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Europe’s most popular holiday countries: entry and corona rules

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The usually milder course of an omicron disease is causing numerous countries to significantly relax their entry and corona rules – despite increasing incidences in some cases. An overview of the currently applicable regulations.

Holidays in Europe have become easier again, many countries are making entry easier and relaxing their corona rules.

Testing and quarantine requirements in Europe

The choice of a travel destination has consequences for the return journey: For German vacationers, for example, who have stayed in a high-risk or virus variant area in the last 10 days before entering the Federal Republic of Germany, certain test requirements and quarantine rules apply.

At the moment, however, German holidaymakers can be relaxed. No countries are currently classified as high-risk or virus variant areas. This means that there is no longer any need for digital entry registration for those returning to Germany, and quarantine is no longer necessary for those who have not been vaccinated.

The Robert Koch Institute offers information about which countries in Europe and worldwide are classified from a German point of view in its constantly updated overview. The current entry and quarantine rules can also be found there.

The corona vaccination card, which the EU member states and the European Parliament have agreed on, has been in force since July 1, 2021, and, in addition to information on vaccinations, also contains information about tests or surviving corona infections. However, since February 1, 2022, the EU vaccination certificates for travel through the EU have become invalid nine months after the basic immunization. At the same time, the EU wants to make traveling in the EU easy. Since February 1, 2022, the EU’s digital COVID certificate, which certifies vaccination, recovery, or a negative test, eliminates the need for further testing or quarantine. However, EU countries are not obliged to implement this rule. It is therefore always advisable to check the relevant entry regulations of the destination country promptly before you start your journey.

In order to give travelers in Europe a better overview of possible restrictions, the EU introduced a Corona traffic light. The EU is then divided into green, orange, and red zones. In addition, there is the color gray for regions from which there is not enough data.

The EU Commission ‘s ‘Re-open EU’ app is also helpful. It offers up-to-date information, for example on the health situation, security precautions, or travel restrictions, for all EU countries and the border-free Schengen Area members Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland.

The corona and entry rules of the most popular holiday destinations (in alphabetical order):

  1. Denmark
  2. Germany
  3. France
  4. Greece
  5. Great Britain
  6. Italy
  7. Croatia
  8. Malta
  9. Netherlands
  10. Norway
  11. Austria
  12. Portugal
  13. Switzerland
  14. Spain
  15. Czech Republic
  16. Turkey

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