Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Timeline of EU Member States Reopening Their Borders

The Coronavirus outbreak in Europe, back in March this year, forced the European Commission to recommend the Member States to shut down all EU ports of entry for non-EU/Schengen nationals.

One by one, all Member States, and the Schengen Associated countries moved on to close their borders despite that some of them tried to resist undertaking such a measure at the beginning.

First came the re-establishment of border controls where there typically aren’t due to the Schengen Agreement, and then border closures for all non-residents, exempting only those in need of entering the country for essential purposes.

As the number of infection rates among the bloc saw a decrease in April and then in May, the EU started working towards the reopening of the borders and the removal of border controls.

While the EU Commission will decide on June 15 whether the closure of the external Schengen Area borders should end or be extended, for third-country nationals, it is up to the Member States to open their borders.

Most of these countries reopened/announced they would be opening their borders for travellers from the Schengen Area, and the non-Schengen EU states, often only to those with lower rates of infections. While some have imposed quarantine or negative COVID-19 test results, there are others that have permitted entry into their territory without any restrictions.

Following, find the complete list of opened countries for travellers, and dates of warned opening, in reverse chronological order.

*This timeline is being updated continuously with the most recent changes regarding EU border reopening. 

May 3

EU

The European Commission has brought forward a proposal to the Member States to gradually start reopening the borders for travellers from third countries who are vaccinated, wishing to enter the EU and Schengen Area countries for non-essential purposes.

The proposal also suggests to the Member States to increase the threshold regarding the number of new COVID-19 cases used to determine citizens of which third countries should be allowed to travel to the block.

The Czech RepublicThe Czech Republic’s Government has placed Estonia, Hungary, Poland, Slovenia, and San Marino on the list of countries that have been heavily affected by the COVID-19, also known as the red list, due to an increase of cases. At the same time, the Azores and Norway have been placed on the orange list of countries.

LithuaniaLithuania has started to apply stringent self-isolation measures to travellers entering Lithuania from India.

At the same time, the exact requirements that were valid until now will continue to remain effective for all arrivals from Estonia, Poland, Slovenia, Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chile, Northern Macedonia, Aruba, and San Marino.

May 1

BulgariaBulgaria has banned from entering its territory travellers from India, Brazil, Bangladesh, and several other countries in Africa, including South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Namibia. As per Bulgarian citizens entering the countries after staying in one of the countries listed above, they must stay self-isolated for ten days, at home or at an adequate accommodation.

ItalyAll travellers who wish to travel to Italy from the European Union or Schengen Zone countries remain obliged to follow quarantine rules upon their arrival, as the country’s government has extended such preventive measures until at least May 15.

DenmarkDenmark now permits those who are fully vaccinated as well as their travelling children under the age of 18 with permanent residence in Denmark to travel to orange countries all over the world. These travellers will be free of the requirement for testing and isolation after returning home, yet, travelling older children from 15 to 17 years will continue to be tested after entry in Denmark.

SpainSpain has prolonged the imposed restrictions on non-essential trips from countries outside the European Union and the Schengen Zone to May 31 due to the current Coronavirus situation. The decision means that travellers from countries outside the Schengen Area will not be permitted to make trips for unnecessary purposes to Spain by air, land or sea throughout May.

Citizens coming from countries in which the infection rates are currently low, such as New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Rwanda, China, Thailand, and the regions of Hong Kong and Macao, remain permitted to enter Spain, despite the imposed restrictions.

April 29

BelgiumBelgium’s government has banned travel from India, Brazil, and South Africa due to an upsurge in COVID-19 infections and its new strains in the territories of the three. The newly imposed ban includes travel by plane, ship, bus, train and transit traffic.

There will be some exemptions for diplomats and transport workers if they can prove that their trip is essential.

Norway has introduced stricter testing requirements, obliging all arrivals coming from non-EEA or non-Schengen Area countries, who have previously received a positive rapid test result, to undergo a PCR test at the border prior to entering the country.

DenmarkThe Danish authorities have banned from entering all arrivals from India due to a sharp increase in the number of COVID-19 infections in the latter. The ban will remain effective until further notice.

