What are the Covid entry rules for travellers to European international locations? | Travel

The hospitality sector in Europe is respiration a sigh of aid. As Covid incidence charges fall, restrictions are being relaxed, making tourism potential once more. DW Travel gives a quick recap of what rules apply in the EU.

Summer, solar, surf, sandy seashores, and plenty of cultures: vacationing in Europe is as soon as once more a chance for many — however solely cautiously so.

As coronavirus an infection numbers proceed to fall throughout a lot of Europe, many international locations are lifting lockdowns and easing journey and entry necessities. But, whereas pandemic rules are being relaxed in some international locations, others are tightening their entry rules once more due to the surge of the delta variant. As was the case earlier than, the state of affairs in every nation can change from at some point to the subsequent, which once more requires flexibility from vacationers and tour operators, resorts and restaurateurs in the summer time of 2021.

Tourists from Israel, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, amongst others, can already journey to many European international locations. And, since June 20, US residents have additionally been in a position to accomplish that once more.

As of July 1, journey restrictions have been lifted for different international locations collectively chosen by EU member states. Tourism in Europe is selecting up once more. Here is an outline of the newest rules and most necessary info.

The European Union

An overview of EU journey measures, together with info on the EU Digital Covid Certificate, is obtainable through the European Commission web site.

Detailed info concerning quarantine rules, testing necessities and extra in the EU’s 27 member states — together with non-EU Schengen international locations Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Iceland — may be accessed by means of the Reopen EU platform. You can even obtain the Reopen EU smartphone app for up-to-date info on the go.

Please notice that each member state maintains its personal rules for granting entry to third nation travellers already inside the EU or Schengen zone. Member states could require a adverse Covid take a look at upon arrival, or mandate a quarantine interval after entry. In addition, EU international locations have applied all kinds of social distancing rules, curfews and mask-wearing rules.

The European Union Covid site visitors gentle system

The EU has launched a site visitors gentle system for a greater overview of the epidemiological state of affairs in particular person member states. Three colors — purple, orange and inexperienced — denote high-, medium- and low-risk areas in the bloc. Grey areas signify areas the place inadequate information is obtainable.

Please notice: The info listed right here just isn’t exhaustive, serves as a reference solely and is topic to change at any time. All travellers to and inside Europe, the EU and the Schengen Area are strongly suggested to seek the advice of the official steerage and rules of native, state and nationwide authorities in the related international locations.

EU Digital Covid certificates

To ease EU journey, the European Parliament accredited a digital Covid certificates that has been rolled out throughout the whole bloc. It reveals that people have both been absolutely vaccinated, examined adverse for the virus or recovered from the illness.

The doc is issued by take a look at centres and well being authorities and has been out there in all EU member states since July 1. At this stage, nevertheless, solely COVID-19 vaccination data carried out by an official, government-mandated physique inside the European Union may be logged on the certificates. Vaccinations from exterior the EU are not accepted but.


Across Germany, coronavirus infections have been falling drastically, dropping to a mere 5 instances per 100,000 residents inside seven days on common early in the summer time. In late July, that quantity had risen to 10 instances, with larger charges reported in some areas. Politicians are monitoring the state of affairs with warning.

As a normal rule, anybody arriving in Germany — whether or not by airplane, automotive, prepare or ship — should current both a adverse take a look at consequence, proof of vaccination, or documentation proving their recovery from Covid-19.

Those arriving from designated excessive threat and international locations the place sure variants are current should meet further standards. Before setting off, people should register digitally. Arrivals from high-risk areas should quarantine for 10 days however can stop self-isolating in the event that they produce a adverse take a look at consequence on the fifth day. Germany at present classifies Cyprus, Portugal, Spain, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom as high-risk areas, alongside quite a few non-European international locations corresponding to Egypt, India and South Africa.

Travellers from areas the place variants are prevalent should quarantine for 14 days with out exception. Brazil and Uruguay are at present categorized as such. Only German nationals and people with German residency permits are permitted to enter the nation from such areas.

In Germany, sure security precautions proceed to apply generally, corresponding to adherence to hygiene rules, conserving a minimal distance of 1.5 meters (5 ft) from others, and carrying a surgical face masks in enclosed, publicly accessible areas, in addition to on public transport.


Fancy a jaunt to France, or an prolonged keep even? The nation is just about open to guests, however, relying on the place you are travelling from, there are sure requirements to meet.

Fully vaccinated travellers could enter France with out restrictions. They should, nevertheless, present proof of vaccination and fill out an entry kind stating that they haven’t any Covid-19 signs.

Unvaccinated people arriving in France from a inexperienced checklist nation — at present all EU international locations alongside Andorra, the Holy See, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, the United States and different nations — should current a adverse PCR or antigenic take a look at, or proof of recovery from Covid-19.

