While news of Europe’s gradual reopening to American travelers sparks excitement among travel counselors and their clients, the lack of unity and clarity on the rules has meant headaches for those who are eager to start planning.
One thing we know so far is that the welcome mat is being extended with great enthusiasm to vaccinated travelers, and that testing is still required in some countries, even with proof of vaccination. And a Covid test is still required for any traveler entering or returning to the United States
We have compiled information on the countries currently open to US visitors, as well as some major destinations that we plan to open in the near future; we plan to add more information as it becomes available. And as regulations evolve, it bears repeating that advisers should keep abreast of the rules by visiting the CDC website, Reopen Europe, and the individual websites of U.S. embassies and tourist boards.
Travel to Albania
Albania is an outlier among other European destinations in that all American travelers are welcome without any testing or quarantine requirements.
There is, however, a curfew from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., and masks are mandatory in indoor public spaces for anyone over 11 years old. Travelers should note that failure to wear a mask may result in a fine.
Traveling to Austria
There are hints of a mid-June date but nothing has yet been confirmed, according to Sigrid Pilcher, head of media relations for the Austrian Tourist Board.
“With President Biden currently in Europe and meeting with European leaders, talks about reopening the borders are on the agenda, so we expect to see some movement in the coming days,” she said. early this week.
Once the country opens, travelers will need to present one of the following three documents: proof of Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson or Moderna vaccination; evidence of recovery from a Covid infection; or proof of a negative Covid test (either a negative PCR test dating back less than 72 hours, or an antigen test dating less than 48 hours from the start).
Croatia was one of the first European countries to open its doors to vaccinated Americans. Visitors need proof of vaccination; a negative PCR test less than 72 hours old or an antigen test less than 48 hours old; or proof of recovery from a Covid infection.
In addition, tourists are required to book and fully pay for accommodation prior to arrival and have documents to prove it, according to Wanda Radetti, Founder and President of Tasteful Croatian Journeys, adding that Tasteful Croatian Journeys will prepare the necessary documents. for his guests.
Masks are mandatory indoors and on public transport, and nightclubs are closed.
Travel to denmark
Denmark opened its doors to American travelers on June 5, moving the United States from its red list to the yellow list, according to a statement from the Foreign Office.
This means that fully vaccinated visitors (Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson) from the United States can enter Denmark for tourism without testing or quarantine requirements if they show proof of vaccination and at least two weeks have passed since their last dose.
Unvaccinated children traveling with vaccinated adults may also enter but will need to be tested on arrival, depending on their age.
Travel to finland
Americans are still limited to entering Finland until at least June 27, according to VisitFinland. For the latest information on the opening date and expected entry conditions, see its Covid-specific website.
Travel in France
France opened to Americans vaccinated on June 9, provided they receive Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson vaccines at least two weeks before their arrival. They must also present a negative PCR test of less than 72 hours or a negative antigen test of less than 48 before boarding.
No quarantine on arrival is necessary for travelers who meet these conditions.
Unvaccinated children will be admitted with vaccinated adults but must test negative. But unvaccinated adults need a so-called compelling reason to visit and will need to be quarantined upon arrival.
In terms of the destination experience, indoor dining and other restrictions have been relaxed, and the curfew has been extended to 11pm. Masks are required in public places and fines may be imposed for non-compliance.
“In all scenarios, visits to a museum or monument should be arranged well in advance due to certain visiting restrictions – the number of people in the same viewing window, social distancing, etc. – and because the French and Parisians have been deprived and are now flocking to get their dose of culture, ”said Marion Fourestier, communications director of Atout France.
For more details on entry, visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and click on “Can I enter France”.
Traveling to germany
Like Austria, Germany is expecting an official statement from the Federal Ministry “soon” with a firm opening date, according to Amrei Gold, who is in charge of public relations for the German National Tourist Board.
Once opened, different states in Germany may have their own testing and mask protocols, but in general, expect to wear a mask on public transport.
Travel to greece
Greece is officially open to vaccinated American tourists.
Visitors must provide proof of vaccination or a negative Covid PCR test.
