Current European Travel Restrictions (COVID-19)

Travel restrictions in Europe

The coronavirus has completely overturned vacation planning for many, but there is still hope for a spontaneous vacation as more and more European countries relax their border restrictions. From June 15, 2020, travel restrictions will no longer apply within the European Union, except for Spain and Sweden. Spain will open its borders to tourists from June 21, 2020.

According to the Robert Koch Institute (German federal government agency and research institute), the following countries are currently identified as risk areas on the European continent: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Moldova, Russian Federation, Sweden, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine, Belarus.

AUSTRIA

EU/EFTA Nationals

Austria’s borders are open to EU, EFTA (European Free Trade Association) and EEA (European Economic Area) countries, except for Sweden, the United Kingdom, Spain, and Portugal.

Non-EU/EFTA Nationals

EU Member States and associated Schengen countries have temporarily banned all non-essential travel to and from the so-called “third countries” in the EU+ area. Non-essential travel outside the EU and Schengen associated States remains prohibited until July 1.

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BELGIUM

EU/EFTA Nationals

Borders are open for travel to and from the European Union, including the United Kingdom and the four other Schengen countries (Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland, and Norway). Non-essential travel outside the EU and Schengen associated States remains prohibited until July 1.

Non-EU/EFTA Nationals

EU Member States and associated Schengen countries have temporarily banned all non-essential travel to and from the so-called “third countries” in the EU+ area. Non-essential travel outside the EU and Schengen associated States remains prohibited until July 1.

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BULGARIA

EU/EFTA Nationals

No limitations for tourists, coming from Austria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, plus Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, and Vaticana City.

Tourists coming from Belgium, Portugal, and Sweden, as well as from the United Kingdom, are subject to 14 days of quarantine. Tourists not subject to quarantine must submit to health inspectors at the border a declaration regarding observation of the Ministry of Health’s anti-epidemic measures and acknowledgment of the risks of COVID-19.

Non-EU/EFTA Nationals

Not allowed, except for those coming from Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro.

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CROATIA

EU/EFTA Nationals

Please review the Croatian Ministry of Interior’s official website to learn whether you are eligible to enter Croatia or to contact them directly if you have further questions. If you are transiting Croatia to a neighboring country, you must have evidence of your status and eligibility to enter that country before Croatia can permit your entry for transit.

Non-EU/EFTA Nationals

EU Member States and associated Schengen countries have temporarily banned all non-essential travel to and from the so-called “third countries” in the EU+ area. Non-essential travel outside the EU and Schengen associated States remains prohibited until July 1.

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CYPRUS

EU/EFTA Nationals

Cyprus is allowing entry from two sets of countries of origin, according to epidemiological criteria. Please consult the country lists here. As of June 20, persons flying from Category A countries face no restrictions; people traveling from Category B countries are required to have a PCR test done at the source country, 72 hours before their arrival. Travel from countries that are not present in either of the two categories is allowed only in exceptional cases and after receiving prior approval by the Cyprus government. This is also the case for transit travel via these countries.

Non-EU/EFTA Nationals

EU Member States and associated Schengen countries have temporarily banned all non-essential travel to and from the so-called “third countries” in the EU+ area. Non-essential travel outside the EU and Schengen associated States remains prohibited until July 1.

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THE CZECH REPUBLIC

EU/EFTA Nationals

The Czech Republic does not apply any restrictions on exiting the country. As entry is concerned, non-essential travel is not recommended. However, the introduced restrictions are now being gradually eased and lifted. Free movement has been restored with the majority of EU+ Member States, except countries/regions with a medium or high risk of COVID-19 transmission.

Non-EU/EFTA Nationals

In line with the Commission’s recommendation, the Czech Republic applies temporary restrictions to third-country nationals coming from outside the EU/EEA, that have been prolonged until the end of June. Entry is allowed only to specific categories of persons.

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DENMARK

EU/EFTA Nationals

Borders are closed for non-Danish citizens who do not reside in Denmark or do not have a valid reason to enter Denmark. Entry for the purpose of a stay in the foreigner’s own summerhouse in Denmark is deemed a “worthy purpose”. On the contrary, vacation stays in a rented summerhouse or at a hotel is not considered a valid reason. If you are a resident in Germany, Sweden, Norway, Finland, or Iceland, you can enter Denmark in case you are going to stay in your own summerhouse in Denmark. As the owner of the summerhouse, you can bring your spouse, live-in partner, fiancé, sweetheart, parents, grandparents, children, and grandchildren, as well as members of your household. In such cases, you have to bring with you the following documents: evidence of your ownership of the summerhouse such as the deed of conveyance, contract of sale, or tax information. If you bring the above family members, you must bring evidence of your family relationship, such as your marriage certificate, certificates of birth, proof of shared residence, etc. If you are resident in Germany, Norway or Iceland, you can enter Denmark for purposes other than those listed as a valid reason, in the following situations:

