EU travel map largely coloured red, but two regions now green

EU travel map largely coloured red, but two regions now green
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Most countries have now turned red or dark red on the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) Covid-19 travel map, however, two regions in Romania have turned green.

Belgium is still coloured dark red on the travel map, which the ECDC updates every Thursday, while the number of dark red regions is increasing across the EU, especially in Spain and Portugal, which were still red and in part orange last week.

Meanwhile, Romania, which was coloured red and orange last week, has now turned largely orange, indicating the coronavirus situation is improving here, despite its low vaccination grade (just under 40% of all people have been fully vaccinated).

Two regions have coloured green in the country, which is the first time this colour has appeared on the map in three weeks.

France has now also turned completely dark red, with the exception of Normandy, as have the Netherlands, Luxembourg and large parts of Germany.

What the colours mean

The colours of the coronavirus travel map are based on the number of infections and the percentage of positive tests in the past fourteen days.

A country or region is given the red colour if the 14-day incidence rate, the number of new cases per 100,000 inhabitants, exceeds 75 and the positivity ratio exceeds 4%.

Another condition for receiving the red colour is if the incidence is above 200, regardless of the positivity ratio. The dark red colour means that there are more than 500 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in a fortnight.

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The European colour codes are an indication for the EU Member States to impose conditions on returning travellers, such as mandatory testing or quarantine. The colours are also taken into account for the admission of travellers to their own countries.

Member States cannot impose extra restrictions on travellers coming from a green area, but they could demand a negative test and/or quarantine for (unvaccinated) people coming from orange or red zones.

All travellers wishing to enter Belgium after more than 48 hours abroad are required to complete the Passenger Locator Form (PLF), regardless of the colour code of the zone they return from.

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