Traveling to Europe? Here’s what you need to know about the risks of war and COVID-19

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Even though the summer season is fast approaching, travelers are facing new uncertainties, mainly due to the ongoing war in Ukraine and the risks related to COVID-19.

The war in Ukraine, which began on February 24, continues with no end in sight. However, travel experts have noted that it is completely safe to travel within the EU as other countries are not affected, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.

The war in Ukraine caused its citizens to flee to neighboring countries, mainly Poland, Slovakia and Hungary. For this reason, travelers were initially skeptical about accessing any of Ukraine’s neighboring countries. However, after concluding that travel to these countries remains safe, travel figures have started to show positive trends.

The latest data released by the European Travel Commission (ETC) revealed that travel preference for Eastern destinations remains the same as last year, despite the war in Ukraine.

According to ETC, around 77% of Europeans have already planned a trip for the period from April to September. These data suggest that the ongoing war in Ukraine has not affected travelers’ desire to visit another country during the summer.

Regarding the risks associated with COVID-19, data shows that it is safe to travel as long as certain basic health measures are followed.

Figures provided by the World Health Organization (WHO) show that European countries continue to record increased infection rates. According to the WHO, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands have the highest infection rates among other EU countries.

France has reported 901,637 new cases of infection in the past seven days. During the same period, Germany reported 916,659 new cases, Italy reported 431,452 new infections, Spain reported 50,430 new infections and the Netherlands reported 58 670 new cases.

Despite these figures, travel is no longer discouraged as it has been concluded that COVID-19 disease no longer has serious health consequences, especially for those who have been vaccinated or recovered from the virus.

While travelers who have been vaccinated or recovered from the virus have generally been allowed to travel without restrictions until now, unvaccinated and unrecovered people had to follow additional entry rules when reaching one of the EU member states. European.

Nevertheless, after taking all factors into account and with the summer holidays approaching, several Member States have already abolished all their entry rules and are now allowing unrestricted entry to travellers.

A total of 11 EU/EEA countries – Czechia, Denmark, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovenia and Sweden – have so far abolished their entry rules for all travellers. Everyone, regardless of their vaccination status or country of origin, can now enter these EU/EEA countries without restriction.

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