In the first post on travelling to Europe in May this year, we covered Austria, Belgium, Croatia, and Cyprus rules. This post will cover some other popular countries permitting travellers this summer.
Denmark was one of the first countries to lift all of its COVID-19 entry rules. All travellers can enter Denmark without presenting proof of a negative COVID-19 test – whether travelling from an EU/Schengen area or another country.
As well as dropping all restrictions on entry for travellers, Denmark has also dropped all of its domestic limits. Travellers are not required to wear a face mask or use COVID certificates when entering public places.
France currently allows restriction-free entry to all travellers holding a valid vaccination or recovery from COVID certificate.
France also allows entry for unvaccinated and unrecovered travellers, but different rules apply depending on where you are travelling from. There are two lists of country categories – the green list and the orange list.
If you are travelling from a green list country and have not been vaccinated or recovered from the virus, you are permitted entry to France as long as you can present a recently taken negative COVID-19 test result.
If you are travelling from an orange list country and are unvaccinated or unrecovered, you can still enter France, but slightly stricter rules apply. As well as presenting a recently taken negative COVID-19 test result you also need to submit a sworn statement attesting to the absence of COVID-19 symptoms and any contact with an infected person.
Germany has eased some of its COVID-19 rules, but it still requires travellers to present negative COVID-19 proof on arrival, either a valid vaccination, recovery or test certificate.
This requirement applies to all people over the age of 12 who travel to Germany. The German authorities also recently announced that these rules would stay until the end of May.
Greece is one of the most recent countries to lift its entry restrictions for travellers, as all travellers can now enter Greece restriction-free.
The Greek Ministry of Health announced that even unvaccinated and unrecovered travellers can now enter the country without following any additional rules.
Greece has also lifted domestic restrictions as well as international ones.
Ireland also lifted all its COVID-19 restrictions in February 2022, with the government saying, “There are no post-arrival testing or quarantine requirements for travellers to Ireland. Travel carriers will not ask to check a PLF receipt before travelling to Ireland.”
Italy has not lifted any of its entry rules for travellers, with the country applying the same rules to all travellers, irrespective of their country of origin.
They allow travellers with a vaccination or recovery certificate or a negative COVID-19 test result.
Portugal updated its entry rules on April 26th, with the country now permitting entry to all travellers.
However, all travellers over the age of 12 are still expected to meet COVID rules, including presenting a valid vaccination, recovery or test certificate on arrival.
The Azores have similar restrictions to mainland Portugal, but Madeira has dropped its entry restrictions.
Spain continues to require travellers to follow COVID entry restrictions, with all travellers from the Eu/Schengen area needing to present a valid EU Digital COVID certificate.
However, travellers outside this area need to present a vaccination or recovery pass to enter Spain restriction-free.
Spain has already dropped most of its domestic restrictions despite keeping entry rules in place, including the face mask requirement.
PCR Fit to Fly Test (digital certificate included)
A Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) is a viral diagnostic test for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. NAATs detect genetic material (nucleic acids). NAATs for SARS-CoV-2 specifically identify the RNA (ribonucleic acid) sequences that comprise the genetic material of the virus.
The pre-flight gold standard RT-PCR Fit to Fly test available from Fit2FlyTest is a reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) NAAT test. This is the most common test for detecting nucleic acid in a sample. When analysed by Public Health England and Hampshire hospitals NHS Trust our test correctly identified all positive and negative samples without exception. With 100% specificity toward the Sars-Cov-2 Virus, this kit will only detect the presence of the COVID-19 Coronavirus.
Our RT-PCR Fit to Fly test can be self-administered at home via a swab sample, which is then returned to our labs using the prepaid return label. We will have your results within 24 hours of your sample arriving at our laboratories, giving you peace of mind that you can travel safely