Europe travel rules: fully vaccinated Britons welcome across the continent – here’s our update

Don’t let the images of mass protests against new Covid restrictions this week in some European countries put you off.

Travel is most certainly “on” in all countries – with the exception of Austria, where a lockdown is in place for the next fortnight.

Yes, Covid cases may be on the rise, with talks of a ‘fourth wave’ – and there is widespread concern about the potential impact of the new variant of Covid discovered in South Africa this week – but fully vaccinated Britons are welcome across the continent. Here is our update …

Britons can travel to all countries in Europe except Austria, where a lockdown is in place for the coming fortnight

AUSTRIAN WOBBLE

WHAT IS THE LAST? Lockdown until December 13, with tourism stopping before that date as well. Bars, restaurants, cafes and non-essential shops are closed.

GETTING IN: Proof of full vaccination, of having recovered from Covid, or a negative PCR test will be required after confinement.

WHEN YOU ARE THERE: To visit covered sites or ride on the ski lifts, a full vaccination / proof of recovery is required (under 12 exempt). Masks compulsory in closed public places.

WHAT THEY SAY: Health Minister Wolfgang Mueckstein has said the “hammer” of a lockdown is desperately needed.

MORE INFORMATION: Austria.info.

DUTCH COURAGE?

WHAT IS THE LAST? A “semi-confinement” with a curfew at 8 p.m. in bars and restaurants. Restrictions in place until at least December 4. More “strong measures” are expected soon, with the outbreak management team suggesting curfews could even begin at 5 p.m.

GETTING IN: You must be fully vaccinated or have proof of a negative antigen test performed within 24 hours of departure. The rules for children depend on the age (see gov.uk).

WHEN YOU ARE THERE: A Dutch Covid Pass is required for bars, restaurants and museums (download via the Dutch CoronaCheck app). Handshaking is prohibited. In-room catering and take-away meals possible after 8 p.m.

WHAT THEY SAY: Prime Minister Mark Rutte has called for calm after clashes between anti-vaccine and police.

MORE INFORMATION: Holland.com.

GERMAN SEED

Munich Christmas market, pictured, has been removed this year to prevent the spread of Covid

Munich Christmas market, pictured, has been removed this year to prevent the spread of Covid

WHAT IS THE LAST? Munich’s Christmas market has been canceled as part of stricter nationwide Covid measures.

GETTING IN: You can enter without testing if you are fully vaccinated. Unaccompanied unvaccinated children under 12 can do without testing. Fill out a pre-departure form (einreiseanmeldung.de).

WHEN YOU ARE THERE: To enter restaurants and bars, you must be vaccinated, have proof of recovery, or have a recent negative test certificate.

WHAT THEY SAY: The government says full containment cannot be ruled out.

MORE INFORMATION: Germany.travel.

FRENCH RESISTANCE

Skiers must be fully vaccinated or have proof of a negative Covid test to access the ski lifts at the French resort of Courchevel, shown

Skiers must be fully vaccinated or have proof of a negative Covid test to access the ski lifts at the French resort of Courchevel, shown

WHAT IS THE LAST? From December 15, people over 65 must have undergone a recall for indoor rooms. Skiers must be fully vaccinated or have proof of a negative Covid test performed within 72 hours to access the ski lifts.

GETTING IN: Fully vaccinated tourists can leave after completing a “sworn statement” indicating that they do not show symptoms of Covid (interieur.gouv.fr). Children under 12 traveling with adults are accepted. Unvaccinated children over 12 years old need a negative test.

WHEN YOU ARE THERE: For indoor places such as restaurants and bars, a “Sanitary Pass” is required proving a complete vaccination or a negative Covid test carried out within 72 hours for children. Download the ‘TousAntiCovid’ application to register. Masks compulsory on the ski lifts.

WHAT THEY SAY: The closures are currently “not necessary,” President Macron said.

MORE INFORMATION: Gouvernement.fr.

