Traveling abroad for the first time in two years will be an adventure with a difference.
Thousands of people will see the upcoming St Patrick’s Day holiday as the start of a series of holidays.
The lifting of so many restrictions in most European countries, coupled with the combination of vaccinations and a less severe variant of Omicron, has led avid travelers to a “now or never” attitude. hour”. So what do we need to know to travel safely?
Covid-19 in Europe
The most up-to-date reports of Covid-19 across Europe during the first week of March show that while there is still a lot of virus circulating, it is generally decreasing.
The European Center for Disease Control says that although the Omicron wave has peaked in most countries in terms of reported cases, the rate of cases in people 65 years of age and older has increased. in some areas.
One country, Liechtenstein, is classified as very disturbing.
Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia and Slovenia are believed to be of high interest.
Of moderate concern are Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain and Sweden.
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The situation may change depending on variations in the case levels.
But as of last week, here are the seven-day Covid-19 morbidity rates per 100,000 in common countries: 264.2 in Spain, 655.0 in France, 704.4 in Portugal, 1,135 ,6 in Greece, 199.4 in Malta, 483.8 in Italy and 613.5 in the UK. This compared with 541.3 per 100,000 in Ireland at the time.
As of early March, France leads in Europe in booster shots with 87.3pc of adult boosters. This compares with 77.9 points in Malta, 71.9 points in Portugal, 61.5 points in Spain, 59.1 points in Greece and 71.9 points in Italy.
Booster reception is 66pc in England, and 72pc in Wales and Scotland. Data shows that boosted people are less likely to transmit the virus, but it’s not clear how long this lasts.
Covid-19 rules and culture
Countries are at different stages of lifting restrictions but they have been relaxed in most cases.
Depending on the virus, the odds are that most of the rest of the rules will be gone in most European countries. A good site for what you can and can’t do in each EU country is https://reopen.europa.eu/.
Don’t forget that you need an up-to-date Covid EU certificate. So if you’ve had your primary vaccination, it only lasts for 270 days. Then you need to show proof of a booster shot.
If you don’t have one, you will need to show proof of recovery from Covid-19 in the previous 180 days or a negative test result. Check if you need to fill out a health check form before you leave.
Last minute tip
Give yourself plenty of time at the airport and arrive earlier than usual. Crowd safe. You may not be required to wear a mask at the airport, but it is safer to do so.
If you have possible symptoms, postpone travel.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/as-holidays-take-off-again-after-covid-19-this-is-what-you-need-to-know-to-travel-safely-41443659.html As the holidays resume after Covid-19, here’s what you need to know to travel safely