EU health agency warns against travel to seven European countries due to high Covid levels

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The ECDC has suggested that people avoid travelling to the seven countries to avoid spreading Covid. It said the situation had significantly worsened in the affected EU nations.

SchengenVisaInfo said all seven countries had recorded more than 500 Covid infections per 100,000 people.

The seven countries were: Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania and Slovenia.

While all the countries had seen a rise in infections, Romania had suffered the biggest increase.

According to WHO data, Romania recorded 12,474 new infections in the last 24 hours.

The EU health agency also placed half of Greece, half of Ireland, half of Belgium and half of Slovakia on its dark red list.

Countries marked as dark red have the highest number of infections in the EU and travel is discouraged.

Those who are not fully vaccinated or have not recently recovered from Covid are especially advised against travel.

Citizens from the seven countries are allowed to travel within the EU but the ECDC recommended they check restrictions before leaving.

Spain is the safest country in the EU based on the latest Covid figures from the EU health agency.

The majority of Spain is coloured green under EU classification, making it a safe destination for British tourists to visit in the autumn and winter season.

Andalusia is one of Spain’s green areas which is where the popular tourist destination of Costa del Sol is located.

The regions of Spain that haven’t met the green classification are all coloured orange which means they have slightly higher levels but are still safe for travel.

Some Spanish officials have blamed British tourists for increasing Covid levels in the resort of Benidorm.

The UK recorded 38,009 Covid cases on Sunday and there were an average of 424 infections per 100,000 people in the last seven days.

Double vaccinated British tourists do not need to take a Covid test to enter Spain but will need to show proof of being vaccinated.

Unvaccinated Britons will need to take a PCR test up to 72 hours before travelling to Spain.

Travel companies have reported a surge in bookings as the UK Government relaxed travel restrictions.

Every country has now been removed from the UK travel red list although the Government has said the category could come back if needed.

Double vaccinated tourists will need to take a lateral flow test on or before day two after arrival in the UK.

The lateral flow test must be booked with a Government approved provider which are listed on the Government website.

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