Croatia, Greece and more will stay open to US tourists

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September 15, 2021

By | September 15, 2021

Even with the US on alert, a lot of European countries will not implement new restrictions for travelers arriving from the US

Due to the rising Covid-19 infections in the US, particularly the growing number of Delta variant and new Mu variant cases, the EU council removed the US from its list of countries considered epidemiologically safe. Being on the list cleared the way for US travelers to visit the EU without the need to quarantine.

With the EU’s recommendation not being legally binding, EU countries with a high vaccination rate have decided not to implement any new restrictions on travelers from the US. There are still restrictions in place, so if you are planning a trip this fall to any of the countries mentioned below, make sure to fulfill all requirements.

Albania

wooden pier and clear blue water of beach in Ksamil, AlbaniaKsamil in Albania is becoming more and more popular — Shutterstock

Although not a mainstream vacation destination, popularity for Albania has increased in recent years. The turquoise blue water of the Ionian Sea which extends from Albania down to Greece reminds many of the Caribbean. To relax along the Albanian coastline, US travelers will need to be either fully vaccinated, recovered, or show proof of a negative PCR test performed up to 72 hours before entry.

Austria

Rolling hills, ski slopes, Mozart, and Schnitzel. Austria is a great nature escape and a great contrast to the white sand beaches of Albania. The capital, Vienna, for instance,  is colorful, culturally diverse, and political. It’s a great starting point in your tour of the country. To enter Austria, US travelers will need to show proof of full vaccination that is not older than 270 days, proof of recovery in the last 90 days, or a negative PCR test administered a maximum of 72 hours before entry. Travelers who can only show proof of negative test, will also need to register digitally in advance to obtain pre-travel clearance.

Croatia

traditional stone houses in DubrovnikThe architecture of Dubrovnik is breathtaking and definitely worth a trip to Croatia — Shutterstock

Located directly along the Adriatic Sea, Croatia has long been a hotspot destination for summer. Home to secluded beaches, national parks, famous film locations such as Dubrovnik, and cute little islands, the country plans to remain open to leisure travelers even during the off-season. Entry is allowed to those who can show a certificate of completed vaccination not older than 270 days, proof of recovery with a positive test performed in the previous 12–180 days, or a negative PCR or antigen test result no older than 72 and 48 hours of travel respectively. Another requirement for leisure tourists is to have proof of accommodation that has been arranged, and paid in advance and fill out an Enter Croatia web form.

Czech Republic

Right in the heart of Europe lies the Czech Republic. After the fall of communism, it was the first former Eastern Bloc country to really open itself up to tourism. Prague has ever since been a magnet for travelers. And it’s no surprise. The Old Town, castle, and the Charles Bridge are real eye-catchers.
To enter the Czech Republic, travelers will need to be fully vaccinated and fill in a Passenger Locator Form. If unvaccinated, US leisure travelers will need to show proof of negative PCR test pre and after arrival, and self-isolate until receipt of a negative test result.

Denmark

Denmark always making the top in the “happiest countries” list might have something to do with the idea of hygge. Being warm, cozy, and relaxed decreases stress levels and leaves you simply happy. This concept is attractive to visitors from all over the world. US travelers can only enter Denmark if they are fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated travelers can only enter if they have a so-called “worthy purpose”, meaning if they have a job, student, or other.

Estonia

view of the colorful Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in TallinnThe famous Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Tallinn is a UNESCO World Heritage Site — Shutterstock

Bordering the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Finland, Estonia is a beautiful country with more than 1,500 islands. The capital, Tallinn, is home to numerous underground Medieval passages stretching all the way from Toompea hill to the Pirita Monastery. US travelers will need to be either fully vaccinated, recovered, or show proof of a negative PCR test performed up to 72 hours before entry.

Greece

If you’re missing the hot summer sun, sandy beaches, and crystal clear waters, you’ve probably been missing Greece. The country will remain open to international travelers even after the summer season is over. Good thing is that the weather in Greece is still mild and warm during the fall months. To enjoy some sunshine on a Greek island, US travelers will need to show proof of vaccination, or a negative PCR or antigen test performed up to 72 and 48 hours before entry respectively, and fill out the Passenger locator form.

Iceland

Glaciers, volcanos, waterfalls, and diving between tectonic plates, Iceland is home to incredible nature. From swimming in hot springs to watching Northern Lights, there is so much to do on the little island that it will never get boring. US leisure travelers must show proof of vaccination or recovery, and pre-register before arriving in Iceland. Non-vaccinated travelers will need to test before and after arrival and quarantine for five days.

Ireland

Cathedral and colored houses in Cobh, Ireland Cathedral and colored houses in Cobh, Ireland — Shutterstock

Looking forward to lush green hills, breathtaking views, sunset hikes, and nights out in local pubs? Ireland will not change its current restrictions for US travelers. At this moment, tourists need to show proof of vaccination or recovery. Unvaccinated travelers, however, will need to test negative before arrival and quarantine for 14 days. After five days of self-isolation, travelers may cut the self-isolation short, if they test negative.

Portugal

Portugal is wild coastlines, fabulous food, cultured cities, and untouched countryside. During November, the country hosts many adventurers willing to surf 30 meter high waves in Nazaré. If you want to witness this incredible natural phenomenon, all you’ll need is proof of a negative PCR test taken 72 hours or an antigen test 48 hours before entering the country. Portugal also accepts the EU Digital Covid passport for fully vaccinated travelers.

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