As the doors of the European Union reopen for the first time since March 2020, tourists will discover different scenarios
Europe is opening up to Americans and travelers from other countries after more than a year of restrictions due to COVID-19, in hopes of drawing tourists – and their dollars – back to the continent’s trattoria, landscapes and cultural treasures. . But they will have to be patient to find out who can enter which country, how and when.
As the doors of the European Union are reopened one by one to the outside world for the first time since March 2020, tourists will discover a mosaic of systems rather than a single, borderless leisure area as member state governments have resisted giving up control of their borders during the pandemic.
Britain is on its own course after Brexit.
Here’s a look at the current entry regulations for some of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations. One word of caution: although these are the rules dictated by governments, travelers can run into setbacks when airlines and rail companies try to understand them.
If you are vaccinated, welcome to France. But only if you received one of the four EU-approved vaccines _ Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca-University of Oxford, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson. This is true for Americans, as long as they can present an official proof that they are immunizedBut not for other parts of the world, such as China and Russia, where other drugs are administered.
France’s borders officially reopened on Wednesday. Vaccinated visitors, both from outside Europe and from a handful of ‘green’ countries, will still need to present a negative PCR test performed no more than 72 hours prior, or a negative antigen test no more than 48 hours in advance.
Non-immunized minors may enter with adults who are, but those over 11 years old will have to have a negative test.
The country bans the entry of tourists from 16 countries that are fighting large outbreaks and worrying variants, included in a red list where they are India, South Africa and Brazil.
Unvaccinated people from “orange list” countries, such as the United States and Great Britain, cannot travel for tourism and can only enter for specific and imperative reasons.
The different European countries seek to reopen their borders to tourism after almost a year and a half
Americans, the second largest group of foreign tourists the country receives, can travel from mid-May. But they must quarantine for 10 days upon arrival unless they are part of one of the so-called “anti-COVID flights.”
On these flights, passengers pass a test before and after flying and must fill out documents about their whereabouts to facilitate tracking if necessary.
These flights coming from USA They started in December, and in May they were expanded to Canada, Japan and the United Arab Emirates.
Italy also started receiving British and Israeli tourists last month, who they no longer need an “essential” reason to enter and should not be confined as long as they test negative for COVID-19 made up to 48 hours before your arrival.
This rule also applies to travelers from EU countries and to those on flights where virus detection tests are carried out.
Greece, whose economy is heavily reliant on tourism, began welcoming Americans in April and already allows entries from China, Britain and 20 other nations for non-essential travel.
Everyone must show a vaccination certificate or a negative PCR and fill out a location form detailing your plans in Greece. This directive expires on June 14, but could be extended.
Athens has long pushed for the EU to adopt a common approach, but did not wait for it to materialize. Since June 1, Greece, Germany and five other community partners use a COVID certificate for travelers, weeks before the program that will begin on July 1 in the 27 member nations.
Spain began its summer tourism campaign on Monday by receiving vaccinated visitors from the United States and much of the world, as well as Europeans who can demonstrate that they are not infected.
Americans and most non-Europeans need an official vaccination certificate issued by a health authority, and in English. Spain accepts those inoculated with the four vaccines approved by the EU, in addition to the two Chinese ones authorized by the World Health Organization, as long as they complete the vaccination at least two weeks before traveling.
Arrivals from Brazil, South Africa and India are suspended for the moment due to the high rate of infections there, and unvaccinated Americans and many other non-EU citizens will not be able to spend their holidays in Spain yet.
But there are exceptions for countries considered low risk, such as Great Britain, whose residents no longer need any health documents. Community citizens must present proof of vaccination, a certificate showing that they recently passed COVID-19, or a negative antigen or PCR test performed less than 48 hours before arriving in the country.
There are currently very few American tourists in Britain, if any. London introduced a color system, like those of a traffic light, that assesses risk by country, and the United States is, as in many other European nations, on the “amber” list, which means that all who arrive coming from there, they must isolate themselves at home or in the place where they are staying for 10 days.
British and American airlines and airport operators are pushing to open a corridor to allow tourism to resume, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to address the issue in his meeting with Joe Biden at this week’s G7 summit. In England.
Furthermore, anyone traveling between Britain and mainland Europe should know that in addition to the isolation requirements for those leaving or entering British soil, growing concern about the delta variant of the virus has led many other nations to impose restrictions. special for them.
This free certificate, which will contain a QR code, will allow travel between the nations of the bloc
The block does not have a unified border or tourism policy against COVIDBut she has been working on a joint digital travel certificate for months for those vaccinated, those who have passed a recent screening test or have recently overcome the disease. MEPs approved the initiative on Wednesday.
This free certificate, which will contain a QR code with advanced security functions, will allow travel between the nations of the bloc no need to pass quarantines or additional coronavirus tests upon arrival.
Several EU countries have already started using the system, including Spain, Germany, Greece, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark and Poland. The rest are expected to start applying it on July 1.
It is intended primarily for European citizens, but Americans and elsewhere will be able to obtain it if they can convince the authorities of the nation they arrive at that they meet the requirements.