Well, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused the travel world to flip upside down and now we’re all wondering the same 100’s of questions, one of the main ones being; Where can I travel in Europe 2021?
I have written this blog to include #28 countries in Europe that you can currently travel to!
If you’re like me and can’t wait to travel again, you will need to be open-minded and ready to reschedule your plans. I am personally leaving things until very last minute to book, to try and avoid as many cancellations or changes as possible.
It may not be possible for everyone to do that as you may have job, or other commitments and can’t be as flexible. I recommend adding insurance to your bookings or making sure that the tickets you purchase are ‘flexible’ and can be changed free of charge, or a least for only a small fee.
Most companies, flights and hotels alike are offering this at the moment given the circumstances. However, airline fares and other transportation tickets have different cancellation and change policies so do the research.
Where can I travel in Europe 2021?
If you are a European Citizen, this blog post is for you. The rules may differ for US/UK citizens.
** JUST BEFORE WE DIVE IN: It’s really important to note that things are forever changing. I have tried to create a post that is insightful and can set you on the right path for choosing your Europe 2021 destination as an EU citizen, however you need to do your own research. Make sure you find the most up to date information after reading this! **
– Happy Travels!
Albania has been open for tourism since June 15, 2020. There are no entry restrictions for Europeans. No PCR test required and no quarantine necessary. The only thing you need to do is undergo a health screening once you arrive in Albania.
More information can be found here.
How is the situation in Albania? You can check for updates re when restaurants and shops will re-open here. It is expected to all be open without restrictions by June 1st.
Europeans can travel to Andorra, with a negative PCR or TMA test within 72 hours of arrival. French, Spanish and Portuguese travelers do not need to provide a negative test. You can find more information on their Government website.
It is important to note, there is no airport, meaning you will need to enter across the border by land. You can enter Andorra through both France and Spain but this means you need to abide by that countries’ restrictions. To find out what is necessary to enter both Spain and France, you can websites these websites: Spain and France.
How is the situation in Andorra?
- Restaurants may provide table service from noon to 4 pm and from 7 pm to midnight, and takeaway service outside these hours.
- No more than 4 people may sit at each table, unless they are from the same household.
Armenia reopened to travel on August 12, 2020. There is a downside however and it is that visitors must quarantine for 14 days. However, if you pay to have a COVID-19 test taken during your self-isolation period, and it comes back negative, you no longer need to quarantine. More information can be found on the government’s official website.
Armenia is opening up its restaurants and shops at the beginning of May. More information can be found here.
Austria has different rules depending on the country you are coming from, but most EU residents can enter Austria without any entry restrictions or with a PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival. You can check the restrictions that apply to you here.
More information can be found on the Austrian Ministry of Tourism’s website.
From 19th May 2021 the hospitality industry in Austria will re-open. Find out more here.
Where can I travel in Europe 2021?
EU travelers can enter Belgium with a complete Passenger Locator Form filled in 48 hours before their arrival in Belgium. Whether you need to quarantine for 7 days or not depends on the answers on your form. This is highly likely if you are coming from one of the countries on this list.
More information is available here.
The ban on non-essential travel lifted on April 19 and outdoor dining at bars and restaurants will resume from May 8. Find out more here.
Most travellers from within the EU can enter Bulgaria without a test or a quarantine period. However, various countries in Europe (found here) need to have a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours of arrival.
You can find more information on Bulgarian entry requirements here.
Croatia is open to European residents who need to fill out this form prior to arriving. Travelers from countries on this green list can enter Croatia without testing or quarantining. Tourists from countries that are not on the list need to have a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of arrival.
Effective from March 1, outdoor terraces (including cafes and restaurants) have been allowed to open between 6 am to 10 pm. Find out more rules here.
Only travelers from a few European countries are able to enter Cyprus. Here is a list of the countries that are on the green list. Visitors from a medium medium-risk country (category B), need to fill out a CyprusFlightPass form and present a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours of your arrival in Cyprus.
