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The list of Coronavirus rates and face mask rules for each European country

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The list of Coronavirus rates and face mask rules for each European country

The hope of an overseas getaway this year for many seems slim.

With the likelihood of a second wave,  the UK government has clamped down on post holiday quarantine restrictions – wreaking misery on thousands of Brits now forced to self isolate.

Getting through arrivals at your chosen holiday destination has been difficult enough.

And general safety guidelines for each country are constantly changing.

Most recently the UK Foreign Office has advised against all but essential travel to Spain – which is currently coping with 5,000 new Covid-19 cases.

On Thursday (August 6)  it was announced that all Brits returning from Andorra, Belgium and the Bahamas must self-isolate for 14 days from August 8 following a surge in cases.

So where is safe to go?

Sun seekers must assess the risks themselves before booking as government guidelines are subject to last minute change – something the Chancellor said should be expected – given we are in the midst of an ongoing global pandemic.

The most useful information right now for sun seekers is to check out the rate of infection in various countries –  and how they compare to your preferred holiday choice.

Also it’s worth knowing the rules on face coverings. 

Holiday hotspot Croatia demands people wear masks on public transport, taxis, shops and other commercial premises.

In Germany anyone over the age of six must wear a mask in shops or on public transport.

In Italy, the first European country to go into lockdown,  face masks are mandatory in enclosed public spaces, and visitors must keep  social distancing rules in tourist spots.

Travellers to Switzerland should be aware that wearing a face mask when travelling on public transport is mandatory for everyone apart from children under the age of 12.

The FCO states  “Swiss cantons may impose further restrictions and you should check cantonal websites before travelling.”

Meanwhile France welcomes Brits without restrictions – as long as they can prove they have travel insurance.

But it could be removed from the UK ‘safe’ list after recording 1,695 new cases on Wednesday – its  largest daily increase since late May.

In a statement, French officials warned: “The situation is precarious. We could at any moment tip into a scenario that is less under control, like in Spain.

“It is highly likely that we will experience a second epidemic wave this autumn or winter.”

Greece is currently on the UK’s safe list and has fared relatively better than most countries since Covid 19 first hit.

Its death rate is lower than Spain, Italy and France after the country’s medics managed get the virus under control fairly early on.

But officials have warned against complacency after authorities reported 121 new cases on Tuesday – the highest jump since April 22.

Now holiday makers to Greece  must  complete an online Passenger Locator Form (PLF)   at least 24 hours before arriving or face a £450 fine.

In Hungary UK tourists must provide two negative coronavirus tests, taken 48 hours apart, within five days prior to arrival. They will also have to undergo a medical examination for coronavirus on arrival.

At the time of writing, The Mirror reports these are the latest coronavirus rates for countries across Europe, as per data provided by the World Health Organisation :

Albania (6,016 total cases)

  • Amber category – reporting clusters of cases
  • 759 confirmed cases and 27 deaths over the last week.

Andorra (945 total cases)

  • Red category – reporting community transmission
  • 33 confirmed cases and 0 deaths over the last week.

All holidaymakers returning from Andorra must self-isolate for 14 days from August 8.

Austria (21,689 total cases)

  • Red category – reporting community transmission
  • 875 confirmed cases and 27 deaths over the last week.

Belarus (68,503 total cases)

  • Red category – reporting community transmission
  • 944 confirmed cases and 33 deaths over the last week.

Belgium (71,923 total cases)

  • Red category – reporting community transmission
  • 3,760 confirmed cases and 16 deaths over the last week

Bosnia and Herzegovina (13,397 total cases)

  • Red category – reporting community transmission
  • 2,039 confirmed cases and 60 deaths over the last week

Bulgaria (13,397 total cases)

  • Red category – reporting community transmission
  • 2,039 confirmed cases and 60 deaths over the last week

Croatia (5,404 total cases)

  • Amber category – reporting clusters of cases
  • 432 confirmed cases and 12 deaths over the last week

Czech Republic (17,740 total cases)

  • Amber category – reporting clusters of cases
  • 1,487 confirmed cases and 15 deaths over the last week

Denmark (14,306 total cases)

  • Red category – reporting community transmission
  • 351 confirmed cases and 2 deaths over the last week

Estonia (2,124 total cases)

  • Amber category – reporting clusters of cases
  • 39 confirmed cases and 0 deaths over the last week

Finland (7,532 total cases)

