Update: European Countries Open for Travel

Many European countries are reopening their borders in an effort to encourage summer tourism but there is some lack of proper organisation and coordination.

Although the coronavirus is not yet truly gone, normal life and travel are gradually coming back. Many people have hurried to book their holidays as soon as the travel bans have been lifted. And who can blame them? We are aching to travel, explore and enjoy life as before the coronavirus hurled the world into lockdown.

Here you will find the full list of European countries open for travel. This article is an update, following our previous one on Europe easing travel restrictions.

So let’s see where you can go on vacation right now or in the near future.


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European countries open for travel


Austria

On 16 June, Austria opened its borders to 31 European countries but there are still quarantine restrictions for people coming from Portugal, Sweden, Spain or the UK who do not take a COVID-19 test or provide a certificate, which cannot be more than 4 days old. In addition, a travel warning has been issued for the region of Lombardy, Italy.

Entry by air is prohibited to arrivals from countries outside the Schengen area.

Regarding non-European arrivals, entry is allowed only for special categories like diplomats,  travelers in transit, and workers for international organizations, health care or freight.


Belgium

On 15 June, Belgium opened its borders to all EU member states, including Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein and the UK. There are no quarantine requirements.


Bulgaria

Bulgaria is currently open to travellers from the EU, as well as the UK, Bosnia, Serbia and Montenegro. Moreover, groups such as seasonal workers, medical staff and people, including investors, working on core infrastructure projects, are exempt from border restrictions.

Travellers arriving from Belgium, Portugal, Sweden, the Netherlands, North Macedonia and the UK are obliged to self-isolate for 14 days. Transiting lorry and bus drivers are exempt.

As for travelers from outside Europe, they are banned, apart from diplomats, transport staff and medical specialists, and other exceptions.

People who are transiting the country or are exempt from quarantine have to sign a declaration.


Croatia

Travellers from Austria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia are allowed to enter. However, the government has stated it will collect contact data.

Nationals of other EU countries need to prove they have a good reason, but don’t worry - this could simply be an accommodation booking.

Taking a test or self-isolating isn’t required unless you have symptoms.

Croatia is still closed to foreigners from outside of Europe.


Cyprus

Cyprus has put all countries into 2 categories, based on their coronavirus infection rates. From 20 June, travellers from the first group of countries will be allowed in without any restrictions. The second group - Israel, Poland and Romania - need a health certificate.

However, there is an entry ban on citizens from the UK, Ireland, France, Spain and Italy, as well as Belgium, Sweden and the Netherlands, which will last until 1 July.

In addition, you need a COVID-19 traveler declaration and a test result. You can also have the test in Cyprus and self-isolate until the result is available.

Norway, Switzerland and Israel are the only non-EU countries on the list mentioned above. Travelers from elsewhere outside Europe are allowed only in exceptional circumstances and after receiving approval, including for transit.


Czech Republic

The Czech Republic is using a traffic light system. People arriving from low-risk (green) countries can enter without any issues. Those from (orange) medium-risk countries or (red) high-risk ones are denied access. For example, the UK is medium-risk, while Portugal and Sweden are high-risk.

However, Czech citizens returning from green or orange countries can do so without restrictions.

Czechs returning from Sweden or Portugal (which are in the red zone) must take a test or self-isolate. This also applies to foreigners from orange or red countries allowed in by exception.


Denmark

Denmark’s land borders to visitors from Germany and Norway are now opened. Tourists from Iceland are also allowed but only if they can prove they are staying in the country for at least 6 nights. No quarantine is required.

Regarding citizens from elsewhere, the borders will remain closed until at least 1 September.

However, there are many exceptions to the rules. Partners of Danes from all EU countries can visit (but they have to fill in a police form), as well as Finns and Swedes, owners of a summer home in Denmark.


Estonia

Estonia’s borders are open to visitors from 24 low-risk European and Schengen countries, including the UK, without any quarantine requirements as long as no COVID-19 symptoms are present. However, arrivals from elsewhere in Europe must quarantine or provide a certificate proving negative test results for COVID-19.

Arrivals who have spent at least 14 days before their departure in a country with more than 15 infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days are obliged to self-isolate for 2 weeks upon arrival.

Moreover, everyone can file a request to cross the border in exceptional circumstances.


Finland

Finland removed border checks for visitors from Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania but will be closed to other countries until 14 July.


France

France is now open to most European countries. Travellers from the UK are required to quarantine for 14 days.

On 1 July, France will begin relaxing restrictions on travel from countries outside the EU, in accordance with the European Commission's recommendations. University students will be given priority for entry.


Germany

All EU citizens can now enter Germany without having to self-isolate. Like most other EU countries, there is still an entry ban in place on travellers from outside of Europe.


Greece

International flights have resumed, except to those countries that are high-risk according to the EU’s aviation safety agency (EASA). Now you can fly to Athens and Thessaloniki, and on 1 July direct flights to regional airports will resume as well.

Arrivals from high-risk airports, as well as France, the UK, the US and Belgium face mandatory tests and quarantine measures. Those from low-risk countries outside Europe such as Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, China, Lebanon and Israel are allowed to travel to Greece.

The land border with Bulgaria is now open. North Macedonia and Albania ones will open on 1 July, while re-evaluation with regards to Turkey is expected by June 30. Arrivals by sea will be accepted as of 1 July.


Hungary

Hungary’s borders are partially opened to citizens from Austria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia, Serbia and Slovenia.

People coming from these countries don’t have to quarantine, but Hungarians or permanent residents returning from elsewhere, as well as people with special permits, must self-isolate for 14 days.

