Holiday tips for Irish tourists in Spain, Portugal and many more areas marked as red zones

The European Center for Disease Control has warned tourists hoping to travel to certain regions for vacation this summer.

According to the latest update of the epidemic situation of Covid-19 which is getting worse in some European countries, some holiday hot spots have been moved to the «red list».

While international travel is open to Irish vacationers looking to travel anywhere in the Schengen area – the 26 European countries with a common visa policy Irish do not need a visa to visit – ECDC advises against booking holidays to anywhere in the Schengen area. Covid red zone for our safety.


As of yesterday, the entire mainland Spain Located in the red, the majority of areas are colored dark red on the ECDC’s Covid Case map indicating which countries have increased Covid-19 rates over the past 14 days.

Only the region of Asturias in northwest Spain is exempt from the dark red zone, but it is still considered a red zone.

ECDC color updated map of European countries and their Covid case rates

While Spain has identified more than 500 infections per 100,000 inhabitants over the past two weeks, the northwestern region of Asturias has recorded more than 200 cases but less than 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

Asturias is not as affected as other parts of Spanish territory.

The Balearic and Canary Islands are also in the red zone.

Spain’s Asturias region is considered as «unaffected» by Covid-19 as other parts of mainland Spain


The majority of Portugal is also located in the red zone. Except for central Portugal which is still orange.

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Northern Portugal, the Alentejo, the Algarve, and the area around Lisbon are all red on the Covid Case map.

The Azores are also red. The Madeira Islands are orange.

Over the past week alone, Portugal reported nearly 980,000 new cases of the virus and recorded more than 17,000 deaths.

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Most of southern France is either dark red or red. Northern France is orange except for Ile-de-France where Paris is in red.

Yesterday, ECDC urged travelers to avoid the dark red areas of the Midi-Pyrenees, Languedoc-Roussillon and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur in particular.

The islands of Corsica, Martinique, Guadeloupe and Saint Martin are all dark red. But Mayotte is still yellow.

Spring in Menton, France during the Covid-19 pandemic in April.

France reported more than 6 million new cases in the past week and more than a million deaths.

France It opened its borders to international travelers in June, without the need for vacationers to self-isolate or take a test on arrival.

With the numbers of the Covid virus getting worse, many countries have begun to place restrictions on travelers coming from France.


Italy It has no red areas, with the majority of vacation areas in orange or yellow on the map.

The regions most affected include Lazio, Umbria, Tuscany, Emilia-Romagna and Veneto. Sicily and Sardinia are also located in the orange zone.

The country has reported more than 4 million new cases and 128,163 deaths over the past week.

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Other holiday destinations in the Red Zone

Greece has regions in red and orange. Malta is orange. Cyprus is dark red.

What about Ireland?

As for Ireland, we’re mostly in the red too, with the southeast staying orange so far.

The north-east is the worst affected, with the majority of areas in Connacht and Ulster being dark red.

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