April 28

GermanyGermany and Italy have banned entry for travellers from India due to an upsurge in the number of Coronavirus cases in the territory of India.

All travellers from countries in which the incidence of infection surpasses 700 per 100,000 population will be banned from entering Iceland’s territory until May 31.

AustriaAustria’s authorities have announced their plans to reopen and ease their imposed COVID-19 preventive measures starting from May 19 in an effort to help the country recover from the devastating situation caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. Starting from May 19, entry rules will be introduced based on the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) maps regarding the COVID-19 situation in other countries.

The Swiss authorities are working on the development of a standardised, counterfeit-proof and internationally recognised COVID certificate by the beginning of summer 2021 in a bid to revive travel to and from the country. More on the certificate!

SpainThe Spanish authorities have imposed a ten-day quarantine restriction for all travellers arriving from India due to the devastating outbreak of the COVID-19 in the South Asian country.

They have also revealed their plans to permit tourists from the United Kingdom to visit the country from June in an effort to revive the tourism sector by the summer season.

April 27

CyprusTourists from 65 countries worldwide will be permitted to visit Cyprus from May 10, without being required to undergo quarantine upon their arrival, if they hold a Digital Green Passport or present a negative result of the COVID-19 PCR test, not older than three days.

April 26

The Czech RepublicThe Czech Republic has placed Lithuania in the dark red category, which includes countries with high COVID-19 infection levels. As a result, Lithuanians now have to undergo COVID-19 testing and quarantine procedures upon their arrival in Czechia.

SlovakiaSlovakia has exempted from the quarantine measure all persons with a temporary or permanent residence permit in a neighbouring country within 100 kilometres of an open border crossing with the Republic of Slovakia, who also work in Slovakia within 100 kilometres of an open border crossing.

EU

The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has revealed that fully vaccinated US travellers will be able to visit the European Union this summer after more than one year of the ban on non-essential travel.

LithuaniaArrivals from Bulgaria, Kosovo, Montenegro, the Czech Republic, Lebanon, Jordan, and Seychelles are now subject to stricter quarantine requirements when entering Lithuania.

CyprusTravellers from the UK are no longer be subject to double testing in order to enter the territory of Cyprus. They are only required to undergo a PCR laboratory test 72 hours before departure at the earliest and present a negative test result upon entry.

The NetherlandsThe Netherlands’ government has banned flights from India until at least May 1, after an increase in the number of COVID-19 infections registered on the latter. The ban will not include cargo flights as well as flights carrying medical personnel.

April 25

GreeceGreece has lifted quarantine requirements for travellers reaching the country from seven more countries, provided that they submit vaccination proof or a negative test result of COVID-19 carried out at least 72 hours before entering the country. These countries are Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Russia, Rwanda, Singapore, and Thailand.

SloveniaSlovenia has expanded the list of exemptions from entry restrictions, allowing persons vaccinated with the Chinese and Indian vaccines to enter the country without being subject to quarantine restrictions.

April 24

The hospital districts of Kajanaland and Länsi-Pohja in Finland have been placed on Norway’s list of COVID-19 high-risk areas, which means that all persons from these areas will be required to follow the ten-day quarantine rule upon their arrival, as they have moved from the yellow to red list on the infection map in Europe, which includes countries profoundly affected by the disease.

April 22

IrelandTravellers from Ireland are no longer subject to double testing in order to enter Cyprus. They are only obliged to present the negative results of a PCR laboratory.

FinlandFinland has prolonged entry restrictions until May 25 in a bid to contain the spread of COVID-19 and its mutations. Internal border checks and external border restrictions will continue to remain in place, following the new decision that takes effect on April 26.

April 21

DenmarkDenmark started reopening its borders for travel to and from Denmark for travellers for the EU and Schengen Area countries. All entry restrictions have been lifted for travellers from Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand

Portugal has prolonged air traffic restrictions due to the COVID-19 situation, and at the same time, has lifted the restrictions for essential purposes for flights from the United Kingdom and Brazil.

April 20

GreeceTravellers from the EU countries are now eligible to enter Greece without being subject to quarantine rules, as the latter’s authorities have lifted quarantine restrictions for these countries in order to open up to tourism.