– You have booked a holiday stay for at least six nights outside the cities of Copenhagen and Frederiksberg. It could be a stay in a rented summerhouse, at a campsite or at a hotel;
– Persons entering Denmark on June 15, 2020, who can present proof of a booked holiday stay for a rental period of at least six nights starting before and ending after June 15, 2020, are deemed to have a worthy purpose of entry, even though the holiday period will be less than six nights;

In such cases, you have to bring with you the following documents: booking confirmation or rental agreement from the hotel, campsite or summerhouse rental agency stating the place of accommodation, the duration of the stay, and the names of the persons who have booked the stay. If developments turn around in the Countries, entry restrictions may be reintroduced. The entry restrictions of Denmark also apply to the Faroe Islands and Greenland. Visitors from Denmark, Greenland, and Iceland are permitted, and there is no longer a requirement for 14 days of self-quarantine for people arriving in the Faroe Islands. It is no longer necessary to obtain a travel permit, and regular commercial tickets will be available. However, all passengers are required to follow provisions related to testing and quarantine and to fill out a “Sumut”-form.

Non EU/EFTA Nationals

See above

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ESTONIA

EU/EFTA Nationals

Travelers coming to the country must come from a country that has less than 25 COVID cases per 100 000 persons in the last 14 days. From June 1, Estonia admits people with no Covid-19 symptoms arriving from the European Union, the members of the Schengen area, or the United Kingdom, but quarantine requirements may apply. The compulsory quarantine for people coming in Estonia depends on whether the coronavirus infection rate in the country of departure – where they have spent at least 14 days before departure – is above 15 per 100 000 inhabitants. Anyone arriving in Estonia from a country with a higher infection rate must self-isolate for two weeks on arrival. Information on countries and quarantine requirements is updated every Friday.

Non-EU/EFTA Nationals

At the moment only EU and Schengen countries are allowed based on 25 cases per 100 000 within 14 days criteria

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FINLAND

EU/EFTA Nationals

Border control has been lifted at the land border between Finland and Norway, as well as for air traffic and regular ferry services between Finland and Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Internal border control will continue for traffic between Finland and other Schengen countries not mentioned above.

Non-EU/EFTA Nationals

Restrictions on border traffic will continue at external borders, in other words at the Russian border and for those arriving from other third countries, until July 14.

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FRANCE

EU/EFTA Nationals

From June 15, no compulsory quarantine for travelers from European countries (the EU Member States, as well as the principalities of Andorra and Monaco, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Norway, San Marino, and the Vatican). Voluntary quarantine for travelers from countries demanding it for French travelers, by applying a principle of reciprocity (the United Kingdom and Spain)

Non-EU/EFTA Nationals

Travelers from outside the European space must have the certificate corresponding to their situation:

– For a derogatory international trip from abroad to metropolitan France
– For an international trip from abroad to an overseas community
– For a derogatory trip from mainland France to the French overseas departments.

Travelers must also complete and have with them a declaration of honor attesting that they have no symptoms of COVID-19 infection.

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GERMANY

EU/EFTA Nationals

Travel restrictions for 31 European countries, including the EU Member States, are lifted and replaced by individual travel recommendations.

Non-EU/EFTA Nationals

Currently, 14-day quarantine obligation applies to all travelers arriving in Germany from third countries

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GREECE

EU/EFTA Nationals

All visitors originating from EU/EEA Member States that are in the EASA affected area list or from Italy, Spain, Netherlands, or Sweden are subject to tests upon arrival into the Athens airport until June 30. An overnight stay is required. If the test is negative, the visitor is free to move to their final destination. If the test is positive, the visitor is quarantined under supervision for 14 days. All visitors arriving into the Thessaloniki airport until June 30 are tested upon arrival. All visitors from air, land, or sea are subject to random tests upon arrival.

Non-EU/EFTA Nationals

Greece follows the European Commission’s proposal and extends the temporary restriction on non-essential travel from non-EU countries until June 30.

Athens International Airport:
The travel ban on flights from Italy, Spain and the Netherlands has been lifted.
Only essential travel from Albania and Northern Macedonia is permitted.
The travel ban on flights from the United Kingdom and Turkey will be maintained (regardless of the EASA affected area list).

Thessaloniki Airport “Makedonia”:
All flights are allowed except those from Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, the UK, Turkey, Albania, Northern Macedonia. All visitors are subject to sample testing. Greece, at any stage, retains the right to modify any of the above in light of changing epidemiological data.