Denmark allows citizens from a few European countries to travel there. Find out if you can enter Denmark by checking this list. If you are traveling from an “open country,” you do not need to present a negative PCR test or quarantine.
As of 21 April 2021, restaurants & cafés are open for serving both indoors and outdoors. Find out more here.
Where can I travel in Europe 2021?
Estonia is one of the many countries that are open to European residents. However, most Europeans will need to quarantine for 10 days upon arrival in Estonia. If you pay $80 for a PCR test upon arrival, you can however shorten your quarantine time.
More information on Estonian border restrictions can be found here.
European citizens are allowed to enter France with a negative PCR test from less than 72 hours before departure. There is also a sworn declaration that needs to be filled out which states they do not have COVID-19 and have not been in contact with anyone with COVID-19.
All travelers should also download the TousAntiCovid app.
For information on current measures, click here.
To enter Greece you need to have a PCR test taken 72 hours before boarding. 48 hours prior to boarding you need to complete a Passenger Locator Form.
There is currently a 7-day quarantine period for passengers arriving in Greece.
If you are vaccinated, you can enter Iceland and the only requirement is that you have a test taken upon arrival. With a negative test result, you will not need to quarantine.
New restrictions from April 27, 2021 there is a ban on unnecessary travel from high-risk areas.
Iceland is welcoming vaccinated visitors from outside the Schengen zone, but further travel from Iceland to the rest of Europe is currently not permitted for non-Schengen residents.
If you are not vaccinated, you will need a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival in Iceland. You will then need to have one on arrival, and another one 5/6 days later. Until your final test on the 5/6th day you will need to quarantine, and complete this online form.
Iceland Air have an extensive amount of information on their website which I highly recommend you have a look at, including the social distancing rules when in Iceland. See here.
Travelers from the EU can travel to Italy right now, but restrictions vary based on which country you are coming from.
Travelers from most EU countries will need to have a negative molecular or antigen swab test taken within 48 hours of arrival. They must also complete a self-declaration form. If travelers arrive in Italy without a negative test result, they will have to self-isolate for 14 days from their arrival.
As Italy moves into phase two of its lockdown, there’s a new set of rules now valid from May 4-17th.
Another place European tourists can visit is Latvia. If the country yu are travelling from is not on the list of countries with less than 16 COVID cases per 100,000 inhabitants, you must quarantine for 10 to 14 days once you arrive in Latvia. There is also an online form that needs to be submitted 48 hours prior to arriving.
For more information on Latvian travel regulations, click on this website.
If you would like to know the social rules in Latvia, click here.
If your country is on this list of countries with more than 16 COVID cases per 100,000 inhabitants, you must have a negative PCR test result taken within 48 hours of arrival, or quarantine for 10 days once you arrive in Lithuania.
There is also a registration form that needs to be completed prior to arriving.
More information is available on the Lithuanian government’s official website.
So, you can enter into Lithuania, but would you want to? See here for their rules on the ground.
Where can I travel in Europe 2021?
There are no travel restrictions for European travelers who want to visit Luxembourg as long as they are on this list.
Malta allows many European citizens to enter without travel restrictions. There is a traffic light system in place and many European countries are currently considered “green,”. This means travelers from these countries don’t need a PCR test and do not need to quarantine.
However, travelers who are coming from an “amber” country must have a negative PCR test that was taken within 72 hours of travel.
So, while you’re in Malta, what rules do you have to follow? From 24th May restaurants and snackbars are allowed to open until midnight. Click here to find out more about the rules and regulations.
#19 The Netherlands
You are strongly advised not to travel to the Netherlands unless it is strictly necessary. However, if you are inside the EU, the travel ban does not apply to you and you can enter.
If you are travelling to the Netherlands by plane, bus, ship or train, you must have a negative test. It needs to be a molecular NAAT test (PCR, RT PCR, LAMP, TMA or mPOCT). Please click here for more information: Government of the Netherlands official website
Everyone must complete a Health Declaration Form upon arrival.
