25 countries open but larger destinations still restricted
Of the 27 countries in the European Union (plus those included in the Schengen/EEA area) and the UK, many are increasingly lifting Covid-related travel restrictions across Europe ahead of the summer and , hopefully for the last time.
So if you’re planning a trip, here’s the situation in the region, with more than 25 countries having removed all travel restrictions, as reported The Telegraph.
However, it should be remembered that some of the major holiday destinations – France, Germany, Italy and Spain – still require documentation and proof of vaccination/testing.
European countries without Covid-related travel restrictions
These countries have completely removed travel restrictions:
- Denmark, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden and the UK were all fully open, with no needing Covid-related travel documents, in April 2022.
- Greece, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Lithuania and Switzerland recently opened their doors in early May, removing the need for any documentation related to Covid vaccinations or testing for arrivals in the country, regardless of the vaccination status and country of origin. Greece still has a mask mandate in place until June 1.
European countries with certain Covid-related travel restrictions
However, there are still many European countries that require documents related to Covid-19:
- Most of these countries require proof of vaccination, a negative Covid-19 test result or proof of recovery.
- In some cases, different rules are still in place whether people are vaccinated or not, and some, like France, separate people further based on where they are leaving.
- Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal and Spain make up the list of European countries with some kind of restrictions of trip still in effect as of May 2022.
If anyone is looking for a flight from the US to Europe this summer, two budget European airlines have recently launched new routes across the Atlantic.