  • Amber category – reporting clusters of cases
  • 55 confirmed cases and 0 deaths over the last week

France (183,172 total cases)

  • Amber category – reporting clusters of cases
  • 6,698 confirmed cases and 67 deaths over the last week

Germany (214,214 total cases)

  • Amber category – reporting clusters of cases
  • 4,624 confirmed cases and 23 deaths over the last week

Greece (5,123 total cases)

Hungary (4,597 total cases)

  • Red category – reporting community transmission
  • 91 confirmed cases and 1 death over the last week

Iceland (1,932 total cases)

  • Red category – reporting community transmission
  • 50 confirmed cases and 0 deaths over the last week

Ireland (26,372 total cases)

  • Amber category – reporting clusters of cases
  • 240 confirmed cases and 0 deaths over the last week

Italy (249,204 total cases)

  • Amber category – reporting clusters of cases
  • 1,968 confirmed cases and 44 deaths over the last week

Latvia (1,275 total cases)

  • Amber category – reporting clusters of cases
  • 32 confirmed cases and 1 death over the last week

Liechtenstein (89 total cases)

  • Purple category – reporting sporadic cases
  • 2 confirmed cases and 0 deaths over the last week

Lithuania (2,171 total cases)

  • Red category – reporting community transmission 
  • 92 confirmed cases and 0 deaths over the last week

Luxembourg (7,073 total cases)

  • Red category – reporting community transmission 
  • 506 confirmed cases and 2 deaths over the last week

Flight costs have fallen to Malta - this picture shows Qawra in the northeast of the Island

Malta (846 total cases)

  • Purple category – reporting sporadic cases 
  • 75 confirmed cases and 0 deaths over the last week

Moldova (26,628 total cases)

  • Red category – reporting community transmission   
  • 2,285 confirmed cases and 56 deaths over the last week

Montenegro (3,520 total cases)

  • Amber category – reporting clusters of cases    
  • 429 confirmed cases and 8 deaths over the last week

North Macedonia (11,399 total cases)

  • Amber category – reporting clusters of cases    
  • 966 confirmed cases and 33 deaths over the last week

Norway (9,409 total cases)

  • Amber category – reporting clusters of cases    
  • 123 confirmed cases and 0 deaths over the last week

Poland (49,515 total cases)

  • Red category – reporting community transmission     
  • 3,724 confirmed cases and 57 deaths over the last week

Portugal (52,061 total cases)

  • Amber category – reporting clusters of cases      
  • 1,355 confirmed cases and 21 deaths over the last week

Portugal is not on the UK’s safe travel list – in a blow to holidaymakers looking to travel to the Algarve.

Officials announced this week that they have launched a ‘travel insurance’ scheme which cover holidaymaker’s medical costs and quarantine expenses if they catch coronavirus.

It is only valid for mainland Portugal and the autonomous regions of Madeira and Azores.

It can be found  here.

Romania (57,895 total cases)

  • Red category – reporting community transmission      
  • 8,433 confirmed cases and 214 deaths over the last week

Russia (877,135 total cases)

  • Amber category – reporting clusters of cases       
  • 38,385 confirmed cases and 859 deaths over the last week

San Marino (717 total cases)

  • Red category – reporting community transmission       
  • 0 confirmed cases and 0 deaths over the last week

Serbia (27,332 total cases)

  • Red category – reporting community transmission       
  • 2,619 confirmed cases and 56 deaths over the last week

Slovakia (2,480 total cases)

  • Amber category – reporting clusters of cases       
  • 196 confirmed cases and 1 deaths over the last week

Spain (309,855 total cases)

  • Amber category – reporting clusters of cases       
  • 17,519 confirmed cases and 45 deaths over the last week

Any holidaymakers who still travel should take care to ensure they are covered by insurance as many policies will be invalid.

Sweden (81,967 total cases)

  • Red category – reporting community transmission       
  • 1,425 confirmed cases and 46 deaths over the last week

Switzerland (36,019 total cases)

  • Red category – reporting community transmission       
  • 1,197 confirmed cases and 5 deaths over the last week

Ukraine (78,261  total cases)

  • Red category – reporting community transmission       
  • 7,319 confirmed cases and 120 deaths over the last week

United Kingdom (308,138 total cases)

  • Red category – reporting community transmission       
  • 4,122 confirmed cases and 455 deaths over the last week.

 

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