If your European country is on this list of approved countries, you do not need to quarantine or take a PCR test to enter Poland.
You can find more details on the Republic of Poland’s official website.
Here are the rules and regulations you need to follow in Poland.
Most European travellers can enter Romania without any travel restrictions. It is not necessary to have a PCR test or to quarantine.
However, travellers from some countries may have to quarantine. Check the requirements for your country here.
I haven’t been able to find the rules and regulations on the ground in Romania, maybe you’ll have better luck than me.
Slovakia is open to European travelers and if your country is on the list of “green countries”, you don’t have any entry requirements.
If your country is not on that list, you must register on this website and present a negative PCR test.
If you fail to present a negative result, you will need to quarantine for 5 days and have a test taken in Slovakia.
You can find more information here: Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
Where can I travel in Europe 2021?
Slovenia, like Malta, uses a “traffic light” system to determine countries’ entry requirements. They differ depending on where you travel from.
If your country is on this list of approved countries you can enter Slovenia with no travel restrictions.
If your country is considered “red,” you must have proof of a negative PCR test that was taken within 48 hours of arrival. Otherwise, you will have to self-isolate for 10 days.
Once you are on the ground, you will need to follow these rules.
#24 Spain / Spanish Islands
Spain is allowing EU citizens to travel at the moment. Entry requirements change depending on which part of Europe you are traveling from. There are two lists; low-risk countries and high-risk countries. Find out which list the country you are currently in is on, so you know what you need prior to arriving in Spain.
Travelers from a low-risk country do not need a test. Travelers from a high-risk country need a negative PCR or TMA test taken within 72 hours of arrival. The TMA test is cheaper.
The rules vary depending on where you are in Spain. Each province has different rules and regulations and the islands (such as the Canary islands and the Balearic Islands have different levels depending on the number of cases there are). One rule that is consistent throughout Spain is wearing a mask in all public spaces, including while outdoors.
This rule is something that I know will put a lot of people off from going to Spain. However, you can sit on the beach and by the pool without a mask.
Level 1 is the best level one of the islands can be on and the restrictions are eased. Level 4 is a more ‘serious risk’ and the restrictions are tightened.
Please do your research for the specific location you wish to travel to.
European travelers can visit Sweden without travel restrictions. There is no requirement for Europeans to take a PCR test or quarantine to enter the country.
Switzerland travel restrictions change based on the country you are in. If your country is not on the high-risk list, you do not have to quarantine to enter Switzerland.
If your country is on the high-risk list, you will need to quarantine for 10 days.
More information can be found here: Federal Office of Public Health’s website.
Click on the following link to find out the rules on the ground once you arrive in Switzerland: https://ch.usembassy.gov/covid-19-info/
Turkey has opened its borders to some European countries.
All European countries, accept from Denmark, can enter Turkey as long as they present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of their departure.
The Turkish government has numerous public safety measures and you can find them here.
There are different restrictions based on the country you are coming from. You can find out if your country is considered low-risk/”green” or high-risk/”red” here.
If you’re traveling from a country on the “green” list, there are no entry requirements. If you’re traveling from a “red” country, you have two options. You either download the Dii Vdoma tracking app and quaratine for 14 days, or you have a PCR test taken upon arrival and wait in self-isolation until you receive your tests results (usually 24 hours).
All travelers must have COVID-19 travel insurance from a company that is registered in Ukraine.
More information is available on this website.
Here is a great website with the latest COVID-19 restrictions that are in place in Ukraine: https://covid19.gov.ua/en/
So, there you have it. I wanted to find a #30 to make this blog feel a little more complete but the other countries that I have found seem to make travelling there a little confusing.
I hope you I have answered your question; Where can I travel in Europe 2021? and you have taken away some helpful information from this blog post.
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Please note, with the way things are going, any of this information could change so please do your own research on top of this, and make sure you have everything you need before deciding where to go!
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