Travel to Europe is complicated this year due to some serious icky-tacky CO VID 19 travel restrictions and entry requirements put out by various countries. Some countries are now only permitting vaccinated travelers, others are open to everyone with a negative CO VID 19 test or proof of vaccination, and others are simply throwing quarantine into the mix. Worse yet is that many of the countries with these strict policies have been implementing these extreme measures for quite some time.
The most important part of planning a trip to Europe is making sure that you are traveling to safe countries. The list of “safe countries” and “nonessential travel” is getting longer. I’ve had some success with CO Vid 19 countries that were on my original list of safe countries and nonessential travel but now they have completely disappeared off the radar screen. It’s amazing how quickly things change in the world!
The most important thing I would recommend to travelers looking to visit Europe is checking into whether or not they will be allowed to enter certain EU countries under the new Visa Program. The majority of the EU countries now have fully implemented their new Visa Program and while you can still use your old Visa card to enter most countries, there will be a requirement for a COV flu vaccination upon entry. If you have a negative covid 19 test then you will be required to show proof of vaccination upon entering.
The only country on my recent “safe” country list that allows travelers to enter with a non-medical vaccine is Denmark. Denmark has very strict requirements for their travelers who wish to obtain a three-year visa and be in possession of a three-year European travel visa. Danish citizens who are traveling outside of Denmark without a medical vaccination must fulfill the country’s requirements and prove that they are able to meet the three-year travel time requirement before being issued a visa. This means that an international travel can be postponed or canceled without warning in case the required vaccinations are not in hand. You do not want to be in this situation, especially if you have a family vacation planned in Denmark. There is also a possibility that you could spend your visa slot in prison, which is no fun at all.
If you want to experience what it feels like to be in one of the more than 27 countries that requires a flu vaccination, then make sure to start checking into the various countries that have a high rate of cases of seasonal flu this season. If you are planning to travel to Europe, you should start looking into the possible locations where seasonal influenza may be the most common. The news is not all good for travelers looking for a nice climate in addition to good health because this season’s flu activity is expected to be an outbreak.
Travelers who do not intend on staying in one of the more than 27 nonessential travel areas (out of which only three are considered to be at a high risk) should consider staying home if they do not intend on traveling to any of the nonessential travel areas. An important tip to remember is to ensure that the doctor has recommended that you be quarantined, as some of the countries that require a brief quarantine, such as Vietnam, have a limited number of doctors available to provide vaccinations. This is very important for travelers planning to visit Europe, as there is no guarantee when these quarantined areas will become free of the virus. There are some strong health risks associated with traveling to areas where the seasonal flu vaccine is not available.
The other piece of advice is that if an individual countries does not require an EEC tourist visa, they may still issue a travelers’ visa. There are a few important differences between the visa requirements of different EEC countries, which means that different tourists may have completely different entry requirements once they arrive in the country. These requirements include what types of food and water that an individual need to bring along with them. Therefore, it is important for tourists planning to travel to Europe to ensure that they know which countries they will need to have their passports certified before departure.