In many holiday countries, the number of infections is rising again. Some European countries that were previously considered safe could soon become risk areas. We show where the risk of infection increases and what holidaymakers can expect in this case.

Since many European countries reopened their borders to tourists, the joy of regained freedom of travel is great. But it seems that it only lasts for a short time. Because exactly the case that many experts feared is now occurring: The number of infections in many popular travel destinations such as Croatia, Spain, Portugal and Austria is rising again.

When do travelers have to be in quarantine

For vacationers, this means not only an increased risk of infection, but also possibly a quarantine after their return if the country is classified as a risk area for a short time due to sharply increasing numbers .

The quarantine period is usually 14 days and is subject to the regulations of each individual federal state. Exempt from quarantine are only those who can present a negative Sars-CoV-2 test that is not older than 48 hours upon entry.

Which criteria apply for classification as a risk area

The Federal Ministry of Health decides from when a country is classified as a risk area in cooperation with the Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry of the Interior for Building and Home Affairs. The criteria not only include increasing numbers of infections of more than 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within the last seven days , but also an analysis of the type of outbreak – whether local or nationwide. Likewise, the test capacities as well as the measures such as hygiene and contact restrictions for containment on site are considered for the classification.

According to information from the Federal Foreign Office, the classification is checked every two weeks; if action is required, this is done more frequently, so that changes can be made at short notice.

Rising numbers of infections: This is how high the risk is in European holiday countries

Vacationers should inform themselves about the risk status of the respective vacation country before departure. A list of all corona risk areas can be found below in the article.

Here is the current overview of some travel destination Europe that are currently not fully considered as risk countries . In some countries, however, the RKI classified individual regions as corona risk areas.

Spain: travel warning – except for the Canary Islands

Holidaymakers from the EU and the Schengen states may continue to travel to Spain without restrictions, but due to the increased corona numbers, Germany has declared the country, with the exception of the Canary Islands, a risk area and issued a travel warning for the popular holiday island of Mallorca .

For returnees from risk areas, it has generally been the case for several weeks that they have to report to the health department. There is also an obligation to test when returning home.

Emily Wong

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