Countries are easing travel restrictions in Europe for tourists and looking for ways out of the coronavirus lockdowns and restart their tourism economies.
Many countries are determined to put tourism back on the map for summer and are easing two-month-long travel restrictions in Europe on tourists Some are pushing ahead on bilateral agreements with neighbors for land borders to reopen in May and June with a view to kickstart their tourism economies during the summer holidays and by removing some travel restrictions in Europe.
The EU, under its plan for a tourism comeback, wants countries with similar corona infection levels to relax common border closures first—ahead of a full though gradual return to
travel freedom Europe-wide. Tourist corridors between neighboring countries will allow holidaymakers to travel freely, with strict safety measures in place every step of the way.
So far, there has not been an EU-wide agreement but individual countries are striking deals with their neighbours and easing travel restrictions in Europe.
Wherever you are or wherever you planning to spend your summer holiday, certain advice such as social distancing, wearing of facemasks and regulations could change at any time according to local conditions.
Greece wants its borders open to European tourists by June 15, but that date has not yet been confirmed. UK nationals are allowed to enter Greece. Everyone will be tested for coronavirus upon arrive and you will have to stay in a Government-provided accommodation for 24 hours, until the test results come back. Greece is gradually beginning to ease its lockdown and travel restrictions and is hoping to be open to tourists by 15 July. The country was quick to react to the pandemic and has one of the lowest death rates in Europe.
Athens has listed 19 countries judged safe enough to allow international travel. The list includes China, Japan, Australia, Poland and Serbia. The UK, Italy, Spain and the United States are not on the list.
From June 3, EU citizens will be allowed to travel into Italy. Restrictions on internal travel is also being lifted early next month.Travel to Italy is only possible if it is absolutely necessary. However, Italy has announced it will reopen for travel from 3rd June. The Italian tourist agency says visitors will have to follow local orders on social-distancing guidelines and access to beaches.
Berlin wants to reopen the country’s borders by June 15.It is also deciding, on May 27, how much intra-European tourism will be allowed and where from.
Border crossings with Austria, Switzerland, France and Luxembourg began reopening on May 16. A similar deal has been reached, but not yet implemented, with Denmark.
From June 8, travellers arriving by train, plane or ferry will have to spend two weeks self-isolating and provide authorities with the address where they are staying. New arrivals will be asked to use their own car and not visit their work, schools or public areas.
For travellers without accommodation, the government has said it will provide a place to self-isolate.
From May 28, all visitors must sign passenger locator forms and self-isolate for 14 days.The forms tell authorities where you will be staying and the rules will be in place until at least June 18. Flights and ferry services continue to operate between Ireland and Great Britain but at a reduced service. New visitors will have to self-quarantine for 14 days.
Arrivals in France from the EU’s open-border zone will be exempt from the quarantine.
France will still keep its borders mostly shut until June 15, except to people who frequently need to travel in and out for work.
Only residents of France ands those who work in France will be granted access into the country. You will need a travel certificate to be granted access into the country.
Anyone arriving in France will have to say why they are there and where they will be staying.
Spain has reopened its borders but anyone arriving has to complete a two-week quarantine.
The country is heavily dependent on tourism and hopes to lift the self-isolation rule in July.The country has so far only referred to travellers from the EU and it is not known when that might widen to other areas.
Leaders are also looking to create safe corridors between Spanish areas that have Covid-19 under control and similar areas around Europe. Spain has announced it hopes to reopen to tourism in June, with hotels, restaurants and shops already starting to reopen.
Flights from Portugal to the UK have reduced considerably. There are strict measures in place and there are significant restrictions on movement within the country.
Be aware that as of the 22 March the Portuguese government announced the closure of all campsites and motorhome parks to tourists and visitors. As well as this, cruise ships can berth at ports on mainland Portugal, but passengers can only disembark if they are Portuguese nationals or residents. Recreational vessels and private yachts are not permitted to dock, except for refuelling or taking on supplies. Starting on 4 May, the government of Portugal will begin a three stage de-escalation plan to slowly ease the country
out of lockdown. The full de-escalation will take 6 weeks, with the country expected to be open to tourists by mid-June.
The country is reopening its EU borders on June 15.
It has already reopened two crossings into Hungary and allowed some of the crossings into Germany. Spot checks will be carried out on foreigners arriving in the country.
Anyone entering Austria from Germany, Hungary, Italy, Liechtenstein, Slovenia or Switzerland, or anyone who has, in the last 14 days, been in an area for which the Austrian Foreign Ministry has travel warnings in place due to COVID-19 (including the UK), must present a medical certificate with micro-biological test results in English, French, German or Italian which is no older than 4 days old. Be aware that ski resorts and accommodation in Tyrol, Salzburg and Vorarlberg provinces are closed. Austria’s alpine tourism is heavily dependent on German visitors.
Strict closures will stay in place until at least June 12. Poland: You will be required to self-isolate on arrival in Poland for 14 days. Authorities have announced plans to start to re-open to tourists, with new policy measures for visitors and organisations expected.
From May 13, travellers from all EU nations plus Iceland and Liechtenstein have been barred from entry except people who work in the country or have relatives living there.
The FCO has advised against all but essential travel to the country and Norway has asked anyone who is not Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Swedish or residents of Norway to leave.
