European travel is finally starting to look like something close to normal again. The number of countries that have removed all Covid-related entry restrictions is growing and many are also dropping national rules on masks and social distancing. Here are all the destinations that now offer hassle-free travel. The only question is, where next?
Travel rules for each country in Europe are available here.
Austria is one of the last countries to abolish its entry rules. Since May 16, no proof of vaccination, recovery or negative test is required for visit the historic green capital of Vienna. The pre-travel authorization form is also now redundant. This follows the scrapping of national rules, including the need to wear a face mask in public places.
Bulgaria started welcoming all travelers in early May. No Covid documents are needed, confirmed a statement from the Republic’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, so that everyone is free to enjoy Bulgaria’s varied topography – from its mountains to beautiful beaches of the black coast. Mandatory mask-wearing is also long gone.
Around 500 different airlines are heading to Croatia this summer, and with all Covid entry rules abolished on May 3, there will be a mix of immunity levels on board. First-time travelers weigh the pros and cons of Dubrovnik or Split, but there are plenty of amazing destinations on ‘the land of a thousand islands‘.
After again tightening testing requirements for foreign arrivals in December at the height of omicron, the Czech republic removed all Covid-related entry requirements for international arrivals on 9 April 2022. Wearing a face mask is no longer required in most public places – the main exceptions are public transport and taxis.
Thanks to the country’s high vaccination rate, Denmark became the first EU country to lift all national Covid restrictions in early February. All entry requirements for international arrivals were subsequently removed on March 29, 2022 (previously testing rules only applied to arrivals from outside the EU and Schengen).
After a lot of back and forth, Greece officially lifted all Covid-related entry measures on May 1, 2022. Mask-wearing is still mandatory indoors, but for many tourists at the The Greek Islands it will be virtually unnoticeable as so much eating, drinking and socializing takes place outside.
City breaks in Budapest are back thanks to the removal of all Covid-related entry requirements for travel to Hungary. There are also no longer any social distancing measures in place and it is no longer mandatory to wear a face mask on public transport or in indoor public places.
All IcelandCovid-related restrictions were lifted on February 25, 2022, both for international arrivals and within the country itself. Wearing a mask is no longer compulsory anywhere and no social distancing measures are in place. However, the country is still encouraging testing and self-isolation to control the spread of Covid.
Guinness lovers rejoiced when Ireland dropped all Covid-related entry requirements on March 6, 2022. This includes proof of vaccination, pre-arrival testing and passenger locator form. Wearing a mask became optional a few weeks earlier, on February 28, 2022.
As it stands, visitors from the EU, EEA, Switzerland or the UK can all enter Latvia without the need to take a test, present proof of vaccination or quarantine. However, there are a few hurdles to clear if traveling to Latvia from third countries, which still require proof of vaccination or a negative test result. FFP2 masks remain compulsory in public transport.
Vilnius became one of Europe’s easiest city breaks in mid-February when Lithuania announced it was scrapping all entry requirements for travelers from EU/EEA countries, as well than a number of others, including the United Kingdom, the United States and New Zealand. However, you are still required to wear a face mask on public transport.
Although part of Portugal (which still requires testing or proof of vaccination), the popular holiday island of Madeira removed all Covid-related entry requirements for tourists. However, it hasn’t quite returned to full normality.
The territory always recommends that international visitors register on the Madeira Safe digital platform. And once there, it is still mandatory to wear a face mask in indoor public places and to carry proof of vaccination to enter restaurants, bars and other places.
This lesser known Balkan gem removed all entry restrictions in mid-March 2022. It is also no longer necessary to carry a vaccination passport to enter social settings here, however Montenegro retained its mask mandate for indoor public places. This includes restaurants, bars and hotels.
“No test, no quarantine, no registration!” – it was Norwaysince February 12, 2022, when the Nordic country dropped all Covid entry requirements for international arrivals. There are also no testing requirements if you get sick, which may raise some eyebrows among cautious travellers. All social distancing and face mask rules have also been dropped in Norway.
In just one time, Poland dropped quarantine on arrival, proof of vaccination and pre-arrival testing requirements on March 28, 2022. The new status quo status applies to all arrivals from non-Schengen countries, as well as those from the EU. Poland has also scrapped all rules about wearing face masks in public.
The Eastern European country dropped all quarantine, testing and passenger tracking requirements for international visitors on March 9, 2022. At the same time, Romania said it was scrapping the digital pass that was previously required to enter some institutions and made face masks non-mandatory inside and out.
Serbia dropped all entry rules on May 3, along with a number of other European countries. His big spaces is open to all travelers, who will be rewarded with magnificent and little-known sites in the south-east of the continent.
Travel to the Balkan nation became much easier from February 19, 2022, when it scrapped all Covid-related entry requirements for visitors regardless of vaccination status. Most Covid restrictions within Slovenia ended on April 13, 2022, but you will still need to wear a face covering on public transport and in enclosed public spaces.
On April 1, 2022, Sweden removed all Covid-related entry requirements for visitors from the UK or from outside the EU/EEA. This follows a temporary ban on arrivals from third countries in March due to the omicron variant. No matter where you are from, this means you will no longer need to show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test.
Just in time for the summer hiking season, Swiss announced that it would remove all Covid-related entry requirements for international visitors from May 2, 2022. Prior to that, travelers had to show proof of vaccination. The Alpine country also got rid of face masks on April 1, 2022 and at the same time demanded that people who tested positive for Covid no longer needed to self-isolate.