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 June 3, 2021. 

The European Union is moving ahead with its plan to reopen to vaccinated travelers, including Americans, paving the way for a return to transatlantic travel in the weeks and months ahead. Some countries are already welcoming travelers, while others plan to soon. But just what Europe travel restrictions you’ll have to deal with depends on where you’re going.

The timeline for Europe reopening to Americans is still up in the air: While the EU has rolled out its vaccine passport system dubbed the “digital green certificate” for Europeans to show their vaccination status or a recent negative COVID-19 test to freely travel from country to country, that’s not available to Americans just yet. And ultimately, it’s up to each country across the continent to decide whether to welcome back travelers, levy additional restrictions, or stay closed.

Some countries have beat the rest of Europe to the punch. Though it’s not part of the EU, Iceland was the first country in Europe to reopen in March to fully vaccinated travelers. Croatia and Greece followed soon after, opening to travelers with proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test. Italy is open now, too – but only if you arrive via specific “COVID-tested” flights. Spain, France, and others are poised to open soon.

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 is not currently open to U.S. travelers.

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

When Austria opens to U.S. travelers, it’s expected to follow the European Union standards. That means you will need proof of vaccination, proof of recent recovery from COVID-19, or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arrival.

 

Belgium Travel Restrictions

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

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

When Belgium opens to U.S. travelers, it’s expected to follow the European Union standards. That means you will need proof of vaccination, proof of recent recovery from COVID-19, or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arrival.

 

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 take a COVID-19 test prior to arrival, it must be a PCR or rapid antigen test taken no more than 48 hours prior arrival in Croatia.

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.

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 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 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, 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

According to Visit Denmark, Denmark is now open, as of June 5, to vaccinated travelers from the United States.

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

Yes, you need to be fully vaccinated to enter Denmark. Unvaccinated children are allowed entry with vaccinated adults but they must take a COVID-19 test. All of the details have not yet been released.

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 coronapass which is a digital app on your phone which shows whether you have had a negative test result within the last 72 hours, a certificate of vaccination or proof of a previous infection two to 12 weeks earlier. It can also be in paper form if necessary.

The coronapass allows people to enter zoos, sporting events, and indoor service in restaurants. It is not clear how this will be handled for tourists.

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

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

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

Nightclubs are closed.

 

Estonia Travel Restrictions

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

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

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

 

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 has opened to Americans as of  June 9 to foreign tourists with proof of vaccination and 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, which means it must be two weeks after your 2nd shot for Pfizer or Moderna, and four weeks after a Johnson and Johnson shot. In addition, you must take a COVID-19 test prior to arrival.

France is using a ranking system called the “stoplight system”.  This system assigns countries a color, either green, orange, or red, based on  COVID-19 health indicators. Currently, the U.S. is now designated green. This means vaccinated passengers over the age of 11  must present a vaccination card but you no longer need a negative COVID-19 test in addition.

If you are not vaccinated you can only travel to France if you have pressing grounds for travel.

Can I travel to France with my unvaccinated children?

French travel regulations don’t currently spell out how the rules apply to unvaccinated children accompanying a vaccinated guardian or adult.

Do I have to wear a mask in France?

Yes, currently masks are required to be worn in all public places in France – and the country has banned homemade masks for public use. It’s unknown what type of masks will be required for tourists as the country resumes travel.

What’s open and closed in France?

The country’s plans to scale back weeks of lockdowns started May 3, when the domestic travel ban was lifted. By May 19, all non-essential businesses, including museums and theaters, were allowed to re-open with some limits and the curfew will be pushed back to 9 p.m. Whenever France welcomes international travelers, that curfew will be extended to 11 p.m. By June 30, Macron hopes to eliminate the curfew completely.

Starting June 9

Bars and restaurants can be open for outdoor seating at 100% capacity – but with a maximum of six people per table. They can also open for indoor dining at 50% capacity with a maximum of six people per table, no bar seating.

Shops are still at a limited capacity.

Museums and tour sites will be open with limited capacity and with social distancing measures in place.

