Europe Travel Restrictions for Americans: Everything You Need to Know
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Europe Travel Restrictions for Americans: Everything You Need to Know

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Editor’s note: This post will be regularly updated with new information about travel restrictions and news. It was last updated on July 6, 2021. 

Just a few months ago, Europe was completely off-limits to American travelers. As summer travel commences, most countries across the continent have now reopened for travel. But just what Europe travel restrictions you’ll have to deal with depends on where you’re going.

The European Union is moving ahead with its plans for a vaccine passport system, but that’s not open to Americans yet. In the meantime, some of the most popular countries across the continent have restarted travel. But that means there’s a patchwork of different rules and regulations for entry. Do you need a vaccine card or a negative COVID-19 test to get into Spain, France, Germany, or the Netherlands? Both – or neither?

Wondering what you need to get to Europe? Or what you’ll find once you get there, from nightly curfews to restaurant restrictions to which major sites are open or closed and ongoing mask mandates? Here’s everything you’ll need to know.

Don’t see the country you’re looking for? Check our guide on when international travel will resume for a full country-by-country list.

 

 

Austria Travel Restrictions

Austria reopened to U.S. travelers as of June 24, 2021.

Do I need to be vaccinated or take a COVID-19 test for Austria?

Yes – either option will work.

Since reopening in late June, Austria gives visitors from the U.S. a few ways to get in. Proof of vaccination is the easiest. Austria accepts proof of vaccination from the Moderna, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, and AstraZeneca shots – with some caveats.

  • You must have received your first shot at least 21 days prior to arrival.
  • Currently, Austria only considers your proof of vaccination valid for 270 days after receiving your final dose – and for 90 days if you’ve only received one of two prescribed doses.

Alternatively, you can enter Austria with a recent negative COVID-19 test. That includes a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival or a rapid antigen test no more than 48 hours before entering Austria. However, to enter hotels, restaurants, and other indoor and some outdoor spaces you will have to present a valid (w/in 72 hours) negative COVID-19 test. So you will need to get additional tests while in the country.

Travelers who can show proof of recovery from COVID-19 with a certificate of recovery in the past 180 days or a positive antibodies test result within the last 90 days can also enter Austria.

Do I have to wear a mask in Austria?

Face masks are required on public transport and indoors in public spaces.

What’s open and closed in Austria?

To enter most indoor spaces, including hotels and restaurants, and some outdoor spaces you will have to show proof of vaccination, a negative COVID-19 test, or proof of recovery from COVID-19.

Hotels are open.

Restaurants, bars, and nightclubs are open.

Museums and tourist sites are open.

Shops are open.

 

Belgium Travel Restrictions

Belgium is open to U.S. travelers as of June 21, 2020.

Do I need to be vaccinated or take a COVID-19 test for Belgium?

The entry requirements for Belgium depend on a color system ranking countries red, orange, or green. If you are coming from a red country you need a negative COVID-19 test for entry. If you are coming from an orange or green country you do not need to present a COVID-19 test.

Currently, the United States is designated green. This means that you do not need a negative COVID-19 test to enter Belgium. In addition, you are not required to be vaccinated.

Are there additional requirements to enter Belgium?

Yes, you must fill out a passenger health locator form within 48 hours of arrival in Belgium.

Do I have to wear a mask in Belgium?

Yes, face masks are required for anyone 12 and older. You must wear a mask indoors and in public spaces where social distancing is not possible.

What’s open and closed in Belgium?

Restaurants and bars are open with social distancing measures in place. Bar service is not allowed.

Shops are open with limited capacity and social distancing measures in place.

 

Croatia Travel Restrictions

Croatia was the first European country to reopen its borders in 2020, locking down last fall before resuming travel this spring.

Today, there are several ways to get into Croatia.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Do I need to be vaccinated or take a COVID-19 test for Croatia?

Yes. You can get into Croatia by showing proof of vaccination, presenting a recent negative COVID-19 test, or providing proof of recent recovery from COVID-19.

  • If you are vaccinated, you must present your certificate of vaccination (including Moderna, Pfizer, or Johnson & Johnson) showing that your final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine was administered at least 14 days prior to entering Croatia.
  • If you take a COVID-19 test prior to arrival, it must be a PCR or rapid antigen test taken no more than 48 hours prior to arrival in Croatia.
  • You can also provide proof of recovery from COVID-19 with a medical certificate or a positive PCR or rapid antigen test performed in the last 12 to 180 days.
  • You can also get into Croatia by taking a PCR test or a rapid antigen test upon arrival to Croatia (at your own expense), but you must stay in self-isolation until receiving a negative test result. And if a test is not available, arriving travelers must self-quarantine for 10 days.

Are there additional requirements to enter Croatia?

