COVID-19. Germany, Spain, United Kingdom… What are the health restrictions for traveling in Europe?

Even though the pandemic is rapidly receding in Europe, traveling is not yet easy. Here’s what you need to prepare to treat yourself to a vacation beyond the French borders.

The holidays are almost here, and the fifth wave of COVID-19 is in full swing. However, traveling outside France is not always easy, especially since each European country imposes its own entry conditions.

We take stock of countries that are still very difficult to travel, where health or vaccination passes are required, and whose borders are open.

Further restrictions for the UK

We have, it is the United Kingdom that has the strictest instructions by requesting online registration at least 48 hours before going there, as well as a declaration on the honor that we have no symptoms of covid-19 for the past 14 days Huh.

From Saturday February 12, 2022, the presentation of a vaccination pass is sufficient for landing on British soil. For those who have not been vaccinated, a negative test is requested within 48 hours and it is mandatory to plan a test for 8 days after 2 days of their arrival.

countries bordering France

In Germany, all travelers over the age of 6 must provide proof of vaccination, or proof of having previously contracted the virus for less than 90 days (and more than 28 days), or a PCR or antigen test less than 48 hours after the end Will happen. Those who return to Germany without fulfilling these conditions will have to self-quarantine themselves for 10 days. Only cross-border workers are exempted from these measures, as long as they are tested twice a week.

A vaccination pass is sufficient to enter Belgium, as is evidence of infection less than 6 months old or recent tests (PCR test less than 72 hours old or antigen test less than 36 hours old). As far as the Brussels-Capital Region is concerned, non-vaccinated people should expect a mandatory 10-day quarantine. Travelers will have to fill out a locator form before entering the country.

The rules are exactly the same in Italy, but note that random tests can be requested upon arrival in the field, if the test is positive the isolation will be respected. Locate form has to be filled. People working across the border or traveling to Italy for less than 36 hours with a means of private transport (such as by car) are exempted from a pass or test to enter.

With respect to Spain, proof of vaccination is required for travelers from the age of 12 (and 14 days after the injection). Otherwise, the antigen test must be less than 24 hours old and the PCR test must be less than 72 hours old. Passengers arriving by plane or boat will have to fill out a form.

Finally for Switzerland and Liechtenstein, it requires travelers from the age of 16 to present proof of vaccination or test negative (less than 24 hours for antigen testing or less than 72 hours for PCR). An entry form will also be required to be filled. These restrictions do not apply to cross-border workers.

Sweden lifts ban

The Tout l’ website lists the level of restrictions for each European country if you want to travel from France. Putting aside the case of the United Kingdom, it is in Bulgaria and Greece that the conditions of entry are still the strictest.

Here are the countries whose access terms are “moderate”: Ireland, Iceland, Portugal, Netherlands, Denmark, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Malta, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland and Norway (as well as the countries already mentioned: Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy and Spain).

Only one country in Europe has the green light: Sweden, which has lifted all health restrictions for travelers from France or any country in the European Union.

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