the CDC placed Germany and Denmark are in the biggest category of travel notices on Monday, following a persistent trend of increase in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations.
In addition to these two countries, travelers had already been urged not to visit Austria, Belgium, Costa Rica, Czech, Netherlands, Turkey and Singapore.
This time, tourists will find a different Christmas landscape in Germany.
For starters, the Nuremberg Christmas market, as well as the popular Christmas market in Munich, will not open this year due to concerns about an uncontrollable spread of the virus.
“We’re going to have a really terrible Christmas if we don’t take action now,” the head of the German disease control agency said last week.
On Monday, Chancellor Merkel warned her party leaders that “what is in place is not enough” and that stricter COVID-19 restrictions were needed.
Restricting unvaccinated people from public transportation and most public places in regions where Covid-19 hospitalized patients exceed a certain threshold are under discussion.
A new national blockade “cannot be ruled out,” the health minister said on Monday.
Denmark, the other country hit hard this week, is setting a new record for coronavirus infections almost every day.
In September, the government lifted all remaining restrictions from COVID-19, allowing citizens to live in some sort of post-pandemic era because the pandemic was “under control”.
Eight weeks later, the government is forced to withdraw its words and reimpose most of the previous domestic restrictions.
The Director General of the Danish Health Authority said friday at that the country’s parliament must support a new mandate requiring people to show their “Coronapas” when visiting restaurants, concerts and nightclubs.
ECDC data suggest that the countries mentioned above will not be the only ones to face travel restrictions during Christmas and New Year.
On Monday, the European Union Health Commissioner announced that the bloc’s travel rules will be changed this week to “avoid fragmentation”.
According to Bloomberg, changes could include the expiry date of COVID-19 vaccination certificates and the display of booster doses in EU COVID digital passports.