Travellers from elsewhere cannot enter the country until further notice. However, there are some exemptions such as business travelers from South Korea and Japan. Ukrainian citizens may also enter for agricultural work purposes.


Iceland

Iceland’s borders are now open but visitors have to fill out a pre-registration form before departure, undergo a COVID-19 test on arrival and download a contact tracing app. If you refuse to have the test, you’ll have to self-quarantine. 

Be aware that test results from other countries are not accepted. However, the requirements don’t apply to children born in 2005 or later.

Countries outside Europe are still banned.


Ireland

Ireland hasn’t put any border restrictions but 14-day quarantines and filling in a Passenger Locator Form are mandatory for most visitors, except for those arriving across the border from Northern Ireland, essential workers and diplomats.

Worldwide arrivals are also allowed to enter.

Italy

Borders are open to all EU and Schengen area member states, as well as the UK. There are no quarantine requirements unless travellers are arriving from a third country outside Europe. However, if you come from a permitted country but were outside the bloc in the 2 weeks prior to entering Italy, you will still have to self-quarantine for 14 days.


Latvia

Latvia has lifted quarantine restrictions on arrivals 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.


Lithuania

There are no border controls to travellers arriving from 24 European countries, and no quarantine requirement. Sweden, the United Kingdom and Portugal are excluded from the list.

Travelers from countries with an incidence rate above 15 per 100,000 have to self-isolate. That includes Belgium.

Moreover, people arriving on a ferry from Sweden must self-quarantine, even if Sweden wasn’t their point of departure.


Luxembourg

There are no restrictions in Luxembourg for arrivals travelling from other European countries. Its borders are closed only to travelers from outside Europe.


Malta

Tourists from most countries from the European union and the Schengen zone will be able to visit from 1 July with exceptions. Austria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Slovakia, the islands of Sardinia and Sicily will be welcomed. Meanwhile, entry from Sweden, the UK and high-risk areas in Italy, Poland, Spain and France is banned.

Travelers have to sign a declaration stating they have spent the past 30 days in a country on the “safe list.”

Quarantine will be only required for people urgently arriving in Malta from outside this list.

People from Iceland, Israel, Norway and Switzerland are allowed to travel to Malta, but otherwise, non-European countries are banned.


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Netherlands

The Netherlands has lifted entry and quarantine restrictions on arrivals from the EU and other Schengen countries, except for Sweden and the UK. No quarantine is required.

However, tourists must prove they have an accommodation reservation.


Norway

The country limits cross-border traffic from the EU to specific categories, such as work or family reasons. Norway is accepting visitors from neighbouring Nordic countries (Denmark, Iceland, Finland, the Faroe Islands and Greenland), except Sweden. However, travelers from the island of Gotland are allowed.

Arrivals have to quarantine for 10 days instead of 14. This no longer applies to arrivals from the Nordics (apart from Sweden).

Travel restrictions will be reviewed again on 20 July.


Poland

Poland is welcoming travellers from other EU countries, without quarantine requirements. International air travel has restarted.


Portugal

Portugal resumed international flights this month with European countries and those farther afield, including the US.

The land border with Spain will stay closed until 1 July, but air travel is allowed.

In addition, travelers to the Azores or Madeira islands will be tested upon arrival.

There is no quarantine requirement.


Romania

Romania allows travellers from the EU, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland and Norway. New arrivals must self-isolate or quarantine in a government center. However, that doesn’t apply to those arriving from Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Croatia, Switzerland, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, Slovakia, Slovenia and Hungary.

Non-European arrivals are not allowed, but exceptions are made for diplomats and workers.


Slovakia

Slovakia's borders are open to citizens from most European countries apart from the high-risk ones such as Sweden and the UK. The border with Poland over the Tatra Mountains is partially closed.

Arrivals must quarantine for 2 weeks unless they show a negative test. Those who have visited an unsafe country in the preceding 14 days can also show a negative COVID-19 test result but it must not be older than 96 hours. Otherwise, tests can also be done while you’re in quarantine.


Slovenia

Slovenia is open to citizens from most European countries but a 2-week quarantine period is required for those coming from Sweden, the UK and non-EU countries including Russia, Andorra and Gibraltar.

Residents who have been outside the EU for a 2-week period are obliged to self-isolate as well.


Spain

The Prime Minister has announced that from 21 June, Spain (including the Balearic Islands) will be open to travellers from the Schengen area, with no quarantine requirement. Travellers from Portugal and other European countries will be welcome from 1 July.

However, travelers to the Canary Islands who cannot provide their COVID status will be tested upon arrival.

Spain expects to open borders with non-EU countries on 1 July but that is still to be confirmed.


Sweden

Sweden has no restrictions in place. However, non-essential travel from countries outside Europe is not allowed.


Switzerland

All restrictions are lifted and no quarantine is required for arrivals from EU countries, as well as Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and the UK. Liechtenstein follows Switzerland’s approach on borders.


United Kingdom

The UK's borders aren’t closed but since early June a mandatory 2-week quarantine period is required for all arrivals, except for those arriving from Ireland, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and Guernsey. This means you have to provide your journey and contact details upon arrival and can be fined if you break the rules.

There is no distinguishment between European and worldwide arrivals.


Conclusion


Now you know which European countries are open for travel and under what conditions.

The good news is that European travel is increasingly possible and getting back to normal. July will come with even more lifted restrictions and open borders. Summer tourism in 2020 won’t be just a dream after all. Holidays, here we come!

However, make sure to always stay updated and definitely check travel warnings before you book a flight.

Stay safe!