The information below is accurate at the time of writing.
Commercial flights returned to Albania on June 15, 2020. The Government of Albania has declared that only European Union residents and nationals are eligible to board these outbound flights to the EU at this time. This restriction does not apply to passengers traveling to Serbia or Turkey. link
Passengers at all terminals are expected to pass through a “disinfection tunnel” and undergo “body temperature measurement”. Anyone with body temperature higher than 37.5°C “shall be interviewed by the company doctor”. link
Entry from within the EU and from the United Kingdom
Individuals wanting to enter Austria from a EU member state, the Schengen Area, or from Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, the Vatican, or the United Kingdom must present a medical certificate confirming a negative molecular-biological SARS-CoV-2 test no older than four days at the time of entry. Individuals who cannot provide such a certificate will have to quarantine for 14 days at home (self-monitored) or at an appropriate accommodation which must not be left for the duration of the quarantine. A negative molecular-biological test conducted and presented during the quarantine will end it and the location can be left. Individuals are responsible for covering the cost of the quarantine accommodation; at the time of entry a confirmation of the availability of such an accommodation to the individual must be presented, otherwise entry
Individuals who enter Austria coming from one of the following states and have their residence in Austria or one of the following states:
Andorra, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Germany (except Gütersloh County), Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Croatia, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania. Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, San Marino, Switzerland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Czech Republic, Hungary, Vatican, Cyprus
do not have to present the medical certificate and are not subject to a quarantine if they can credibly show that they were not present in any other state than Austria and the states listed above within the last 14 days. link
Entry from outside the EU and the Schengen Area:
Austria has suspended the entry of third-country nationals (non-EU/EEA/CH citizens), including U.S. citizens, entering Austria from outside the EU and the Schengen area.
Exceptions apply i.a. for:
- Transit Passengers
- Family members of Austrian (and EU/EEA/CH) citizens living in the same household
- Holders of a D visa or residence permit issued by Austria
- Members of diplomatic missions and employees of international organizations (including their family members living in the same household)
Those exempted Individuals will only be allowed to enter Austria upon presentation of a medical certificate confirming a negative molecular-biological SARS-CoV-2 test. The certificate must be issued by a licensed medical practitioner in German or English and must not be older than 4 days at the time of entry.
Persons who cannot produce the required medical certificate will be denied entry into Austria or be subject to 14-day quarantine at home (self-monitored) or at an appropriate location that must not be left for the duration of the quarantine. A negative molecular-biological test conducted and presented during the quarantine will end it and the location can be left. Individuals are responsible for covering the cost of the quarantine accommodation; at the time of entry a confirmation of the availability of such an accommodation to the individual must be presented, otherwise entry will be denied.
Individuals transiting Austria without stop are not subject to the above entry restrictions.
Entry into Austria without restrictions is granted to individuals, who are in need of absolutely necessary medical procedures performed in Austria and
- can either provide a treatment conformation from an Austrian health care provider,
- or are subject to mandatory health insurance in Austria.
Individuals who have their residence in Austria and received absolutely necessary medical treatment abroad may re-enter Austria if they can provide written confirmation – in German / English. One accompanying person is acceptable.
- Belgium has lifted the restrictions on its borders to and from the European Union, the United Kingdom, the four non-EU Schengen countries (Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland, Norway) and the four European micro-states (Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, the Holy See) = EU+ States.
Travelling to Belgium from the EU+ States is thus authorized, without restriction or any particular measure (quarantine etc.), whatever the purpose of the trip. The Protocol Directorate would nevertheless like to draw attention to the fact that each country decides independently on whether or not to reopen its borders. It is advisable to inform oneself before undertaking travel of any kind.
- Travel restrictions on incoming travel originating from countries not belonging to the EU+ States will be progressively lifted. On June 30th EU Member States approved a recommendation to re-authorize non-essential travel from certain third countries – outside of the EU+ States mentioned in the previous paragraph. Based on this European frame of reference, the Protocol Directorate will send a new verbal note as soon as the Belgian government will have evaluated when and under which conditions persons from these countries who are travelling for non-essential reasons will be allowed on Belgian territory again. Until then this kind of travel remains prohibited.
These temporary travel restrictions do not apply to persons with an essential function, mentioned on the website of the European Commission(link is external), plus the following four categories:
- students (subject to the possibility to of visa procedures being resumed);
- highly skilled workers if their work is necessary from an economic point of view and if said work can neither be postponed, nor be carried out from abroad;
- persons participating in meetings organized by international organizations;
The national rules and additional measures that may be in force in the country of destination must also be respected.
- Given the circumstances, it is advised, in general, to observe the officially announced measures and to demonstrate common sense. Everyone has the individual and collective responsibility to respect these principles. link
Bosnia and Herzegovina
The border is only open to the citizens of neighbouring Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia. Further foreign arrivals are prohibited.
There are some exceptions, including freight drivers, residents and diplomats. link
The following categories of people are allowed entry into Bulgaria: link
(a) Bulgarian nationals (and their family members, or persons who cohabitate with a Bulgarian citizen in Bulgaria and are returning to Bulgaria),
(b) nationals, permanent residents and their family members of the European Union, the United Kingdom, the Schengen Agreement States including San Marino, Andorra, Monaco and Vatican City, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Serbia;
(c) persons with permanent or long-term resident status in Bulgaria (and their family members);
(d) medical professionals, medical researchers, social workers, and their supervisors when traveling related to their duties;
(e) workers involved in the supply of medicinal products, medical devices and personal protective equipment, medical equipment, including its installation and maintenance;
(f) transport staff engaged in the international carriage of passengers and cargo, crews of commercial aircraft and other transport staff as required, including vessel crews and persons involved in the maintenance of vessels;
(g) foreign officials, diplomats, officials of international organizations, military personnel, and humanitarian workers in the performance of their duties, and their family members;
(h) persons traveling for humanitarian reasons and their family;
(i) representatives of trade, economic and investment activities directly related to: construction, maintenance, operation and ensuring the safety of strategic and critical infrastructure of the Republic of Bulgaria, implementation of projects certified under the Investment Promotion Act, analysis on projects of potential investors and other activities of importance for the economy of the country, certified by a letter from the Minister of Economy or another minister responsible for the respective activity, as well as persons engaged in shipbuilding and ship repair, and their family members;
(j) seasonal agricultural and tourism workers;
(k) frontier workers.