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HUNGARY

EU/EFTA Nationals

For foreigners, entry into the territory of Hungary is generally not allowed. Citizens of the Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Serbia, Slovenia, and Croatia are allowed to cross the border without being subject to a mandatory quarantine. Bulgarian citizens may enter for special reasons (like official missions or business trips). The transit for humanitarian reasons is allowed. All other foreigners may ask for an exception and entry permit (more info at this link (in Hungarian only).

Non-EU/EFTA Nationals

For foreigners, the entry into the territory of Hungary is not allowed, except for humanitarian purposes. Citizens of Serbia can enter without any restrictions from Serbia.

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IRELAND

EU/EFTA Nationals

All non-essential overseas travel to and from Ireland should be avoided.
Before starting your journey, please check the visa requirements at www.inis.gov.ie.
Passengers arriving in Ireland from overseas are legally required to complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form.
Passengers arriving from overseas are expected to self-isolate for 14 days.
Further information on these requirements is available at www.gov.ie.

Non-EU/EFTA Nationals

All non-essential overseas travel to and from Ireland should be avoided.
If you are a visa-required national, you should note that Immigration Service Delivery is not accepting any visa applications for tourism or business until further notice. Certain priority/emergency visa cases will continue to be processed.
Current visa information can be found at www.inis.gov.ie
All passengers arriving to Ireland from overseas are legally required to complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form. Passengers arriving from overseas are expected to self-isolate for 14 days.

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ITALY

EU/EFTA Nationals

Traveling to and from the following countries is allowed: the Member States of the European Union, countries that are parties to the Schengen Agreement, the United Kingdom, Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State, and the Republic of San Marino.

Non-EU/EFTA Nationals

Until June 30 travel from/to countries other than European Union member states, States parties to the Schengen agreement, United Kingdom, Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and the Republic of San Marino are not allowed, except for proven reasons of urgency, work, health, or to return to one’s home/residence. From June 3, travelers coming from countries other than those listed above will continue to be subject to 14-day fiduciary isolation and self-certification of the reasons of absolute urgency, work, or health for which they must enter Italy.

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LATVIA

EU/EFTA Nationals

The government asks to evaluate carefully the necessity to travel abroad. Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia have agreed to allow free movement of their citizens and to resume interstate passenger transport in the 3 Baltic States from May 15. The international carriage of passengers via airports, ports, by buses and rail transport has resumed from June 10 to countries (EU, EEA, Swiss, and the UK) where there are no more than 15 new cases per 100 000 residents within the last 14-day cumulative period.

Non-EU/EFTA Nationals

Latvia applies temporary restrictions on non-essential travel to the EU.

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LITHUANIA

EU/EFTA Nationals

The prohibition to enter Lithuania are not applied in the case of citizens of the countries of the European Economic Area, the Swiss Confederation and of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and persons lawfully residing in these countries, who arrive from these countries, provided the incidence of COVID-19 (coronavirus infection) in the country where they lawfully reside has not exceeded 25 cases/100 000 population in the last 14 calendar days. The list of such countries are approved and made public every Monday by the State Commander of National Emergency Operations. No 14 days’ self-isolation will be required for the returnees from these countries.

Non-EU/EFTA Nationals

Citizens and residents of the countries that are not within the European Economic Area, the Swiss Confederation and of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, will be allowed entry to Lithuania as of June 16. The list of such countries is approved and made public every Monday by the State Commander of National Emergency Operations. Transit of persons and means of transport only with a convoy from entering till leaving the country. For the simplified transit of persons from the Russian Federation to Kaliningrad district only through Kena and Kybartai railway BCP (under the conditions provided by Lithuanian MoFA).

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MALTA

EU/EFTA Nationals

The travel ban is extended until June 30. Repatriations require to be tested on departure, on arrival, and at the end of the 14 days mandatory quarantine. Safe corridors with countries fulfilling certain criteria have been established. Malta International Airport will reopen on July 1 with services to 19 destinations: AT, CY, CZ, DK, EE, FI, DE, HU, Iceland, IE, Israel, LV, LT, LU, Norway, Sardegna, Sicily, SK, and Switzerland. A further six countries had been added to the list of safe destinations for when the airport officially reopens on July 1: Italy, France, Poland, Spain, Croatia, and Greece will be added to the list, although restrictions on flights from certain regions in France, Spain, and Italy, including northern Italy, would apply. No flight restrictions from July 15.

Non-EU/EFTA Nationals

Third-country nationals are allowed to enter only if they have a residence permit in Malta or on humanitarian grounds or if their travel is deemed essential. EU Guidance on non-essential travel to the EU applies until June 15. It is expected that the Travel Ban Order will be amended to allow travel to and from travel corridor countries according to epidemiological criteria.

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NETHERLANDS

EU/EFTA Nationals

Tourists from the EU or Schengen countries can enter the Netherlands. However, tourists from Sweden and the United Kingdom should go into quarantine for 14 days. Tourists must reserve their holiday accommodation before they travel to the Netherlands. You may be stopped at the border if you don’t have a valid reservation. Dutch advice and rules to combat the spread of COVID-19 must be followed.