April 19

SlovakiaAll persons who wish to enter Slovakia from April 19 and who have been in the EU or Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, or the UK in the past 14 days will be permitted to do so only if they meet specific requirements, which requirements can be found here.

FranceFrench President Emanuel Macron has revealed that the country is in its last stage of finalising the progressive lifting of travel restriction plan for vaccinated travellers and those who have tested negative against the COVID-19, including travellers from third-country citizens, in particular for United States travellers.

Children under the age of 12 are now required to undergo COVID-19 testing at the Norwegian border, upon arrival.

April 17

The Czech RepublicCzechia has placed Belgium and Denmark on the list of countries profoundly affected by the Coronavirus, known as the red list, due to an increase in the number of infections in both territories. Finland and Ireland will move to the orange category, while Iceland will be included in the green category. Find here what each category means!

EstoniaAll persons from the EU and Schengen Area countries that have reported an infection rate of more than 150 people per 100,000 inhabitants during the past two weeks, wishing to enter Estonia, will be required to undergo testing and remain self-isolated for ten days,

SpainSpain and Portugal have again prolonged their border controls until at least May 3. All persons who need to cross the border between the two nations will be permitted to do so only at specific border checkpoints and during the opening hours established.

April 16

SpainSpain has decided to permit EU citizens to enter the country without being subject to COVID-19 test and self-isolation requirements, provided that they hold a Digital Green Certificate from June.

April 15

GreeceGreek authorities have decided to remove quarantine restrictions for travellers from the EU and five other non-EU countries – the US, the UK, Serbia, Israel, and the UAE – whose citizens have been tested negative or vaccinated against the COVID-19 from April 19.

FranceThe French Government has temporarily suspended all flights to and from Brazil in a bid to halt the further spread of the new COVID-19 variant dominating the South American country.

April 14

ItalyItaly’s authorities have introduced a new ‘Covid-free islands’ vaccination plan that aims to vaccinate all residents of holiday islands in order to help the country’s tourism sector recover from the damages provoked by the Coronavirus.

DenmarkDenmark has decided to relax its Coronavirus entry measures for arrivals from the EU and Schengen Area countries from April 21.

Whereas from May 1, Danes and foreigners who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can travel in and outside the country, including tourists. Those coming from red areas will remain subject to testing and quarantine.

GermanyThe German authorities have lifted internal border controls with the Czech Republic which were previously introduced in order to control the spread of COVID-19 amid the third wave of the pandemic.

April 12

All travellers reaching Norway from Iceland will have to quarantine for a period of ten days after the latter was removed from the yellow category to the red category of high-risk COVID-19 countries.

EstoniaAll persons entering Estonia from a European Union country placed on the high-risk COVID-19 list during the period April 12 – April 18, 2021, are required to undergo testing and remain self-isolated for ten days.

CroatiaArrivals from Croatia to Lithuania are now required to submit a negative Coronavirus test result and stay self-isolated for ten days.

All persons entering from Croatia or Turkey are required to submit a negative Coronavirus test result and stay self-isolated for ten days. On the other hand, Italy and Moldova will be subjected to the usual isolation requirements

The Czech RepublicCroatian citizens will have to fill in the arrival form and undergo a Coronavirus test before entering the Czech Republic, as Croatia has been added to the dark red category. Arrivals from this category will also have to quarantine for a period of five days when a second COVID-19 test can be taken.

April 10

SloveniaAuthorities in Slovenia have narrowed down the list of countries the citizens of which are permitted to enter the country, expanding the number of countries on the high-risk list, also known as the red list of countries that are profoundly affected by the virus, including all of its neighbouring countries. This means that travel to all countries on the red list is prohibited, except for any emergency cases, while the compulsory ten-day quarantine rule upon return from these countries cannot be ended with a test.

April 9

All travellers reaching Iceland who are not able to stay in a home quarantine that fulfils the requirements are now obliged to remain in a quarantine facility, free of charge.

April 8

ItalyItaly has extended its mandatory quarantine requirement for persons seeking to enter the country from all European Union countries until April 30.

