15 Covid Red Countries Face Europe Quarantine

No less than 15 countries in Europe including the U.K., France, Belgium and Spain face quarantine by fellow Europeans under the EU’s new Covid traffic light system.

As Covid spikes across Europe, several countries started reintroducing travel bans and border closures on neighbours.

To counter that, the EU wants to develop a color-coded map of Europe based on common testing and quarantine criteria.

The map will show clearly which countries face travel restrictions where.

“… we want a clear “green, orange, red” system and not a kaleidoscope of individual measures,” says EU Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson.

As Covid Soars, Europe Again Off Limits To Many Europeans

With the Commission’s proposed threshold of 50 or more coronavirus cases per 100,000 people in a 14 day period, many high-risk countries again face quarantine on arrival.

Travelers from red list countries with over that infection level, and a positive test rate of over 3%, must isolate. As do those where new cases exceed 150 in two weeks.

According to the latest data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), these are the countries who risk being locked out by other EU/Schengen members:

COUNTRY: 14-day case rate for Covid-19 per 100 000 as of September 16

  • Austria: 79.1
  • Belgium: 75.7
  • Croatia: 81.8
  • Czech Republic: 129.4
  • Denmark: 52.4
  • France: 162.8
  • Hungary: 83.9
  • Ireland: 51.5
  • Luxembourg: 98.9
  • Malta: 105.8
  • Netherlands: 78.9
  • Portugal: 66
  • Romania: 86
  • Spain: 281.6 
  • United Kingdom: 51.1 (Note EU rules still apply until December 31).

“Britons face quarantine when they arrive in EVERY EU country as bloc adopts ‘standard’ threshold for imposing self-isolation,” alerts the Daily Mail.

As the bloc uses the same criteria for restricting travel, it says “a recent surge in cases means the UK currently has an infection rate of 51.1 per 100,000 and a positive test rate of six per cent – both above the EU’s threshold.” 

Not all countries have started to implement the system, and some may not. France, Germany and Spain for a start favor the approach.

Finland, Ireland First To Go With EU Traffic Light Model

Finland is already unfurling such rules among Nordic neighbors, as it relaxes quarantine thresholds.

From Saturday, any traveler from a country with 25 new cases/100,000 will have to quarantine and test. In October, it plans to extend the traffic-light measure even to high-risk non-Europeans such as the U.S.

The plan hinges on much more testing, for high-risk travelers.

Ireland announced new quarantine rules on Tuesday, which adopt this tack.

Under its 6-month “Living with Covid-19” plan, Ireland is scrapping its travel “green list” and instead applying the EU thresholds.

“Ireland and Finland are to be the first countries to enforce similar restrictions to this, essentially locking Brits out of travelling to the countries,” reports The Sun.

“Under the EU travel plan, the Government will drop the 14-day period of quarantine for non “green list” countries and instead adopt a system of testing at airports and ports for incoming passengers,” confirms the Irish Times.

Still both Ireland and Northern Ireland may well be among those quarantined in Europe.

“With positive tests running at six per cent, the UK’s infection rate would trigger quarantine under the EU’s proposed new “traffic light” colour-coded system,” says The Telegraph.

And the same can be said probably for all the countries listed above.

Read about the criteria for green and amber list countries here. Those Europeans will be free from travel restrictions.

Until all EU governments feed in the necessary data to the ECDC, it won’t be able to produce the map to allow travelers to navigate the new color-coded Covid zones of Europe.

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