Norway has announced it will lift nearly all lockdown restrictions in June.
Iceland will begin lifting restrictions on June 15.
The Icelandic Government intends to ease restrictions on international arrivals by 15 June at the latest. Details have not yet been finalised, but it is expected that arrivals will have the choice between a test on arrival or two weeks self-isolation.Visitors will have to have a coronavirus test on arrival or do a two-week quarantine.
Croatia began opening its border with Slovenia earlier this month.
Croatia has reopened border crossings on major routes for limited people, including foreign nationals who have real estate in the country, who own a boat in Croatia, have spouse or children in Croatia, need to attend funerals or have been invited for business purposes. Self-isolation is only being imposed on those who may have been in contact with an infected person. German tourists will not be allowed to visit the country until at least June 15.
The health ministry has indicated other deals will be reached with other EU nations in the coming weeks
Slovenia reopened its borders on May 15. Visitors crossing from Hungary, Italy and Austria are exempt from an otherwise mandatory seven-day quarantine.
Airports in Slovenia have now re-opened for passenger transportation. Health checks are being conducted at all border entry points. British visitors who display signs of coronavirus
infections will be refused entry. Most UK nationals will be required to quarantine for 14 days.
All borders are closed (with the exception of freight) to all nationals.
All ski resorts are now closed and the FCO advises against all but essential travel.
The majority of foreign nationals who have travelled from or via countries with outbreaks of COVID-19 within 14 days of travel, including the UK, are not currently allowed to enter Armenia.
The Azerbaijani authorities have extended the suspension of all commercial passenger flights in to and out of Azerbaijan until at least 31st May.
You will only be able to enter Belgium if you live there or if you work there. The Belgium Government has announced plans to slowly start relaxing lockdown measures.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
All foreign visitors are banned from entering the country.
The Bulgarian Government has announced severe restrictions on international travel, forbidding entry to British nationals. However, tourist spot Sunny Beach hopes to reopen to
UK arrivals from early July.
UK citizens without permanent or temporary residency will not be able to enter the Czech Republic, with the FCO advising against all but essential travel. The Czech Republic has started
to loosen its lockdown. British Nationals and EU citizens making business trips of three days or less can enter the Czech Republic as long as they have evidence that they have tested
negatively for Covid-19.
The government of Cyprus has banned UK tourists from entering the country.
The Danish border will be closed to foreign nationals who do not have a ‘worthy purpose’ for entering Denmark until at least 10 May.
Domestic tourism will re-open on 15 June. From 1 July Georgia’s land and air borders should re-open in line with the principle of safe corridors and there will be a gradual resumption of flights and international tourism.
Only citizens of Estonia, holders of an Estonian Residency Permit or foreign citizens whose family member lives in Estonia are permitted to enter Estonia.
Only Latvian nationals and foreign nationals who hold residence cards issued by the Latvian Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs are authorised to enter Latvia.
All commercial flights between Lithuania and the UK have been cancelled.
There are currently no scheduled passenger flights from Luxembourg Airport.
Madeira will be open to travellers from July 1st and has offered to pay for coronavirus tests for all incoming tourists.
All commercial flights to Malta have been suspended.
You will not be able to enter Montenegro unless you have a permanent or temporary residence in the country. Montenegro is slowly starting to ease its lockdown restrictions. Marinas are open for the embarktion and disembarktion of foreign crew, but all those from foreign boats must self-isolate at the berth for 2 weeks.
Foreigners who do not hold Moldovan residency are currently not permitted to enter Moldova.
Direct flights between Romania and the UK have been suspended.
On the 16th March, Russia announced that it will restrict entry into the whole country for almost all foreign citizens from 18 March until 1 May 2020.
Entry to Slovakia is permitted only for Slovak citizens, foreigners with proof of residency in Slovakia, and other foreign nationals under certain conditions.
Passengers who are not Turkish nationals or residents of Turkey are not permitted to enter Turkey. However, Turkey has announced plans to reopen to European tourists at the
end of July.
Foreign citizens who are not residents of Ukraine are not allowed to enter the country.
Which European countries you can still travel to?
All arrivals from countries that are affected by coronavirus must self-isolate for a period of 14 days, regardless of whether they show symptoms. From 11 May, all passengers on Belavia airlines need to wear a face mask on the flight, during check-in, at secuirty and while on the airport busses.
Finnish borders are closed to all arriving non-resident foreign nationals with some limited local exemptions. However, entry is extremely limited. Non-resident British nationals are permitted to enter Finland for limited essential or compassionate reasons with evidence for their travel. From 27 March, Finland is introducing new measures that restrict travel into and out of the Uusimaa region (including the wider Helsinki area). Trips to Helsinki air and sea ports are permitted if you have tickets for onward travel out of Finland.
UK nationals can only enter Hungary for business, study and other essential reasons. Before being granted access, you will need to complete this form.
Travellers from high-risk countries, including the UK will have to fill in a 'fit-to-fly' health declaration form, which will ask if you have Covid-19 symptoms. Based on your decleration, you may be denied permission to board the plane.
Commercial flights between London and Belgrade have resumed. Border crossings have now opened.
Sweden's borders are currently open to UK nationals. There are limited flights operating between London and Stockholm. Gatherings of more than 50 are still prohibited.