Swiss news portal

watson

,

epidemiologist

Timo Ulrichs

from Akon University in Berlin

emphasizes not

only the high population density but also

private parties and events

.

They are "an important source of spread".

"These should be avoided as far as possible, at least until we have a

protective vaccine

available." However, the expert does not consider it necessary to temporarily move to the country for fear of the coronavirus.

RKI massively expands travel warnings for vacation regions

First report from September 16:

Berlin - bang from the

Robert Koch Institute

.

The federal authority

declared a

number of new regions to be

risk

areas

on Wednesday evening

.

This affects

Germany's

neighboring countries

and popular holiday regions.

If the

RKI classifies

a region as a

risk area

, it usually does not take long before the

Federal Foreign Office

follows suit and also warns against travel.

The new assessment of the

RKI

at a glance.

Corona in France: situation in the country precarious - new travel warnings follow

According to the World Health Organization,

France

has a threatening 14-day incidence * of 168, which is the fifth worst value in

Europe

.

That is why Germany has now reacted and is extending its warnings.

From now on, the

Hauts-de-France region

and the overseas territory of

La Réunion are also

considered

risk areas

.

A number of areas such as the

Île-de-France region

around the metropolis of

Paris

had previously been classified as risk areas.

On the website of the

Federal Foreign Office

it says: “Before unnecessary tourist trips to the regions of

Île-de-France

Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur

Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

,

Occitanie

,

Nouvelle-Aquitaine

,

Hauts-de -France

 as well as to

Corse

(Corsica),

French Guyana, St. Martin, Guadeloupe

and

La Réunion

are currently being warned due to the high number of infections. "Travel to the other French overseas territories, for which entry restrictions exist, is even" strongly discouraged. "

Corona in Austria: Vienna is now a risk area - the capital is the country's problem child

In

Austria

, the

federal state of Vienna

has developed more and more into the country's corona focal point in recent weeks.

In the newly introduced traffic light system * of the black-green federal government around

Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz

(ÖVP), the capital was the only area to have the orange warning level at the weekend, which corresponds to "high risk".

As expected,

Germany

has now reacted and declared the city of almost two million people a risk area.

The

Foreign Office followed

suit and from now on warns against traveling to

Vienna

.

My appeal: let us be particularly careful, especially at private celebrations - since most people are currently infected there.

Read the full interview here: https://t.co/YmSndTILbb pic.twitter.com/oFqtsVvY2j

- Sebastian Kurz (@sebastiankurz) September 13, 2020

Corona in Croatia: The number of cases is increasing in the east of the country

In August, returnees made up a large part of the new corona infections in Germany, many of them came from

Croatia

.

The situation on site seemed to improve somewhat in September, but is nonetheless still tense.

Croatia

has an incidence of 81. Now the

Brod-Posavina

and

Virovitica-Podravina

counties

in the east of the country have been added as new risk areas.

In addition to these areas, the

Foreign Office

continues to

warn

against traveling to the counties of

 Zadar, Šibenik-Knin,

Split-Dalmatia, Dubrovnik-Neretva, Požega-Slavonia

.

Corona in Hungary: "Not advised" before traveling to the whole country

Meanwhile, the situation is more dire in

Hungary

, which has a 14-day incidence of 85.

After the

Robert Koch Institute declared

the capital

Budapest

a risk area on Wednesday, the

Federal Foreign Office

not only

warns

against traveling to

Hungary

, but also advises

against

it: "Unnecessary, tourist trips to Hungary are due to re-introduced entry restrictions * and quarantine measures are currently not advised. ”The

EU country, which seemed to be able to fight

the

pandemic

well, recorded an enormous increase in the number of cases in August and responded with border closings, among other things.

+

Nickelsdorf: A border official controls a driver at the Austro-Hungarian border.

The country of 10 million people closed its borders.

© Harald Schneider / dpa

Corona in Romania: all-clear and warning

In

Romania

, the

RKI has

given a little all-clear.

Due to the falling number of infections, the

Arges

and

Dambovita districts are

no longer considered a

risk area

.

However, the

Neamt

and

Caras Severin districts were added

.

The

Federal Foreign Office has also

warned against traveling to the districts of

Bacau, Bihor, Brăila, Brașov, Iaşi, Ilfov, Prahova, Vâlcea

and

Vaslui

as well as the capital

Bucharest 

.

Romania

has a 14-day incidence of 86.

Corona in Switzerland: Geneva, Vaud and Friborg - three cantons cause concern

In

Switzerland

(incidence of 62), the

corona situation has

recently

eased

somewhat.

However, three of the total of 26 cantons are causing concern.

Due to the increasing number of infections, the

Federal Foreign Office

warns

against traveling to the

cantons of Geneva, Waadt (Vaud)

and

Freiburg (Friborg).

The latter was added on Wednesday.

Corona in the Netherlands: Warning against traveling to Amsterdam and Rotterdam

In the

Netherlands

, the incidence recently rose to a precarious 80, which now has consequences.

The provinces of

North Holland (Noord-Holland)

and

South Holland (Zuid-Holland)

have been a

risk area

since Wednesday

.

Accordingly, the

Foreign Office

warns

against traveling to these regions, which should not be insignificant for tourists.

The holiday strongholds

Amsterdam

and

Rotterdam

are located in the respective provinces.

In addition, a

travel warning

continues to apply to

the Caribbean islands of

Aruba

and

Sint Maarten

, both of which

belong

to the Kingdom of the

Netherlands

.

Corona in the Czech Republic: Unusual situation in the country - new risk area next to Prague

When it comes to combating corona, the

Czech Republic

was considered one of the European model examples.

The government led by

Prime Minister Andrej Babis

was one of the first countries to introduce a

mask requirement

.

At the moment, however, the situation in

Germany's

neighboring country is

anything but relaxed.

A 14-day incidence of 129 means seventh place in a European comparison.

The

RKI

has now been revised accordingly

.

The

Středočeský

region

(Central Bohemian Region)

 has been designated a risk area.

In addition, warnings against traveling to the capital Prague are still issued.

+

The Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (m) recently received the Slovak Prime Minister Igor Matovic (l) and his Czech counterpart Andrej Babis.

One of the topics in Vienna was cooperation in the fight against Covid-19.

© Herbert Pfarrhofer / APA / dpa

Corona: New classifications in neighboring German countries - the situation in Germany is still ok

All in all, the new ratings by the

Robert Koch Institute show

that

Corona

is not over yet and that the concern about the second wave * is quite real in many places.

The fact that, with

France

,

Austria

, the

Czech Republic

, the

Netherlands

and

Switzerland,

no fewer than five neighboring countries have received

new travel warnings

from

Germany

also shows that the situation in

Germany

must be closely monitored.

Currently, the Federal Republic is still doing well in a European comparison (incidence of 23) - but the

RKI

sees

a trend that needs to be “carefully observed”.

(as) * Merkur.de is part of the nationwide Ippen-Digital editors network

The classifications as risk areas can change quickly due to a dynamic pandemic course.

If you are planning a trip abroad, we strongly recommend that you find out more in advance on the website of the Federal Foreign Office.

List of rubric lists: © Andreas Arnold / dpa

Source: merkur

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