Traveling to Europe? Here’s What You Need to Know
If you are planning a trip to Europe, it is important to remember that the health conditions in many European countries are more severe than those in the U.S. This means that you will need to do more research and jump through additional hoops than in the past. For example, traveling to a country with high rates of infectious diseases will require additional precautions. While most CDC safety precautions are still applicable when traveling to Europe, the level of precautions may be higher. It is always advisable to practice good hand hygiene and wear masks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have updated their pandemic guidelines weekly, and Iceland is currently categorized as a “high” risk area.
The European Union recommends that travelers take a coordinated approach when traveling to European countries, including the U.S. However, this is not legally binding as each member state may set their own requirements for travelers. While this advice is applicable to travelers entering the Schengen Area, other countries should follow the recommendations to minimize the risk of contracting an infectious disease. Croatia is one of the countries that have reported a steady decline in cases and daily deaths from the virus. Almost 30 percent of the country’s population is fully immunized.
In case of serious medical conditions, you may need to go to a hospital. Many European countries use Euros, but you may encounter non-Euro-based currencies. The Czech Republic uses the Koruna, Liechtenstein uses the Swiss Franc, and Poland uses the Zloty. Therefore, make sure to carry plenty of cash when traveling in Europe. While it may seem intimidating, the vast majority of European countries are very safe and friendly.
Most Americans want to visit the Swiss Alps during the winter, while many Europeans desire a beach vacation in the summer. But crowds at these popular destinations are not very enjoyable. Therefore, it is best to travel in off-season to avoid the crowds and enjoy a less-crowded destination. Aside from this, you will also find cheaper train tickets, hotels, and tours when compared to peak season. Moreover, budget airlines are great for short distances but do not offer all the services that the higher-end carriers offer.
It is important to understand that entry requirements vary between European countries and the United States. In general, you should check the entry requirements of your destination country based on where you are from and the countries you have visited in the past two weeks. Luckily, some airlines have started to offer new flights to Europe. For example, Delta launched a direct flight between Boston and Iceland. There are also direct flights between Boston and Greece, Croatia, and Iceland, and the new Icelandic airline PLAY.
While the war in Ukraine has already affected many travelers in the United States, many still plan to visit Europe this year. Despite the uncertainty, 61 percent of Americans plan to visit Europe this year. A survey by MMGY Global found that travelers are worried about the situation. Among the respondents, one-third are worried that war will affect the countries they visit. In addition, rising gas prices are likely to scupper the travel season in Europe.
Due to these fears, Americans have no access to some countries in Europe. However, there are some exceptions. Although most European countries are open to American travelers, two countries have imposed nonessential entry requirements. Fortunately, Portugal and Greece have said that Americans can visit their countries as long as they’re vaccinated. The council of Europe recommends vaccinating travelers. In addition, the European Union has made it more difficult for people with HIV/AIDS to get access to the continent.
While the EU has many travel regulations for US citizens, a recent law allows Americans to visit the continent without a visa. The ETIAS is valid for three years after it is approved. US citizens must pay EUR7 to enter the EU. Fortunately, if you’re traveling with a child under the age of 18, you can apply for an ETIAS application on behalf of the minor. However, it is important to remember that your child should have an individual approved ETIAS.
Before traveling to Europe, you should have a valid passport. US citizens should also keep in mind that the Schengen zone is part of the Schengen area. The Schengen area requires that travelers to enter a country in the Schengen area have an ETIAS travel authorization. This means that you’ll need to be in possession of a passport that is at least 10 years old. It is also important to understand that visas are required for citizens of other countries. Despite the requirements, the EU does not require a visa to enter the Schengen region.