Unvaccinated third-country nationals including Americans and Britons are now allowed to vacation in Spain after the government moved to join other European countries that have dropped Covid entry rules and permit entry to all travelers.
“With the summer holidays just around the corner, travellers from all over the world can start planning their trip to Europe as the majority of countries have already relaxed their Covid-19 entry rules,” SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
“While some European Union/European Economic Area are easing restrictions, others have lifted all of their Covid-19 entry rules.”
Total and partial openings
Spain has joined the growing list of European countries that have dropped totally or partially their restrictions, among them most recently Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Lithuania and Switzerland.
The entire list of countries open to non-vaccinated people, with variations that range from demanding negative test results (United Kingdom and Ireland, France, Italy) to dropping all pandemic travel restrictions also includes Czechia, Denmark, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovenia and Sweden.
Spain relaxes rules
“We are going to stop requiring the vaccination certificate that could be discouraging tourists from outside the European Union from visiting us,” said María Reyes Maroto, Spain’s Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism.
She mentioned a “new phase of the pandemic” that has allowed the country to relax its entry rules. “The country saw a 9% drop in daily cases over the past week, with 229 new cases per 100,000 people in the past week,” the Washington Post reported.
In comparison, the United States saw a 12% increase in daily cases over the same period.
To enter Spain, though, a negative test will still be required. Those showing negative test results must take an NAAT test — a category that includes PCR tests — in the 72 hours before their trip or an antigen test within 24 hours of departure.
“There’s a degree of safety with travel that we have to preserve,” the minister argued. ‘We’re still co-existing with the pandemic but that doesn’t mean that we haven’t been gradually lifting restrictions.”
Children under 12 are exempt from showing a certificate of any kind.
Country by country
These countries are opening to all travelers, regardless of their country of origin, without being required to present a vaccination, recovery or test certificate:
Austria: Travel to Austria is possible for tourism. Since May 16, proof of vaccination, recovery or a test are no longer needed.
Bulgaria: Bulgaria has lifted all Covid-19 related travel restrictions for entering the country. Passengers, regardless of their journey’s origin, are not required to show any Covid-19 related documents — for example, Covid-19 Vaccination Certificates, Recovery Certificates or PCR/Antigen test results — on arrival.
Croatia: The country has removed all border-crossing restrictions, notably the requirement for non-European Union citizens to present a Covid-19 certificate or proof of vaccination for entry to Croatia. There are no longer any Covid-related restrictions for entry to Croatia.
Denmark: There are no Covid-19 related restrictions on entry.
Greece: Since March 15, travelers visiting Greece are no longer required to fill out the Passenger Locator Form (PLF).
Also, as of May 1 and for as long as the epidemiological data allow so, all travelers arriving in Greece, regardless of their country of origin, are no longer required to display a valid certificate of vaccination or recovery from Covid-19 or evidence of a negative test result from SARS-CoV-2 infection (PCR or Rapid Antigen test).
However, a simplified PLF remains in operation, the completion of which is optional.
Hungary: Travel to Hungary is again unrestricted. Since March 7, travelers can enter without the need for vaccination or immunity certificates or any kind of test or quarantine obligation.
Iceland: All travel restrictions have been lifted since February 25. All visitors are welcome, regardless of vaccination status, with no requirement to pre-register before visiting. No PCR test is required to board aircraft, and no testing or quarantine upon arrival.
Ireland: All Covid-19 travel restrictions were lifted on March 6. No passenger locator form, proof of vaccination or recovery, nor Covid-19 test is required.
Latvia: As of April 1, travelers no longer need to present an interoperable vaccination or recovery certificate, nor proof of a negative Covid-19 test result.
Lithuania: As of May 1, Lithuania removed all Covid-19-related requirements for all travelers entering the country. And all tourist attractions are open and no masks are required.
Norway: Entry restrictions have been discontinued.The statutory requirement to obtain a negative test prior to travel and the requirement to register entry into Norway upon arrival have both been ended.
Poland: As of March 28, all restrictions have been lifted, which means there is no obligation to present Covid certificates when crossing the border, test for SARS-CoV-2 or undergo the so-called entry quarantine.
Romania: Covid-19 related travel requirements for passengers have been lifted.
Slovenia: All restrictions have been lifted.
Sweden: As of April 1, the ban on entry to Sweden from countries outside the E.U./Europea Economic Area no longer applied. The requirement to present vaccination and test certificates when entering Sweden was also removed.
Switzerland: There are currently no entry restrictions. No proof of vaccination, recovery nor testing is required.
Still partial restrictions
While like Spain, neither France nor Italy are asking for a vaccination certificate, both countries still do require negative test results.
France: For travelers vaccinated according to European regulations, no more testing is required on departure. Proof of a complete vaccination schedule is sufficient to arrive in France, regardless of the country of origin.
For unvaccinated travellers, the obligation to present a negative test to travel to France remains, but the measures on arrival (test, isolation) are lifted.
Italy: Italy continues to keep in place entry rules for all travellers. Since March 1, the country has been applying the same rules to all persons, regardless of their country of origin.
Italy currently permits entry to all travellers who hold a vaccination or recovery certificate or a negative COVID-19 test result.