Europe is the largest continent in the world, stretching from Lapland in the north to Cyprus, the west coast of Ireland and the Mediterranean Sea. Its diverse terrain is home to diverse cultures and languages, and its people represent around 7% of the world’s population. European heritage can be traced back to prehistoric cave paintings to Moorish architecture. Then there are the Renaissance palaces and medieval fortresses. Lastly, Europe is home to some of the world’s most vibrant cities, a diverse cuisine, and winter sports.
Travel to Europe is relatively safe for Americans. However, it is important to check travel requirements before traveling. These can vary by country, so be sure to check the requirements for your country of origin and any countries you’ve recently visited. The European Union provides a handy map of its member countries, containing the information you need to know about quarantine and COVID testing requirements. Once you know the requirements for your destination, it’s time to plan your trip!
The travel advisory issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) can change daily. For instance, last week, the country of Iceland was listed as low risk, but then upgraded to the highest risk level in August. This has led to travel concerns. The CDC recommends not traveling to Iceland if you are concerned about the virus. If you’re unsure about a particular disease, check with your doctor to get a travel alert.
When it comes to Europe, the demand is higher than ever before. The pent-up demand is driving increased traffic, while the lower euro is helping travelers save money. Some tourism-related businesses have even reported increased demand compared to last year. On Thursday, Mika Moulton, a U.S. citizen, was eating at a Tuscan restaurant while admiring the beautiful scenery of cypress trees. The study also revealed that many U.S. travelers will return to Europe in the years ahead.
Regardless of vaccination status, the European Union recommends taking a COVID-19 vaccine if traveling to any EU country. The European Union is encouraging travel to the continent for those with the certificate but is still a long way from being widely available to U.S. residents. Most European countries require proof of vaccination for entry, but a paper certificate from the CDC is adequate. In the meantime, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
The new European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be implemented before the end of 2022. It will enhance security and prevent health threats to the bloc. American citizens aged 18 and over will have to pay a EUR7 fee to enter the EU, but under the age of 18 they won’t have to pay it. The exact start date of ETIAS has not yet been announced, but it will certainly affect travel to Europe.
When it comes to health, vaccination is crucial. The European Union has recently recommended that all U.S. citizens be fully vaccinated against a variety of illnesses. In addition, travel to countries within the Schengen zone should be done with caution. The Schengen zone includes several non-E.U. nations, and Croatia is no exception. Although the risk of illness is low, a precautionary vaccination is always better than no protection.
In terms of disease requirements, Italy has standardized their entry requirements and vaccination guidelines. Those traveling from the United States need to have a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours before entering the country. If you don’t have a certificate, you can still enter the country with a white vaccination card or an anti-Covid vaccination. Otherwise, you will need to complete a self-declaration form prior to entry.
You may be required to take a coronavirus test prior to entering France. This is necessary for the country to avoid a travel ban. Also, travelers from low-risk countries can avoid the 10-day quarantine by flying on special “Covid-tested” flights. The Covid-tested flights require a pre and post-flight test as well as a negative COVID test. Travelers who do not have a vaccination can present a certificate of recovery (6-month validity) or a negative test result.
Vaccination requirements vary between countries, but Portugal is generally open to U.S. travelers. For example, travelers from the United States must present a valid vaccination certificate or COVID-19 antigen test. If you do not have a negative test, you will be denied entry. Portugal also requires a negative COVID-19 test. However, you can obtain a positive test after you arrive. This is not required for children under 12 years old. When traveling in Portugal, you will also need to fill out a Passenger Locator Card.