Travel Alert – RKI updates list of coronavirus risk areas – Deutschlandfunk

For almost a year, the Federal Foreign Office has issued a general travel warning for many parts of Europe due to the coronavirus pandemic. As of July 1, it is only effective at incidences of 200 and in areas where dangerous viral variants have spread widely. Tourist trips that are not necessary are only “disappointed”. However, the list of risk zones will be updated regularly.

The Robert Koch Institute currently has the following areas as at-risk areas:


Netherlands: The overseas territory of Sint Maarten is a risk zone.

France and Andorra

France is no longer considered a risk zone. The overseas regions of RĂ©union, Guyana and Saint-Martin are classified as low-risk areas.

Austria and Hungary

no more risk zones


no more risk zones

Great Britain and Ireland

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, which includes the Isle of Man, all of the Channel Islands and the British Overseas Territory, is still considered a viral variant territory. This was justified by the presence of the viral variant B.1.617.2 in the United Kingdom. It was first detected in India and is classified as a cause of concern by the World Health Organization. In Ireland, the border areas, Dublin and the Middle East are considered easy-risk areas.


In Spain, only the following autonomous communities and cities are classified as at-risk areas: Andalusia, Navarre, La Rioja, Basque Country and Ceuta.


Counts as a viral type region that includes the autonomous regions of Madeira and the Azores


no more risk zones


Malta is no longer considered a risk area.

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Czech Republic and Slovakia

The Czech Republic and Slovakia are no longer considered at-risk areas.

Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia

In Croatia, only Zadar County is a moderate risk zone.

Turkey and Greece

Turkey is still considered an easy-risk area.

Finland, Sweden, Norway,

The provinces of Kronoberg, Norrbotten and Vrmland are classified as low-risk areas in Sweden. In Norway, the provinces of Agder and Rogaland are considered easy-risk areas (from 4 July).

Romania, Moldova and Bulgaria

no risk zone

Poland and the Baltic States

no risk zone


Again considered a single risk zone (from 4 July)

Risk areas and travel warnings

The list of at-risk areas is published by the Robert Koch Institute in consultation with the Federal Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Federal Ministry of Internal Affairs. According to the RKI, a two-stage assessment applies: first, it determines which states or territories have registered more than 50 newly infected people per 100,000 population in the past seven days.

For areas where this limit is not met, the RKI uses information from the Federal Foreign Office to assess whether there is still an increased risk of infection. Among other things, testing capabilities and tests performed, the type of virus, containment measures and the reliability of information for some countries play a role.

virus variant region

In addition to particularly high-case areas and other factors that increase the risk of infection at the site, the RKI also classifies areas in which certain viral variants have spread as risk areas. Special requirements apply for admission to these fields.

Regions of the viral type include Portugal (June 29, 2021 until 12:00), the Russian Federation (June 29, 2021 until 12:00), Botswana, Brazil, India, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. . You can find more countries here.

high impact areas

In January, the federal government listed more than 20 states as high-impact areas for the first time. This typically includes states with a weekly incidence of more than 200 per 100,000 population. Non-EU countries and territories classified as high incidence areas are Egypt, Argentina, Bahrain, Bolivia, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Iran, Colombia, Kuwait, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Oman, Paraguay, Peru, Seychelles, Sri Lanka. Sudan, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago and Tunisia.

Strict entry rules apply to high incidence areas and viral variants.

(stand: 03.07.2021)

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+ Status: Number of infections in Germany (as of July 3)

+ Holidays Abroad: List of at-risk areas (by July 3)

+ Domestic Holidays: Regulations in the Lander (from June 16)

+ Digital Immunization Card: Overview of Simplification (by July 3)

+ Mutation: How dangerous is the delta version? (until June 24)

+ Education: What’s next for schools in the fall? (until June 21)

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