(l) students traveling for the purpose of activities related to the completion of the current academic year, including practical training and exams, or for the preparation of the next academic year, when it is impossible to conduct these activities from a distance.
In an effort to get the tourism sector moving again, travellers from Austria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia are allowed in without conditions, though the government says it will collect contact data. Nationals of other EU countries will have to show they have a good reason, although an accommodation booking will be sufficient.
There is no requirement to quarantine unless the traveller displays COVID-19 symptoms. link
From 9 June, tourist arrivals from a limited number of countries will be permitted, but this does not include the UK.
Passengers who have been in the UK, or any other destination not listed in categories A or B, in the last 14 days will not be allowed to enter Cyprus, even via a third country (eg: Greece), until further notice. The High Commission expects this to be reviewed in the coming weeks.
The exception to this is legal residents of Cyprus and Cypriot ID holders who will be permitted to enter Cyprus on presentation of proof of residence or Cypriot nationality and a negative PCR (antibody) test result (taken in the previous 72 hours).
If you’re a British national currently in a category A or B country, and have not been in the UK (or any other Category C country) in the last 14 days, you will also be allowed to enter Cyprus with a negative PCR test result (taken in the previous 72 hours).
Further details are available from the Republic of Cyprus Information Office. If needed, you should make sure that you complete your Cyprus Flight Pass before travelling, available on the Cyprus Flight Pass website.
From 8 June, the authorities in the north of Cyprus are allowing entry to ‘citizens’ and foreign nationals who hold residency, work or student permits. If you’re a UK national in one of these categories and arrived before 1 July, you have to go into 14 days quarantine in facilities controlled by the authorities and pay for the cost of your stay. Any UK national will be permitted entry from 1 July but will still be required to present a negative PCR test result (taken in the previous 72 hours) and go into quarantine for 14 days at their own expense.
Neighbouring countries have also introduced restrictions which may impact on travel. Check country-specific FCO Travel Advice for details. link
- Foreign nationals (third-country nationals) whose current residence permit in the Czech Republic has expired after March 12th, 2020 must leave the territory of the Czech Republic by July 16th, 2020 at the latest. For this period, the exit order for foreign nationals will not be issued.
To ensure easier passage through other member states of the European Union, the Police of the Czech Republic marks the special stamp on the travel document. This stamp certifies the tolerance of the foreign national’s stay in the Czech Republic for the purpose of informing other Member States of the European Union in the event of transit through their territory. However, the stamp does not provide automatic entry into the territory of these states.
If you are leaving the territory of the Czech Republic, it is recommended to come to the nearest Department of Residential Agendas of the Foreign Police (pdf, 51 kB) before departure during office hours to ask for the stamp.
Attention – the stamp is only used for exit. After marking the stamp, leave the territory of the Czech Republic within 24 hours, otherwise you are exposed to an increased risk of punishment by other Member States of the European Union, through which you will transit.
Foreign nationals (Third-country nationals) with
– short-term visa for the purpose employment
– short-term visa for the purpose seasonal
– visa for a stay of over 90 days for the purpose seasonal, or
– special work visa,
which the validity of visa ended after March 12th, 2020 and employer arranged extension of employment relationship or new employment relationship, the travel period is extended up to September 16th, 2020; validity of work permit is also extended (you can find more information here (pdf, 200 kB)).
This information can be found in:
– Ukrainian here (pdf, 144 kB),
– Vietnamese here (pdf, 91 kB),
– Russian here (pdf, 143 kB),
– Romanian here (pdf, 154 kB),
– Chinese here (pdf, 101 kB),
– Arabic here (pdf, 97 kB),
– Spanish here (pdf, 153 kB),
– French here (pdf, 153 kB).
- Information regarding departure of foreigners from the Czech Republic to July 16th, 2020
- Conditions for visiting MOI offices from July 1st, 2020
- Information concerning the handling of foreign nationals’ residence-related matters in the territory of the Czech Republic from May 18th, 2020 to July 16th, 2020 (pdf, 103 kB)
- Protective measure – restrictions on crossing the Czech Republic´s state border with efficiency from July 1st, 2020
- Entry to the offices of the Ministry of the Interior will not be allowed to the foreign nationals during 14 days after return or arrival to the Czech Republic due to preventive reasons. You can find more information in chapter 3. ENTRY TO THE TERRITORY OF THE CR FOR FOREIGN NATIONALS AFTER THE END OF THE STATE OF EMERGENCY.
- Sign yourself all applications for resident permits sent to MOI offices. Send your applications to the Ministry of the Interior by post or via data box; do not send them via email without guaranteed electronic signature. Applications sent by simple email will not be considered.
- 60-days period is counted from the end of status of emergency (from May 17th, 2020) and NOT from the end of validity of visa / long-term residence permit / visa-free stay. It means up to July 16th, 2020.
Foreign National remaining after the state of emergency:
- Foreign nationals whose hitherto valid residence authorisation for the territory of the CR expired during the state of emergency will be able to leave the territory within 60 days of the end of the state of emergency (i.e. until July 16th, 2020) without risking prosecution for unauthorised stay in the territory. Neither the Police nor the Ministry of the Interior will issue exit orders to foreign nationals during this period.
But be aware that this does not mean an authorised stay in the sense of the Foreign Nationals’ Act. In reality, a foreign national in this situation is staying in the territory without residence authorisation, but simply will not be prosecuted for this offence.
