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Travel: List of EU Countries Keeping in Place COVID Restrictions in June & Entry Rules Explained

After taking into account the low infection rates and with the summer season being just weeks away, the majority of European Union and European Economic Area countries have already dropped all of their COVID-19 entry rules.

The list of EU / EEA countries that have lifted all of their COOVID-related entry rules and now permit restriction-free entry to all travelers regardless of their country of origin is as follows:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Czech Republic
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Denmark
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Slovenia
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland

All of the countries listed above no longer require travelers to present a vaccination, recovery, or test certificate upon their arrival, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

This means that travelers can now start planning their summer holidays in these 20 EU / EEA countries without having to worry about COVID-19 restrictions.

While the above-mentioned countries have lifted all of their COVID-19 entry rules for all travelers, the remaining EU / EEA countries continue to keep restrictions in place.

Although they have relaxed some of their measures, the nine countries listed below still require travelers to follow Coronavirus entry rules:

  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Portugal
  • Slovakia
  • Spain

Below you may find the current COVID entry rules that each of these nine countries apply.

Estonia

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Estonia continues to keep in place COVID-19 entry rules for travelers from specific countries. The Estonian authorities explain that all travelers from third countries need to present a vaccination or recovery certificate or a negative test result in order to be permitted entry.

“Coming from third countries: Present a vaccination or recovery certificate or a negative test result. Otherwise, it is mandatory to stay in isolation for seven days. No restrictions to anybody apply in the case of transit, ie, passing through the territory of the Republic of Estonia. ” the statement of Estonia’s official tourist information tourist website, Visit Estonia, reads.

Estonia accepts vaccination certificates provided that the document proves that the holder has completed primary vaccination in the last 270 days or has received a booster shot. As for the recovery and COVID-19 test, Estonia applies the same rules as the other EU countries.

While third-country travelers are still subject to entry rules when reaching Estonia, the latter’s authorities explain that travelers from the EU / EEA as well as those from the United Kingdom do not need to follow any entry rules.

Nationals of EU / EEA and the UK do not need to hold a valid vaccination, recovery, or test certificate upon their arrival, meaning that they are permitted restriction-free entry.

“Coming from Europe: You are welcome to travel to Estonia without any restrictions (no vaccination or recovery certificate, no tests, no isolation),” the tourist website added.

Finland

Helsinki.  Finland
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Differently from Estonia, Finland continues to apply entry rules to all travelers, even to those from the EU / Schengen Area.

Finland currently requires all travelers from the EU / Schengen Area to present a valid vaccination or recovery certificate upon their arrival. EU / Schengen Area travelers who are unable to present one of these two passes can enter Finland by presenting a negative COVID-19 test result too.

On the other hand, stringent rules apply to travelers from third countries. Non-EU travelers are permitted entry to Finland only if they are able to provide a vaccination or recovery certificate.

Finland applies the same rules on the validity period as the majority of other countries. A vaccination certificate is accepted in Finland as long as it proves that the holder has completed primary vaccination in the last nine months or has received a booster shot.

On the other hand, a recovery certificate is only recognized if it proves that the holder recovered from the virus in the last six months.

France

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Similar to the two countries mentioned above, France also requires all travelers to meet COVID-19 entry rules.

France currently permits entry to all travelers who meet the entry rules. However, the French authorities apply different rules depending on the country a person is traveling from.

Currently, France categorizes countries into two different categories – green and orange category.

France’s green list includes all the EU / EEA countries as well as tens of third countries. Travelers reaching France from a green-listed country are permitted entry provided that they present a vaccination, recovery, or test certificate.

In contrast, slightly stricter rules apply to those entering France from an orange-listed country. Fully vaccinated and recovered travelers from orange-listed countries are permitted restriction-free entry, whereas those who have not been vaccinated or recovered need to present a negative COVID-19 test result as well as a compelling reason to justify the need to enter France.

>> France Travel: Current COVID-19 Entry Rules Explained

Germany

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Despite facilitating some of its rules, Germany still continues to require all travelers to meet entry rules.

According to the German Federal Foreign Office, all persons over the age of 12 are required to present a vaccination, recovery, or test certificate upon their entry.

