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Ministry of Foreign Affairs recommends avoiding travel to Italy and other areas at high risk from coronavirus

9. March 2020 - 12:12

Ministry of Foreign Affairs recommends avoiding travel to Italy and other areas at high risk from coronavirus
As a result of the continuing spread of coronavirus, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs recommends avoiding travel to Italy and other areas at high risk from the virus. We also recommend monitoring the travel advisories issued by the ministry and assessing the need for any and all foreign travel.

In connection with the quarantine that has been enforced in the Italian region of Lombardy and the provinces of Parma, Piacenza, Rimini, Reggio-Emilia, Modena, Pesaro Urbino, Venice, Padua, Treviso, Allessandria, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, Novara, Vercelli and Asti, we urge people to avoid travelling to Italy. The exact conditions of the quarantine’s enforcement and the restrictions it involves should be clarified in the coming days. It is forecast that they will remain in place until 3 April 2020.

It should be borne in mind that the quarantine zone may geographically expand and that further and more restrictive measures may be implemented. Any trips to Italy are highly likely to be influenced by the quarantine situation for the foreseeable future. We would like to emphasise that the current situation has also made guaranteeing the provision of consular assistance by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs within the restricted zone more complicated.

Estonian citizens within the quarantined areas must follow the instructions issued by local authorities and take into account that leaving these areas will not be possible while the quarantine is in place. We would ask any citizens affected by the situation to register their presence in the quarantine zone on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at https://reisitargalt.vm.ee/registreerimine. In an emergency, please call our consular assistance hotline on +372 5301 9999 (available 24 hours).

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is seeking more detailed information about the conditions and restrictions of the quarantine. Once we have it, we will publish our recommendations (in Estonian) on the ministry’s ‘Reisi Targalt’ page.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is monitoring the situation closely and is constantly updating its travel advisories on the ‘Reisi Targalt’ page at https://reisitargalt.vm.ee/. Since coronavirus is currently at the stage of actively spreading in Europe, we ask everyone to choose their holiday destinations carefully and to weigh up the necessity of business travel.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs implores anyone who nevertheless decides to travel to risk areas to devise plans to prevent exposing yourself to danger or to extricate yourself from it should you find yourself in such a situation. Guaranteeing the provision of consular assistance in risk areas is difficult. At the same time, in taking any risks it is important to consider and look after your health and the health of others. Nor should you rush into any decisions when planning holidays at present, since the virus is still spreading.

We would ask everyone to register any trips abroad on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at https://reisitargalt.vm.ee/registreerimine. We also recommend reviewing the travel advisories issued for each country on the https://reisitargalt.vm.ee/ page and keeping up to date with general travel advice related to coronavirus online at https://reisitargalt.vm.ee/koroonaviirus/.

More information about coronavirus and how to avoid becoming infected can be found on the website of the Health Board at https://www.terviseamet.ee/et/uuskoroonaviirus.
 

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