Tourism in Europe is slowly reopening as the threat of COVID-19 gradually declines. Accordingly, since the Omicron variant causes moderate symptoms, many countries have lifted their restrictions. For travellers who want to travel around Europe, here is what you need to know:
The European Union COVID Traffic Light System
The EU has introduced a traffic light system that can tell the epidemiological situation in individual member states. The colours red, orange, and green signify high, medium, and low-risk areas while grey regions denote places where insufficient data is available.
The EU Digital COVID Certificate
The European Parliament approved a digital COVID certificate to facilitate and ease EU travel. The digital certificate serves as proof that individuals are fully vaccinated, have taken a test for coronavirus, or recovered from the disease.
The digital certificate has been available since July 1, 2021, and is issued by test centres and health authorities. Travellers must keep in mind that COVID-19 vaccinations can only be performed by an official and government-approved body.
COVID Rules In Place in Different European Countries (Listed in alphabetical order)
Travellers can enter Austria without proof of vaccination, recovery from COVID-19, and even a negative coronavirus test result. People are subjected to wear masks in hospitals, care homes, and when using Vienna’s public transport network.
Croatia is open to all travellers without any COVID-19 travel restrictions. It means, they no longer need to provide proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test. They also do not need to fill out any forms.
Like Croatia, travellers are free to enter the Czech Republic without the need to show any COVID-19 documentation.
Denmark has lifted the remaining coronavirus restrictions. Shops, restaurants, museums, and nightclubs are open to the public. However, visitors to hospitals and care homes must wear face masks and take a Covid-19 test.
France has lifted social distancing and most hygiene rules. However, travellers can only enter given that they are fully vaccinated, or can show a negative rapid antigen test result.
Despite the high cases of coronavirus infections in Germany, most hygiene and social distancing rules have been lifted. This includes other COVID restrictions like negative test results and proof of vaccination or recovery. Masks, however, must still be worn in hospitals, nursing homes, and on public transport.
Tourist attractions in Greece, including museums, are operating at 100% capacity. Visitors are no longer subjected to stringent entry requirements as they can enter the country without showing any COVID-19 documentation.
All entry requirements in Italy have been lifted. Face masks are to be worn only on public transport.
Travellers will no longer need to present a negative coronavirus test or proof of vaccination. The same entry rules apply to people travelling to the Azores on direct international flights.
Travellers going to Spain from the EU or Schengen zone are not required to show proof of vaccination, recovery, or negative test result. Regions, however, have their own coronavirus safety rules and these include maximum capacity at venues or establishments and limits on social gatherings.
The Swiss government has scrapped all COVID-19 restrictions. It means those entering this country will no longer need to show any coronavirus documentation.
Travellers are not free to enter Great Britain, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands, and the British overseas territories without any COVID-related documentation.
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