EU opens to travelers from US and here is what you should know

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June 23, 2021

By | June 23, 2021

Germany, Italy, and the Czech Republic are among the countries welcoming leisure travelers from the United States

Based on a recent recommendation from the European Union, the continent is reopening its doors to non-essential travel to both vaccinated and non-vaccinated travelers from the United States.

Europe is the US’s top travel destination and although some countries, like Greece and Spain, reopened for travelers from the US earlier this year, the continent has been under a 15-month-long travel ban for non-essential travel. The new recommendation could mean tourists from the States will have a chance to see Europe this summer season.

Germany

Germany is among the latest countries in the EU to open to visitors from the USGermany is among the latest countries in the EU to open to visitors from the US — Shutterstock

Travel restrictions imposed on the residents of the United States were lifted on Sunday, 20 June, meaning traveling for leisure or other purposes can restart. Travelers do not have to fill out a digital registration form and quarantine upon arrival.

While traveling to Germany is now permitted, certain rules still apply. It is necessary to show either proof of completed vaccination (15 days after the second shot of a two-dose vaccine) or proof of recovery from COVID-19 when entering the country via an air channel.

Those who have not been vaccinated or previously infected with the virus can choose to show a negative test result taken prior to travel. Both PCR and rapid antigen tests are accepted, and they cannot be older than 72 hours and 48 hours prior to entry respectively.

Italy

Italy offers quarantine-free travelItaly offers quarantine-free travel — Shutterstock

The southern European favorite is another destination for quarantine-free travel, following a recommendation from the EU to reopen the continent to travelers from the United States.

Effective from 21 June, the country is open to visitors who can show a certificate of vaccination or recovery, or a negative PCR or antigen test result within 48 hours of arrival — travelers who meet these requirements do not need to self-isolate upon entry.

France

The US in on France’s green list of countriesThe US in on France’s green list of countries — Shutterstock

Like other countries around the world, France has adopted the traffic light system classifying different countries into green, orange, and red categories. Since 9 June — France was among the earlier trendsetters — the US has been on its green list of countries.

France accepts the following vaccine certificates upon entering the country: AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, and Pfizer/BioNTech. In case the visitor does not possess proof of vaccination, they can show a negative PCR or antigen test result taken within 72 hours of travel. 

Portugal

The Portuguese government reviews the entry measures every two weeksThe Portuguese government reviews the entry measures every two weeks — Shutterstock

Portugal is currently accepting travelers from the US. The Portuguese government reviews its entry measures every two weeks based on the epidemiological situation in the country. 

To be allowed entry, everyone arriving in Portugal must show a negative PCR test result no older than 72 hours or an antigen test result no older than 24 hours prior to boarding.   

Czech Republic

Czech Republic is an up-and-coming destinationThe Czech Republic is an up-and-coming destination — Shutterstock

Czechia is among the up-and-coming tourist spots in Europe and also among the latest to open its borders to tourists coming from the United States.

The requirements for entering are either completed vaccination rounds, proof of recovery in the past 180 days, or a negative test result. The same rules also apply to the use of accommodation facilities, restaurants, or services.

Greece

Greece is open to vaccinated and non-vaccinated travelers Greece is open to vaccinated and non-vaccinated travelers — Shutterstock

Greece opened up to both vaccinated and non-vaccinated travelers from the US as one of the first countries in the EU. The country first planned to open its borders as of 14 May but accelerated its reopening schedule and reopened on 19 April.

Apart from accepting certificates of completed vaccination, it is also possible to show a negative PCR test carried out no more than 72 hours of arrival.

Croatia

Croatia is a favorite on the Adriatic Sea Croatia is a favorite on the Adriatic Sea — Shutterstock

Already before the EU recommendation to reopen borders, Croatia had been welcoming visitors from the United States.

Entry is allowed to those who can show a certificate of completed vaccination (at least 14 days after the final dose), 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. It is also possible to test upon arrival at own expense with the obligation to self-isolate until the result.

Another requirement for tourists entering this popular destination on the Adriatic Sea is to have proof of accommodation that has been arranged and paid in advance. Travelers are also asked to fill out an Enter Croatia web form which may speed up the entry process at the Croatian border.

Cyprus

Incoming passengers to Cyprus must obtain a Flight PassIncoming passengers to Cyprus must obtain a Flight Pass — Shutterstock

Both vaccinated and non-vaccinated travelers can enter this small island in the Mediterranean, although different rules apply to both.

Non-vaccinated travelers over 12 years must submit a negative PCR test result no older than 72 hours before boarding a flight. They will also be tested upon arrival at their own expense. Vaccinated travelers, including those from the US, are exempt from testing but may still be subject to random testing upon arrival. All incoming passengers must obtain a Cyprus Flight Pass.

Check official government sources, such as the CDC website, for more information on the requirements when arriving back in the United States.

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