Unvaccinated people from purple checklist international locations — at present Afghanistan, Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Indonesia, Maldives, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Russia, Seychelles, South Africa, Suriname, Tunisia — could enter France solely for necessary functions. They should take additional Covid-19 assessments and quarantine for 10 days.

All different international locations fall on France’s orange checklist, which requires a seven-day quarantine. For detailed info on entry necessities, seek the advice of the French Foreign Ministry web site.

Meanwhile, French public life is steadily returning to a way of normality — however primarily for individuals who are vaccinated. The nation is reacting to the unfold of the delta variant. Since July 21, entry to cultural occasions and public venues is not potential with out prior proof of vaccination. From August onward, entry to long-distance trains, coaches, eating places, cafes and purchasing centres is just potential with a vaccination certificates or adverse PCR or antigen take a look at.

For vacationers who are not absolutely vaccinated, a trip in France may rapidly turn into costly, as Covid-19 assessments are not supplied freed from cost.

Meanwhile, hygiene and social distancing rules stay in place. France’s nighttime curfew was lifted on June 20. It is not obligatory to put on masks in public. Covering one’s mouth and nostril, nevertheless, continues to be compulsory when indoors, and when travelling on public transport. Some areas of the nation are exhibiting larger incidence charges than others.


Incidence charges are rising once more in Italy. If you enter the nation from an EU state, the Schengen zone, Israel, Canada, Japan or the United States, you will not face any main issues at border controls. Arrivals should current a passenger locator kind and proof of both full vaccination, recovery from Covid-19, or a adverse PCR or antigenic take a look at consequence from the previous 48 hours. The EU Digital Covid Certificate is the most popular type of documentation right here, as nicely. Travellers from the United Kingdom, nevertheless, have to endure a five-day quarantine interval and get examined once more at the finish of it.

For everybody else, there’s a difficult system consisting of 5 completely different ranges, which comes with numerous testing and quarantining obligations. Entering and travelling by means of Italy is prohibited for people who in the previous 14 days stayed in or transited by means of Brazil, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Authorities have labeled the nation itself into 4 colour-coded zones — white, yellow, orange and purple — in accordance with the native coronavirus an infection threat. Currently, all of Italy falls into the white, low-risk zone, the place life has nearly returned to energetic pre-pandemic instances.

As of August 6, visiting indoor eating places and bars, sporting occasions, museums, theatres, swimming swimming pools, gyms, spas, festivals, festivals and amusement parks has been permitted solely for those that have acquired a minimum of one vaccine dose, recovered from Covid-19 or examined adverse. Mask-wearing is obligatory in enclosed public locations, crowded outside areas and on public transport. Government buildings and a few retailers additionally measure your temperature as you enter the premises. Social distancing is suggested.


Spain is recording a few of the highest instances per capita of all EU international locations. Regions corresponding to Madrid, Catalonia and Andalusia are reporting notably excessive an infection charges. Some international locations, corresponding to Germany, subsequently require quarantining upon return from Spain.

All travellers should fill in a well being kind forward of their journey. Arrivals from high-risk EU/EEA areas corresponding to Belgium, Portugal and the Netherlands should present both a certificates of full vaccination, proof of recovery from Covid-19, or adverse PCR or antigen take a look at.

Individuals from a spread of non-EU third international locations may additionally enter Spain supplied that they will present proof of vaccination, recovery from Covid-19 or adverse take a look at.

Arrivals from Brazil, South Africa, Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia and Namibia should quarantine for 10 days upon entry.

Most restrictions on atypical life have been lifted, although regional rules stay. The Madrid, Catalonia and Andalusia areas have instituted a most capability for many venues and institutions, as case numbers proceed to be some extent of concern there.

Across the whole nation, masks should be worn in enclosed public areas and on public transport however are not essential open air and wherever the minimal social distance of 1,5 meters may be maintained.

United Kingdom

Many governments, together with Germany’s, have designated the UK as a high-risk space, with journey warnings and quarantine measures upon return in place. Coronavirus instances have been falling since late July, but stay excessive. Infections have been attributed to the extra contagious delta variant.

The 4 nations of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have adopted a site visitors gentle system comparable to the EU mannequin, categorizing international locations into high-, medium- and low-risk zones. Entry necessities and quarantine rules differ in every of the areas and are topic to speedy change. Please be sure you get the newest info for those who are planning to journey to the UK.

Individuals from red-listed international locations and territories — at present together with Turkey, Argentina, Brazil and South Africa — could solely enter in the event that they are the UK or Irish nationals, or maintain residency rights in the UK. In this case, they need to take a Covid-19 take a look at earlier than arrival, then self-isolate for 10 days in a quarantine lodge at their very own expense, which prices a minimum of £1,750 (€2,000/$2,400).

