Italy and Germany drop travel restrictions for June

The press calls it the summer of “revenge travel” and the statistics show it – despite travelers’ fears about inflation, Covid and safety, and despite huge staff shortages in the travel industry and hospitality – people move.

And across the region, many European countries eased travel restrictions, but for most of May some of the biggest – France, Spain, Italy and Germany – put in places severe restrictions. However, from June 1, Italy and Germany are lifting travel restrictions, at least temporarily.

Germany eases travel restrictions for summer

German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach has announced that the 3G rule for entering the country will be suspended until September. The 3G rule currently requires travelers to present a valid vaccination, recovery or test certificate to enter the country – a view will be taken after the summer season regarding Covid infection rates.

The country still has a clause in place that travelers arriving from a “viral variant zone” should still enter quarantine for 14 days, but there are currently no countries on this list.

However, there is a clause in the new law which means that this mainly applies to people who come from the EU/EEA or a country on the safe list or those who are considered fully vaccinated. However, for the summer, Germany recognizes vaccines that are on the WHO emergency use list, as well as vaccines that have been approved for use in the EU. So that adds people who have had CoronaVac, Sinopharm BIBP and Covaxin, for example.

14 days must have elapsed after a second dose to be considered fully vaccinated and a booster is required after another 9 months to maintain active status.

Italy lifts travel restrictions

The Italian Ministry of Health has announced that it will not renew the obligation which expires on May 31 for travelers to present a vaccination, recovery or test certificate on arrival, regardless of the country of origin. or departure. It had already removed the need to complete a passenger locator form on May 31.

Spain and France still have some bureaucracy in place. Spain is now open to unvaccinated travelers with testing, as is France – up-to-date rules for entering France can be found here.

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