RKI updates list of coronavirus risk areas


The Federal Foreign Office has issued travel warnings for numerous regions in Europe due to the corona pandemic. They are updated regularly. The Federal Foreign Office not only warns against traveling to areas with particularly high weekly incidences, but also to regions in which certain variants of the coronavirus are widespread.

The warnings from the Federal Foreign Office are based on the assessment of the Robert Koch Institute, where the risk of infection with the corona virus is particularly high. They affect the following countries and regions:


According to the RKI, the whole of the Netherlands, including the autonomous countries and the Caribbean parts, are considered a risk area. All of Belgium and Luxembourg are now (again) risk areas.


The entire country, including all overseas departments, is now considered a high incidence area. The Moselle department, which borders on Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland, is also still considered a virus variant area.

Austria and Hungary

The RKI identifies all of Austria as a risk area with the exception of the communities Jungholz and Mittelberg / Kleinwalsertal. The state of Tyrol is no longer considered a virus variant area, but also a risk area. The entire country of Hungary is considered a high incidence area.


The Federal Foreign Office warns against traveling to all of Switzerland.

Great Britain and Ireland

The whole of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is considered a risk area. The federal government passed the travel restrictions on March 19. clearly loosened. Previously, the countries were listed as virus variant areas.

Spain and Portugal

Portugal is no longer considered a variant area and in large parts of the country the travel restrictions were recently lifted. For the entire northern half of the country (regions Norte and Centro) including postage, the travel restrictions are completely eliminated. The Alentejo and Azores regions are also no longer considered risk areas. The south coast of the Algarve, the Atlantic island of Madeira and the capital Lisbon are still considered “normal” risk areas.

The Spanish mainland, with the exception of the autonomous communities of Castile – La Mancha, Valencia, Extremadura, La Rioja and Murci – and the Canary Islands are considered risk areas. The Balearic Islands including the island of Mallorca are no longer considered a risk area due to lower incidence figures. That means: Vacation there is possible without quarantine and without the obligation to test after returning.


Italy is currently completely a risk area. This also applies to the Vatican.

Czech Republic and Slovakia

The whole of the Czech Republic and Slovakia are now considered high-incidence areas (previously: virus variant areas).

Slovenia and Croatia

There are currently warnings against unnecessary tourist trips to Croatia with the exception of the counties of Istria, Požega-Slavonia and Bjelovar-Bilogora. This also applies again to the Požega-Slavonia regions with effect from March 28, 2021. Traveling to Istria and Bjelovar-Bilogora is not recommended in view of the current travel restrictions and quarantine regulations. Slovenia is completely classified as a high incidence area.

Turkey and Greece

Travel to Turkey is not recommended. All of Greece is now also considered a risk area.

Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway

Denmark (with the exception of the Faroe Islands and Greenland) is a risk area. All of Sweden is classified as a high incidence area. In Norway, the provinces of Rogaland, Oslo and Viken are risk areas.
In Finland, the regions of Uusimaa (with the Helsinki Helsinki), Kanta-Häme, Päijät-Häme and Pirkanmaa, Varsinais-Suomi, Etelä-Karjala und Åland als Risikogebiete.

Romania, Moldova and Bulgaria

The whole of Romania is classified as a risk area. Bulgaria and the Republic of Moldova are high incidence areas.

Poland and the Baltic States

According to the RKI, Lithuania is a risk area, Poland, Estonia and Latvia are high-incidence areas.

Risk areas in the rest of the world

A general travel warning for around 160 non-European countries expired at the end of September. After a decision by the Federal Cabinet, the corona infection situation is now again being assessed individually for each country. In addition, a travel warning automatically applies to risk areas identified by the RKI.

Risk areas and travel warnings

The list of risk areas is published by the Robert Koch Institute after consultation with the Federal Ministry of Health, the Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry of the Interior. According to the RKI, a two-stage assessment applies: First of all, it is determined in which states or regions more than 50 newly infected people per 100,000 inhabitants were registered in the past seven days.

For regions in which this threshold is not reached, the RKI uses information from the Federal Foreign Office to assess whether there is still an increased risk of infection. Among other things, the test capacities and tests carried out, containment measures and the reliability of the information for certain countries play a role.

Virus Variants-Area

In addition to regions with a particularly high number of cases and other factors that increase the risk of infection on site, the RKI now also classifies regions in which certain virus variants have spread as risk areas. Special test requirements apply to entries from these areas.

Virus variant areas are currently Botswana, Brazil, Eswatini (formerly known as Swaziland), Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and the French region of Moselle.

High incidence areas

In January, the federal government also classified more than 20 states as high-incidence areas for the first time. This usually includes states with a weekly incidence of over 200 per 100,000 inhabitants. Non-EU countries and regions classified as high incidence areas are Egypt, Albania, Andorra, Bahrain, Bolivia, Bosnia, Ecuador, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Colombia, Kosovo, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Palestinian Territories, Paraguay, Serbia, Seychelles, St. Lucia, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Tanzania, Uruguay and the United Arab Emirates.

Stricter entry regulations for countries in the new categories

Stricter entry rules apply to high-incidence and virus variant areas. A corona test must be carried out before entering Germany from these countries. Those returning from risk areas must show a negative corona test no later than 48 hours after arrival.

(Stand: 27.03.2021)

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