The German Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in collaboration with Robert Koch Institute, the Ministry of Health, and the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Home Affairs have decided to add several new European countries and regions to the list of the COVID-19 high-risk zones.

The decision has been taken based on several criteria, including by determining in which states/regions there were more than 50 newly infected people per 100,000 inhabitants in the last seven days, the number of infections and the type of outbreak, test capacities and tests carried out per inhabitant as well as measures taken in the states to contain the infection rate (hygiene regulations, contact tracking, etc.) etc.

The whole territories of Belgium and Iceland have been added to the list, as well as regions in the following:

  • The Idu-Viru region in Estonia
  • Entire France with the exception of the Grand-Est region
  • the Border region in Ireland
  • the Šiaulių region in Lithuania
  • Alba and Cluj counties in Romania
  • the Koroska region in Slovenia
  • the regions (counties) Csongrád, Vas and Pest in Hungary:
  • Northern Ireland and Wales in the UK

In Croatia, the Sibensko-kninska and Zadarska counties, and in Switzerland the canton of Friborg (Friborg) are no longer considered risk areas,” the institute announces.

The new countries regions have been added, after a week ago on September 23 the list was expanded by including Denmark’s Region Hovedstaden and the Dublin region in Ireland.

On September 17, in the meantime, the authorities added the following regions to the list:

Brod-Posavina and Virovitica-Podravina counties in Croatia, North Holland and South Holland in the Netherlands, the state of Vienna in Austria, as well as Romania’s Caras Severin

The Robert Koch Institute notes that changes to the notice may be made at short notice since the German authorities are continuously checking the extent to which areas are to be classified as risk areas.

Travellers are advised to check the situation and requirements before undertaking a trip to any EU or non-EU countries.