A look at travel rules in popular European destinations

Europe is opening as much as Americans and different guests after greater than a year of COVID-induced restrictions. But vacationers will want endurance to determine who’s allowed into which nation, how and when.

Meanwhile, the welcoming temper isn’t all the time mutual. U.S. borders, for instance, stay largely closed to non-Americans.

Here’s a look at present entry rules in some popular European vacationer destinations. One caveat: While these are the laws as written by governments, vacationers could meet hiccups as airways or railway officers attempt to make sense of them.


If you’re vaccinated, come to France. But provided that you bought one of many 4 EU-approved vaccines: Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson. That works for Americans — so long as they will produce official proof of vaccination — however not for giant swaths of the world like China and Russia the place different vaccines are used.

France’s borders are formally reopened. Vaccinated guests from exterior Europe and some “green” international locations will nonetheless be requested for a destructive PCR take a look at no older than 72 hours, or a destructive antigen take a look at of not more than 48 hours. Unvaccinated youngsters shall be allowed in with vaccinated adults, however must present a destructive take a look at from age 11.

Tourists are banned from 16 international locations on a pink listing that features India, South Africa and Brazil.

Non-vaccinated guests from “orange list” international locations — together with the U.S. and Britain — can’t come for tourism both, just for particular, crucial causes.


Italy is now permitting vacationers from the United States, Canada and Japan to enter in the event that they meet the stipulations for a European Union travel certificates. Those embrace full vaccination, documented recovery from COVID-19 in the final six months or a destructive swab take a look at carried out 48 hours earlier than arrival in Italy.

U.S. vacationers had already been allowed to enter for the previous few weeks in the event that they flew on COVID-tested flights, which require a destructive swab take a look at inside 48 hours earlier than boarding.

Alitalia and at least two U.S. airways have been working these flights, which additionally require a further swab take a look at for passengers at the airport the place they disembark in Italy. Those passengers, below a U.S.-Italy settlement, don’t need to quarantine both in Italy or in the United States upon their return. But up to now it seems only a few U.S. vacationers have been coming to Italy.

Demonstrating how briskly issues can change, Italy had been welcoming vacationers from Britain with no quarantines, however as of Monday they need to quarantine for 5 days upon arrival. That displays rising concern in Italy concerning the delta variant of COVID-19 in Britain.

Tourists who’re flying from or have been in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in the previous 14 days are banned.


Tourism-reliant Greece began opening to American vacationers again in April, and now guests from China, Britain and greater than 20 different international locations are additionally allowed to go to for nonessential travel.

All should present a vaccination certificates or a destructive PCR take a look at and fill in a passenger locator type on their plans in Greece. This directive expires on June 14, however may very well be prolonged.

Athens lengthy pressed for a typical EU strategy, however didn’t look ahead to one to materialize. On June 1, Greece, Germany and 5 different bloc members launched a COVID certificates system for vacationers, weeks forward of the July 1 rollout of this system throughout the 27-nation bloc.


Spain kicked off its summer time tourism season by welcoming vaccinated guests from the U.S. and most international locations, in addition to European guests who can show they aren’t contaminated.

Americans and most different non-Europeans want an official vaccine certificates by a well being authority. Spain accepts those that have been inoculated with the 4 EU-approved vaccines as nicely two Chinese vaccines licensed by the World Health Organization — so long as guests are absolutely vaccinated at least two weeks earlier than the journey.

Arrivals from Brazil, South Africa and India are banned at the second due to excessive an infection charges there, and non-vaccinated Americans and lots of different non-EU nationalities can’t come to Spain for tourism for now.

But there are exemptions for international locations thought-about at low danger, reminiscent of residents from Britain, who can arrive with none well being paperwork at all. EU residents want to supply proof of vaccination, a certificates exhibiting they not too long ago recovered from COVID-19, or a destructive antigen or PCR take a look at taken inside 48 hours of arrival.


There are few, if any, American vacationers in the U.Ok. at current. Britain has a traffic-light system for assessing international locations by danger, and the U.S. together with most European nations is on the “amber” listing, that means everybody arriving has to self-isolate at dwelling or in the place they’re staying for 10 days.

People arriving from “red list” international locations together with India and Brazil should quarantine in a government-approved lodge.

Airlines and airport operators are pushing for European tourism destinations to be added to Britain’s quick “green list” of quarantine-free destinations, and to open a U.Ok.-U.S. travel hall, however the British authorities is being cautious amid the unfold of the extra contagious delta variant of the virus.

Meanwhile, anybody touring between Britain and continental Europe, be warned: In addition to the isolation requirement for these arriving or returning to U.Ok. shores, rising concern concerning the delta variant of the virus has prompted another international locations to introduce particular restrictions for these arriving from Britain.


The European Union has really useful that its 27 member international locations begin lifting restrictions on vacationers from the United States, together with a handful of different international locations together with North Macedonia, Albania, Serbia, Lebanon and Taiwan.

But the advice is non-binding, and nationwide governments have authority to require take a look at outcomes or vaccination information and to set different entry situations.

The EU has been working for months on a joint digital travel certificates for these vaccinated, freshly examined, or not too long ago recovered from the virus.

The free certificates, which is able to include a QR code with superior safety features, will enable individuals to maneuver between European international locations with out having to quarantine or endure additional coronavirus checks upon arrival.

Several EU international locations have already begun utilizing the system, together with Spain, Germany, Greece, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark and Poland. The relaxation are anticipated to begin utilizing it July 1.

It’s primarily meant for EU residents however Americans and others can receive the certificates too — if they will persuade authorities in an EU nation they’re coming into that they qualify for one. And the dearth of an official U.S. vaccination certification system could complicate issues.


Associated Press reporters round Europe contributed.


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