Children 5 and under can enter without restrictions if accompanied by adults who meet the requirements.
A curfew is in place from 1:30 am to 5:00 am Restaurants and attractions are open, but size and capacity restrictions are in place. Expect to wear masks indoors and in some places outdoors.
Iceland was one of the first European countries to open its doors to Americans. Travelers who have been vaccinated or who can show evidence of previous infection have been able to enter the country without testing or quarantine since April.
There is no curfew, but masks are mandatory on public transport, with fines for non-compliance.
Ireland will begin welcoming American tourists, vaccinated or not, on July 19.
Those who can provide proof of vaccination may ignore the testing and quarantine rules. Travelers who are unvaccinated or wish to travel before July 19 will need to present a negative Covid test performed within 72 hours and quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.
There is no curfew in place, but masks are mandatory on public transport, indoors and outdoors where social distancing is not possible.
Journey to Italie
Generally speaking, Americans are free to visit Italy for tourism, but the rules may vary by region and are constantly changing.
Currently, the United States is on Italy’s D List, which means Americans must present a negative Covid-19 swab test performed within 72 hours of entry.
Italy also offers Covid-tested flights from the United States, which offer certain exemptions to travelers.
Curfews are in place from midnight to 5 a.m., which will be lifted on June 21. Be aware, however, that curfews may vary by region. Masks are mandatory in public transport.
A self-declaration form is required at the entrance.
Travel to Malta
Malta will open its doors to American travelers on June 17, but state by state. The country initially said travelers from 40 U.S. states would be allowed to enter the country with proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure.
Travel to Portugal
Since June 15, Portugal has opened up to non-essential travel for US nationals.
By current restrictions, in effect until June 28, visitors must present a negative Covid PCR test performed within 72 hours before the departure time or an antigen test performed within 24 hours before the departure time on the first embarkation point. Children under 24 months are exempt.
Travelers must also present the same documents to border officials upon arrival, but no further testing or quarantine will be required.
Passengers are required to complete the online passenger locator card for each passenger up to 48 hours before travel.
Trip to Spain
Spain opened to vaccinated Americans on June 7; arrivals must have had two doses of Pfizer or Moderna or one dose of Johnson & Johnson at least 14 days prior to arrival. Unvaccinated children aged 6 to 17 must present a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 days of arrival; children 5 and under are exempt.
A pre-arrival form with a QR code is required.
In most cases, unvaccinated American adults cannot enter Spain for tourism.
Covid restrictions are in place nationwide and may vary by region, but generally expect capacity restrictions at restaurants and venues.
Travel to sweden
On May 28, the Swedish government announced that it was extending the entry ban for non-EU citizens until August 31.
“Theoretically, the United States could be added to the list of countries exempt from the regulation, in which case Americans might be able to travel to Sweden sooner than that,” said Melinda Martino, public relations manager at Visit. Sweden.
Travel to switzerland
Switzerland will welcome fully vaccinated North American guests from June 28. Quarantine and a negative Covid-19 test will not be required to enter the country.
All fully vaccinated travelers entering Switzerland by air will need to complete the Federal Office of Public Health’s online form for incoming travelers.
In addition, the Swiss government has announced a complete reopening of places such as restaurants, events and leisure facilities, according to the Swiss Tourist Office.
“I am not only delighted, but also very moved that we can finally get back to what we do best: welcoming guests from North America to our beautiful country,” said Claudio Zemp, Americas Director of Switzerland Tourism. “I have long believed that Switzerland, with its charming little towns, rustic villages dotted with picturesque valleys and great alpine landscapes is the natural choice for a post-Covid vacation.
“Now that the borders will be open, together with all the players in the Swiss tourism industry, we look forward to welcoming each of you.”
The United States is on the UK’s amber list, which means that while visitors can enter, testing and quarantines are still in effect. In addition, passengers must complete a pre-entry form. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said the country will delay the next easing of Covid restrictions in the country by four weeks to allow the country to continue a vaccination campaign to fight the delta variant.
However, with President Biden’s recent visit to the UK, talks about opening a travel corridor are ongoing.