Cinemas, theatres, and concert halls will be open with 65% capacity of up to 5,000 people for only seated events. A health pass will be required for entry for events with 1,000 or more people.

Sporting venues are open with a limited capacity. Outdoor sporting events will be at 65% capacity and indoor sporting events at 50% capacity. The limit for both is 5,000 people. A health pass will be required for entry for events with 1,000 or more people.

Spas will be able to fully reopen.

Zoos will be open with 65% capacity.

Still closed at this time are festivals with standing room only, nightclubs, and boat cruises.

What will open in France starting 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.

 

Germany Travel Restrictions

Germany is open 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 and it needs to be at least 14 days since your last shot. You will need to present your vaccine card.

Germany has previously that travelers from the U.S. that aren’t vaccinated will be allowed in with a negative COVID-19 test or proof of recent recovery from COVID-19 but those details have not been released.

Can I travel to Germany with my unvaccinated children?

At this time there isn’t information about any exceptions for unvaccinated children.

Do I need to wear a mask in Germany?

Yes, 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.  Your mask must fulfill the requirements of FFP2 or KN95/N95.

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.  The following regulations apply in Berlin to give you an idea of what is open.

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 now open to travelers. And yes, that includes Americans.

After its plan to open last summer faltered, 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.

 

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?

Before you arrive, 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 outdoors in Greece for everyone except for 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.

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.

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 now allows travelers to enter Iceland and skip quarantine if they are vaccinated against COVID-19.

 

Iceland

 

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

You can either take a COVID-19 test before arrival, quarantine and take another COVID-19 test to be allowed entry into Iceland. But if you’re fully vaccinated, you only have to get tested upon arrival.

Travelers that take a COVID-19 test 72 hours before arrival then have to be tested again upon arrival, quarantine for five days, and get tested a third time before they are allowed to leave quarantine.

It’s much simpler getting into Iceland if you’re fully vaccinated. You just 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. All travelers arriving in Iceland will be tested (at no expense) for COVID-19 regardless of vaccination status, then quarantine until results are in for just a few hours to a day. Vaccinated travelers are allowed to get their rental car, leave the airport, and drive to their lodging.

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.

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. 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.

 

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 and Johnson shot, 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 six and older accompanied by adults must present a COVID-19 test, rapid or PCR, taken within 48 hours of departure. Children under the age of six are exempt.

Do I need to wear a mask in Italy?

Masks are required to be worn both inside and outside in Italy with a few exceptions. You do not need to wear a mask while exercising, eating or drinking, or outdoors where distance can be maintained from others. 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.

 

Latvia Travel Restrictions

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

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

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

 

Lithuania Travel Restrictions

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

Do I need to be Vaccinated or take a COVID-19 Test for Lithuania?

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

 

The Netherlands Travel Restrictions

The Netherlands has announced that it will open to U.S. travelers starting June 24.

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 you 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 not currently open to U.S. travelers.

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

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

 

Portugal Travel Restrictions

Portugal opened to Americans on June 15, however just a few days after opening travel to and from Lisbon is banned due to a COVID-19 outbreak.

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 t 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 vaccinated travelers or travelers who present a negative COVID-19 test.

Barcelona, Spain

 

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

Travelers from the U.S. will be allowed into the country with proof of full vaccination (two doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or a single dose of Johnson & Johnson) at least 14 days prior to arrival. Travelers can also get into Spain with a negative COVID-19 test (antigen or PCR) taken no more than 48 hours prior to arrival.

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, children under 6 years old are exempt from testing. Unvaccinated minors age 6 to 18 are allowed to accompany fully vaccinated guardians and must present a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours of arrival.

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.

 

Sweden Travel Restrictions

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

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

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

 

Switzerland Travel Restrictions

Switzerland announced that they will open to vaccinated Americans starting June 28.

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

Yes, you need to be vaccinated to enter Switzerland. You will not be required to take a COVID-19 test or quarantine.

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 – kind of.

You are required to take a COVID-19 test prior to arrival, another test two days after arrival, and 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?

Travelers allowed into England 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 arrival. Travelers from amber list countries, including the United States, must also quarantine for 10 days in addition to the two COVID-19 tests.

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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