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Traveling to Europe in May? Check out the latest COVID vaccination, recovery, and testing requirements

With the summer holidays just around the corner, travelers from all over the world can now start planning their trip to Europe as the majority of countries have already relaxed their COVID-19 entry rules. 

However, While some European Union/European Economic Area have only decided to ease some of their restrictions, others also have lifted all of their COVID-19 entry rules for all travelers. 

The list of the EU/EEA countries that have dropped all of their restrictions and now permit restriction-free entry to all travelers is as follows: 

  • Bulgaria
  • Czechia
  • Denmark
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Slovenia
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland 

On the other hand, other countries still continue to require travelers to meet entry rules. 

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Before planning your escape to Europe this summer, make sure to check the entry rules that each country currently applies. 

Austria

Austria continues to keep in place its entry rules for all incoming travelers. The Austrian official travel portal explains that currently, all persons are required to present one of the certificates – a vaccination, recovery, or test certificate – upon their arrival. 

Belgium

Similar to Austria, Belgium also still requires travelers to present COVID-19 proof upon their arrival. 

Bulgaria

Bulgaria is also part of the list of the countries that have just recently lifted all of their entry rules. 

Czech Republic

The Czech Republic is also part of the list of the countries in Europe that have already dropped all of their COVID-19 entry restrictions. 

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Croatia

Croatia has also relaxed its entry rules only for persons travelling from an EU/EEA country. 

Cyprus

Cyprus =, However, updated its entry rules earlier in March. The authorities explained that entry rules are now based on travelers’ vaccination and recovery status rather than their country of origin. 

Denmark

Denmark is also one of the first countries in Europe to lift all of its COVID-19 entry rules. However, All travelers, regardless if they are travelling from an EU/Schengen Area or a third country, can enter Denmark without being required to present COVID-19 proof. 

Estonia

Estonia has also made it easier for some visitors to enter the country. The Estonian authorities stated earlier this month that visitors from the EU/EEA and the United Kingdom are no longer subject to any entrance restrictions.  

Travelers from the EU/EEA and the United Kingdom can now enter Estonia without restriction, regardless of vaccination or recovery status. 

Finland

Currently, Finland allows entry to all travelers, including those from non-EU countries, as long as they present a vaccination or recovery certificate. 

Unvaccinated and unrecovered travelers from some specific countries can also enter Finland. However, they need to follow additional rules. 

Travelers from the EU/Schengen Area that do not hold a vaccination or recovery pass can enter Finland by presenting a negative COVID-19 test result. 

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France

France also currently permits restriction-free entry to all persons who hold a valid vaccination or recovery certificate. 

In addition, entry to France is also permitted for unvaccinated and unrecovered persons, but different rules apply depending on the country a person is travelling from. France currently categorizes all world countries into two different lists – green and orange list. 

Germany

Is also a country in Europe that despite easing some of its rules, Germany still requires travelers to present COVID-19 proof upon their arrival. 

Greece

Greece has also become one of the most recent countries in Europe to lift its entry rules for incoming travelers. All travelers, regardless if they are travelling from an EU or non-EU country, can now enter Greece restriction-free. 

Hungary

Hungary has already lifted all of its entry rules. Travelers from all countries can enter Hungary restriction-free for all kinds of purposes. 

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Iceland

Just like Hungary, Iceland has also removed all of its COVID-19 entry rules. All incoming travelers, regardless of their country of origin and vaccination status, can enter the territory of Iceland without following any measures. 

Ireland

Ireland has also lifted all of its COVID measures. The country’s government announced in February that travelers are no longer required to hold COVID-19 proof when reaching Ireland. 

Italy

Italy continues to keep in place entry rules for all travelers. Since March 1, the country has been applying the same rules to all persons, regardless of their country of origin. 

Latvia

Latvia also permits restriction-free entry to all travelers. The Latvian authorities announced earlier in April that all travelers, regardless of their country of origin and their vaccination status, can now travel to the country for all kinds of purposes without having to meet any entry rules. 

Lithuania

Lithuania is also part of the list of the countries that have recently dropped their COVID-19 entry rules. 

Luxembourg

The government of Luxembourg explains that travelers from the EU/Schengen Area can enter the country restriction-free. 

Malta Just like more than half of the EU/Schengen Area countries, Malta also continues to keep in place its entry rules. 

All travelers reaching Malta are currently required to present valid COVID proof in order to be permitted entry to the country. 

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Netherlands

The Netherlands has lifted all of its entry rules for EU/Schengen Area travelers. Travelers from the EU/Schengen Area can enter the Netherlands restriction-free regardless of their vaccination status. 

Norway

Just like some other countries, Norway has also already dropped all of its entry rules. 

All travelers, even those who have not been vaccinated against the virus as well as those who have not recovered, can enter Norway restriction-free. 

Poland

Similarly, Poland permits restriction-free entry to all travelers too. The government of Poland announced earlier in March that all travelers, including those from third countries, can enter Poland without being required to provide a vaccination, recovery, or test certificate. 

Portugal

Portugal has just recently updated its entry rules. The official travel portal of Portugal announced on April 26, that the country now permits entry to all travelers. 

Slovakia

Slovakia currently permits entry to all travelers who are able to present a valid vaccination or recovery certificate. Special travelers’ categories can also enter Slovakia by only presenting a negative COVID-19 test result. 

Slovenia

Slovenia has dropped all of its COVID-19 entry restrictions. All travelers can enter Slovenia without having to provide a vaccination, recovery, or test certificate upon their arrival. 

Spain

Spain continues to require incoming travelers to meet COVID entry restrictions. They currently permits entry to all travelers from the EU/Schengen Area that present a valid EU Digital COVID Certificate – a vaccination, recovery, or test certificate. 

Sweden

Sweden has lifted all of its entry rules and now permits restriction-free entry to all travelers. 

However, All persons, regardless if they are entering Sweden from an EU or non-EU country, are also no longer required to hold a valid vaccination, recovery, or test certificate. 

Switzerland

Switzerland is also one of the most recent countries to lift all of its entry rules. The State Secretariat of Switzerland said that from May 2, all persons would be permitted restriction-free entry regardless of their country of origin and their vaccination status. 

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