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As summer heats up in the Northern Hemisphere, millions of people are traveling for their holidays and Europe is the best summer getaway this year.
Almost every country across the continent has removed all entry requirements making visiting a breeze, however, there are a handful of stubborn nations that have not yet lifted the rules. Currently, there are only 5 countries in Europe with travel restrictions. The latest EU country to lift all entry restrictions was Portugal on July 1.
Spain, France, the Netherlands, Malta and Luxembourg are the only countries in Europe with some travel restrictions.
There are only 5 countries left in Europe with travel restrictions.
Below are 5 countries in Europe that still have some Covid travel restrictions and where you can go instead if you prefer not to deal with any restrictions.
As of June 6, 2022, persons aged 12 and over are allowed to travel to Malta without being subject to quarantine as long as they provide A of the 3 documents mentioned below:
- Proof of vaccination.
- Proof of recovery.
- Test certificate. A negative PCR test result obtained no more than 72 hours before arrival or a negative rapid antigen test obtained no more than 24 hours before arrival.
Where to go instead? Cyprus.
Cyprus is less than a 3 hour flight from Malta and you not only get the same island benefits that you would if you were traveling to Malta, but you also don’t have to worry about any kind of entry restrictions.
Cyprus lifted all entry restrictions in June. Travelers will no longer have to worry about taking any tests, showing proof of vaccinations or anything else for that matter.
2. The Netherlands
If you are traveling to the Netherlands as a US citizen coming from the United States, you must show the following:
Where should you go instead?? Belgium.
Belgium, just 130 miles from the Netherlands is a fantastic destination for anyone who enjoys the same romantic and charming canals that the Netherlands has to offer. Instead of having to show any form of entry documentation, Belgium decided to drop all entry requirements.
Travelers can go down the plain canals in Belgium, which are stunning, quirky and less crowded.
Travelers who want to travel to France must show the following:
- Proof of vaccination.
- If not vaccinated, travelers are required to present a negative test result to enter France. (48-hour antigen or 72-hour PCR)
- Complete the EU-PLF form.
Where to go instead? Ital.
Travelers can avoid showing proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test if they cross the French Rivera this summer and head a few hundred miles south-east to Italy’s famous wine country Tuscany.
Rent a car in Florence and explore the vast countryside with hundreds of wineries, many hundreds of years old. Escape the big crowds and blend into the Italian wilderness.
You will still have the wonderful weather you would otherwise have in France, the cultural cuisine will also be similar and quite exquisite.
Current entry requirements for Spain:
All Americans, including the unvaccinated, are allowed to travel to Spain. However, there are different entry requirements depending on your vaccination status.
Vaccinated Americans over age 12:
- Show proof of vaccination, or proof of recovery, or show a negative PCR or RAT test.
- US citizens traveling from the United States to Spain must present upon arrival in Spain a QR code generated through the Spain Travel Health portal, obtained through the website or by downloading the “SpTH app.”
If you are not fully vaccinated, you can enter Spain by presenting A from the following documents:
- Documentation proving that you have had a PCR test within 72 hours of departure or a rapid antigen test if traveling within 24 hours.
- proof of recovery from COVID-19 in the last 6 months.
Unvaccinated Americans must also complete a QR code before leaving for Spain, which can be obtained through the Spain Travel Health portal.
Where to go instead? Portugal.
Portugal has just dropped all its entry requirements and is a perfect alternative to Spain. The neighboring country is cheaper than Spain, yet offers an incredible amount of things to do, places to see and wine to drink.
Skip Mallorca, Ibiza and Barcelona, explore the islands off the coast of Portugal, Faial Island, Santa Maria Island or get lost in Portugal’s capital, Lisbon.
Anything you can do in Spain, you will be able to do in Portugal.
One of the smallest countries in the world, Luxembourg is smaller than the state of Rhode Island. It is also one of the few countries in Europe that still has some entry requirements.
- Show proof of vaccination.
- Complete the Passenger Locator form prior to arrival.
- If you are not fully vaccinated, you will need to show evidence of a negative PCR test (taken no more than 48 hours before entry) or rapid lateral flow test (taken no more than 24 hours before entry ) when you enter Luxembourg.
- If you are not fully vaccinated but have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last year, you can enter Luxembourg. You will need to show proof of recovery.
Where to go instead? Germany.
Germany is Luxembourg’s neighboring country, it also waived all of its entry requirements and makes a great alternative to Luxembourg if you’d rather not deal with entry requirements.
The architecture in Germany will be very similar to Luxembourg as well as many other cultural similarities. In fact, both countries were once part of the Holy Roman Empire. Luxembourg had also been part of the German Customs Union before the European Union.
Germany will be very similar to Luxembourg without the entry requirements.
Countries with no travel restrictions or entry requirements
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