Fully vaccinated travellers and underage individuals from most EU international locations and the United States not have to go into quarantine after arriving in the UK. As of August 2, solely a pre-departure Covid-19 take a look at, and a day two post-arrival follow-up is required. These assessments are, nevertheless, slightly costly.

The exemption from the quarantine requirement applies to anybody absolutely vaccinated with a vaccine accredited by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in accordance to officers. Previously, solely individuals who had been vaccinated in the United Kingdom had been exempt from the quarantine rules.

Individuals from amber-listed international locations and territories — Belgium, Denmark, France and Greece, amongst others — are required to take a Covid take a look at earlier than arrival, and two additional assessments on days two and eight after entry. Travellers should cover the prices for these assessments. They are additionally required to quarantine at residence, or their momentary residence, for 10 days. They can choose to pay additional to take a further take a look at on day 5 to be launched from quarantine early.

Entering the United Kingdom from green-listed international locations or territories is comparatively easy, necessitating solely a pre-departure Covid-19 take a look at, and a follow-up two days after arrival. Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, amongst different international locations, are at present on this checklist. Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Slovakia, Latvia, Romania and Norway shall be added as of August 8.

All travellers getting into the UK, no matter departure nation or nationality, should full a passenger locator kind.

The UK is exclusive in its full easing of restrictions, which began on July 19. Despite a surge in delta variant instances, the UK hospitality sector has been allowed to absolutely reopen, as have cultural venues corresponding to museums and lots of theatres. There isn’t any masks requirement. However, most public transport firms nonetheless implement mask-wearing.

The UK is the solely nation to date to utterly put off authorities restrictions however continues to be advising residents and guests alike to act with care and warning.


For anybody dreaming of escaping to the seaside, visiting historic monuments or just island-hopping, Greece has steadily opened its borders for many guests since mid-May. Residents of the European Union and Schengen Area international locations, the US, UK, Serbia, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, Russia, Israel, Canada, North Macedonia, Ukraine, China, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Belarus, Bahrain, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Japan, Lebanon, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Jordan, Moldova, Brunei and Kosovo could go to Greece for vacationer causes.

Anyone getting into the nation should fill out a digital passenger locator kind earlier than arrival. A QR-code shall be a part of the doc generated by the kind, which you might have to present at border management. Failing to produce the QR-code could lead to a effective of €500. You should additionally current both a adverse molecular PCR or antigen take a look at, proof of recovery or proof of vaccination. (At least 14 days will need to have handed since the second dose of the vaccine was administered.)

Travellers from all different locations could enter solely for necessary causes.

The Greek authorities has lifted most pandemic restrictions. Entering bars, eating places, nightclubs and different venues, nevertheless, requires exhibiting proof of vaccination or recovery from Covid-19. Masks are obligatory indoors, but not required in uncrowded outside areas. Greece has, nevertheless, imposed a nighttime curfew and banned music on two common vacationer islands for per week starting on August 6, to include the unfold of the coronavirus. The areas affected are the island of Zakynthos in western Greece and the metropolis of Chania on Crete.


Austria is taking the safety of its borders fairly critically. Anyone getting into should current both a adverse take a look at or proof of recovery or vaccination. An individual is taken into account vaccinated 22 days after receiving their first dose. Due to the unfold of virus variants, nonessential journey from Brazil, Russia, South Africa, the United Kingdom and several other different international locations stays prohibited.

The seven-day incidence has risen to over 40 in Austria, the place greater than half of the inhabitants is absolutely vaccinated.

Restaurants, resorts, theatres and sports activities services have all reopened. But a adverse take a look at or proof of vaccination or recovery continues to be required. Access to nightclubs is granted solely to individuals who’ve been vaccinated or can present a adverse PCR take a look at consequence. Most such locations, nevertheless, would require you to depart personal particulars for monitoring functions if required.

Masks are not obligatory if an individual can current a adverse take a look at or proof of recovery or vaccination. Social distancing rules have additionally been abolished so long as a adverse take a look at or proof of recovery or vaccination may be proven. Cloth masks, nevertheless, are nonetheless required on public transport, inside retailers and in authorities places of work.


Arrivals from the EU and Schengen zone should current the EU Digital Covid Certificate to enter Croatia. Alternatively, they might produce a adverse PCR take a look at consequence, a speedy antigen take a look at consequence, an official certificates exhibiting that they acquired two doses of an EU-endorsed vaccine or a certificates exhibiting they’ve recovered from Covid-19 and have acquired one dose of the vaccine.

The identical rules apply to arrivals from elsewhere.