This measure is for a fixed period until July 16th, 2020 and applies only to persons who had valid residence authorisation in the CR on the date on which the state of emergency was declared (March 12th, 2020)!
- Foreign nationals who were staying in the CR without valid authorisation before the state of emergency was declared are advised to leave the territory of the CR as soon as possible.
- It also applies for foreign nationals whose residence authorisation expires after the end of the state of emergency that they will be able to leave the territory within 60 days of the end of the state of emergency (i.e. until July 16th, 2020) without risking prosecution for unauthorised stay in the territory. Neither the Police nor the Ministry of the Interior will issue exit orders to foreign nationals during this period.
However, the above does not apply for foreign nationals who have been set a deadline for leaving the territory in administrative proceedings against them; this type of deadline is not affected by this measure.
- A foreign national whose residence authorisation expires during the state of emergency or during the 60 days after its end and who intends to remain in the territory of the CR must apply by the legally required deadline for extension of his/her residence authorisation (in the case of a long-stay visa, he/she must apply for long-term residence). For more detailed information, see item III. Applying for Residence inside the Territory.
Entry to the territory of the CR for foreign nationals after the end of the state of emergency;
Conditions for foreign nationals newly coming into the territory of the Czech Republic (who previously did not reside in the Czech Republic) and conditions for entry (return) of persons already residing in the territory of the Czech Republic can be found here.
Entry and stay – information of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic – you can find here.
The activities of diplomatic missions will be gradually resumed after the end of the state of emergency, depending on the epidemiological situation and local conditions. For the latest information, follow websites of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and of the individual diplomatic missions. Gradually, pursuant to government decisions made in reaction to developments in the epidemiological situation, the potential conditions for entry into the CR by foreign nationals will also be relaxed.
Even after the end of the state of emergency, with certain exceptions, all foreign nationals entering the territory of the CR will be required to present a medical certificate of a negative RT-PCR test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2, accompanied by a certificate from the relevant laboratory. The only exceptions to this are the family members of Czech citizens or EU citizens resident in the CR who in such case are required to go into 14-day quarantine starting upon entry.
For a period of 14 days following entry, all persons (with a few exceptions) will have restricted free movement and will be required to remain at their place of residence.
For preventive reasons, and with respect to the aforementioned quarantine measure, foreign nationals will not be permitted to enter the Ministry’s offices for a period of 14 days following their arrival in the territory of the CR. The quarantine measure is deemed to be a reason beyond the control of the foreign national preventing him/her from notifying the Ministry of place of residence in the territory within 3 days of arrival (Section 93(1) of the Foreign Nationals’ Act) or from reporting in person to Ministry of the Interior offices within the same deadline to facilitate the processing of the biometric data required for issuance of a long-term residence permit (including employee cards), or to collect a permanent residence decision (Section 44(1), Section 74(1) of the Foreign Nationals’ Act). In such case, the foreign national will not be penalised for failure to meet the legal deadlines.
Selected situations relating to foreign nationals entering the territory after the end of the state of emergency:
- Foreign nationals who have applied for residence authorisation at a diplomatic mission abroad and whose applications have been approved will be called upon by the relevant diplomatic mission to report in person to have a long-stay or short-stay visa, or a long-stay visa for the purpose of collecting a residence permit affixed in their passport as soon as the diplomatic mission resumes its activities.
- Foreign nationals who were issued a long-stay visa for the purpose of collecting a residence permit before declaration of the state of emergency may enter the territory of the CR as of May 11th, 2020 under condition that their visa is still valid. If this six-month visa has expired, it will be necessary to request the relevant diplomatic mission to issue a new visa as soon as it resumes its activities.
- Foreign nationals who already have authorised residence in the CR and whose residence permit has been lost, damaged or stolen during their stay abroad will be able to contact the diplomatic mission once it has resumed its activities with an application for a long-stay visa for the purpose of collecting a replacement residence permit.
- Foreign nationals who are abroad and do not hold a valid certificate of the enduring validity of their hitherto long-stay visa or long-term residence permit (including employee cards), i.e. a so-called bridging sticker or visa, will be able to contact the diplomatic mission once it has resumed its activities with an application for a long-stay visa for the purpose of collecting their residence authorisation. The condition for issuance of this visa is that the proceedings for issuance or extension of the validity of a long-term residence permit or a long-stay visa are still underway and that the application was submitted in accordance with the conditions stipulated by the Foreign Nationals’ Act.
- Foreign nationals who have submitted an application for a temporary or permanent residence permit as family members of an EU citizen (Section 87b and 87h of the Foreign Nationals’ Act) must apply for a short-stay (Schengen) visa for entry the territory of the CR. The proviso for entitlement to residence pursuant to Section 87y of the Foreign Nationals’ Act is living in a common household with an EU citizen in the territory of the CR; by leaving the territory of the CR the family member of a citizen of the CR [EL3] loses this entitlement. This does not apply if the foreign national is authorised to enter the territory of the CR without a visa (Section 18 of the Foreign Nationals’ Act).
Who can enter Denmark?
Denmark’s borders are open to most European countries from 27 June 2020, based on a set of health measures and analysis. However, borders to Sweden and Portugal remain closed.
Furthermore, Denmark’s borders are open to a select number of third countries (Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, and Thailand) from 4 July 2020, based on the same set of health measures and analysis.
To enter Denmark, tourists from the approved countries must show documentation of a valid booking for a minimum of 6 days on entry. If a tourist wishing to enter shows clear signs of sickness, for example a cough, fever, or similar, they will not be allowed to cross the border.
Danish citizens are allowed to re-enter the country and visitors from other countries can now enter Denmark again under certain conditions.
Business travellers with a clear business reason to visit should refer to regulations on the Danish Police website as they are allowed entry on some conditions.
We are following the latest news and you can find the most up to date information here: https://politi.dk/en/coronavirus-in-denmark.
