Traveling to these European countries has become more difficult for Americans
IIt has been less than a week since the European Union removed the United States from its “safe list” of countries for non-essential travel, and already some of the bloc’s 27 most-visited member states have responded by cracking down with additional Covid-19 travel restrictions for Americans.
The EU recommendation is not binding, so it is up to each country in the bloc whether or not to impose additional restrictions. Already, it is clear that travelers will not find a universal policy throughout the EU, because a messy patchwork of different rules and regulations is emerging across the continent.
Here are the European countries where it has become more difficult for Americans to travel.
EU countries where Americans are practically banned
Sweden: As of September 6, the United States is no longer on the Swedish list of “safe countries”. This means that American tourists are not allowed to enter Sweden for non-essential reasons, regardless of their vaccination status. The United States had previously been exempted from Sweden’s entry ban on non-European residents.
Bulgaria: Two days after the EU removed the US from its “safe travel list”, Bulgaria placed the US on its “red zone” list. People arriving from the United States, regardless of their nationality, are not allowed to enter Bulgaria. American tourists can, however, visit Bulgaria if they arrive from a country on the “green list” or the “orange list” and present either proof of vaccination against Covid-19, a recent negative Covid test result, or proof of recovery from Covid-19. -19. (Following: American embassy)
EU countries where Americans now face tighter restrictions
The Netherlands: The Dutch have imposed some of the toughest new restrictions on American travelers. Since September 4, the Netherlands has considered the United States to be a very high risk area. Only fully vaccinated Americans can enter the country AND they must comply with a mandatory quarantine requirement. In addition, travelers must also present a negative Covid-19 PCR test or a negative antigen test carried out within 24 hours before departure for the Netherlands. (Following: American embassy | Dutch entry checklist)
Denmark: Unvaccinated Americans are now banned to enter Denmark. Previously, all American travelers could enter the country with only a negative COVID-19 test or proof of recovery. The entry conditions for vaccinated tourists remain the same.
Italy: All travelers from the United States, regardless of their vaccination status, must now present a negative Covid-19 test taken within three days of arriving in Italy. Unvaccinated travelers must also self-quarantine for five days after arrival and then get tested again. (Following: Italian Ministry of Health)
Spain: Since September 6, Spain has required either proof of full vaccination, a negative COVID-19 test or proof of recovery from Covid-19. To enter Spain, all travelers must submit health information to the Spain Health Travel portal, which generates a QR code to display when entering the country. The system also sends each traveler an email with the QR code. (Following: American embassy | Travel health faqs in Spain)
Belgium: The United States is on the Belgian list of high risk “red zone” countries. American tourists can only travel to Belgium if they can show full proof of vaccination. US travelers who cannot present a valid vaccination certificate cannot travel to Belgium for non-essential reasons, unless they hold EU citizenship or residency. (Following: American embassy)
EU countries where restrictions have not changed
To date, most of the countries of the European Union did not impose additional restrictions following the removal of the United States from the “safe travel” list. But protocols can change on the fly, and travelers should keep an eye out for policies that affect not only entry into a country, but also restrictions on the ground, such as requirements for travelers to show proof of vaccination. for various activities. Here’s a look at the restrictions that remain in place at popular European tourist destinations:
Germany: Even before the EU removed the United States from the “safe travel” list, Germany had classified the United States as a “high risk” area for Covid-19. Travelers who have traveled to the United States within 10 days of entering Germany must be fully vaccinated or be able to demonstrate why travel is essential. Travelers who can prove that they have already been infected with Covid through a positive PCR test taken between 28 days and six months before arrival, and who do not show any relevant symptoms, are considered to be fully recovered. (Following: german embassy)
Norway: American travelers are still not allowed into Norway, except for those visiting close family members. Travelers must show a negative result on a Covid-19 test carried out 24 hours before departure and must also pass an entrance test. (Following: American embassy)
Portugal: To enter Portugal, American travelers must present either a digital EU vaccination certificate or a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure or a negative antigen test taken within 48 hours of departure. departure. Once in Portugal, travelers must show proof of vaccination or a recent negative test to stay in a hotel or vacation rental. Travelers who test positive for Covid while in Portugal will be subject to a 10-day quarantine at their expense. (Following: American embassy)
France: The United States remains on France’s “green list”. This means fully vaccinated U.S. travelers can enter the country without testing, while unvaccinated adult travelers and all travelers under the age of 12 must show a negative PCR or antigen test performed within 72 hours of arrival. People who have previously contracted Covid-19 can present a recovery certificate dated 11 days to 6 months before their arrival. While in France, travelers must download and activate the TousAntiCovid mobile application, which requires proof of Covid health status, to dine in restaurants, bars and cafes and to enter major tourist attractions and other places. interiors. (Following: French Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Greece: Before entering Greece, American travelers must complete the passenger locator form and present a negative PCR test result for Covid-19, carried out within 72 hours of arrival, or a negative antigen test result made within 48 hours of arrival. (Following: American embassy)