Many European countries have scrapped travel restrictions relating to Covid-19—the latest countries include Estonia, Finland, and Portugal from 1 July.
There are, however, still some countries where it is still mandatory to test and come equipped with Covid-19 vaccination or recovery certificates.
Here’s an overview on what’s going on for July 2022.
Countries in Europe without travel restrictions
There are currently 32 destinations in Europe that don’t have any Covid-19 restrictions in place: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland and the U.K.
This means that regardless of vaccination history there is no need to show any documentation relating to a traveler’s health status.
European countries with travel restrictions in place
The following countries still have travel restrictions across Europe:
- France—France is still using different rules for travel depending on if people have been vaccinated or not. The majority of countries are listed green, from which people can travel for non-essential travel and fully-vaccinated travelers can enter without testing requirements. The unvaccinated must still test before entry with a negative PCR result less than 72 hours or an antigen test less than 48 hours before departure.
- Malta—anyone arriving in the country must still present either a vaccination certificate, a recovery document or a negative Covid-19 test result.
- Netherlands—there is an entry ban still in place for all travelers arriving from outside the EU/Schengen area, except for those who can prove they are vaccinated or can show a recovery certificate or are arriving from the list of safe countries. This makes the Netherlands the only country on this list in Europe to not currently allow unvaccinated travelers from outside the EU to enter.
- Spain—the country recently dropped the requirement for travelers coming from inside the EU/Schengen area to show documentation relating to their Covid-19 status. However, from outside the EU/EEA region, travelers must show proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative test result—either PCR taken within 72 hours or antigen taken within 48 hours. Clearly, this means that Spain is open to unvaccinated travelers, providing they test.