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Where can I travel in Europe right now? A complete list of travel restrictions

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Many countries have travel restrictions in place in a bid to control the spread of COVID-19.

The latest big changes include:

  • Full lockdown has been reinforced in Austria.
  • All UK countries have scrapped hotel quarantine for arrivals from high risk countries.
  • Czech Republic has also dropped its self-isolation rules for all travellers, but proof of vaccination is needed to enter restaurants.

  • All countries have been taken off the UK’s red list, though the quarantine category remains in place if needed, and antigen tests are now accepted for day 2 testing.

  • Moldova has extended its state of emergency until at least the end of the month, with private events still banned.

  • Sweden has opened up its borders to travellers from the US and elsewhere.

  • This article is updated regularly.

Albania

  • Measures to contain COVID-19 remain in effect, including night-time curfews from 11pm to 6am, and mandatory face masks indoors and on public transport.

  • All land borders are now open and there is no restricted movement around the country.

  • A negative PCR test and proof of vaccination taken less than 72 hours before arrival is required for all foreign nationals.

More information here.

Andorra

  • Access to Andorra requires passing through either Spain or France, so check their travel restrictions, too, before planning your trip.
  • Travel to and from the country is open, but masks are still required in indoor spaces. Andorra also asks that social distancing is respected.
  • Travellers who intend to stay in Andorra for more than three nights need to present a vaccination certificate, a negative PCR or lateral flow test result, or proof that you have recovered from COVID-19.

More information here.

Austria

  • Austria is connected to the EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC), which allows restriction free travel across all EU and EEA countries following proof of vaccination and a negative COVID test.
  • The country has just introduced full lockdown and severe restrictions following a spike in COVID cases.

More information here.

Belarus

  • It’s still possible to travel to Belarus by air under certain restrictions, but land travel for leisure is currently banned.

  • At the moment, most countries are considered high risk but full vaccinated arrivals are exempt from restrictions.

  • All public spaces and tourist destinations are open with some restrictions in place.

  • Foreign arrivals who are fully vaccinated are no longer required to do a PCR test 72 hours before entry. This rule still holds for those above six who are not vaccinated.

  • Masks are compulsory on public transport.

More information here.

Belgium

  • Connected to the EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC), which allows restriction free travel across all EU and EEA countries following proof of vaccination and a negative COVID test.

  • Everyone entering the country must fill in a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) 48 hours before arrival.

  • Fully vaccinated arrivals from outside of Europe need to take a PCR test and quarantine in Belgium until presented with a negative result.

  • Different PCR arrangements apply to arrivals from high risk areas – currently including the UK – who are expected to quarantine for 10 days.

  • Masks are no longer required outdoors but remain compulsory in indoor spaces such shops, places of worship and public transport.

  • People entering bars, restaurants, cafes and other indoor must show their COVID-19 safe status through the Belgian Covid Safe Ticket (CST) system.

More information here.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina are open to tourists as long as they can present a negative PCR result, issued no less than 48 hours before travel, or proof of vaccination.
  • Grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants, and cafes are open, along with most other businesses.

  • People must wear masks in outdoor and indoor public spaces and on public transport.

The Bosnia and Herzegovina border police are publishing regular updates about foreign travel here.

Bulgaria

  • Connected to the EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC), which allows restriction free travel across all EU and EEA countries following proof of vaccination and a negative COVID test.
  • Bulgaria is operating a colour coded system for international travel.
  • A negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before travel is necessary for entry.
  • There are no restrictions on travel between cities, and police-operated checkpoints have ceased. The leisure and entertainment sector is either on lockdown or operating at reduced capacity.

More information here.

Croatia

  • Connected to the EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC), which allows restriction free travel across all EU and EEA countries following proof of vaccination and a negative COVID test.

  • All passengers coming from an EU/EEA country on the ‘green list’ are allowed into Croatia, as long as they can show a negative PCR test taken 48 hours before departing, or a vaccination certificate.

  • Failing to provide any of the above documents, travellers have the obligation to isolate themselves for 10 days on arrival in Croatia. this isolation can be shortened by obtaining a negative result in a PCR test or rapid antigenic carried out in Croatia.

  • The government are encouraging people to exercise caution after reports of a number of coronavirus cases associated with visits to bars and nightclubs.

More information here.

Cyprus

  • Connected to the EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC), which allows restriction-free travel across all EU and EEA countries following proof of vaccination and a negative COVID test.
  • The country has a colour-coded system in place, with requirements for travellers depending on their location.
  • Cyprus is also operating a ‘SafePass’ to access public spaces, where face masks must be worn.
  • A Cyprus Flight Pass must be obtained by all arrivals, along with a negative PCR test for orange and red list arrivals.

More information here.