Yes, you’ll also need to fill out a form online that includes your travel dates as well as a COVID-19 health declaration.

Upon arrival in Croatia, you’ll need proof of your accommodations and any other booked activities to show that you are visiting for tourism.

Do I have to wear a mask in Croatia?

Masks are mandatory in all closed spaces. They are also mandatory in outdoor spaces where you cannot maintain a distance of 1.5 meters – just under 5 feet.

What’s open and closed in Croatia?

Restaurants are only allowed to be open outdoors or open-air spaces. Closing times will vary by county or city.

Hotel and camping site restaurants can offer indoor dining but only for their guests.

Events such as plays, operas, cultural events, and dance performances are not allowed.

Nightclubs are closed.

Alcohol cannot be sold from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

 

Czech Republic (Czechia) Travel Restrictions

The Czech Republic is now open to U.S. travelers with no restrictions on entry. However, in order to check into your hotel, and enter certain establishments like museums, you will need to present a vaccine card, a negative COVID-19 test, or proof of recent recovery from COVID-19.

There are currently no direct flights from the United States to the Czech Republic. So you will need to check the transit rules of any other country you will travel through to get there.

Do I need to be vaccinated or take a COVID-19 test for the Czech Republic?

No, there are no additional requirements besides a passport for entry into the Czech Republic.

Do I have to wear a mask in the Czech Republic?

Yes, you must wear a KN95 mask in the airport and to enter shops and restaurants, on public transport, and in taxis.

What’s open and closed in the Czech Republic?

Most things are open throughout the Czech Republic.

However, in order to check into your hotel and enter certain establishments like museums, you will need to present a vaccine card, a negative COVID-19 test, or proof of recent recovery from COVID-19.

The negative PCR test has to be less than three days old and a negative antigen test has to be less than 24 hours old. If you have been vaccinated with a single-dose vaccine you must show proof that it is 14 days past the dose, within the last nine months. For double-dose vaccines, you must show proof that it is 22 days after the first dose, and within the last 90 days. If you have recently had COVID-19 you must present medical proof of recovery from COVID-19 in the last 180 days.

Restaurants are open.

Most museums are open but you must follow the requirements above for entry.

Tourist sites are open with social distancing measures.

Stores are open with social distancing measures in place.

 

Denmark Travel Restrictions

Denmark is open, as of June 5, to vaccinated travelers from the United States. And as of June 19, unvaccinated travelers from the U.S. are also allowed entry with no restrictions.

Do I need to be vaccinated or take a COVID-19 test for Denmark?

No, you can now enter Denmark, traveling from the United States if you are unvaccinated with no restrictions.

Do I have to wear a mask in Denmark?

If you are 12 or older you need to wear a mask in situations where face-to-face contact is unavoidable and on public transport.

What’s open and closed in Denmark?

Denmark has implemented a coronavirus pass called the coronapas, a digital smartphone app which stores a recent negative COVID-19 test result, a certificate of vaccination, or proof of a previous infection two to 12 weeks earlier. It can also be in paper form, if necessary. You can find and download “coronapas” in the app store on your phone.

The coronapas allows people to enter zoos, sporting events, and indoor service in restaurants. Tourists can obtain free COVID-19 tests at many locations.

Restaurants are open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. and for indoor service, you must present a coronapas.

Museums and tourist sites are open but you must present a coronapas for entry.

Zoos are open but you must present a coronapas for entry.

Nightclubs are closed.

 

Estonia Travel Restrictions

As of June 21, Estonia is open to U.S. travelers.

Do I need to be vaccinated or take a COVID-19 test for Estonia?

No, travelers from the U.S. are allowed to enter Estonia with no restrictions.

Are there additional requirements to enter Estonia?

Yes, you must fill out a traveler questionnaire within three days of arrival.

Do I have to wear a mask in Estonia?

Yes, masks are required on public transport and indoors.

What’s open and closed in Estonia?

Restaurants are open with social distancing measures in place.

Museums are open with social distancing measures in place.

 

Finland Travel Restrictions

Finland is not currently open to U.S. travelers.

Do I need to be vaccinated or take a COVID-19 test for Finland?

Finland has not announced when or how borders will open to U.S. travelers.

 

France Travel Restrictions

France opened as of  June 9 to Americans and many other foreign tourists with proof of vaccination or a recent negative PCR test.

 

Paris, France

 

Do I need to be vaccinated or take a COVID-19 test for France?

Yes, you need to be fully vaccinated or take a COVID-19 test.

France is using a ranking system called the “stoplight system,” which assigns countries a color: green, orange, or red, based on  COVID-19 health indicators. Currently, the U.S. is now designated green. If this designation changes the rules for entry will change.

