For travelers, travel to Europe can be an exciting and rewarding experience. The Schengen Area is a convenient way to travel among member states of the European Union. Its rules allow citizens to travel freely within the Schengen area for up to 90 days during a 180-day period. In addition, European cities are easy to navigate, as they are often multilingual and speak a variety of languages. Regardless of where you decide to travel in Europe, there are some things you should know before you embark on a journey.
Although the European Union recommends a unified approach to travel this summer, member states can set their own rules. Travelers from the U.S. should be aware that a digital COVID certificate can be used to prove vaccination status for most EU countries. While the digital certificate is a useful travel document for EU residents, paper certificates are still required by many countries. However, the EU has not endorsed the new digital COVID certificate for all member states, so it is advisable to check with your local travel office to see if it has a digital version of the pass.
The EU still welcomes Americans to travel to the member countries. However, there are restrictions. The list of countries that allow Americans to enter varies. Certain countries require vaccinations and entry requirements, and you should check the specifics of your trip based on the countries you’ve visited within the last two weeks. The European Union has a handy map of member countries, including information about quarantine and COVID testing. Check with your travel agent to see if you need any additional vaccinations or testing before traveling.
In recent years, travel to Europe has been easier, but still carries some risks. Despite the heightened security, travel regulations are expected to remain the same or even be eased this summer. Most restrictions have been removed, but it’s still important to know the details and ask questions before traveling. However, this year, travel to Europe will likely be safer than last year. Take the time to plan your trip and stay healthy! If you plan on visiting countries with high rates of infectious diseases, you may want to check out these precautions.
While EU countries have lifted the COVID-19 travel ban, non-EU citizens should still check the information on the restrictions on vaccines. Vaccines from the World Health Organization and EU-approved companies are accepted. Make sure to get the last dose of the vaccine at least fourteen days before traveling. Boosters shots are also recommended. These vaccinations will protect you against influenza. These precautions are worth the small price for peace of mind.
Until 2023, U.S. citizens and other nationals of more than 60 countries will have to obtain an electronic travel authorization before traveling to Schengen-zone countries. To get this authorization, U.S. citizens will need to register with the European Travel Information and Authorization System, which will function like the Electronic System for Travel Authorization in the United States. Once approved, the ETIAS will be valid for three years and can be used for unlimited trips to Europe.
As of December 2018, the majority of countries have withdrawn their COVID-19 travel restrictions, but Cyprus has removed them. It no longer requires Americans to wear masks on public transport and airports. Germany has also removed the requirement, but only during the summer season. Germany, Austria, Greece, Hungary, Romania, and Italy have joined the list of countries that no longer enforce COVID-19 travel restrictions. Furthermore, some countries have chosen to disregard the EU ruling.
While it is possible to get into European countries with a negative COVID test, there are many other requirements. For example, Finland requires foreign travelers to show proof of a negative COVID test within 72 hours of their arrival. If you have a COVID certificate, you must have one dose and have it certified by the EU. As of June 2015, the U.S. is on the amber list. Travel to Europe can be safe if you follow these guidelines.
The Netherlands recently introduced a 10-day quarantine for travelers from the U.S. The Netherlands later reversed that decision and has now implemented the same conditions for all travelers. Travelers from E.U. countries that are on the green list do not face any restrictions on vaccinations and passports. In order to enter Europe, however, travelers must present a negative Covid test, a proof of vaccination, and evidence of ownership in Croatia.