From 1 June, Estonia admits people with no Covid-19 symptoms arriving from the European Union, the members of the Schengen area or the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland – but quarantine requirements may apply. Updated information about countries and self-isolation requirements for passengers from Europe as of 12 June
- At the border crossing points, i.e. ports, airports and checkpoints at Russian land borders, the travel documents and medical symptoms are checked. Border control personnel have legal rights to deny entering for persons who show symptoms of COVID-19, i.e. to deport them back to the country of arrival. A person entering Estonia from a country to which the quarantine requirements apply will have to provide the Police and Border Guard Board their address and confirm that they will remain at their place of stay for 14 days.
- Foreigners are allowed to transit Estonia on the way to their home country if they do not show symptoms of COVID-19. The detailed information on this so called “humanitarian corridor” is provided by border control officials.
- There are no restrictions for exiting the country.
Authorities in Finland have decided to permit entry for the citizens of 12 European countries, asserting that these countries currently have the Coronavirus situation under control in their territory.
The decision was announced by Finland’s Interior Minister Maria Ohisalo who also noted that from July 13, citizens from Austria, Germany, Italy, Greece, Switzerland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Croatia, Cyprus and Ireland will be eligible to enter Finland, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
According to Finland’s government, restrictions will be lifted for the countries with fewer than eight new infections per 100,000 people over the preceding 14 days.
Since last week, Finland no longer advises its nationals against non-essential travel to Norway, Iceland, Denmark, Estonia, Lithuania or Latvia.
In a press release issued in mid-June, the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that the situation no longer requires for the citizens of Finland to avoid travelling to these countries. However, a recommendation for Finnish citizens to avoid non-essential travel to other countries remains in place.
There are no restrictions for travel to Metropolitan France from the European space (European Union Member States, United Kingdom, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and the Vatican). link
However, due to reciprocity:
- If you are coming from the United Kingdom, no restrictions are in place but you will be asked to carry out a 14-day voluntary quarantine.
The external borders of the European space remain closed. Therefore, travel to France from a third country is not possible except for travellers in one of the following situations:
- French citizens, and their spouses and children;
- European Union citizens and citizens of Andorra, the United Kingdom, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and the Vatican, with their main residence in France or travelling to the country in which they are a citizen or resident by transiting through France, as well as their partner and children;
- Nationals of a third country with a valid European or French residence permit or long-stay visa with their main residence in France or travelling to their residence in another European Union or equivalent country by transiting through France;
- Residents of a third country, in transit for less than 24 in an international zone to reach their country of origin and having a ticket for that country;
- Personnel of diplomatic and consular missions, as well as international organizations headquartered or having an office in France, and their partners and children;
- Foreign health professionals helping to fight COVID-19;
- Foreign crews and personnel operating passenger and cargo flights, or travelling as passengers to reach their departure base;
- Foreign nationals carrying out international goods transport;
- Foreign navy personnel carrying out international goods transport or working on fishing boats.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19 on entering France, you will be required to carry out compulsory quarantine.
Health checks upon entry into the French overseas territories are adapted for each territory:
- Travellers to Guadeloupe, Martinique, La Réunion, Saint-Barthélemy, Saint-Martin and Saint-Pierre and Miquelon will be required to carry out an adapted 14-day quarantine, including an RT-PCR test on the 7th day if they returned a negative PT-PCR test in the 48-72 hours after their flight. Travellers who did not undergo a RT-PCR test upon departure will be subject to strict 14-day quarantine measures.
- in French Guiana and Mayotte, entry into the territory will remain for emergency family or work reasons, given that the virus is still actively circulating in these territories. Travellers arriving in these territories will remain subject to strict 14-day quarantine measures.
Travellers in the following situations may nonetheless travel to French Guiana and Mayotte:
For citizens of the European Union and equivalent countries:
- Persons who have their residence in the overseas community they are travelling to, and their spouses and children;
- Healthcare professionals for the purposes of combating COVID-19;
- Transporters of goods, including sailors;
- Crews and personnel operating passenger and cargo flights, or travelling as passengers to reach their departure base;
- Personnel of diplomatic and consular missions, as well as international organizations headquartered or having an office in France, and their partners and children
For nationals of third countries:
- Persons who have their main residence in the overseas community they are travelling to, holders of a valid French residence permit or long-stay visa, and their spouses and children;
- Persons in transit to their country of origin, who should present the travel document for their country of origin and remain in the international zone without entering the national territory;
- Healthcare professionals for the purposes of combating COVID-19;
- Transporters of goods, including sailors;
- Crews and personnel operating passenger and cargo flights, or travelling as passengers to reach their departure base;
- Personnel of diplomatic and consular missions, as well as international organizations headquartered or having an office in France, holding a special residence permit or a visa D “carte PROMAE”;
Travel within the EU or the Schengen area:
The temporary entry restrictions for travellers from other EU countries, states associated with Schengen (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland) and the United Kingdom have been removed entirely since 21 June 2020. Travel to Germany from other EU states, the Schengen area and the United Kingdom has been possible without restriction since then. link
From 2 July 2020, unrestricted travel to Germany is once again possible from the following third countries with low rates of infection:
- New Zealand
For China, Japan and South Korea a lifting of entry restrictions is subject to confirmation of reciprocity.
Travel to Germany is also possible from third countries not included in the above list if there are important grounds for doing so. On this basis, travel to Germany is possible for the following groups or travel purposes:
- German nationals and nationals from other EU countries, countries associated with Schengen (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland) and the United Kingdom;
- Third-country nationals with a valid residence permit for Germany;
- Family members of third-country nationals travelling to Germany for the purposes of family reunification or for visits for urgent family reasons;
- Healthcare professionals, health researchers and elderly care professionals;
- Foreign experts and highly qualified personnel whose work is necessary from an economic point of view and which cannot be postponed or carried out abroad;
- Transport personnel engaged in haulage of goods and other transport staff;
- Seasonal workers in agriculture;
- Foreign students whose studies cannot be continued entirely from outside Germany;
- Persons in need of international protection or seeking protection for other humanitarian reasons;
- Diplomats, staff of international organisations, military personnel and humanitarian aid workers in the exercise of their functions;
- Late repatriates;
- Passengers in Transit.
