Unlike what many had hoped for in spring and even throughout summer, all data shows that the chances for the European Union to reopen its borders for tourists and visitors this year are zero.

Even the new weekly maps published by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) in support of the Council Recommendation on a coordinated approach to the restriction of free movement in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, shows that the situation throughout the whole Europe remains highly risky.

While last week’s maps showed that only Norway, Finland and parts of Greece were relatively safer to travel to and were coloured in orange, the maps of the third week of November show that Greece has maintained its status as partially safe.

On the other hand, a small portion of Norway has gone red (highly-risky) and another smart portion of Norway has gone green (safe), which at the same time is the only green part in the whole of Europe.


ECDC’s Types of Maps & How They Work

The ECDC publishes four common maps every Thursday, through which it evaluates the situation in all EU and Schengen Member States in the following:

  • The 14-days notification rate, testing rate and test positivity
  • The 14-days notification rate per every 100,000 residents
  • The testing rates per every 100,000 residents
  • The positivity rates

The maps, often referred to as traffic lights, are coloured through a common code which the EU institutions have agreed on, as follows:

  • Green – the 14-day notification rate is below 25 & the test positivity rate below 4 per cent
  • Orange – the 14-day notification rate is lower than 50, but the test positivity rate is 4 per cent or more, or the 14-day notification rate is between 25 and 150, and the test positivity rate is lower than 4 per cent
  • Red – the 14-day notification rate is 50 or higher & the test positivity rate is 4 per cent or higher, or if the 14-day notification rate is above 150
  • Grey – the testing rate is lower than 300, or the Member State has not provided sufficient information

Combined Indicator for Week 5: 14-Day Notification Rate, Testing Rate & Test Positivity

Week 5: 14-Day Case Notification Rate Per 100,000 Inhabitants

Week 5: Testing Rates Per 100,000 Inhabitants

Week 5: Positivity Rates



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