Arrivals from the UK, Russia and Cyprus should moreover current a adverse PCR or antigen take a look at earlier than being granted entry.

Cafes, bars, eating places and bakeries are open. Individuals are urged to put on masks indoors except consuming, and open air when it’s not potential to socially distance. Cinemas, museums, theatres and different such venues are working with restricted capability and shorter opening hours.

The total seven-day incidence rate per 100,000 surpassed 30 in mid-August.

The Netherlands

People arriving from the EU and Schengen international locations deemed secure can enter the Netherlands with out meeting any particular necessities. If travelling by air, people should full a well being declaration kind.

Arrivals from high-risk EU and Schengen international locations should present proof of vaccination, proof of recovery or a adverse take a look at consequence. France, Greece, Italy, Portugal and different international locations are at present labeled as high-risk.

Persons arriving from secure international locations exterior the EU and Schengen zone should present proof of vaccination or a adverse take a look at to enter.

Arrivals from very-high-risk international locations or areas the place variants are prevalent are obliged to present a adverse Covid-19 take a look at consequence and quarantine and will need to have an necessary cause for journey.

All arrivals are suggested to take a Covid-19 take a look at after getting into the nation.

Almost all institutions corresponding to retailers, eating places and cultural venues are open, although strict hygiene and social distancing rules apply. Restaurants and bars will need to have assigned seating and shut between midnight and 6 a.m. Cultural occasions will need to have assigned seating, as nicely, and visitors should socially distance themselves. Nightclubs are shut.

These rules are in pressure till a minimum of August 13.

Masks stay obligatory on public transport and different passenger transport, at stations and airports, and in secondary faculties.


Entry to Portugal is granted to arrivals from the EU and Schengen zone if they will present proof of vaccination or recovery from Covid-19 or a adverse PCR or antigenic take a look at.

Arrivals from high-risk international locations — outlined as international locations with 500 instances or extra per 100,000 inhabitants in the previous 14 days — should isolate for two weeks. Those on important business or staying in Portugal for lower than 48 hours are exempt.

Curfews have been lifted. Bars, eating places, retailers and cultural venues could function solely at restricted capability.

Masks should be worn on public transport, in retailers, supermarkets and different indoor areas. They are obligatory open air when social distancing just isn’t potential. Maintaining social distance is obligatory, together with on the seaside.

Public transport operates at lowered capability to keep away from overcrowding.

Portugal has seen coronavirus infections slowly taper off. Nevertheless, numbers stay excessive, with authorities recording a seven-day incidence rate per 100,000 residents of over 150 in mid-August.


Switzerland reopened its resorts, museums, shops, theatres, cinemas, zoos and amusement parks in early June. Since late June, masks should be worn solely indoors at occasions that don’t necessitate a certificates, in eating places, retailers and on public transport.

Nightclubs and large-scale occasions are open to the public, supplied that attendees can present a Covid-19 certificates.

Anyone travelling to Switzerland by aircraft should register electronically. This consists of stopovers. People arriving through air who’ve neither acquired a full vaccination nor recovered from Covid-19 in the previous six months should present a adverse PCR or antigen take a look at. This applies additionally to arrivals from international locations the place variants are prevalent.

Individuals from such international locations should quarantine in Switzerland except they’ve acquired a full vaccination or recovered from Covid-19 in the previous six months.

Everyone is suggested to take a coronavirus take a look at upon arrival.


Denmark classifies international locations into inexperienced, yellow, orange and purple zones, relying on their respective epidemiological state of affairs.

Currently, most EU and Schengen zone international locations fall into the inexperienced class. Arrivals from these international locations can enter Denmark without having a particular cause or having to quarantine on arrival. They should, nevertheless, current an EU Digital Covid Certificate to present that they are both absolutely vaccinated, have been examined or have recovered from Covid-19. Equivalent documentation is accepted additionally.

Arrivals from non-EU and non-Schengen international locations labeled by Denmark as yellow, medium-risk areas, don’t want a particular cause to enter. They should not quarantine upon arrival. A pre-departure take a look at is, nevertheless, required, together with a second take a look at no later than 24 hours after the arrival. Fully vaccinated individuals with everlasting residency in an EU or Schengen nation are exempt from testing.

People from orange and purple international locations want a particular cause for getting into Denmark and should full a 10-day obligatory quarantine.

In Denmark, masks are not obligatory, the solely exceptions being in airports and on public transport. Restaurants and pubs are allowed to keep open till 2 a.m. Shops are open all through Denmark, and cafes, eating places and bars are all allowed to serve clients indoors, as nicely — nevertheless, provided that the visitors can show full vaccination or recovery standing or present a adverse take a look at consequence.

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