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Travel warnings for Egypt, Bangladesh and Chile

The Foreign Ministry has issued a rice warning for a total of 24 countries. Schallenberg (ÖVP) emphasizes that border openings that have already been made can be withdrawn.

The Foreign Ministry issued travel warnings for Egypt, Bangladesh and Chile on Saturday because of the spread of the coronavirus. For all three countries, the travel advice will be increased from the previous security level 4 (high security risk) to level 6 (travel warning), as announced by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The reason for the measure is the increasing number of infections in the three countries. In the popular holiday destination of Egypt, the number of cases has risen daily since May, according to the Foreign Ministry. The peak of the epidemic is currently estimated at mid-July. In addition, the Egyptian health system does not correspond to the Central European standard.

In Chile, too, the infection rates are currently rising very rapidly and sharply, and the hospitals are completely overloaded, it said. Quarantine has therefore already been imposed in the greater Santiago area, where 72 percent of infections were found. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bangladesh is currently the second Covid hotspot in South Asia alongside India. Despite the week-long lockdown, the number of new infections has not decreased since March, and the infection curve has risen even steeper since the country was opened for economic reasons on May 30th.

Travel warning for 24 countries

This means that travel warnings currently apply to a total of 24 countries due to the corona pandemic. In addition to the three newly added countries, travel to Belarus, Brazil, Ecuador, Great Britain, India, Indonesia, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Sweden, Senegal, Spain, South Africa, Turkey, Ukraine and USA warned. In addition, a partial travel warning continues to apply to the northern Italian region of Lombardy and the Chinese province of Hubei.

The travel warning for Spain is to be lifted on Sunday. In the future, in the holiday country on the Mediterranean Sea, as in almost all other European countries, only security level 4 will apply.

Nevertheless, the Foreign Ministry stressed that it continues to "urgently advise against all unnecessary travel, in particular all vacation travel". From the point of view of the Foreign Office, however, the notice has "no legal consequences at all". The travel advice is an "appeal to personal responsibility, nothing more", as Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg (ÖVP) emphasized this week.

Border openings can also be withdrawn

Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg (ÖVP) has not ruled out renewed border closings in the corona crisis. "Just because we have now put states on green does not mean that we will no longer monitor the situation closely," said Schallenberg. "If it is necessary, we will of course take appropriate measures again."

"Of course it is our goal that it doesn't happen again," said Schallenberg about border closings. "Our goal is to restore the freedom to travel as quickly as possible. This is not a luxury in the 21st century, it is a necessity," he emphasized. However, every opening step is "associated with a certain residual risk". The pandemic is "not yet over the mountain".

Schallenberg was confident, however, that any outbreaks could be brought under control "locally or at least regionally" and that "spilling over" to other countries could be prevented. At the same time, he builds on the experience gained in the first wave. "In the case of a second wave, I am confident that we would react very differently at the European level (than with the first wave, note)." The EU states would proceed in a "much more coordinated manner".