Which European countries are open to visitors?

Where can I visit in Europe now?

Most European countries are now accepting vacationmakers again, though every government has its own set of rules on who may enter and under what restrictions.

In general, travelers from other European countries can enter freely on producing a recent negative PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test and submitting to a temperature check on arrival. You will also likely need to fill out a contact from so you can be traced if necessary. Travelers from non-European countries that have a low spread of Covid-19 cases may also be exempt from quarantine.

Every country will have its own national and regional regulations to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. This might mean entire areas being ‘locked down’, curfews, social distancing measures and rules around mask-wearing. Learning what the requirements are in the country you’re visiting and sticking to them will not only ensure that you don’t fall foul of the law, but can also save lives.

We’ll update this page regularly, but it’s important to note that entry requirements are subject to constant change. You should always check for up-to-date official information before you travel.

Where you can go in Europe

Albania

As of 1 July 2020, Albania is open to foreign visitors again without restrictions. Face masks are still required in airports and you will be temperature-checked on arrival if you have not already been checked at your departure airport. Travelers with Covid-19 symptoms will be required to quarantine.

Andorra

Andorra is currently open to most visitors from Northern, Western and Southern Europe (not including the UK). Travel from countries outside Europe is still not possible.

Armenia

Testing on arrival is not required, but visitors to Armenia must quarantine for 14 days on arrival. However, this can be shortened by having a negative PCR test performed at your place of quarantine. Conflict with Azerbaijan is flaring up again and FCO advice strongly recommends against travel to within 5km of the border in the Tavush and Gegharkunik regions.

Austria

Most, though not all, European nationals can now travel to Austria without restrictions, provided they have not been in another country within the previous 10 days. Visitors from high-risk countries and regions, currently including the USA and mainland Spain, must provide a negative PCR test performed within the last 72 hours. Alternatively, they can arrange to have one within 48 hours of arrival and self-quarantine until the results arrive.

Azores

Cruise passengers cannot disembark in the Azores, but air travel has now opened up again between the Portuguese archipelago and European Union countries, as well as a handful of others including New Zealand, Australia and the UK. Air passengers must either provide a negative PCR test obtained within the previous 72 hours, or have one at the airport and self-isolate until the results arrive.

Belarus

Most foreign travelers, including those from elsewhere in Europe, the USA and Australia, can now enter Belarus. A negative PCR test obtained within the previous 72 hours is required, or you must quarantine for 14 days on arrival. Demonstrations against the government over the disputed election are ongoing and make travel inadvisable at the moment.

Belgium

At the moment only travelers from within the EEA, as well as Switzerland and the UK, may enter Belgium. Depending on where you’re coming from, you may also have to provide a negative PCR test taken within the previous 72 hours, or quarantine for up to seven days (taking a test on day five with further quarantine required if you test positive). All travelers arriving by air or boat must also fill out a Passenger Locator Form.

Bosnia & Herzegovina

The borders are open for international travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina, but you must present a negative PCR test that’s no older than 48 hours on arrival.

Bulgaria

Travelers from European Union and Schengen Area countries can enter Bulgaria without restrictions. Some travelers from other countries including Australia can also enter, provided they have a recent negative PCR test. Commercial flights are limited, however, and many land crossings are closed.

Canary Islands

International flights are operating to the Canary Islands and quarantine measures are not in place. However, you will need to fill out an FCS form 48 hours prior to travel and provide the QR code on arrival. Airport temperature checks are also in place.

Croatia

You can now travel to Croatia without the need for quarantine. Travelers are asked to fill out this form before arrival to speed up entry processes.

Cyprus

If you want to travel to Cyprus you must provide proof of a negative PCR test taken within the last 72 hours (although that doesn’t apply to children aged 12 and under) and fill out a Cyprus Flight Pass. The rules are different for Turkish-controlled Northern Cyprus, however, where a seven-day quarantine is required.

Czech Republic

Travelers from the UK, Australia and other countries classified as ‘low risk’ can currently enter the Czech Republic without restrictions. That does not apply, though, if you have spent more than 12 hours in a high-risk country within the last 14 days.

Denmark & Faroe Islands

Currently travelers can only enter Denmark or the Faroe Islands if they have a “worthy purpose”.

England

Citizens of some 40 or so countries can currently enter England without restrictions through the ‘travel corridor’. The list, which is regularly updated, can be found here. All visitors must legally fill out a Passenger Locator Form before arrival.

Estonia

At the moment, even if you’re symptom-free, all UK travelers must quarantine for 14 days on arrival in Estonia. A test can be performed at your accommodation to reduce your quarantine (assuming you test negative), but this does not apply to children.

Finland

Finnish borders remain closed to non-resident foreign nationals with only a few exceptions.

France

Travelers from the UK, European area and a few other countries, including Canada and Australia, can now enter France without restrictions, though they must fill out a sworn statement that they are free of Covid-19 symptoms. Those from countries not on that list must still provide a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours, and an international travel certificate.

Georgia

Only citizens of France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia can enter Georgia at the present time.

Germany

If you’re entering Germany from anywhere deemed a ‘high-risk area’, which includes parts of the UK, then you will be required to either present a negative PCR test no older than 48 hours, or take one on arrival and quarantine until a negative result is returned.

Greece

Greece is accepting visitors from the EU and a handful of other countries, including the UK, Australia and Canada. You must fill out a Passenger Locator Form 24 hours before arrival and you may be asked to take a PCR test on arrival, however quarantine is not necessary before the results arrive.