Non-EU/EFTA Nationals

The Dutch government has adopted the decision of the EU to tighten the entry conditions of persons wishing to travel to the Netherlands from third countries until June 30, 2020.

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POLAND

EU/EFTA Nationals

European Union citizens are eligible to enter Poland without any obstacles. Services present at the border will carry out random checks. No mandatory quarantine is imposed on EU citizens entering the territory of the Republic of Poland.

Non EU/EFTA Nationals

External borders remain closed. The reopening of external borders will depend on the recommendations of the European Commission.

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PORTUGAL

EU/EFTA Nationals

Only allowed for: nationals of EU27, Schengen Area countries (Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, and Iceland) and their family members, passengers on flights from UK, Brazil and CPLP, USA, Canada, Venezuela, and South-Africa. Suspension of visa processing for the remaining countries.

Non-EU/EFTA Nationals

Only allowed for Brazil (only flights from and to São Paulo and flights from and to Rio de Janeiro) and CPLP, USA and Canada citizens. Suspension of visa processing for the remaining countries.

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ROMANIA

EU/EFTA Nationals

Starting from June 15, the people coming from Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Croatia, Switzerland, Germany, Greece, Island, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, Slovakia, Slovenia and Hungary they don’t need to isolate themselves for 14 days if they are asymptomatic. For people coming from other countries, the 14-days quarantine/ self-isolation measures are maintained.

Non-EU/EFTA Nationals

EU Member States and associated Schengen countries have temporarily banned all non-essential travel to and from the so-called “third countries” in the EU+ area. Non-essential travel outside the EU and Schengen associated States remains prohibited until July 1.

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SLOVAKIA

EU/EFTA Nationals

Travelers coming from the list of low-risk countries can enter Slovakia without any restrictions. Those who are coming back to Slovakia from countries that are not on the list are subject to smart quarantine rules.

Non-EU/EFTA Nationals

EU Member States and associated Schengen countries have temporarily banned all non-essential travel to and from the so-called “third countries” in the EU+ area. Non-essential travel outside the EU and Schengen associated States remains prohibited until July 1.

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SLOVENIA

EU/EFTA Nationals

Travelers from the following countries can enter Slovenia without restrictions: Croatia, Hungary, Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Norway, Slovakia, Switzerland, and Italy. The list of countries and its changes will be posted regularly on the web page of the National Institute of Public Health: www.nijz.si

Non-EU/EFTA Nationals

EU Member States and associated Schengen countries have temporarily banned all non-essential travel to and from the so-called “third countries” in the EU+ area. Non-essential travel outside the EU and Schengen associated States remains prohibited until July 1.

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SPAIN

EU/EFTA Nationals

Order control and travel restrictions from Schengen and non-Schengen travelers entering into Spain are in place. Internal border controls will be lifted on 21/6 for the Schengen Member States and the Schengen Associated States. Border controls with Portugal will be lifted on 1/7.

Non-EU/EFTA Nationals

Border controls and travel restrictions from non-Schengen Member States and Schengen Associated States travelers entering into Spain.

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SWEDEN

EU/EFTA Nationals

N/A

Non-EU/EFTA Nationals

A ban on non-necessary travel for non-EU citizens is in place until June 30. The entry ban does not apply to citizens of EU/EEA, UK, Switzerland, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican, or their families, or for travels to Sweden from the EU/EEA area. Furthermore, the ban does not apply if you or a close relative already live here as a permanent resident or hold a residence permit in Sweden or another EU country, or if you have a national visa to Sweden.

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SWITZERLAND

EU/EFTA Nationals

Switzerland does not apply any restrictions to travelers departing from Switzerland. It has been applying entry restrictions since March 13, which will be lifted towards all Schengen States as of June 15. With all EU/EFTA Member States as well as the UK, the free movement of persons will be fully restored, including the entrance into Switzerland. The situation is regularly reassessed, and adaptations of this regime are possible if the epidemiological situation requires it. As of June 15, temperature checks will be carried out on all passengers arriving on direct flights from Sweden.

Non-EU/EFTA Nationals

From March 19, 2020, and until further notice, people traveling from all non-Schengen states may only enter Switzerland in one of the following cases:

• they are Swiss citizens

• they have a residence permit in Switzerland

• for certain professional reasons

• they are in a situation “of absolute necessity”

• passengers for transit (to return home or for professional reasons)

• they are students enrolled in Switzerland (since June 8)

• for family reunification (since June 8)

• they are EU/EFTA citizens or citizens of the UK (restoration of the right of free movement towards all EU/EFTA states and the UK since June 15) Prolongation of temporary travel restrictions to the EU in line with COM (2020) 399.

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