When traveling to Europe, make sure you carry cash. Some places only accept cash, so having some cash on hand can help you avoid paying high foreign transaction fees. Not all countries in Europe use the Euro, so you should be prepared to deal with other currencies as well. For example, in the Czech Republic, the Koruna is used as currency and in Liechtenstein, the Swiss Franc is the currency of choice. Similarly, in Poland, the Zloty is used.
In a recent survey, MMGY Travel Intelligence, a research arm of MMGY Global, surveyed 350 adult U.S. travelers. The results showed that almost half of travelers would rather wait until the Ukraine crisis is resolved before traveling to Europe. Still, demand for trips to Europe was high in January and February, according to the company’s sales manager, Jared Reisman. Although the Ukraine crisis has affected transatlantic travel, prices remain low compared to last year.
However, some travelers are unsure about the safety of traveling in Europe because of the ongoing conflict. While the situation is currently improving, it is important to bring extra cash. As airspace restrictions make access to ATM machines more difficult, travelers should be aware of cyber disruption and make necessary practical preparations before their trip. While the conflict has not yet spread across Europe, it is likely that European countries will continue to ease travel restrictions. In particular, pre-arrival COVID testing requirements have been eliminated in Italy, France, the U.K., and Iceland.
Besides the UK, countries such as Latvia, Romania, and Denmark have opened their doors to international travelers. CDC travel advisories for Europe can be found online. These travel advisories are based on a CDC scale. Countries with more than 500 cases of COVID-19 in a month are categorized as Level 4; while the average week number of cases in the EU/EEA was 1,778 per 100,000 people. In addition to travel advisories, you can also check out travel advice from your local CDC office.
Once you’ve decided on the European destination, the next step is to decide whether or not to travel with a vaccination. There are no universal vaccines, so you’ll need to check the individual vaccination requirements for each country. However, some countries allow US visitors to enter without vaccination. For example, the United Kingdom, and Serbia allow US citizens to travel freely without any restrictions. Only Serbia, however, is a non-EU member.
For US citizens, obtaining an ETIAS can be difficult. Unlike in the United States, you’ll have to apply separately for a European visa waiver if you’re traveling with a minor. Minors can apply on their behalf but need an individual with a valid ETIAS in order to enter the country. For the sake of convenience, it’s best to obtain an ETIAS before departing on your European adventure.
As an American citizen, it’s important to remember that quarantine rules in Europe are more strict than in the U.S. These days, you’ll have to jump through more hoops than ever before. In general, however, traveling in Europe requires the same precautions as in the U.S. – including using masks, hand hygiene, and not touching your face! While you’re in Europe, you’ll want to avoid unnecessary contact with other travelers and stay at least six feet away from them.
If you’re traveling from outside of the Schengen area, you can still enter the country. However, you’ll need to show proof that you’ve received all necessary vaccinations. If you’ve already had all of your vaccinations, you can travel to Finland and still be considered fully vaccinated if you received the last dose at least 7 days ago. Similarly, if you’ve had your last dose of COVID, you’ll need an EU Digital COVID Certificate or proof of at least one dose of an accepted vaccine to travel to Finland.
Currently, Americans can travel to 26 countries in the European Schengen area without a visa. But by 2022, if you’re a citizen of a foreign country, you’ll need to apply for an electronic travel authorization. ETIAS is similar to the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) in the United States. The European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will allow travelers to access Schengen countries without a visa. You’ll also need to limit your stay to 90 days within 180 days.
The conflict in Ukraine has put travelers on guard for their upcoming European trip. In the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic two years ago, most global travelers focused their attention on the coronavirus virus. However, on February 24, the war in Europe broke out, with Russian troops invading Ukraine’s bordering Moldova. Luckily, the conflict in the Ukraine is localized, and it’s unlikely to spread beyond the country. And with the European Union bordering Ukraine, the refugees are unlikely to infect western Europe.