April 6

SpainThe internal border controls between Spain and Portugal have been extended until April 17 in an effort to contain the further spread of the COVID-19 in both countries. All persons wishing to cross the border between Spain and Portugal are able to do so only through authorised border checkpoints and during the working hours determined by the Ministry.

LithuaniaLithuania has added Belgium, Netherlands, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Moldova, Bermuda, and Curacao to the list of highly affected COVID-19 countries due to their increased number of reported cases. At the same time, it has removed Malta from the list. Arrivals from countries in this list must submit a completed questionnaire and QR code to the carrier before boarding any travelling vehicle or passing a border checkpoint. All passengers older than 16 must present a negative COVID-19 test, not any older than 72 hours.

April 5

SpainSpain has extended the existing restrictions for regions where COVID-19 mutations have widely spread. The order will be effective until April 19, 2021. Previously, Spain extended the measures for Brazil and South Africa until April 4, while the entry ban against United Kingdom citizens has been lifted.

According to the new measures, that all persons flying from any airport located in Brazil, South Africa, Union of Comoros, Botswana, Kenya, Ghana, Mozambique, Zambia, Tanzania, Peru, Zimbabwe, and Colombia to any airport in Spain, with or without making any stops in other countries, must self-isolate for ten days.

The Czech RepublicThe Czech Republic has decided that only persons from countries considered highly affected by the Coronavirus, such as the dark red and black category, will be obliged to present a negative test upon their arrival in the country. Non-essential travel is still prohibited while the entry requirements vary by country of origin, categorized as green, orange, red, dark red and black.

SpainThe Spanish government has announced that it has lifted some restrictions on flying from the United Kingdom to Spain’s territory after taking into account the COVID-19 situation on the latter. Yet, Britons will have to present a negative result of the Coronavirus test not older than 72 hours. The exact requirement is applied to all European countries.

At the same time, Spain has extended restrictions to arrive from Brazil and South Africa until April 13, in a bid to prevent a surge in the number of infections due to the Holy Week.

The Czech RepublicThe Czech Republic has added Belgium and the Netherlands to the COVID-19 dark red list, in which are placed countries profoundly affected by the Coronavirus disease. Arrivals from these two countries now need to fill in the arrival form and undergo a Coronavirus test before entering the territory. They also have to quarantine for a period of five days when a second COVID-19 test can be taken.

EstoniaArrivals to Estonia from Lithuania, Latvia and Finland will go through the same entry restrictions upon arrival in Estonia, just as travellers from other European Union Member States, which means they will have to quarantine. The restriction on freedom of movement can be shortened by two tests. People who have had COVID-19 disease or a vaccination course in the last six months are exempt from the restriction on freedom of movement and testing.

Citizens of the United States and the United Kingdom are eligible to enter Switzerland’s territory for essential purposes without being subject to compulsory quarantine rule upon their arrival, as they have been removed from the latter’s quarantine list.

Travellers from Ireland, Lithuania, Barbados, Qatar, Antigua and Barbuda and Saint Lucia will also be permitted to enter Switzerland for essential purposes without being obliged to stay self-isolated

GreeceStarting from April 5, 2021, flights from Albania, North Macedonia can reach Greece through any of its airports, and not only from the “Eleftherios Venizelos” Athens International Airport. At the same time, flights from Turkey, which have been completely banned, can also enter the country from any of its airports.

April 4

SpainSpain has prolonged the existing restrictions on entry to Spain from areas where COVID-19 mutations have widely spread. All persons coming from countries with a high risk of COVID-19, such as Brazil and South Africa, must self-isolate and respect the sanitary measures upon arrival. The entry ban on arrivals from the UK has, on the other hand, been lifted.

April 3

SwedenSweden has decided to extend its advice against unnecessary travel to countries outside the EU, EEA, and the UK.

April 1

Iceland has removed Spain from the list of countries considered highly affected by the Coronavirus pandemic, which means that travellers from Spain will be required to follow quarantine rules in private accommodation and not in a quarantine facility.

All persons coming to Iceland from countries with a high-risk level of COVID-19 infection have to stay in quarantine for five days unless they have a certificate that shows that they have been vaccinated.