“Every person over the age of 12 is obliged to carry proof of their COVID‑19 status when entering Germany. Persons over the age of 12 must therefore have a negative test result or proof of recovery or vaccination, ” the statement of the Office reads.

Those who are unable to present one of the above-mentioned passes need to follow additional rules.

Germany was expected to facilitate its entry rules for incoming travelers by the end of April. However, the authorities decided to extend them for an undetermined period.

>> Traveling to Germany: Current COVID Entry Rules Explained

Malta

Malta
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Malta has just recently facilitated its entry rules. However, the country still requires all travelers to hold valid COVID-19 proof upon their arrival.

All travelers, regardless of their country of origin, are required to present a COVID Certificate – a vaccination, recovery, or test certificate – when traveling to Malta.

Those who present one of the above-mentioned passes are exempt from the requirement to follow additional rules.

Currently, children over the age of six are also required to present COVID proof when entering Malta. Nonetheless, the authorities have announced that starting from June 6, children under the age of 12 will no longer be required to present proof, meaning that they will be permitted restriction-free entry.

>> Malta to Scrap Test Requirement for Minors From June 6

Netherlands

Amsterdam summer sunrise, Netherlands
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The Netherlands continues to keep in place entry rules for all travelers from third countries. Non-EU travelers need to present a vaccination or recovery certificate in order to be permitted entry to the Netherlands. Those who are unable to present one of the passes are currently banned.

Conversely, the Netherlands has already lifted all of its entry rules for travelers from the EU / EEA. Travelers from the EU / EEA can enter the Netherlands restriction-free regardless of their vaccination status. This means that they do not need to present a recovery or vaccination certificate or a negative COVID-19 test taken recently.

Portugal

Palace Square, Lisbon, Portugal
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Portugal updated its entry rules earlier in April. However, the country still requires all travelers to follow COVID entry rules.

According to the official travel portal of Portugal, Visit Portugal, all travelers must present a valid vaccination, recovery, or test certificate.

Nonetheless, travelers should make sure to check what kind of rules apply to them depending on their country of origin as Portugal does not recognize COVID passes of all countries.

Currently, Portugal recognizes all COVID certificates issued in EU countries. In addition, passes issued in tens of other third countries are also recognized.

Similar to mainland Portugal, the Azores also require travelers to present COVID proof on their arrival. In contrast, Madeira has already lifted all of its rules. All travelers are permitted restriction-free entry to Madeira.

Slovakia

Restaurants on Michalska street in Bratislava, Slovakia
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Just like the countries above, Slovakia continues to keep in place COVID-19 entry rules. Currently, all travelers are required to provide a vaccination or recovery certificate. Special categories of travelers can also enter by only presenting a negative test.

The Slovak authorities noted that travelers who do not hold the required COVID documentation could also enter the country. However, they are required to follow additional measures.

>> Travel: Slovakia Lifts Pre-Entry COVID Registration, Quarantine & Face Mask Requirements

Spain

Barcelona - Park Guell, Spain
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Despite being one of the most popular destinations, Spain still keeps in place COVID rules. All travelers, regardless of whether they are reaching Spain from an EU or third country, are required to present a valid vaccination, recovery, or test certificate to be permitted entry.

Just like the other countries, Spain also applies validity rules. A vaccination certificate is recognized upon arrival in Spain if it proves that the person holding it has completed primary vaccination in the last nine months or received an additional vaccine dose.

A recovery pass is recognized if it proves that the holder recovered from the virus in the last 180 days, whereas the PCR test must be taken within 72 hours before arrival, and the rapid antigen test must be taken within 24 hours before arrival in Spain.

>> Spain Lifts Entry Ban for Non-Vaccinated Travelers From Non-EU Countries

Even though the countries mentioned above keep in place entry rules, they have already lifted the majority of their domestic COVID-19 restrictions. Travelers can now access different public places and events without being required to hold a valid COVID-19 Certificate.

Additionally, the requirement to wear a face mask in public places has also been dropped.

>> ETC: More Tourists to Visit Europe This Year as COVID-19 Restrictions Lift

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