Hungary

Hungary’s borders are currently closed to almost all foreign nationals.

Ireland

Travelers from countries not on the Green List must fill out a Passenger Locator Form and limit their movements for 14 days after arrival. As of 13 October 2020, there are no countries at all on the Green List.

Iceland

If traveling to Iceland, you can either isolate for 14 days or take two Covid-19 tests while in quarantine. The first requires payment; the second (taken 5-6 days later) is free of charge. You can only move around freely if both tests come up negative.

Italy

Italy’s entry requirements are a little complex, but essentially travel is permitted from inside the EU and UK. You must either present a negative PCR test (no older than 72 hours) on arrival or take a test at the airport and quarantine until the results are known.

Kosovo

Kosovo is again welcoming international arrivals by air and some land crossings. If coming from a country perceived as high risk, you’ll need a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours. Otherwise, you’ll have to self-isolate for at least seven days.

Latvia

Anyone planning to visit Latvia must submit a contact form at least 48 hours before arrival. Asymptomatic travelers arriving from countries with high levels of infection must quarantine for 10 days.

Lithuania

Residents of EEA countries can enter Lithuania, but must self-isolate for 14 days. Additionally, they will have to fill in a contact form before arrival. In some cases, such as for British travelers, the isolation period can be shortened to 10 days if a negative test is received on or after the eighth day of quarantine.

Malta

This list shows which countries’ travelers are exempt from a 14-day self-isolation period when entering Malta. Public health and tracker forms must be completed and can be found here. In addition, temperature checks and swab tests may be required on arrival.

Moldova

If traveling from a country on Moldova’s Red List, then you cannot currently enter Moldova (with a handful of exemptions).

Montenegro

Travelers from countries on the Green List and displaying no symptoms should not need to self-isolate on arrival in Montenegro.

Netherlands

If you’re arriving from a country on this list, you will need to self-isolate for 10 days on arrival in the Netherlands. If coming by air, you’ll need to fill out a health screening form, and (optional) coronavirus tests will be available at the airport.

North Macedonia

At the moment anyone can visit North Macedonia without needing to take a test or self-isolate.

Northern Ireland

Only essential travel is permitted in Northern Ireland. The new restrictions were introduced 16 October 2020 for four weeks.

Norway

All travelers arriving in Norway must isolate for 10 days unless they are from countries that are exempt due to sufficiently low transmission rates. The list of exemptions is updated regularly.

Poland

Most travelers from EU countries, including the UK, do not currently need to self-isolate when entering Poland or provide a negative test.

Portugal

Travel to Portugal is allowed from most European countries, as well as a handful of others including Canada and Australia. You will have to fill out a Passenger Locator form and take a temperature test on arrival. If you are over 38°C you may be required to isolate until the results of a Covid-19 test are known.

Romania

Depending on transmission rates in their home countries, travelers from parts of Europe can now visit Romania without testing or quarantine. However if traveling from elsewhere, you will need to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival.

Russia

Currently only citizens from the UK, Turkey, Switzerland and South Korea can travel to Russia, on providing a negative Covid-19 test no older than 48 hours.

Scotland

Travelers from countries with similar or lower levels of Covid-19 spread can visit Scotland without isolating, but will still need to fill in a Passenger Locator Form. The list of exempt countries are here.

Serbia

Serbia travel has returned (almost) to pre-pandemic normality. You can visit without mandatory testing or quarantine unless you are from Romania, Croatia, Bulgaria or North Macedonia, in which case you need to provide a negative PCR test no older than 48 hours.

Slovakia

You can currently enter Slovakia if you have spent the previous 14 days in a country the government views as ‘less risky’. The list is here. Otherwise, you’ll need to quarantine for at least 10 days and take a PCR test. An alternative is to enter from an EU country not on the list, but with a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours which you must carry with you at all times.

Slovenia

Travelers from countries on Slovenia’s Green List can arrive without restrictions, as can travelers from EU countries on the Orange List. If their country is on the Red List, however, or on the Orange List but not in the EU, different conditions apply. They will need to quarantine for 10 days unless they can present a negative Covid-19 test no older than 48 hours and procured in an EU country. Lists can be found here.

Spain

Spain’s airports and land borders are now open to EU countries and those in the Schengen Area. There is no mandatory testing or quarantine on arrival, but you’ll need to fill out a Passenger Locator Form and may be required to take a temperature check and health screening.

Sweden

Residents of EU countries can visit Sweden without restrictions. Some airlines may require a health statement, though.

Switzerland

Switzerland has reopened its borders to many EU and third-party countries, but travelers from some of them will still need to enter a mandatory quarantine for 10 days regardless of negative test results. Details of countries this applies to can be found here.

Turkey

Turkey has returned to pre-Covid-19 travel arrangements. Air passengers will still need to have a health screening on arrival and provide contact details.

Ukraine

Citizens of countries on Ukraine’s Green List can now enter without restrictions, but must have a valid insurance policy. If traveling from a country on the Red List, however, you’ll need to either take a PCR test on arrival or self-isolate for 14 days, as well as install a tracking app on your phone. List details can be found here.

Wales

From 23 October 2020, Wales is on a strict two-week lockdown. Travelers may not enter for a vacation. More details here.

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Written by Rob Perkins
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