Unvaccinated third-country nationals, including Americans and Brits, are now allowed to holiday in Spain after the government moved to join other European countries that have dropped Covid entry rules and are allowing admission to all travellers.
“With the summer holidays fast approaching, travelers from around the world can start planning their trip to Europe as the majority of countries have already relaxed their Covid-19 entry rules,” reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.
“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 completely or partially dropped their restrictions, including more recently Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Lithuania and Switzerland.
The full list of countries open to unvaccinated people, with variations ranging from requiring negative test results (UK 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 its rules
“We are going to stop requiring the vaccination certificate which could discourage tourists from outside the European Union from visiting us,” said María Reyes Maroto, Spain’s Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism.
She spoke of a “new phase of the pandemic” which has allowed the country to relax its entry rules. “The country has seen a 9% drop in daily cases over the past week, with 229 new cases per 100,000 people last week,” the official said. Washington Post reported.
By comparison, the United States has seen a 12% increase in daily cases over the same period.
To enter Spain, however, a negative test will still be required. Those with negative test results must take an NAAT test – a category that includes PCR tests – within 72 hours of travel or an antigen test within 24 hours of departure.
“There is a degree of security with travel that we must preserve,” argued the minister. “We are still coexisting with the pandemic, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t gradually lifted the restrictions.”
Children under 12 are exempt from presenting any certificate whatsoever.
Country by country
These countries are open to all travelers, regardless of their country of origin, without having to present a vaccination, recovery or test certificate:
Austria: Traveling to Austria is possible for tourism. Since May 16, proof of vaccination, cure or test is no longer necessary.
Bulgaria: Bulgaria has lifted all Covid-19 related travel restrictions to enter the country. Passengers, regardless of the origin of their journey, are not required to present documents related to Covid-19 – for example, Covid-19 vaccination certificates, recovery certificates or PCR/Antigen test results – at the arrival.
Croatia: The country has removed all border crossing restrictions, including the requirement for non-EU citizens to present a Covid-19 certificate or proof of vaccination to enter Croatia. There are no more Covid-related restrictions for entering Croatia.
Denmark: There are no Covid-19 related entry restrictions.
Greece: As of March 15, travelers visiting Greece are no longer required to complete the Passenger Locator Form (PLF).
Also, from May 1 and as long as epidemiological data allow, 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 proof of a negative test result for SARS-CoV-2 infection (PCR or Rapid Antigen test).
However, a simplified PLF remains in force, the filling of which is optional.
Hungary: Travel in Hungary is once again unlimited. Since March 7, travelers can enter without the need for vaccination or immunity certificates or any type of test or quarantine requirement.
Iceland: All travel restrictions have been lifted since February 25. All visitors are welcome, regardless of their vaccination status, with no obligation to pre-register before visiting. No PCR testing is required to board planes, and no testing or quarantine upon arrival.
Ireland: All Covid-19 travel restrictions were lifted on March 6. No passenger locator forms, proof of vaccination or recovery, or Covid-19 testing is required.
Latvia: As of April 1, travelers no longer need to present an interoperable certificate of vaccination or recovery, or proof of a negative Covid-19 test result.
Lithuania: Effective May 1, Lithuania removed all Covid-19 related requirements for all travelers entering the country. And all tourist attractions are open and no mask is required.
Norway: Entry restrictions have been removed. The legal requirement to test negative before travel and the requirement to register entry to Norway upon arrival have both been removed.
Poland: As of March 28, all restrictions have been lifted, meaning 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 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 EU/European Economic Area no longer applies. The obligation to present vaccination and test certificates when entering Sweden has also been abolished.
Switzerland: There are currently no entry restrictions. No proof of vaccination, recovery or testing is required.
Restrictions still partial
While, like Spain, neither France nor Italy require a vaccination certificate, both countries still require negative test results.
France: For travelers vaccinated according to European regulations, no more tests are required on departure. Proof of a complete vaccination schedule is sufficient to arrive in France, regardless of the country of origin.
For unvaccinated travelers, 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 maintain entry rules in place for all travellers. Since March 1, the country has applied the same rules to all people, regardless of their country of origin.
Italy is currently allowing entry to all travelers who hold a vaccination or recovery certificate or a negative COVID-19 test result.