The land, air travel and transport across continental Greece and the ferry routes to Crete and Evia Islands have been restored on May 18th. Travelling restrictions to and from the remaining Greek islands have been lifted, too, as of May 25th. This has also been the date for restaurants, cafes and bars to resume their business. On June 1st open-air cinemas have welcomed their first viewers, and on June 15th, museums, archaeological sites and buildings, thematic parks, amusement parks, as well as wellness businesses (gyms, saunas, spas, hot springs facilities etc.) have re-opened to visitors and customers. June 29th was the opening date for concerts and cultural events to take place in open-air spaces.
The government plan for the gradual lifting of imposed restrictions is assessed and updated, based on the daily epidemiological data. The Greek government asks that a safe distance be kept among shop owners and customers; that a limit be imposed on the number of customers per square footage when indoors; and that a face mask be used in all public transport means, in taxis, hospitals and when visiting government services buildings and certain shops.
As of July 1st, flights have resumed to all Greek airports from all countries, except from those seriously affected by Covid-19, as per EU guidelines.
After July 1st, foreign liners, ferry boats, and cruisers are allowed to dock in Greek ports; the same applies to private and professional yachts / sailboats. To the north, land borders are open only with Bulgaria. Upon entering Greece, visitors will have to fill in a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) where they will provide their contact details in the country. Targeted and random testing will take place to aid the epidemiological research. link
Iceland has eased travel restrictions and is open to passengers inside the Schengen Area. Passengers arriving in Iceland can choose to be tested for COVID-19 (free of charge until July 1) or quarantine for two weeks. From July 1, passengers will pay ISK 11.000 for a single test but ISK 9.000 if paid in advance. Children born in 2005 or later are exempt from both testing and quarantine. link
This process was designed to prioritise safety, but also to work for visitors and Icelanders, based on Chief Epidemiologist’s medical and scientific guidance. As these are unprecedented times, the easing of travel restrictions for passengers outside the Schengen Area is constantly being evaluated. Find out more here: Travelling in Iceland
All travellers will be strongly encouraged to follow precautionary guidelines, such as frequent hand-washing and social distancing, and to respect regulations in place, including the ban on social gatherings of more than 200 people.
What to do on entering Ireland from abroad:
The Irish Authorities require anyone coming into Ireland, apart from Northern Ireland, to self-isolate for 14 days. Passengers arriving to Ireland from overseas are obliged to complete a mandatory Public Health Passenger Locator Form and to submit it to the relevant authority at their port of entry. This includes Irish residents. Exemptions are in place for providers of essential supply chain services such as hauliers, pilots and maritime staff. Check the Irish Government Advice Page for full information on these requirements. link
Since June 3rd, Italy has allowed unrestricted travel, including for tourism, with no quarantine requirements from the following countries:
- The 26 other members of the European Union
- The United Kingdom
- Schengen Area members Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland
- Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican City
Likewise, Italian residents who travel abroad will not be required to quarantine when they return to Italy, under the government’s latest emergency decree.
However, people travelling from Italy may face checks or restrictions imposed by other countries.
When will other foreign tourists be allowed back into Italy?
While tourism is allowed from within Europe, non-essential travel into Italy from elsewhere remains forbidden. Due to a coordinated border closure by all European Union member states, the EU was effectively closed to all non-essential travel on March 17th.
This move is now being reversed, and there were hopes that EU borders would reopen for all types of travel from July 1st.
EU countries formed an agreement to reopen to all travel from 15 non-EU countries on a “safe list”. The US was notably absent from this list.
From the 3rd of June citizens of the European Union, the European Economic Area, and the Swiss Confederation, as well as people with permanent residence status in those countries, when travelling from their home countries to Latvia no longer face a 14-day self-isolation period, if in the European countries from which they travelled have a 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases which does not exceed 15 individuals per 100,000 (or if they have been in Lithuania or Estonia during the 14 days immediately prior to entering Latvia).
Epidemiological data, listing all these European countries will be updated each week on Friday on the website of SPKC, Latvia’s Centre for Disease Prevention and Control website. Arriving from other countries 14 days quarantine is still necessary, until further notice. link
On June 30, 2020, the European Commission recommended, and Luxembourg is expected to adopt, the continued restriction of certain travelers from the United States to the European Union for at least for two additional weeks. However, for countries where restrictions continue to apply (the United States and others), the European Union has recommended that the following categories of people should be exempted:
- EU citizens and their family members
- long-term EU residents and their family members
- travelers with an essential function or need, as listed in the Recommendation.
A long term resident is an individual who holds residence status and has a resident card. Those individuals who are citizens or residents of Luxembourg are able to return to the country. You must have documentation – a Luxembourg passport or a Luxembourg-issued resident card – to qualify for this travel exemption. When you begin your trip back to Luxembourg, be sure to show your card when checking in with the airline. You will likely be asked to show the card again for any connecting flight. link
Malta International Airport will be reopening on July 1, 2020 and commercial flights to and from Malta will resume from that date. link
The first group of destinations that are being reopened for travel comprises:
- Czech Republic
The list of destinations will be monitored regularly and reviewed if necessary.
Restrictions on all other flight destinations will be lifted on July 15.
- List of countries from which arrival and stay in Montenegro is allowed: link
Open borders for entry of residents of EU member states without additional condition
- Return for tourists currently in Montenegro
All tourists wishing to return to their countries of origin should contact their country’s embassies for information on their return options whose contacts are available at http://www.mvp.gov.me/rubrike/misije/Strane-misije-u-CG/
- Return to Montenegro for Montenegrin nationals located abroad
Montenegrin nationals currently abroad who are planning to return to Montenegro can contact the nearest diplomatic mission or consulate for information on return options whose contacts are available at this link http://www.mvp.gov.me/rubrike/misije/Ambasade-i-konzulati-CG-u-svijetu/
On 30 June 2020, the Netherlands government adopted the recommendations above. The new policy has no expiration date and is therefore valid until further notice.
