Belgium and the Netherlands to move to the dark red category of countries ranked by risk of contagion Ireland and Malta will be red

The Ministry of Health has updated the list of countries ranked by risk of contagion on the basis of available data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Starting from Monday, 5 April, Belgium and the Netherlands will be moving to the dark red category. Ireland and Malta will become red, while Iceland will move to the orange category.

Belgium and the Netherlands will thus expand the dark red category, which includes countries in the European Union and third countries which are not included in any of the other categories.

The red category, which lists countries with a high risk of contagion, will now include Ireland and Malta. They will thus join Denmark, Finland, Madeira, Monaco, Norway, Croatia, Lithuania, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Latvia, Austria, Romania, Greece, Germany, Slovakia, Switzerland, Spain and the Canary Islands.

There are also changes in the orange category, which will include Iceland from Monday, 5 April. The yellow category already includes Portugal and the Azores as well as the Balearic Islands.

The traffic light system also incudes the green country category. This category currently includes Vatican City and, from the non-EU countries, Australia, South Korea, New Zealand, Singapore and Thailand.

Given the incidence of new mutations of the COVID-19 disease and the community transmission across Europe, the ECDC recommends that all persons postpone their travel unless absolutely essential. The Ministry of Health is also reacting to the occurrence of the South African mutation of the coronavirus. Due to the possible spread of this variant of the virus, the Ministry of Health has prohibited travel to countries with an extremely high risk of the spread of this mutation. This specifically concerns Botswana, Brazil, RSA, Kenya, Colombia, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Peru, Swaziland/Eswatini, Tanzania (including the islands of Zanzibar and Pemba), Zambia and Zimbabwe.

A list of countries according to the risk of infection can be found here.