All persons entering Norway must undergo a COVID-19 test and wait for the results at the border test station, in addition to the requirements to present the results of a test taken before arrival and quarantine. The ones who refuse to undergo the measures will be fined. Norwegian citizens are also obliged to present a Coronavirus test before entering Norway and are required to self-isolate as well.

FinlandThe Finnish Government has decided to extend the country’s entry restrictions until April 30, 2021, due to the COVID-19 situation.

March 31

SwedenSweden has extended the general entry ban for all countries in the European Economic Area (EEA) and has also lifted separate measures for Denmark and Norway. Since March 31, citizens of two later countries are obliged to present a negative Coronavirus test as well under the same rules that apply to other EEA countries. Certain exceptions are included.

The Swedish Government has extended the entry ban for all persons entering the country from other countries in the European Economic Area (EEA) until May 31, while at the same time, it has lifted the previous additional measures imposed on arrivals from Denmark and Norway.

March 30

ItalyItaly has obliged everyone entering Italy from other EU countries to test before reaching the country. Arrivals will also have to quarantine for a period of five days in Italy. On the fifth day, travellers may test again, and if they result negative, they are free of the obligation of quarantine. Exempt from the new measures will be only those travelling to the country with a “proven necessity and urgency”, a ministry official has said.

SpainSpain has extended restrictions on unnecessary travel from countries outside the European Union and the Schengen Zone until April 30 in order to halt the further spread of the Coronavirus disease, which were initially set to last until March 31. Citizens of foreign countries will not be permitted to make non-essential trips to Spain by air, land, or sea over Easter and the rest of the month.

GermanyThe German Federal Ministry of Health has announced that all persons entering the country by plane are now obliged to submit a negative COVID-19 test result prior to boarding. The swab on which the Coronavirus test is based should not be older than 48 hours. The rule will be effective until May 12.

Portugal’s archipelago of Madeira has opened its doors to all travellers vaccinated against the Coronavirus and those who can prove that they fully recovered from the deadly virus in the previous 90 days. Travellers who have taken the vaccine against the Coronavirus disease must present a vaccine certificate to authorities in Madeira, which among others, is valid at their home countries and includes their personal data such as their name, date of birth, type of vaccine as well as some other detailed information.

MaltaMalta has moved all countries in the green category to the orange category. All persons entering Malta must submit a negative PCR test, not any older than 72 hours. The ones that fail to provide a negative test result might be tested in Malta and subjected to quarantine.

CyprusUK passengers arriving in Cyprus are not required to quarantine upon their arrival. However, all persons coming from the UK must present a negative PCR test 72 hours before departure and a second negative test upon their arrival in Cyprus, the Health Ministry informs.

SpainSpain started asking for negative PCR test results, not older than 72 hours, for all persons crossing the land border from France in a bid to halt the further spread of the Coronavirus during the Easter holidays.

March 29

The Czech RepublicThe Czech Republic Ministry of Health has announced that Bulgaria, France, Italy, Slovenia, and Andorra have been added to the dark red category. Apart from the countries added on the dark red list, Slovakia and Madeira will move to the red list.

March 28

GermanyGermany’s government has tightened its border controls while urging its citizens not to make unnecessary trips to France, Denmark, Austria, and the Czech Republic, amid the fears that the country could see further rising in COVID-19 infection rates amid the third wave of the virus.

March 27

DenmarkThe Danish government has decided to extend the existing entry restrictions and travel ban until April 20, amid a warned third wave of COVID-19.

March 26

Switzerland’s government has decided to prolong internal border controls with all countries part of Europe’s Schengen Area in a bid to prevent the further spread of the Coronavirus pandemic and protect its citizens from the disease.

The Icelandic authorities have decided to postpone the entry into force of a new regulation that permits nationals of third countries who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter its territory. The regulation, which was planned to come into force on March 26, is now set to start applying on April 6, after the authorities asserted that more time is needed in order to allow scope for careful review of the procedures for evaluating and accepting documentation.