Last update: 3 July 2020, 12:40
What does the new policy entail?
Two lists (see below) are applicable as of 1 July 2020:
- A list of countries for which the travel ban has been lifted. Residents of these countries can regain access to Europe (all EU and Schengen Member States and the UK), regardless of the purpose of travel.
- A list of countries for which the travel ban has not been lifted. Residents of these countries cannot access Europe (all EU and Schengen Member States and the UK) unless they fall under one of the exception categories (see below).
- This explicitly concerns residents of countries, not nationals. E.g. an American (US on the list of countries for which the travel ban has not been lifted) resident in Australia (list of countries for which the travel ban has been lifted) is allowed to travel to Europe.
- Residents of the countries on both lists are able to show a health certificate as a condition for entering the Netherlands.
- These lists are drawn up on the basis of objective health criteria.
- These lists are not final: every two weeks a review is carried out to see whether they are still up to date. If the health situation in a country on the list for which the travel ban has been lifted deteriorates, it may go to the list of countries for which the travel ban has not been lifted and vice versa. In the event of a rapid deterioration in the health situation, there is an emergency braking procedure whereby residents of that country can be quickly denied access to Europe.
- EU citizens and people with a residence status in a Schengen country can travel freely within and to Europe again without giving any reason.
- However, Member States are free to restrict the list of countries for which the travel ban has been lifted and thus to keep their borders closed to (some of) these third countries.
- Member States cannot give access to countries that are on the list of countries for which the travel ban has not been lifted.
- The Netherlands has decided not to exercise the right to be more restrictive and to open the borders as of 1 July 2020 for residents of all countries on the list for which the travel ban has been lifted. China is an exception: the Dutch borders will open again to the Chinese if the Chinese borders open to the Dutch.
What countries have had the travel ban lifted from 1st July 2020?
Currently, for the following countries only:
Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and China*.
* The condition of reciprocity explicitly applies to China: the EU will only open to China if China opens to EU citizens
Member States ultimately determine how they implement the lifting of the travel ban for listed countries. It is therefore important that visa applicants inform themselves about the possibilities to travel within the Schengen area before traveling.
Are there exception categories?
The travel restriction does not apply to the following categories of persons:
- EU citizens (including UK nationals) and members of their families*
- Nationals of Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and their family members*
- Third-country nationals holding a residence card or a residence permit in accordance with Directive 2003/109/EC (LTR Directive)
- Third-country nationals who derive their right of residence from other European Directives or from the national law of a Member State
- Holders of a long-stay visa, including persons with a temporary residence permit (MVV)
- Other persons with an essential function or need, including:
- Personnel working in Health Care
- Border workers
- Persons employed in the transport of goods and other transport personnel, to the extent necessary, this includes container ships, bulk carriers (e.g. ore or coal), tankers (fuels and chemicals), fisheries, persons employed in the energy sector, i.e. oil and gas platforms and wind farms as well as offshore companies providing services to this sector, and flight crew
- Seafarers in the possession of a seaman’s book (please note: this does not include seafarers on commercial yaughts and pleasure boating)
- Military personnel
- Personnel of international and humanitarian organizations
- Persons who have compelling reasons to visit their families; An exceptional case is visiting a terminally ill family member and attending a funeral. It is intended for first-degree and second-degree family members. Partner and children are first-degree and grandchildren are second-degree.
- Transit passengers who wish to travel via the Netherlands to another third country (non-EU) and who do not leave the international transit zone of the airport
- Persons in need of international protection; the border procedure applies in full
- Persons who are admitted for humanitarian reasons
- Knowledge migrants.
* Who is considered family? Children, spouse, registered partner or partner with proof of cohabitation of at least 6 months so that there is proof of a durable and exclusive relationship. The latter must be demonstrable by means of a notarial deed (cohabitation contract or in Dutch “samenlevingscontract”) or a house lease or purchase agreement. link
From 15 June, the requirement to go into quarantine for ten days will no longer apply to people who enter Norway from regions in the other Nordic countries that meet the Norwegian Institute of Public Health’s criteria. This will apply both to Norwegian nationals and residents who have visited Finland, Iceland, Denmark, the Faroe Islands and Greenland and to people resident in those regions visiting Norway on holiday.
Anyone travelling in the other Nordic countries must make sure that they know what the current rules are in the regions they are visiting and obey them.
See attached link for travel from other countries. (information in Norwegian)
As of Saturday, June 13th, 2020 Poland has opened its borders, lifted travel restrictions, and the mandatory quarantine for nationals of the European Union, EFTA, EOG, and Switzerland, who are now free to travel and transit through Poland.
As of Tuesday, June 16th, 2020 restrictions on international flights within the EU will be lifted.
Currently, there is no news regarding travel from non-EU countries as the exterior EU borders remain closed. link
- Travel within Portuguese territory / Border restriction
There are no specific restrictions on mobility within the Portuguese territory or to cross land borders, but social distancing rules and the use of face masks should always be observed.
- Trips to the Azores and Madeira Islands
Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours before disembarkation or they will be able to take it upon arrival.
More information at www.visitmadeira.pt and Madeira safe to discover
Passengers flying to the Azores archipelago will be subject to one of the following options:
1. Submit proof of testing to COVID-19 up to 72 hours prior to flight departure;
2. Perform test on arrival and stay in prophylactic isolation until the result is obtained;
3. Perform voluntary quarantine for a period of 14 days in a hotel indicated for the purpose;
4. Return to the destination of origin or travel to any destination outside the Region, fulfilling, until the time of the flight, prophylactic isolation in a hotel indicated for this purpose.