Travelers from “green” countries, must have been fully vaccinated at least two weeks prior to arrival in France with the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines – and a full four weeks with the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Otherwise, you can present a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen) taken within 72 hours prior to arriving in France.

Are there additional requirements to enter France?

Yes, every traveler must fill out a sworn declaration that you can download from the Interior Ministry’s website. You must fill this out and have it on hand before boarding your flight to France.

Can I travel to France with my unvaccinated children?

Yes, for travelers coming from “green” countries, children over the age of 11 must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure for France. Travelers under age 11 are treated as vaccinated regardless of their vaccination status and do not need to have a COVID test. However, travelers ages 11 through 17 are treated as vaccinated if they are accompanied by a fully vaccinated parent or guardian.

Do I have to wear a mask in France?

Yes, currently masks are required to be worn indoors. Masks are also required outdoors if you’re unable to socially distance.

What’s open and closed in France?

France has slowly emerged from the pandemic, scaling back months of lockdowns starting in May. As the spring faded into summer, many of the restrictions on daily life in France have faded away – including a nightly curfew.

In mid-July France’s President Macron announced that a health pass showing that you are vaccinated or have had a recent negative COVID-19 test will be required to enter most establishments, including restaurants, starting August 1. The health pass app is currently only available to EU residents.

That poses a problem for travelers, as it’s not yet available to Americans and other tourists. The U.S. Embassy issued an alert this week saying that some Americans have not been able to use the new French Health Pass, saying, “the Embassy is not aware of the extent to which it is still possible to have the U.S. information entered into the French system.”

What’s Open in France as of June 30

Bars and restaurants will be open for indoor and outdoor seating at 100% capacity with social distancing measures in place. Bar seating is still not allowed.

Shops and indoor markets will no longer have limited capacity.

Museums and tour sites will be open at full capacity but with social distancing measures in place.

Cinemas, theatres, and concert halls will be open at full capacity for seated events. Standing events will have a limit. A health pass will be required for entry for events with 1,000 or more people.

Sporting Venues are set to open, with no capacity limits. A health pass will be required for entry for events with 1,000 or more people.

Spas and Salons will be fully open

Zoos will be open at full capacity.

Boat cruises can resume at full capacity with social distancing measures. A health pass will be required for cruises with 1,000 or more people.

Nightclubs will remain closed.

Where can I get a COVID-19 test in France to return to the U.S.?

To return to the U.S. you will need to get a PCR or rapid COVID-19 test within 72 hours of your flight departure time.

To find a testing site in France consult the U.S. Embassy in France website for all of the information you need. You can also purchase an approved test to bring with you and schedule a telehealth appointment and get your results quickly.

 

Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

Germany Travel Restrictions

Germany opened to vaccinated travelers from the U.S. as of June 20.

Do I need to be vaccinated or take a COVID-19 test for Germany?

To enter Germany, you must be fully vaccinated, present a negative COVID-19 test, or present proof of recovery from COVID-19.

If you are vaccinated, it needs to be at least 15 days since your final dose. You will need to present your vaccine card, like a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) card.

If you are not vaccinated you will need to present a negative COVID-19 test – either PCR or rapid antigen. A PCR test must be taken 72 hours prior to entry in Germany and a rapid antigen test must be taken at least 48 hours prior to entry. Travelers will not be allowed to board their flight to Germany without test results.

If you have recovered from COVID-19 within the last six months, you must present a medical certificate with the relevant information.

Can I travel to Germany with my unvaccinated children?

Yes, children can take a COVID-19 test in lieu of vaccination.

Do I need to wear a mask in Germany?

Yes, and not just any mask.

Germany requires all masks to meet the requirements of FFP2 or KN95/N95. Your mouth and nose must be covered aboard any public transport, in stores and busy outdoor places where the minimum distance to others cannot be kept at all times.  

What is open and closed in Germany?

Each region, or federal state, in Germany, has its own regulations for what can be open. You can find all of the rules for each federal state here.

To give you an idea of what’s open, the following regulations apply in Berlin:

You must wear an N95 or KN95 mask in public spaces, including outdoors.

There is not a curfew.

Restaurants are open, but you will be asked to provide proof of vaccination to eat indoors.

Tourist excursions and tours are allowed. You will have to present proof of vaccination.

Museums and galleries are open with social distancing measures in place.

Public transport is up and running.

Shops are open but in nonessential stores, you will have to provide your contact information for COVID-19 contact tracing.

 

Greece Travel Restrictions

Greece is open to travelers. And yes, that includes Americans.

Greece officially opened back up to travelers from the U.S. and a handful of other countries as of mid-April. Proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test can get you into the country to explore Athens, hop out to the islands, and beyond.