Czech Republic

  • Connected to the EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC), which allows restriction free travel across all EU and EEA countries following proof of vaccination and a negative COVID test.
  • Travellers are also required to fill in the Passenger Locator Form and present it upon arrival.
  • Czech Republic separates countries into five categories with varying entry requirements, the full lists are available here.
  • As of October 27th, unvaccinated travellers from the highest-risk countries are no longer required to self-isolate.

More information here.

Denmark

  • Connected to the EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC), which allows restriction-free travel across all EU and EEA countries following proof of vaccination and a negative COVID test.

  • The only places masks are mandatory is at airports, and they are advised at the doctor, test centres and hospitals.

More information here.

Estonia

  • Connected to the EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC), which allows restriction free travel across all EU and EEA countries following proof of vaccination and a negative COVID test.
  • A 10-day quarantine period will be applied if you are arriving from an EU/EEA country with an infection rate higher than 150 cases per 100,000 of the population in the last 14 days.
  • Travel documents and medical symptoms are checked at the borders.

More information here.

Finland

  • Connected to the EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC), which allows restriction free travel across all EU and EEA countries following proof of vaccination and a negative COVID test.

  • Finland is open to fully vaccinated travellers and those who have recovered from COVID-19.

More information here.

France

  • Connected to the EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC), which allows restriction-free travel across all EU and EEA countries following proof of vaccination and a negative COVID test.
  • France is operating a ‘green pass’ for entry into public spaces.
  • Fully-vaccinated visitors from the UK no longer need to present a negative test result before travel. But they must complete a ‘sworn statement’ saying they have no symptoms, and show proof of vaccination.

  • From November 1st, those travelling from the UK to France by Eurostar who are not fully vaccinated will be asked to take a COVID-19 test upon arrival at Gare du Nord.

  • Mask-wearing is compulsory in all enclosed public spaces – and some outdoor places, including crowded queues, markets, or in the stands of a stadium.

More information here.

Germany

  • Connected to the EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC), which allows restriction free travel across all EU and EEA countries following proof of vaccination and a negative COVID test.

  • Germany is operating a ‘green pass’ for entry into public spaces.

  • Travellers entering the country need to fill out a digital registration form before they travel and must have proof of a negative COVID test.

  • Arrivals from other “areas of variant of concern” are expected to head straight home to quarantine domestically for 14 days.

Find out more here.

Greece

  • Connected to the EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC), which allows restriction-free travel across all EU and EEA countries following proof of vaccination and a negative COVID test.

  • Beaches are open but people must socially distance. Masks must be worn in all indoor public places.

  • Curfews have been imposed across some of the Greek islands.

  • A PCR test, EU Digital Certificate, or proof of vaccination are required for almost all arrivals.

  • All arrivals must fill in a Passenger Locator Form.

More information here.

Hungary

  • Connected to the EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC), which allows restriction free travel across all EU and EEA countries following proof of vaccination and a negative COVID test.

  • Social distancing rules are no longer in force, but people must wear face masks in hospitals and ‘social institutions’. As of November 1st, they must be worn on public transport too.

  • Curfews are no longer in place. Shops and service providers are now open as normal.

More information here.

Iceland

  • Connected to the EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC), which allows restriction free travel across all EU and EEA countries following proof of vaccination and a negative COVID test.
  • Visitors from other countries must be fully-vaccinated or recovered, and present a negative PCR or antigen test taken 72 hours or less before arriving in Iceland.

More information here.

Ireland

  • Connected to the EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC), which allows restriction-free travel across all EU and EEA countries following proof of vaccination and a negative COVID test.

  • Since October 31st, people arriving in Ireland do not need to quarantine in hotels or at home.

  • Ireland’s remaining hospitality venues reopened on October 22nd.

  • Only people who are fully vaccinated, or who have proof of recovery from COVID-19 in the past six months, will be able to enjoy indoor hospitality.

  • People arriving in Ireland without evidence of a negative/‘not-detected’ test result will be committing an offence.

More information here.

Italy

  • Connected to the EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC), which allows restriction-free travel across all EU and EEA countries following proof of vaccination and a negative COVID test.

  • A ‘green pass’ is required to enter most indoor venues. Full details here.

  • The country is colour coded, with all regions currently in the lowest-risk white zone, meaning outdoor dining is allowed and hotels are open.

More information here.

Kosovo

  • All but essential travel to and from Kosovo is generally advised against, and the government has announced strict temporary measures to control the virus.
  • A negative PCR test less than 72 hours old is required by all foreign travellers entering Kosovo from countries with a high number of COVID-19 cases.
  • These countries are marked as red or orange on the official ECDC map here.

Latvia

  • Connected to the EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC), which allows restriction-free travel across all EU and EEA countries following proof of vaccination and a negative COVID test.
  • Latvia is operating a ‘green pass’ for access to public spaces.
  • Everyone who intends to enter Latvia is required to complete and submit an electronic form no earlier than 48 hours before entering Latvia.