SloveniaSince March 26, authorities at the Slovenia points of entry no longer permit entry for those who present Rapid Antigen (RAT) tests as proof that they are not infected with COVID-19. Entry into Slovenia is now possible only with a negative PCR test; the same applies to the lifting of quarantine.

LithuaniaLithuania has added Andorra, Aruba, Bulgaria, Kosovo, France, Italy, Slovenia, North Macedonia, and Uruguay to the list of high-risk COVID-19 countries. Arrivals from these countries will be subject to more stringent entry measures.

March 25

The NetherlandsThe Netherlands’ government has decided to extend the advice against travelling abroad for its citizens, until May 15, after taking into account the current infection rate of the Coronavirus in foreign countries.

March 23

LithuaniaLithuania’s government has added Cyprus, Poland, and Palestine to the list of countries that are subject to stricter quarantine rules due to an increase in the recently reported number of Coronavirus infections. At the same time, authorities in Lithuania have announced that from now on, all persons who are exempted from compulsory self-isolation requirements will be obliged to present a negative result of the Coronavirus test.

SlovakiaTravellers returning from abroad will be obliged to quarantine when entering Slovakia, even those who have taken the second dose of the vaccine, the country’s Interior Ministry has decided.

March 22

BelgiumThe European Commission continues to pressure Belgian authorities to end the non-essential travel ban currently effective in Belgium. The restrictions were previously announced to be effective until April 1, but in a Consultative Committee meeting held on March 19, the authorities approved the prolongation of the ban until April 18.

EstoniaSince March 22, Monday, until March 28, Sunday, arrivals from the following have been subject to entry restrictions in Estonia:

    • EU countries – Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Italy, Greece, Cyprus, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia, Malta, Norway, Poland, France, Sweden, Romania, Germany, Slovakia, Slovenia, Finland, Denmark, the Czech Republic and Hungary
    • Schengen Members – Liechtenstein, and Switzerland
    • Microstates – Andorra, Monaco, and San Marino

March 20

SlovakiaSlovakia has restricted unnecessary travel abroad due to the recent rise in the number of Coronavirus cases. The decision is set to be kept in place until April 28; however, the country’s government may lift it earlier if the COVID-19 situation in other countries ameliorates.

March 18

LatviaLatvia’s government has decided that all persons planning to return to the country from unnecessary trips outside the European Union must undergo testing procedures and stay self-isolated for ten days due to the current Coronavirus pandemic situation. The decision will be kept in place until April 14.

March 17

EUEU marked one year since it closed its external borders to travellers reaching the block for non-essential purposes, in a bid to halt the spread of the virus.

The Government of Iceland has announced that all persons who have been vaccinated against Coronavirus will be permitted to enter Iceland without undergoing any border measures, such as testing and self-isolation. Starting on March 18, 2021, citizens of third countries, including the UK and USA, will be exempt from the measures as well. Note: The lifting of measures has first been postponed to March 26 and then April 6!

EUThe Commission of the European Union has brought forward its proposal for the creation of a Digital Green Certificate in order to make it possible for vaccinated persons to travel without restrictions in a bid to restore travel amid COVID-19.

LatviaThe Latvian Government lifted the ban for passengers using air travel to and from non-European countries. Entry restrictions on non-essential trips remain effective.

March 16

SpainInternal land border controls between Spain and Portugal will be further extended until April 6 due to the current Coronavirus pandemic situation in both territories.

March 15

LithuaniaLithuania’s government has added Sweden, Hungary and Jordan to the list of countries subject to enhanced COVID-19 control measures.

The Czech RepublicCitizens of Hungary, Sweden, and the autonomous region of Portugal – Madeira, now will have to fill the Arrival Form and present a negative result of the COVID-19 test when planning to enter the Czech Republic as the latter has added these countries to the dark red category, in which are placed countries profoundly affected by the pandemic.

EstoniaEstonia’s government has updated the list of countries, citizens of which will be subject to the 10-day restriction on freedom of movement. Thus, the following countries will be subject to the current restrictions: Austria, Andorra, Belgium, the Netherlands, Bulgaria, Ireland, Croatia, Italy, Cyprus, Greece, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Monaco, France, Sweden, San Marino, Romania, Slovakia, Finland, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, and Hungary.