While Greece is open, restrictions in the country are tightening up. Music is banned on the island of Mykonos. And you must present your vaccine card or a recent negative COVID-19 test to enter restaurants and bars.

Santorini, Greece

 

Do I need to be vaccinated or take a COVID-19 test for Greece?

There are a few ways to get into Greece.

A negative COVID-19 PCR test conducted no more than 72 hours before arrival. Children 5 and under are exempt from  testing requirements

OR

Proof of vaccination certificate if fully vaccinated (14 days since the final dose). Accepted vaccines for proof of entry include Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, Astra Zeneca/Oxford, Novavax, Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm.

OR

Proof of recovery from COVID-19 within the last nine months. This can be proved through a certificate of recovery issued by a public authority or a certified laboratory. Another option is a certificate of a positive PCR molecular test result that is dated at least two months before arrival, and no later than nine months before arrival.

Do I need anything else to enter Greece?

Yes. You’ll also need to fill out the Passenger Location Form no later than 11:59 p.m. the day before arriving in Greece.

Whether you opt to provide a negative COVID-19 test or proof of vaccination, all travelers will be subjected to a possible random health check upon arrival. This will include rapid antigen tests at the entrance gates for selected travelers.

If you are selected for a random health check and test positive for COVID-19, you’ll enter mandatory quarantine. According to the Greek government: “Travelers who test positive will be transported to quarantine hotels and undergo further PCR tests to confirm the diagnosis. Guests will stay in seclusion hotels for at least 10 days, and they will undergo new tests again. The expenses of the accommodation in quarantine hotels are covered by the Greek state.”

Do I have to wear a mask in Greece?

Masks are currently required both indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces in Greece for everyone except children under 4.

What’s open and closed in Greece?

As of May 14, Greece lifted many of its COVID-19 lockdown measures.  The restrictions on travel between regions in Greece have been lifted and a nightly curfew has been pushed back to 11 p.m.

However, Greece banned music on the notorious party island of Mykonos, Reuters reports. Restaurants, cafes, and clubs are not allowed to play music and nobody is allowed to move around the island between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. Plus, bar, restaurant, and theater-goers all must be vaccinated or have negative COVID-19 tests.

Restaurants are open for outdoor dining as of May 3. They are allowed to be open from 5 a.m. to 10:45 p.m. You must present your vaccine card or recent negative covid 19 test.

Museums and Archaeological sites are only allowed to open outdoor spaces at a limited capacity. Indoor spaces remain closed.

Shops are open but with limited capacity and social distancing measures.

Zoos are allowed to open outdoor areas with social distancing measures in place.

Entertainment and music venues remain closed.

Cinemas remain closed.

 

Hungary Travel Restrictions

Hungary is not currently open to U.S. travelers.

Do I need to be vaccinated or take a COVID-19 test for Hungary?

It is unknown when Hungary will open to U.S. travelers and what will be required for entry.

 

Iceland Travel Restrictions

Iceland was the first country in Europe to reopen to vaccinated American travelers.

 

Iceland

 

Do I need to be vaccinated or take a COVID-19 test for Iceland?

Being fully vaccinated is clearly the easiest way to get into Iceland but it has just recently gotten more difficult.

Iceland now requires all visitors to provide a negative COVID-19 test before boarding their flights to Reykjavik (KEF), adding another layer of restrictions on top of vaccination requirements.

In addition to a preflight COVID-19 test taken 72 hours before departure, you will need proof of full vaccination from any of the three approved vaccines in the U.S.: Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson. AstraZeneca vaccines will also be accepted. If it has been less than 14 days since your final shot, you will be tested (at no expense) for COVID-19 upon arrival, then you will be required quarantine until results are in for just a few hours to a day.

Travelers can present a paper or electronic certificate as proof for entry, according to Iceland’s regulations for entry. After questions about whether common vaccination cards in the U.S. would pass muster, Iceland clarified those regulations to ensure they would. Providing proof of recovery from a previous COVID-19 infection also will get you into Iceland.

As of July 1, fully vaccinated travelers no longer need to test upon arrival in Iceland, however you do need a test before boarding your flight to Iceland. 

If you’re not vaccinated, you’ll need to take a COVID-19 test no more than 72 hours prior to arrival, get a second test upon arrival, quarantine for five days, and then get tested a third time to leave quarantine.

Are there additional requirements to enter Iceland?

Yes, all travelers to Iceland must fill out a pre-registration form before arrival. You cannot fill out the form until 72 hours prior to your arrival.

Do I need to wear a mask in Iceland?

Masks must be worn on public transport, ferries, and taxis. You do not need to wear a mask in shops or restaurants.

What’s open and closed in Iceland?

Restaurants are open. The restaurants that serve alcohol can be open until 11 p.m. with social distancing measures in place.