  • Non-EUDCC arrivals must isolate for 10 days upon arrival in Latvia – even if you test negative.

  • All arrivals must show a negative PCR test performed no more than 72 hours before flying to be allowed to enter Latvia.

More information here.

Liechtenstein

  • Connected to the EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC), which allows restriction-free travel across all EU and EEA countries following proof of vaccination and a negative COVID test.

  • Anybody travelling to Liechtenstein from a ‘high risk’ country must quarantine for 10 days upon arrival.

  • For the most part, the tourism industry is operating and the usual COVID-19 measures such as wearing face masks and social distancing apply in public spaces.

  • Liechtenstein follows Switzerland’s travel advice, so information about travel in either country can be found here.

Lithuania

  • Connected to the EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC), which allows restriction-free travel across all EU and EEA countries following proof of vaccination and a negative COVID test.

  • Foreign nationals travelling to Lithuania must complete an online registration form no earlier than 24 hours before they begin their journey.

  • A 10 day quarantine is in place for non-EUDCC arrivals.

  • Borders remain open to EU and EEA citizens but movement within the country remains restricted.

  • Anyone arriving in Lithuania will need to present a negative PCR test no older than 48 hours or submit to being tested on arrival at the airport. All travellers are required to then quarantine for 10 days.

More information here.

Luxembourg

  • Connected to the EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC), which allows restriction free travel across all EU and EEA countries following proof of vaccination and a negative COVID test.

  • Luxembourg is operating a ‘green pass’ for access to public spaces.

  • There is no requirement to quarantine when entering Luxembourg. However, if you do not have evidence of a negative test or submit to a rapid antigen test at the airport (which costs €10), you will need to self-isolate for 14 days or until you can show a negative test.

More information here.

North Macedonia

  • The borders are open in North Macedonia.

  • Bars, restaurants and cafes are open for business with social distancing and extra hygiene measures in place.

  • Other businesses including shops and hairdressers are open.

More information here.

Malta

  • Connected to the EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC), which allows restriction free travel across all EU and EEA countries following proof of vaccination and a negative COVID test.
  • Malta is still operating a traffic light system which will determine which restrictions you will be subject to when you arrive.
  • Currently there are no countries on the green list. Arrivals from countries on the red list (all countries) are required to present a recognised vaccination certificate.
  • Failure to provide a vaccination certificate will result in testing on arrival and quarantine. Travel from countries on the ‘dark’ red list is only possible upon authorisation from the public health authorities.

  • Only fully vaccinated people in possession of a recognised vaccination certificate are exempt from quarantine.

  • Visitors from the UK to Malta who have not been fully vaccinated will have to quarantine for 14 days.

More information here.

Moldova

  • Moldova is under a new state of emergency until at least November 30. Markets, restaurants and bars have returned to their usual operating hours.
  • Most hotels are open with no restrictive measures in place.

  • Private events such as weddings or birthday parties are not allowed, and nightclubs are closed.

  • Regular updates on travel restrictions, which depend on where you’re travelling from, come from the border police website here.

Monaco

  • Monaco is open for tourists and is following the EU traffic light system to determine restrictions for arrivals.
  • Visitors have to present a negative PCR test no more than 72 hours before arrival. In the absence of a negative test, a quarantine will be enforced.

More information here.

Montenegro

  • Evidence of a negative PCR test taken 72 hours prior to travel, proof of recovery from COVID-19 or proof of full vaccination with an EU approved vaccine is needed for entry into Montenegro.
  • Arrivals to Montenegro with none of the above will need to isolate for 14 days.

More information here.

Netherlands

  • Connected to the EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC), which allows restriction-free travel across all EU and EEA countries following proof of vaccination and a negative COVID test.

  • All arrivals must present a negative PCR test, no older than 72 hours and fill in a health declaration form.

  • Anyone arriving in the Netherlands from highly impacted areas is required to undergo 10 days self-quarantine.

  • No negative test or quarantine period is required for visitors arriving from “safe” countries across the EU, Asia, and Oceania. A full list can be found here.

More information here.

Norway

  • Connected to the EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC), which allows restriction free travel across all EU and EEA countries following proof of vaccination and a negative COVID test.
  • Fully vaccinated travellers or those with an approved certificate do not need to provide evidence of a negative test on arrival, or complete an an online registration form prior to arrival.

More information here.

Poland

  • Connected to the EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC), which allows restriction-free travel across all EU and EEA countries following proof of vaccination and a negative COVID test.

  • Borders are open to travellers from the majority of EU/EEA countries.

  • A traveller locator form is required if you travel by plane.

