Travel cards in Europe have turned very red – Vax Before Travel


(Vax before the trip)

The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) today released updated color-coded maps in support of the Council’s recommendation for a coordinated approach to EU travel measures during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The recent emergence of the SARS-CoV-2 variant of the coronavirus known as Omicron has disrupted most travel plans in Europe.

As of December 16, 2021, the overall Omicron case total has so far reached 3,158.

A preliminary analysis of the first Omicron cases reported to the European surveillance system shows that imported or travel-related cases represent 13% of cases.

In comparison, 70% of reported cases were acquired locally.

Globally, 15,778 confirmed cases of Omicron have been reported from 85 countries.

The areas are marked in the following colors:

  • Green: if the 14-day notification rate is less than 50 and the test positivity rate is less than 4%; or if the 14-day notification rate is less than 75 and the test positivity rate less than 1%.
  • Orange: if the 14-day notification rate is less than 50 and the test positivity rate is 4% or more, or if the 14-day notification rate is 50 or more and less than 75, and the test positivity rate is 1% or more, i.e. the 14-day notification rate is between 75 and 200 and the test positivity rate is less than 4%.
  • Red: If the 14-day cumulative COVID-19 case notification rate ranges from 75 to 200 and the test positivity rate for COVID-19 infection is 4% or more, or if the notification rate of 14-day cumulative COVID-19 case is greater than 200 but less than 500.
  • Dark red: If the 14-day cumulative COVID-19 case notification rate is 500 or more.
  • Gray: if the information is insufficient or if the detection rate is less than 300 cases per 100,000.

The US State Department declares “a first step in planning any overseas trip, check the Notice to travelers for your intended destination. Where color coded world map. ‘

And to receive up-to-date travel advisories and alerts, choose the method that’s most convenient for you at travel.state.gov/stayingconnected.


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