Museums are open with limited capacity.

Pharmacies are open with occupancy limits and social distancing measures in place.

Grocery stores and other stores are open with occupancy limits and social distancing measures in place.

Swimming pools and hot springs such as the Blue Lagoon are open with limited capacity and may require reservations.

Spas and gyms are open with limited capacity.

Campsites are open with limited capacity.

 

Ireland Travel Restrictions

Ireland is planning to reopen to travelers from the U.S. and the rest of Europe starting July 19. The country plans to use the EU’s COVID-19 certificate, allowing entry to those with proof of vaccination, proof of recovery from COVID-19, or a recent negative test.

Until then, U.S. travelers are allowed to enter Ireland and Northern Ireland with a negative COVID-19 test but must also quarantine for 14 days.

Do I need to be vaccinated or take a COVID-19 test for Ireland?

To enter Ireland you need to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival. Travelers must then quarantine for 14 days.

If you are transiting through Ireland you also need to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival.

Starting July 19, Americans will be able to enter Ireland with proof of vaccination, proof of recovery from COVID-19, or a negative COVID-19 test.

Are there additional requirements to enter Ireland?

If you are traveling to or through Ireland you must fill out a passenger locator form.

What’s open and closed in Ireland?

Restaurants are currently not open, but they are set to open for outdoor service on June 7.

Shops have been allowed to re-open as of May 17.

Hotels and guest houses are currently not open but will be allowed to open on June 2.

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Italy Travel Restrictions

Italy got a jumpstart and reopened to American travelers starting in May. But to get there, you needed to be on a specific flight.

But Italy has now ended the “covid tested” flights. Americans can enter with their vaccine card, a negative COVID-19 test, or proof of recent recovery from COVID-19.

Restrictions in Italy may be tightening up soon. Starting Aug. 6, a so-called “Green Pass” showing proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test will be required to enter Italian restaurants, cinemas, stadiums, and museums, Reuters reports.

Do I need to be vaccinated or take a COVID-19 test for Italy?

To get into Italy you either need to be fully vaccinated, present a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours of departure, or present proof of recent recovery from COVID-19.

If you are vaccinated, all you will need is your CDC vaccine card showing you received your last shot of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or Johnson & Johnson shot at least two weeks prior to travel.

You can also present a negative COVID-19 test result upon arrival. The test can be rapid antigen or PCR and it must be taken within 48 hours of departure.

If you have recently recovered from COVID-19, you will need a medical certificate with the relevant information including the date of your positive test results.

Are there additional requirements to enter Italy?

Yes, all travelers, prior to departure, must complete a location form online.  In the event of technical difficulties, travelers can fill out a paper form.

Can I travel to Italy with my children?

Minors 6 and older accompanied by adults must present a COVID-19 test, rapid or PCR, taken within 48 hours of departure. Children under 6 are exempt.

Do I need to wear a mask in Italy?

Masks are required to be worn indoors throughout Italy with a few exceptions. You do not need to wear a mask while exercising or eating and drinking. Children under the age of six are also exempt from wearing a mask.

What’s open and closed in Italy?

Restaurants, bars, ice cream shops, and bakeries, are all open indoors and outdoors with no limits.

Hotel restaurants are open and do not have a limit on the number of diners as long as they are all staying on the premises.

Shops are all open with limited capacity that they must post on the entrance.

Museums and tourist sites are open to a limited amount of people at a time.

Cinemas, theaters, and concert halls are open at 50% capacity and are limited to 500 people indoors and 1,000 people outdoors.

Sporting events will resume on June 1 with limited capacity.

Spas, theme parks, and amusement parks will be allowed to reopen on July 1.

Still closed at this time are nightclubs and dance halls.

Where can I get a COVID-19 test in Italy to return to the U.S.?

To return to the U.S. you will need to get a PCR or rapid COVID-19 test within 72 hours of your flight departure time.

To find a testing site in Italy, consult the U.S. Embassy in Italy website for all of the information you need. You can also purchase an approved test to bring with you and schedule a telehealth appointment and get your results quickly.

 

Latvia Travel Restrictions

Latvia is open to U.S. travelers.

Do I need to be vaccinated or take a COVID-19 test for Latvia?

Yes, U.S. citizens can present a vaccine card, proof of recent recovery from COVID-19, or negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival.

Are there additional requirements to enter Latvia?

Yes, you must fill out an electronic COVID pass within 48 hours of arrival.

Do I need to wear a mask in Latvia?

Yes, masks are required in all indoor spaces. Children 13 years and older must wear a mask. Children 7 years and older are required to wear a mask on public transport.

What’s open and closed in Latvia?