March 12

FranceThe Government of France has eased travel rules to and from seven non-European countries, Australia, South Korea, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Singapore. Residents of the latter will no longer have to prove a compelling reason for travel to or from France.

March 11

GreeceGreek tourism minister Harry Theoharis has announced that the country is opening its borders on May 14. All persons who have been vaccinated or who test negative could travel to Greece this summer.

FinlandThe Finnish Government decided to extend the country’s entry restrictions until April 17, 2021. Internal border checks and external border restrictions will precede to be active to contain the spread of new virus variants. The decision will be effective from March 19, 2021.

March 8

EstoniaAuthorities in Estonia have restricted the freedom of movement for ten days, for citizens of 26 countries, in which the Coronavirus infection rate is higher than 150 people per 100,000 inhabitants in the past 14 days.

LithuaniaLithuania’s government has added Malta and Serbia to the list of countries that are considered profoundly affected by the spread of the Coronavirus and its new strains, the county’s Health Ministry has announced. All passengers travelling on international routes by all kind of transport will be required to present a negative result of the Coronavirus test, not older than 72 hours.

GreeceGreece’s authorities have decided to prolong the restrictions on domestic flights until March 16 and international flights until March 22, after taking into account the COVID-19 situation in other countries, from which only essential travel will be permitted.

The Czech RepublicGreece, Latvia, and Andorra have been placed on the red list of countries where the Coronavirus pandemic is widely spread, by the Czech authorities. Whereas, Malta has placed on the dark red list and the Balearic Islands on the orange one.

Healthcare personnel in Norway who have received the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine and have crucial functions in the health institutions have been exempted from the obligation of quarantine.

SloveniaSlovenia introduced new measures at its borders to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus, categorizing border checkpoints into two types, type A checkpoints and type B checkpoints, based on who is permitted to cross the border and when.

The Portuguese Government decided that all flights coming or going to the United Kingdom and Brazil will be suspended until March 16.

March 3

SlovakiaSlovakia will tighten its border controls with Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Poland to contain the further spread of the Coronavirus pandemic and its new variants.

March 2

HungaryThe Hungarian government has announced that from now on, only citizens who went abroad for business purposes to a selected list of states will be permitted to return to the country without being subject to stricter travel restrictions.

BelgiumThe Belgian State Council has rejected a proposal to suspend the non-essential entry ban on March 2, 2021, and has instead decided to extend it until April 1, 2021, at least, after Tweres, a non-profit organization that supports the interest of second residency owners, asked for milder restrictions on entry to the country.

March 1

The Czech RepublicThe Czech Republic’s Ministry of Health has placed Spain, Portugal, and Madeira on the red list of countries where the Coronavirus pandemic is widely spread. The list already includes Bulgaria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Italy, Croatia, Lithuania, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Hungary, the Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, Romania, Germany, Balearic, and the Canary Islands.

February 23

GreeceGreece has launched a digital vaccination certificate for all persons who have taken the two doses of the vaccine against the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).

Authorities in Greece have extended travel restrictions for international flight passengers as well as mandatory quarantine requirements until March 8.

February 22

FinlandFinland’s district of South Karelia has been added to Norway’s COVID-19 red list of countries that are considered profoundly affected by the pandemic; therefore, authorities in Norway advise not to travel to this region unless absolutely necessary.

The Czech RepublicThe Czech Republic has updated the measures that apply on arrivals from other European Union Member States and Schengen Area associated countries according to which arrivals from the Spanish Balearic Islands will move to the red category of countries, while the Portuguese Azores will be placed in the orange category. Thus, arrivals from the Balearic Islands, and all the countries in the red category, are obliged to present COVID-19 test results upon arrival in the Czech Republic, alongside the arrival form.

EstoniaThe Estonian authorities have exempted from the entry restrictions arrivals eight European Union and Schengen Area Member States, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Liechtenstein, and Norway. Arrivals from the rest of the EU and Schengen Area countries, where there is a COVID-19 infection rate of more than 150 people per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days, will still have to self-isolate for a period of 10 days after entering Estonia.