More information at https://covid19.azores.gov.pt
It is expected that during the months of June and July some air routes will resume depending on the opening of borders and circulation between Schengen area countries and within European Union. Before making a trip, it is important to consult the alerts and restrictions in the departure and destination countries. It is suggested to consult the border services in the country where the trip begins and in Portugal (www.sef.pt) or the consular representation at destination.
Before planning your trip, consult the European Union website – https://reopen.europa.eu – where you can find information on each country about borders, available means of transport, travel restrictions, health and public safety measures, as well as other practical information for travellers.
To know more about travel regulations all around the world, check the map at the IATA Travel Centre.
Portuguese airports (Lisboa, Porto, Faro, Ponta Delgada e Funchal) implemented several initiatives in order to keep staff and passengers safer. A body temperature measurement system was implemented on arrival.
More information at https://www.ana.pt/en/passenger-guide/what-you-need-to-know/covid-19
Useful links with information on flights from/to Portugal:
Entry and stay conditions in Romania
Citizens of the European Union or from the European Economic Area (EEA) can enter Romania at any border checkpoint where they submit must a valid identity document – passport or another identity document acknowledged by the Romanian State.
EU/EEA citizens may enter and stay in the territory of Romania in keeping with the right of free movement and residence granted under the Romanian legislation, according to European provisions. For a stay in Romania longer than 90 days, a registration certificate has to be obtained from the Romanian Immigration Office.
Citizens of other states (states not in the EU/EEA) need an entry visa.
For info on the Romanian visa, visit the MFA website – Visa section.
It is expected that the Russian government will announce whether entry restrictions can be lifted before the 15th July 2020. . At the moment, we do not have any additional information. link
Despite the borders being closed for most of travellers, foreign nationals can enter Russia if they fit in one of the following categories:
Flight pilots and crew, drivers (truck and train), ship captains and staff, technical specialists, highly skilled employees, private visitors (for the purpose of joint travelling with Russian close (spouse / children) relatives or join them in Russia, or to provide medical assistance to relatives in Russia, an official invitation from the Ministry of Internal Affairs is required), Highly Skilled employees with the work invitation for a single entry, people travelling to get medical assistance, international government staff and some staff of International organizations.
Full details of the current laws and amendments are available on these links (available only in Russian):
It is no longer necessary to have a special permit to enter Serbia, and the requirement to undergo quarantine on arrival has also been lifted. All those entering Serbia will be given written health warnings stating that they are entering a country where COVID-19 is still circulating.
A limited number of commercial flights have resumed. It is expected that the number of connections will increase if EU travel restrictions are lifted on 15 June. You can read more about the EU Travel Restrictions here.
Foreigners with residency permits that expired recently must make a new application with the Foreigners Administration (MUP) before 06 June. Irish citizens who overstayed the 90-day visa free period due to COVID-19 must leave Serbia before 06 June or apply for an extension to their stay through MUP before this date.
MUP can be contacted by email ([email protected]) or phone +381 (0)11 361 8972. The offices are situated at Savska 35, Belgrade and are open from 08:00 to 18:30.
If you are in Serbia, be alert to common signs of infection: respiratory problems, fever, coughing, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Seek medical advice if you experience these symptoms. The emergency line for suspected cases in Serbia is +381 6 4894 5235. HSE medical advice to protect yourself from getting COVID-19 is below.
The Prime Minister of Slovakia, Igor Matovic has announced that starting from today, Slovakia will reopen its borders for 16 countries, which have been closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic.link
According to a statement of Slovakia’s Ministry of Interior, the Slovak borders will reopen for citizens of Liechtenstein, Germany, Switzerland, Croatia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Malta, Estonia, Lithuania, Finland, Latvia, Denmark, Norway and Iceland, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
All forms of transport will also restore with these countries, while at the same time the mandatory quarantine will be abolished for the above-mentioned countries including Austria, Hungary and the Czech Republic, with the three of which travel restrictions were previously abolished. The voluntary domestic quarantine will continue to be applied.
“The consortium identified these countries as safe for the citizens of the Slovak Republic,” Prime Minister Matovic stated, adding that the inhabitants of the given countries are not a threat to the Slovak Republic either.
Citizens coming from other countries travelling to Slovakia for essential reasons, which are not in the list of the 19 safe countries, will need to prove a negative result of the RT-PCR test, not older than 96 hours, in English, German, Czech or Slovak language.
The first paragraph of Article 9 of the Decree stipulates that a person entering the Republic of Slovenia who has a permanent or temporary residence in the Member States of the European Union or other Schengen countries not listed in the second paragraph of this Article who may be infected, with the SARS-CoV-2 virus following the second paragraph of Article 19 of the Infectious Diseases Act, quarantine for 14 days,” the statement reads, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports. Link
Exempt from this regulation will be Slovenian citizen holders and internationals with permanent or temporary residence in Slovenia.
The categories that need to travel to Slovenia for work-related purposes to which Article 9 does not apply are as follows:
- A cross-border daily or weekly working migrant who has an employment relationship in one of the EU or Schengen Member, for which he has proof or a signed statement that justifies the reason for crossing the border as a daily or weekly working migrant.
- A person in commercial traffic or activities who, when crossing the border, proves himself with evidence of performing traffic or activities in the Republic of Slovenia or abroad and returns across the border on the same day or submits a negative test result on SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), which is not older than three days.
In the case of a person employed by a foreign company providing a service in the Republic of Slovenia and residing in the Republic of Slovenia, this person must also submit the address of residence in the Republic of Slovenia and a negative SARS-CoV-2 test result when crossing the border ( COVID-19), not older than three days.
- A person seconded to or from the performance of tasks in the international transport sector and duly substantiating this when crossing the border.
- A person who carries out the transport of goods to the Republic of Slovenia or from the Republic of Slovenia and for freight transport in transit.
- A person who crosses the border daily or occasionally because he/she is employed in an educational institution, visits the Republic of Slovenia or abroad as a higher education teacher or is involved in a research project in the Republic of Slovenia or abroad and proves this with appropriate evidence.