Restaurants are open but to eat indoors you may need to provide proof of vaccination, recent recovery from COVID-19, or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours.

Museums are open but with limited capacity and you may be required to make a reservation.

Stores are open with social distancing measures in place.

 

Lithuania Travel Restrictions

As of June 1, Lithuania is open to fully vaccinated travelers from the U.S.

Do I need to be vaccinated or take a COVID-19 test for Lithuania?

Yes, only fully vaccinated Americans are allowed entry into Lithuania. You must provide proof of full vaccination at least 14 days prior to arrival.

Are there additional requirements to enter Lithuania?

Yes, you must fill out a questionnaire 48 hours prior to arrival.

Do I need to wear a mask in Lithuania?

Yes, face masks are required on public transport and in indoor spaces.

What is open and closed in Lithuania?

Hotels and spas are open.

Restaurants, bars, and cafes are open.

Museums and zoos are open.

Guided tours are allowed but it is recommended to book in advance.

 

The Netherlands Travel Restrictions

The Netherlands announced that it opened to U.S. travelers starting June 24. And there are few entry requirements.

Do I need to be vaccinated or take a COVID-19 test for the Netherlands?

The United States, as of June 24, is designated as a “safe country with low COVID-19 risk.” Travelers from safe countries do not need to present a negative COVID-19 test or self-quarantine.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

 

Are there additional requirements to enter the Netherlands?

Yes, you will need to fill out a health declaration form. Most airlines will provide this form digitally when you check in for your flight.

Do I need to wear a mask in the Netherlands?

Face masks are mandatory in public spaces.

What is open and closed in the Netherlands?

Restaurants and cafés are open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. You must make a reservation and no more than four people can be at one table.

Supermarkets and pharmacies are open.

Nonessential stores are open but with limited capacity.

Museums and tourist sites are open but you must get tickets in advance.

 

Norway Travel Restrictions

Norway is not currently open to U.S. travelers.

Do I need to be vaccinated or take a COVID-19 test for Norway?

It is unknown when Norway will open to U.S. travelers and what will be required for entry.

 

Poland Travel Restrictions

Poland is open to vaccinated travelers from the U.S.

Do I need to be vaccinated or take a COVID-19 test for Poland?

Yes, you must be vaccinated to travel to Poland from the United States. You must have completed your final dose of an EU-approved vaccine (including Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson) at least two weeks prior to arrival.

Can I travel to Poland with my children?

Yes. Children under 12 are exempt from vaccination requirements for entry in Poland if they’re accompanying a fully vaccinated adult.

Do I need to wear a mask in Poland?

Yes, masks are required indoors in Poland.

What is open and closed in Poland?

Restaurants are open with social distancing measures in place.

Museums and art galleries are open with limited capacity and social distancing measures in place.

Theaters and cinemas are open with limited capacity.

Shops are open.

Nightclubs are open with limited capacity.

 

Portugal Travel Restrictions

Portugal opened to Americans on June 15. But it’s getting harder to travel there.

Hust a few days after opening, travel to and from Lisbon was banned due to a COVID-19 outbreak. That travel ban is still in place for weekends, from 3 p.m. on Fridays until 6 a.m. on Mondays. You can bypass that ban with a negative PCR or rapid antigen test taken 72 hours before entering Lisbon

Every traveler to Portugal must present a negative COVID-19 test regardless of vaccination status.

Do I need to be vaccinated or take a COVID-19 test for Portugal?

You do not need to be vaccinated to enter Portugal.

Every traveler, with the exception of children 24 months old and under, must present a negative COVID-19 NAAT or PCR test taken 72 hours prior to arrival or a rapid antigen test taken within 24 hours of boarding.

The autonomous islands Azores and Madeira have their own restrictions and travel to and from Lisbon is currently banned.

To enter the Azores you must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival. You can also present proof of recent recovery from COVID-19 or test upon arrival and quarantine. This is the case whether you are arriving from the U.S. or from mainland Portugal.

To enter Madeira you must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival, present proof of recent recovery, or proof of full vaccination. To speed the process on arrival, the Regional Government of Madeira suggests travelers complete a health questionnaire between 48 and 12 hours prior to disembarking.

Do I need to wear a mask in Portugal?

Yes, masks are required in public.

What is Open in Portugal?

Restaurants and cafes are open.

Tourist sites and museums are open with a limited capacity of 50%.

Shops and shopping centers are open.

Public transport is up and running without any capacity limitations.

 

Slovakia Travel Restrictions

Slovakia is not currently open to U.S. travelers.

Do I need to be vaccinated or take a COVID-19 test for Slovakia?

It is unknown when Slovakia will open to U.S. travelers and what will be required for entry.

