Unvaccinated Americans and Britons can now visit Spain after the government abandoned Covid entrance requirements and welcomed all tourists. As summer vacation approaches, travellers from around the world can begin arranging trips to Europe, as most nations have simplified their Covid-19 entrance requirements.
“As EU/EEA countries loosen barriers, others have eliminated Covid-19 entrance criteria.”
Total and partial vacancies
Spain joins Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Lithuania, and Switzerland in easing restrictions.
Czechia, Denmark, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, and Sweden accept non-vaccinated people, with variations ranging from requiring negative test findings (UK, Ireland, France, and Italy) to eliminating all pandemic travel restrictions.
Spain relaxes regulations
“We will no longer require the vaccination certificate,” declared Spain’s Minister of Industry, Trade, and Tourism, Mara Reyes Maroto.
Spain requires a negative test. Negative test results require an NAAT (with PCR) 72 hours before departure or an antigen test within 24 hours.
Minister: “We must preserve travel safety.” One official explains, ‘We’re still dealing with the pandemic, but we’re gradually reducing limitations.’
Under-12s don’t need certificates.
No vaccine, recuperation, or test certificate is necessary to visit these nations.
Austria is tourist-friendly. Since May 16, no vaccine or test is required.
Bulgaria has abolished all Covid-19 travel restrictions. Passengers are not required to provide Covid-19-related documents upon arrival, such as vaccination certificates, recovery certificates, or PCR/Antigen test results.
Croatia has repealed all border crossing restrictions, including the Covid-19 certificate or vaccination needed for non-EU citizens. Croatia has no Covid-related entry restrictions.
Denmark has no Covid-19 specific requirements.
Greece no longer requires a Passenger Locator Form as of March 15. (PLF).
Starting May 1 and as long as epidemiological data allow, all travellers to Greece, regardless of country of origin, no longer need to provide a valid certificate of vaccination or recovery from Covid-19 or a negative SARS-CoV-2 test result (PCR or Rapid Antigen test).
Hungary: No travel restrictions. Since March 7, travellers can enter without vaccinations, immunity certificates, tests, or quarantine.
Iceland’s travel restrictions were abolished on February 25. No pre-registration is required for visitors, regardless of vaccination status. No PCR test or quarantine is necessary before boarding an aeroplane.
Irish travel restrictions were relaxed on March 6. No passenger locator form, vaccination proof, or Covid-19 test are required.
Latvia no longer requires travellers to provide an interoperable vaccination or recovery certificate and a negative Covid-19 test result.
Lithuania since May 1, does not require Covid-19 documentation from visitors. No tourists attractions require masks to be worn.
Norway has lifted entry restrictions. The necessity to have a negative test before travel and to register upon arrival in Norway has been eliminated.
Poland since March 28, does not require Covid certificates, SARS-CoV-2 tests, or entrance quarantine.
Sweden on April 1, relaxed its prohibition on non-EU/EEA visitors. Sweden no longer requires immunisation and test certificates. Swiss borders are open. No vaccination, recuperation, or testing proof is needed.
There are still some limitations in these countries
France and Italy don’t require immunisation certificates, but negative test results are a must.
France: Vaccinated travellers are exempt from extra testing before departure. France accepts confirmation of a complete immunisation schedule from any country. Unvaccinated travellers must produce a negative test to enter France, but testing and isolation are no longer required.
Italy’s admission criteria are strict. Since March 1, all citizens, regardless of country, follow the same rules. Italy admits visitors with a vaccination or recovery certificate or a negative COVID-19 test result.