- A member of the protection and rescue services, health care, police, firefighters and for persons carrying out humanitarian transport for the Republic of Slovenia, who crosses the border to perform these tasks.
- A citizen of the Republic of Slovenia, the Republic of Croatia, the Republic of Austria, the Italian Republic or Hungary who is a dual owner or tenant of land and has his own land on both sides of the state border and performs agricultural and agricultural work.
- A person providing public service services (e.g. energy, health, transport, utilities) for which a certificate has been issued by the competent ministry and the failure to provide these services due to the quarantine order could cause major social or economic damage.
The categories that need to travel to Slovenia for family-related purposes to which Article 9 does not apply are as follows:
- A person who attends the funeral of a close relative in an EU country or another Schengen country and leaves or returns to the Republic of Slovenia on the same day and has proof of the date and time of the funeral.
- A person who crosses the border for family reasons in order to maintain contact with close family members and returns across the border on the same day.
- A person who is a close relative of a citizen of the Republic of Slovenia or lives with him in a common household and has a permanent or temporary residence in a country of the European Union or another country of the Schengen area.
Other categories exempt from the restrictions are as follows:
- An EU citizen or other Schengen country travelling through the Republic of Slovenia to another country on the same day.
- A person with a diplomatic passport.
- A person who has proof of a planned medical examination or intervention in the Republic of Slovenia, another country of the European Union or another country of the Schengen area on the day of crossing the border.
- A person who crosses the border due to involvement in education or scientific research in the Republic of Slovenia, European Union countries or other Schengen countries and proves this with appropriate evidence, and his parents or other persons transported and returned across the border in the same day.
- A person who owns real estate or a registered aircraft or watercraft in the Republic of Slovenia and possesses proof of such ownership, together with close family members;
- A person who has a confirmed reservation of an overnight stay of a tourist establishment in the Republic of Slovenia and proves this with proof of reservation.
On April 4, the Slovenian Ministry of Health announced that
Spain has opened its borders with all European Union member states from 21 June, the end of the state of alarm, and will no longer impose quarantine on visitors.The European Union has also lifted its internal border controls within the Schengen area and has issued a recommendation to authorise entry for citizens of the following countries, beginning on 1 July: Algeria, Australia, Canada, China (pending a decision on the reciprocity principle), Japan, Georgia, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay. link
The Government has set up a series of checks for travellers entering Spain:
• All passengers arriving by air or sea must undergo a temperature check, which must be below 37.5 degrees Celsius. Shipping companies can take passengers’ temperature before arriving at a Spanish port.
• All travellers must fill in a public health form, online at www.spth.gob.es, or using the free app SPAIN TRAVEL HEALTH (SpTH). After completing the form, passengers will obtain a QR code which they must present on arrival in Spain.
• Tour operators, travel agencies and transport companies must inform tourists and travellers of their obligation to present the public health form at the destination airport or port. A transitional period until 31 July has been established, in which international passengers who were unable to fill in the public health form online may present it on paper when they arrive in Spain.
• Any passengers who are suspected of carrying COVID-19 or another contagious disease will be subjected to another health assessment, which will include taking their temperature again and evaluating their clinical and epidemiological health. If an infectious disease is confirmed, the traveller will be taken to a medical centre.
There is an entry ban for non-essential travel to Sweden from countries outside the EU. This ban will extend to the end of August 2020. See current information about international travel restrictions from Swedish authorities. link
Exceptions can also be made for people with particularly urgent needs. The exemption will also apply to seasonal workers employed in agriculture, forestry and horticulture.
- The entry ban does not apply to citizens and their families from EU/EEA countries and Switzerland. Moreover, the ban does not apply if you are a permanent resident or hold a residence permit in Sweden or another EU country, or if you have a national visa in Sweden.
- Swedish border control officials determine the manner in which the exceptions should be interpreted and the decisions that should be taken.
- From July 6, passengers on Swiss public transport will have to wear face masks after an increase in the number of new cases and demands from cantons.
- Also from July 6, anyone entering Switzerland from any of the 29 “high risk” countries, which include the US, will have to undergo a ten-day quarantine.
- The Covid-19 tracing app SwissCovid has crossed the one million downloads threshold.
- Since June 22, public and private events of up to 1,000 people have been permitted on condition that contact tracing is guaranteed. Larger events are still banned.The recommended safe distance between people was reduced from two metres to 1.5 metres.
- Tests are now free for residents; the SwissCovid contact tracing app became available on June 25; as of June 30, about 920,000 people had downloaded it.
- Travel is now possible between Switzerland and the European Union, EFTA countries and the United Kingdom. It is likely to be expanded to a further 18 “safe” countries from July 20. link
Turkey has opened its border to foreign travellers, except for the land border with Iran. Arrivals may have to go through health checks. link
Before your arrival in the UK, you must complete a passenger locator form. You must present these details on your arrival in England. This applies to both visitors and UK residents.
We will keep the conditions in these countries and territories under review. If they worsen we will not hesitate to reintroduce self-isolation requirements. Travellers should always check the latest FCO travel advice. Travel advice includes information on any health measures in place for visitors to the country or territory. These can include a requirement to self-isolate, quarantine, or undergo testing for coronavirus, or even restrictions on entry.
From 10 July 2020, unless they have visited or stopped in any other country or territory in the preceding 14 days, passengers arriving from the following countries and territories will not be required to self-isolate on arrival into England.
|Antigua and Barbuda||Greece||Norway|
|Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba||Italy||Spain|
|Curaçao||Japan||St Kitts and Nevis|
|Czech Republic||Lithuania||St Pierre and Miquelon|
|Faroe Islands||Malta||Trinidad and Tobago|
|French Polynesia||New Caledonia|
Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man are exempt as they are part of the common travel area. The 14 British Overseas Territories are also exempt.
This list may be added to over the coming days following further discussions between the UK and international partners. link