 

Slovenia Travel Restrictions

Slovenia is open to U.S. travelers who present a vaccination card, a negative COVID-19 test, or proof of recent recovery from COVID-19.

Do I need to be vaccinated or take a COVID-19 test for Slovenia?

Yes.

You either need to present proof of vaccination (14 days after your last shot), a negative COVID-19 PCR test or rapid antigen test taken within 48 hours of arrival, or proof of positive COVID-19 result between 10 days and 6 months of arrival.

Do I need to wear a mask in Slovenia?

Masks are required in public indoor spaces.

What is open in Slovenia?

You may be required to show proof of vaccination, negative COVID-19 test, or proof of recovery at your hotel or other establishments.

Restaurants are open with social distancing measures in place.

Museums and tourist sites are open with social distancing measures in place and limited capacity.

Swimming pools and recreation areas are open with social distancing measures in place and limited capacity.

Shops are open.

 

Spain Travel Restrictions

Spain is open to U.S. travelers with no restrictions on entry.

 

Barcelona, Spain

 

Do I need to be vaccinated or take a COVID-19 test for Spain?

No, all travelers from the U.S. are allowed entry into Spain. You don’t need a vaccination card or COVID-19 test to enter.

Are there additional requirements to enter Spain?

Yes, all visitors must fill out the Spain Travel Health (SpTH) form at least 48 hours before arriving in Spain, generating a QR code to be scanned at border control. Spain is expected to eventually adopt the European Union’s vaccine passport system – dubbed the “Digital Green Certificate” – later this summer.

Can I travel to Spain with my unvaccinated children?

Yes, all U.S. citizens are allowed entry with no restrictions.

Do I have to wear a mask in Spain?

Facemasks must be worn indoors.

What’s open and closed in Spain?

Things are re-opening in Spain but what is open varies by region and city.

Restaurants and bars are open from 6 a.m. to midnight but cannot serve after 11 p.m. Tables indoors are limited to four people and tables outside are limited to six people.

Museums are allowed to be open with social distancing measures and limits on capacity. However, some may remain closed.

Parks, gradens, and zoos are open.

Public transport is up and running again. Masks must be worn.

A curfew is in place in some cities in Spain.

Where can I get a COVID-19 test in Spain to return to the U.S.?

To return to the U.S. you will need to get a PCR or rapid COVID-19 test within 72 hours of your flight departure time.

To find a testing site in France consult the U.S. Embassy in Spain website for all of the information you need. You can also purchase an approved test to bring with you and schedule a telehealth appointment and get your results quickly.

 

Sweden Travel Restrictions

Sweden has recently opened to travelers from the U.S., starting July 1.

Do I need to be vaccinated or take a COVID-19 test for Sweden?

All travelers from the U.S. will need to present a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of arrival. Antigen, PCR, and LAMP tests will all satisfy Sweden’s entry requirements.

Do I have to wear a mask in Sweden?

Masks are required on public transport and indoors in certain establishments.

What’s open and closed in Sweden?

Restaurants and bars are open until 10:30 p.m.

Stores are open.

T0urist sites and museums are open with social distancing measures in place.

 

Switzerland Travel Restrictions

Switzerland announced is open to Americans as of June 26.

Do I need to be vaccinated or take a COVID-19 test for Switzerland?

Yes.

You can enter Switzerland by providing proof that you’re fully vaccinated (14 days after your last shot) within the last 12 months), have recovered from COVID-19 (official proof needed, such as positive Covid-19 test result) within the last 6 months, or present a negative PCR test (not older than 72 hours) or a negative rapid antigen test (not older than 48 hours) before boarding.

Are there additional requirements to enter Switzerland?

Yes, travelers must fill out this entry form.

Can I travel to Switzerland with my unvaccinated children?

Yes, unvaccinated children under the age of 18 traveling with their vaccinated parents will be allowed entry.

Do I have to wear a mask in Switzerland?

Masks are required in public spaces where you can’t social distance. Be prepared to put on your mask when entering shops and restaurants.

What’s open and closed in Switzerland?

Restaurants are open outdoors and indoors.

Cinemas and theaters are open at a limited capacity.

 

United Kingdom: Scotland and England Travel Restrictions

The United Kingdom is open to U.S. travelers – and after months of waiting, the United Kingdom will finally drop its mandatory 10-day quarantine for vaccinated visitors from the U.S. and other countries as of Aug. 2, the country’s top transportation official announced Wednesday.

Vaccinated travelers are still required to take a COVID-19 test prior to arrival. If you aren’t vaccinated you need a COVID-19 test prior to arrival, another test two days after arrival, and then you need to quarantine for 10 days. The only exception is if you are arriving from a country on the U.K.’s “green list” after spending at least 10 days there. Currently, the U.S. is on the “amber list” so it doesn’t qualify for easier entry yet.

