More EU countries are tightening entry restrictions day by day, with the summer tourism season at its end, and the number of new Coronavirus cases across the continent increasing.
Only this week, several countries in the EU and Schengen Area have announced additional restrictions for incoming travellers from countries which have recently marked increasing COVID-19 rates.
Among these countries is also Estonia, the authorities of which have announced that yesterday, on September 6, Bulgaria, Norway, Slovenia, and San Marino had been added to the list of countries that are highly affected by the COVID-19, also known as the red list.
As such, based on the current rules of Estonia, this means that all unvaccinated travellers from one of these four countries need to follow a ten-day quarantine requirement. Nonetheless, it has been highlighted that the quarantine period can be shortened if travellers take a COVID test upon arrival and a second test on or after the sixth day of self-isolation.
In contrast, the quarantine requirement does not apply to travellers who have been fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) – Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson, VisaGuide.World reports.
Similarly, the Republic of Czechia has tightened the entry restrictions for four EU/Schengen Area countries. According to a press release issued by the Ministry of Health, unvaccinated and unrecovered travellers arriving from Norway, the Netherlands, Slovenia, San Marino, and Ireland must undergo COVID-19 testing before entering the country if they used public transport.
Moreover, everyone is required to complete an arrival form, follow quarantine rules, and take a second Coronavirus test on the fifth day of quarantine.
Except for the two countries mentioned above, Denmark has also announced tighter restrictions for several regions of EU states and third countries. The Danish authorities revealed on September 4 that unvaccinated/unrecovered travellers arriving from Croatia and some specific regions of Italy, Austria, Sweden, and Norway are required to undergo COVID-19 testing before entry.
In addition, the same has announced that non-essential travel from the US, Israel, Kosovo, Montenegro, Lebanon, and North Macedonia has been banned since the countries have registered high infection rates.
Like Denmark, Sweden also decided to reimpose an entry ban for travellers from the same six countries – the US, Israel, Kosovo, Montenegro, Lebanon, and North Macedonia. As a result, only those who are reaching Sweden for essential purposes will be permitted entry.
Earlier last week, Germany also published the list of countries that have been newly added to the list of high-risk areas. Based on the data provided by the Robert Koch Institute, travellers who are eligible to enter Germany arriving from Albania, Azerbaijan, Japan, Guatemala, Serbia, Sri Lanka, and the Palestinian territories will be refused entry if they do not hold a valid vaccination certificate or a negative COVID-19 test result.
Previously, VisaGuide.World reported that the EU Council has advised the Member States to reintroduce entry bans for the US and five other third countries after estimating that these territories have been highly affected by COVID-19 and its new strains.
However, despite the recommendation to ban non-essential travel from the US, tens of countries continue to allow entry to Americans, provided that they have been fully vaccinated. Part of the European countries that refused to impose an entry ban on the US is Croatia, Portugal, and Ireland.