Europe is starting to reopen – here’s what you need to know about each country’s rules

Europe is starting to reopen – here’s what you need to know about each country’s rules

Some European countries are
beginning to gradually
reopen their borders this
week in an effort to kickstart
the tourism season but rules
are far from coordinated.
France, Germany, Switzerland,
Belgium, Greece and the
Netherlands eased travel restrictions
and opened their borders to tourists
from most nations within the
European Union on 15 June. They
join countries like Italy, Cyprus and
Croatia who have already begun to
welcome foreign visitors as the
continent starts to emerge from the
coronavirus crisis.
But restrictions on European travel
are still in place elsewhere. Spain,
for example, is keeping its borders
closed to selected countries until 21
June, and Denmark is essentially
closed to most visitors until at least
September. If you’re planning to
travel soon, here’s what you need to
know.
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Austria
Austria opened its borders to
travellers from 31 European
countries on 16 June but quarantine
restrictions remain in place for
travellers from Portugal, Sweden,
Spain or the UK who do not submit
a COVID-19 test.
Belgium
As of 15 June, Belgium opened its
borders to all EU member states and
Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and
the UK. There are no quarantine
requirements.
Bulgaria
Bulgaria is open to travellers from
the EU, as well as the UK, Bosnia,
Serbia and Montenegro. People
arriving from Belgium, Portugal,
Sweden, the Netherlands and the
UK face a mandatory 14-day
quarantine.
Croatia
Travellers from Austria, the Czech
Republic, Estonia, Germany,
Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland,
Slovakia and Slovenia are allowed
in. Nationals of other EU countries
will have to show good reason, such
as accommodation booking. Croatia
is still closed to travellers from
outside of Europe.
Cyprus
Cyprus has divided countries into
two categories, A and B, based on
coronavirus infection rates.
Countries in category A have been
allowed to travel to Cyprus since 8
June. From 20 June, countries from
category B will be allowed to enter.
An entry ban on citizens from the
UK, Ireland, France, Spain, Italy
remains in place until 1 July.
Czech Republic
From 15 June, the Czech Republic
has issued a traffic light system with
people arriving from low-risk
countries (marked green) allowed to
enter without any issues. Those
from medium-risk countries
(orange) or high-risk (red) will be
denied access. The UK is medium-
risk, while Portugal and Sweden are
high-risk. See the full list here.
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Denmark’s borders will remain
closed to citizens from most
countries until September
©gmlykin/Shutterstock
Denmark
Denmark has opened its land
borders to visitors from Germany
and Norway, and is allowing tourists
from Iceland but only if they can
prove they are staying in the
country for at least six nights. The
border will remain closed to citizens
from elsewhere until at least
September.
Estonia
Estonia opened its borders to
visitors from 24 low-risk European
countries on 1 June without
quarantine requirements. Travellers
arriving from elsewhere in Europe
must quarantine or present a
certificate proving they have tested
negative for COVID-19. The list is
available here and is revisited every
Friday.
Finland
Finland eased restrictions on visitors
from Norway, Denmark, Iceland,
Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania but
remains closed to other countries
until 14 July.
France
Borders are now open to most
European countries. Travellers from
the UK have to self-isolate for 14
days.
Here’s what you need to know
about safe travel in France
Germany
Germany reopened all borders on
15 June. An entry ban remains in
place on travellers from outside of
Europe.
Greece
Flights to most countries resumed
yesterday, except those deemed
high-risk by the EU’s aviation safety
agency, EASA. Travellers from
France, the UK, the US and Belgium
face mandatory tests and
quarantines. Travellers from low-risk
countries outside Europe such
as Australia, New Zealand, Japan,
South Korea, China, Lebanon and
Israel are permitted to travel to
Greece.
Hungary
Hungary has partially opened its
borders to citizens from Austria,
Croatia, the Czech Republic,
Germany, Slovakia, Serbia and
Slovenia. Travellers from elsewhere
are banned until further notice.
Iceland
Iceland opened its borders on 15
June but visitors are required to
undergo a COVID-19 test on arrival
and download a contact tracing
app. There is still a travel entry ban
in place on countries outside
Europe.
Shannon river scenery in Limerick
Some countries such as Ireland
(pictured) have kept their borders
open throughout lockdown ©Patryk
Kosmider/Shutterstock
Ireland
Ireland has kept their borders more
or less open throughout lockdown
but 14-day quarantines remain in
place for most visitors, except for
those arriving across the border
from Northern Ireland.
Italy
Borders have been open since 3
June to all EU and Schengen area
member states, as well as the UK.
There are no quarantine
requirements unless travellers
arrived from a third country outside
Europe.
Latvia
Latvia has waived quarantine
restrictions on travellers arriving
from European countries where
infection rates are low. People who
spent at least 14 days in Latvia or
Lithuania before their arrival are
also exempt. The list is updated
every Friday.
Lithuania
Lithuania has opened its borders to
travellers arriving from 24 European
countries, without a 14-day
quarantine requirement. The list of
countries permitted to enter
Lithuania is revised every Monday.
Luxembourg
Luxembourg has no restrictions in
place for arrivals travelling from
other European countries.
Malta
Tourists from most EU and the
Schengen countries can visit from 1
July with exceptions. Entry from
Sweden, the UK and high-risk areas
in Italy, Poland, Spain and France is
banned until further notice.
Netherlands
The Netherlands has removed entry
and quarantine restrictions on
arrivals from the EU and other
Schengen countries, except for
Sweden and the UK.
Vondelpark. Amsterdam, The
The Netherlands’ borders are open
©kavalenkau/Shutterstock
Norway
Norway is welcoming visitors from
neighbouring Nordic countries,
except Sweden, and will review
travel restrictions again on 20 July.
Poland
Poland’s borders are open to
travellers from other EU countries
without quarantine requirements.
Portugal
Portugal resumed international air
travel this month with European
countries and those farther afield,
including the US. There is no
quarantine requirement for arrivals.
Romania
Travellers from the EU, as well as
Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland
and Norway are allowed to travel to
Romania.
Slovakia
Slovakia’s borders are open to
citizens from most European
countries apart from those deemed
high-risk such as Sweden and the
UK.
Slovenia
Slovenia’s borders are open to
citizens from most European
countries but a two-week
quarantine period is required for
arrivals coming from Sweden, the
UK and non-EU countries including
Russia.
Barcelona slowly emerges from
strict lockdown
Spain
From 21 June Spain will allow
travellers from the Schengen area to
visit. Travellers from other European
countries are welcome from 1 July.
Sweden
Sweden currently has no entry
restrictions in place.
Switzerland
All restrictions lifted and no
quarantine required for those
arriving from EU countries, as well
as Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein
and the UK.
United Kingdom
The UK’s borders remained never
closed but since early June a
mandatory two-week quarantine
period is required for all arrivals,
apart from those arriving from
Ireland, the Channel Islands and
Guernsey.

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