 

London, England

 

Do I need to be vaccinated or take a COVID-19 test for England, Northern Ireland, or Wales?

As of August 2, vaccinated travelers from the U.S. will be allowed entry into the United Kingdom with no quarantine requirement. Vaccinated travelers still need to take a COVDI-19 test within 72 hours of arrival.

Unvaccinated travelers into England from amber list countries (the U.S.) must complete a passenger locator form, take a COVID-19 test within three days of arrival, book and pay for a COVID-19 test to be taken within two days of arrival, and quarantine for 10 days.

If you are transiting through London Heathrow (LHR) you need to take a COVID-19 test within three days of departing for England.

Do I need to be vaccinated or take a COVID-19 test for Scotland?

Travelers allowed into Scotland from green list countries must complete a passenger locator form, take a COVID-19 test within three days of arrival, book and pay for a COVID-19 test to be taken within two days of arriving in Scotland. Travelers from amber list countries including the United States must also quarantine for 10 days in addition to the two COVID-19 tests.

Do I have to wear a mask in England, Northern Ireland, or Wales?

Yes, masks are required indoors and in public spaces where social distancing is not possible. If you do not comply you could be fined 200 pounds ($283 USD).

Do I have to wear a mask in Scotland?

Yes, masks are required indoors and in public spaces where social distancing is not possible. If you do not comply you could be fined 60 pounds ($85 USD).

What’s open and closed in England?

As of May 17, the following is open:

Restaurants, pubs, and bars are open.

Museums are open.

Gyms are open.

Concert halls, theaters, and indoor entertainment venues are open.

Indoor and outdoor events are permitted with limited capacity.

What’s open and closed in Scotland?

Scotland follows a COVID-19 levels system with Levels 0 to 4, with Level 0 having the least amount of restrictions and Level 4 with the most. Almost all of mainland Scotland is at Level 2 with the exception of Glasgow, which is at Level 3.

Here is what is open and allowed at Level 2:

Restaurants and pubs are open.

Shops and stores are open.

Gyms and swimming pools are open.

Tourist attractions are open.

Cinemas, theaters, and concert halls are open.

Stadiums are permitted to have events with limited capacity.

Level 3:

Restaurants are open for outdoor service. They have limited indoor service without alcohol service.

Shops and stores are open.

Gyms and swimming pools are open.

Tourist attractions are open.

Cinemas, theaters, and concert halls are closed

Stadiums are not open.

 

FAQs About Travel to Europe

Can I travel between European countries?

You can travel between European countries if the country is open to U.S. travelers. Be aware that each country may have different requirements for entry including negative COVID-19 tests within a certain amount of time before arrival.

Do I have to wear a mask in Europe?

Yes, currently all European countries require masks in some capacity. Make sure to check the rules of the country you’re visiting. There may be fines for not complying.

Can my children travel to Europe if they aren’t vaccinated?

Yes, children will be allowed to travel with you if your destination allows travelers to enter with a negative COVID-19 test instead of a vaccination card. Some countries may have exemptions for children of a certain age. For example, Iceland allows children born in 2005 or after to skip health screening and the quarantine requirement if they are traveling with a vaccinated guardian.

Do I have to get a COVID-19 test to come back to the U.S.?

Yes, you are still required to take a COVID-19 test (PCR or rapid antigen test) within 72 hours of your flight returning to the U.S. To find testing sites at your destination, check the U.S. Embassy website for that country or inquire with your hotel or Airbnb host.

Read more: ‘What if I’ve Had Covid-19?’ and More About the International Testing Requirement

What if Europe travel restrictions change and I can no longer get in?

Much is still up in the air about when many European countries will open. And some that have reopened their borders had made clear that they will close down travel if necessary.

That makes it critical to plan your trip carefully and be flexible if you need to cancel or

All international tickets for flights on domestic carriers can be changed for no fee or canceled for a voucher except basic economy tickets. Make sure to book a fare above basic economy.

Wait to book accommodations and activities until you’re sure you can go – or only book accommodations and activities that are fully refundable.

Do I need travel insurance for my trip to Europe?

That’s up to you.

Travel insurance or not, book your trip with the flexibility to cancel for at least a voucher or credit. Some travel insurance policies may cover additional costs if you’re required to quarantine or cut your trip short, but you need to read the fine print. And it’s not a bad idea to get insurance to cover any possible medical costs that arise.

Read more: COVID-19 and Travel Insurance: All Your Questions Answered

Will I be able to go to museums and tourist sites in Europe?

It depends on the country. Check your destination above for all of the details.

Plan your trip to a destination with outdoor sites and activities, that way if museums and attractions are closed you still have plenty to see and do.

 

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