February 19

All persons wishing to travel to Iceland from February 19 and on have been obliged to present a negative result of the PCR test, not older than 72 hours, before boarding. The measure has been added to the double screening process, which requires all travellers to submit a PCR test when entering the country and the 5-day mandatory quarantine stay, and then a second PCR test.

February 18

Health personnel entering Norway, who have been fully vaccinated against the Coronavirus pandemic, and have critical functions in hospitals or other health services, have been exempted from entry quarantine requirement.

FinlandThe Finnish authorities extended entry restrictions for another month, at least until March 18, without any substantive changes. This means that currently, the only entry from Iceland is possible, while from the rest of the Schengen Area countries, only travellers reaching the country for absolutely essential purposes will be able to enter. Entry is also restricted for arrivals from the four EU but non-Schengen countries as well – Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, and Romania.

February 17

SlovakiaFrom February 17, all travellers reaching Slovakia by land or air will need to quarantine upon arrival for a period of 14 days, which can be ended in the 8th day of isolation, if the traveller gets tested for COVID-19 and results negative. At the same time, arrivals from all EU countries, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Switzerland and Norway are subject to the measure as well.

February 15

LithuaniaLithuania’s government has decided to shorten the quarantine period, from 14 days to 10 days for all persons wishing to enter the country.

Before arriving in Lithuania, all persons must register on the website of the National Center for Public Health (NVSC) by filling in an electronic form and submitting the correct data, and the confirmation received (QR code).

FinlandFinland has lifted entry restrictions for Iceland citizens after estimating that the Coronavirus pandemic situation in Iceland has improved. At the same time, the entry ban on third-country citizens will be reintroduced for Rwanda citizens due to the rapid spread of the COVID-19 in the African country.

February 14

GermanyGermany has temporarily closed its borders for arrivals from the Czech Republic and Austria, after a surge in the number of Coronavirus infections identified recently in both countries.

EstoniaEstonia has extended until February 21 the 10-day restrictions on freedom of movement, for all travellers wishing to enter the country from the European Union, and the Schengen Zone countries in which the infection rate is higher than 150 cases per 100,000 inhabitants during the past 14 days.

The government of Norway has placed the hospital district of Kajanaland in Finland on its COVID-19 red list, which includes the countries highly affected by the pandemic, due to a surge in the number of Coronavirus infections reported recently in this region.

February 10

SpainSpain has extended land border controls with Portugal until at least March 1, due to the current Coronavirus situation. Until March 1, only authorized persons will be allowed to cross the borders.

The Norwegian authorities have extended the advice against global travel for citizens of Norway, upon an estimation that in recent weeks the situation abroad in terms of the Coronavirus pandemic has deteriorated.

SlovakiaThe Slovak authorities prolonged the required period of self-isolation for travellers reaching the country from high-risk areas, from ten to 14 days. With the new rules, arrivals also need to take the second test on their eighth day of self-isolation, instead of taking it on the fifth as it has been up to then.

February 8

LithuaniaTravellers from all countries worldwide wishing to enter Lithuania from February 8 have to present negative results of the Coronavirus test, not older than 48 hours. Self-isolation for a period of 14 days will also be mandatory.

Norway no longer advises its citizens against travel to Iceland, the Faroe Islands, and the hospital districts of Åland and Kainuu in Finland. At the same time, quarantine rules have been removed for those reaching Norway from these territories, upon the recommendation of Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

EstoniaTravellers from all European Union and the four Schengen Area associated countries in which the Coronavirus infection rate has surpassed more than 150 cases per 100,000 inhabitants during the past 14 days, will be subject to 10-day restrictions on freedom of movement, upon their arrival in Estonia.

February 3

AustriaAustria’s government has decided to impose stricter quarantine and entry rules in order to halt the rapid spread of new contagious variants of the Coronavirus pandemic. In addition, the country’s authorities also have announced that they have prolonged border controls with Czechia and Slovakia due to the current pandemic situation.

SwedenAll persons wishing to enter Sweden’s territory will be required to present a negative result of the Coronavirus test upon their arrival.  If travellers do not present a document showing the negative results of the Coronavirus test, not older than 48 hours, they will be banned from entering.



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