  • Poland now allows travellers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate to enter without the need to quarantine, however all unvaccinated travellers from outside the Schengen area will have to isolate for 10 days.

More information here.

Portugal

  • Connected to the EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC), which allows restriction-free travel across all EU and EEA countries following proof of vaccination and a negative COVID test.

  • Face masks must be worn in public and social distancing and extra hygiene measures are in force in all public settings.

  • Similar measures have been adopted in the archipelago regions of Azores and Madeira.

More information here.

Romania

  • Connected to the EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC), which allows restriction-free travel across all EU and EEA countries following proof of vaccination and a negative COVID test.

  • Hotels, guesthouses and other tourist accommodation are open and subject to COVID-19 restrictions.

  • Museums, cultural sites and tourist attractions are open along with restaurants, cafes and clubs.

  • Locals and visitors must wear a mask when in indoor public spaces, as well as while in crowded outdoor gatherings.

More information here.

Russia

  • Temporary restrictions on entry and exit via Russia’s borders were enforced at the end of March 2020, they have since been reopened to the UK, France, Finland and dozens of other countries.
  • All arrivals into Russia will be temperature checked and will be required to provide a negative PCR test result.
  • Bars, restaurants and tourist attractions are now open.

More information about Russia’s COVID-19 response here.

San Marino

  • Connected to the EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC), which allows restriction-free travel across all EU and EEA countries following proof of vaccination and a negative COVID test.
  • If you are accessing San Marino through Italy, you’ll need to check Italy’s travel advice before you set off.
  • Restaurants, bars, cafes and other leisure facilities are open with social distancing measures and face mask requirements in place. Gatherings – defined as groups of over 10 people where social distancing cannot be maintained – are still strictly forbidden.

You can check the Re-open EU website for more information.

Serbia

  • All arrivals to Serbia must provide a negative PCR test performed no more than 48 hours before departure to be allowed entry, or a vaccine certificate. Without these, you may be subject to a 10-day quarantine.
  • Restaurants, cafes and bars are allowed to serve customers in their outdoor spaces and indoors at reduced capacity.

More information here.

Slovakia

  • Connected to the EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC), which allows restriction free travel across all EU and EEA countries following proof of vaccination and a negative COVID test.
  • Travellers will also need to register their arrival via an online form.

More information here.

Slovenia

  • Connected to the EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC), which allows restriction-free travel across all EU and EEA countries following proof of vaccination and a negative COVID test.
  • Slovenia has a traffic light system in place. If you’re coming from a ‘red list’ country, you’ll be asked to quarantine for 10 days when you arrive.
  • COVID-19 restrictions vary between municipalities.

More information here.

Spain

  • Connected to the EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC), which allows restriction free travel across all EU and EEA countries following proof of vaccination and a negative COVID test.

  • Antigen tests are now accepted instead of PCRs for travellers from countries on the list of risk zones – including France and Germany – while no tests are required for low-incidence areas.

  • Non-vaccinated UK travellers must show a PCR test upon arrival.

More information here.

Sweden

  • Connected to the EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC), which allows restriction-free travel across all EU and EEA countries following proof of vaccination and a negative COVID test.

  • UK and non EU/EEA arrivals are no longer banned, with the exception of those who do not have proof of COVID-19 recovery, full vaccination or a negative PCR test from the previous 72 hours.

  • Sweden has begun opening its borders up to those outside the EU, including travellers from the US as of November 5th.

  • Most of the economy remains open with social distancing, face masks and extra hygiene measures in force.

More information here.

Switzerland

  • Connected to the EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC), which allows restriction-free travel across all EU and EEA countries following proof of vaccination and a negative COVID test.

  • The usual requirements are in place, including a negative PCR test results and a completed online entry form.

  • Bars and restaurants have been allowed to reopen and cultural activities can resume.

  • Switzerland has a larger permitted list of countries than most European countries. It is updated regularly here.

More information here.

Turkey

  • Most travellers to Turkey aged 12 years and above must have proof of a negative PCR test result within 72 hour of arrival, an antigen test within 48 hours, or be fully jabbed.
  • All arrivals will be subject to a medical check for symptoms of COVID, including temperature checks, and may be asked to take a random PCR testing on arrival.

  • Public and hospitality services are open.

  • Outdoor mask-wearing is mandatory.

Turkish Airlines have published a country-by-country breakdown of flight restrictions to Turkey.

Ukraine

  • All visitors must have health insurance that covers COVID-19.

  • Entry restrictions depend on whether you’re travelling from a ‘green’ or ‘red’ zone country.

  • Ukraine is operating a colour-coded regional system, in place until at least the New Year. Social distancing and indoor mask wearing are mandatory in all zones.

More information here.

United Kingdom

More information here.

Vatican City

  • Vatican City has reopened its doors to tourists following the easing of Italy’s travel restrictions.

More information here.

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