Bulgaria and Montenegro were dropped from the list of less risky countries. Where is it safe to go on vacation?

They will review the map of high-risk countries about every two weeks so that holidaymakers can better consider their journey.

The picture shows the Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic Igor Matovič (OĽaNO) during a press conference after the meeting of the Council of Experts – Epidemiologists in Bratislava on July 2, 2020. – Photo: TASR / Dano Veselský

Bratislava, July 2 (TASR) – The list of less risky countries will be narrowed by Bulgaria and Montenegro. It will be extended to countries such as the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, France, Italy and Ireland. From outside the European Union, these are Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea and China. This was announced by Prime Minister Igor Matovič (OĽaNO) after Thursday’s consensus of epidemiologists and infectologists. The Chief Hygienist of the Slovak Republic, Ján Mikas, pointed out that the list could continue to change based on the current situation.

The regulation will be issued by the Public Health Office (ÚVZ) SR probably on Monday (July 6). It could apply from the morning. Mikas said that the changes would affect citizens returning from Bulgaria and Montenegro from that day. According to him, the map of risky countries will be re-evaluated approximately every two weeks so that holidaymakers can better consider their journey.

List of current health safe countries:

  • Czechia

  • Hungary

  • Austria

  • Norway

  • Germany

  • Malta

  • Finland

  • Island

  • Denmark

  • Switzerland

  • Monaco

  • Greece

  • Croatia

  • Cyprus

  • Lichtenstein

  • Faroe Islands

  • Estonia

  • Latvia

  • Lithuania

  • Slovenia

  • Poland

You can also find more information on the web korona.gov.sk.

Holidaymakers from high-risk countries are obliged to observe quarantine and be tested upon return

In this context, experts called on people to consider a trip abroad, as well as a mode of transport or accommodation. Epidemiologist Mária Štefkovičová appealed to people to comply with the regulations in force in Slovakia when coming from riskier countries. “These people are required to adhere to a five-day quarantine and be tested at the end. Testing will be provided by the regional public health office,“ He highlighted.

According to her, there were more than 130 new diseases in Slovakia in June, of which 63 were imported cases.Imports were from high-risk countries, but also from lower-risk countries. “ she said. She explained that the most high-risk countries were from Ukraine and the United Kingdom. She noted that a completely risk-free country does not exist. It referred to imported cases from the Czech Republic (17), Germany (3) and Romania (1).

Infectologist Pavol Jarčuska pointed out that a trip to Croatia should also be considered. He pointed to two local outbreaks of the disease, Zagreb and Osijek. “Croatia is also on the verge of a yellow card, there is a very dramatic increase, “ he said. He called on citizens to be tested if they returned from riskier countries or even their regions.

It is best to stay at home

“It’s best to stay home, because we’re the best in Europe so far,” remarked the Prime Minister. In connection with the higher rate of infection from the Czech Republic, he drew attention to caution, especially in the areas of Prague and Silesia.

He added that the negotiations of the council are continuing. They should also talk about the possible abolition of the mandatory test for COVID-19 on arrival from riskier countries. “A five-day quarantine and a state-reimbursed test on the fifth day would be mandatory. “ he said.

In connection with the situation abroad and the return of Slovaks, Mikas admitted that they are also considering e-quarantine. „Everything will depend on people. We may have written measures and conditions, but people who would like to bypass the border will eat them. “ He stated. He added that he intends to communicate with mayors, police, NGOs. He also called on citizens to warn their neighbors who have returned from such countries to report to regional authorities and be tested.