OK IN CROATIA

“Tourists can enter Croatia freely,” says the country’s tourism board. In the photo, Split, a popular Croatian tourist paradise

WHAT IS THE LAST? Demos on Covid passes. Cases have declined slightly recently.

GETTING IN: Very good if you are completely stung, recovered or can prove a recent negative test.

WHEN YOU ARE THERE: Masks compulsory in public transport. Covid passes are not required for bars and restaurants.

WHAT THEY SAY: “Tourists can enter Croatia freely,” says the tourist office.

MORE INFORMATION: Visit-croatie.co.uk.

BELGIAN CONCERNS

WHAT IS THE LAST? Violent demonstrations in Brussels against a decree on home work, but for tourists, in a perverse way, the entry rules are relaxed.

GETTING IN: Entry rules for fully vaccinated arrivals were relaxed yesterday, so all you need is a negative Covid PCR test dating back less than 72 hours to enter.

WHEN YOU ARE THERE: Covid Safe Ticket vaccine passport required for bars, restaurants and clubs (covidsafe.be/en). Nightclubs will be closed and restaurants and bars will close at 11 p.m. for the next three weeks.

WHAT THEY SAY: Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo said the violent street protests were “absolutely unacceptable”.

MORE INFORMATION: Visitbelgium.com.

SWISS ATTENTION

Travelers hoping to visit Lake Geneva in Switzerland (pictured) are in luck - borders are open to British double-stitched with passenger locator forms

Travelers hoping to visit Lake Geneva in Switzerland (pictured) are in luck – borders are open to British double-stitched with passenger locator forms

WHAT IS THE LAST? A referendum is held tomorrow on whether to extend the requirement for a Swiss Covid certificate to allow access to restaurants and bars. Polls suggest a “yes” vote.

GETTING IN: Borders open to British double-stitched with passenger locator forms (swissplf.admin.ch).

WHEN YOU ARE THERE: NHS Covid Passes are accepted instead of Swiss Covid Certificates. Masks compulsory in covered public places and on ski lifts.

WHAT THEY SAY: The tourist office is optimistic: “It’s not too late to book your winter trip!

MORE INFORMATION: Myswitzerland.com.

WELCOME TO ITALY

Free for Rome: Fully vaccinated Britons can currently visit Rome and its many tourist attractions - such as the Trevi Fountain, pictured

Free for Rome: Fully vaccinated Britons can currently visit Rome and its many tourist attractions – such as the Trevi Fountain, pictured

WHAT IS THE LAST? Anti-vax protests are underway against a Covid Green Pass to enter restaurants / bars / cafes, which has recently been extended to workplaces.

GETTING IN: Fully vaccinated tourists can enter with a passenger locator form (app.euplf.eu). A negative Covid test within 48 hours of departure is also required.

WHEN YOU ARE THERE: You need a Covid Green Pass to eat and drink inside, and for the ski lifts (dgc.gov.it). Masks compulsory in public transport.

WHAT THEY SAY: Visitors are welcome, said Prime Minister Mario Draghi.

MORE INFORMATION: Italia.it.

SR IN SPAIN

Banker Costa: Spain is still open, although there is talk of a 11 p.m. curfew for bars and 1 a.m. for clubs if Covid rates continue to rise

Banker Costa: Spain is still open, although there is talk of a 11 p.m. curfew for bars and 1 a.m. for clubs if Covid rates continue to rise

AND TO RETURN HOME?

You must complete a passenger tracker form (gov.uk) within 48 hours of your return to the UK – and purchase / book a day 2 antigen test. These are around £ 20. If a lockdown is announced when you are abroad, you should have enough notice to return early at your expense (claim through insurance) or your tour operator will take care of it.

Before traveling, check with your insurer that travel disruptions caused by Covid are covered.

WHAT IS THE LAST? The Covid figures are on the rise. Talk about an 11 p.m. curfew for bars and 1 a.m. for clubs if prices keep going up.

GETTING IN: Must be fully stung or have proof of a recent negative Covid test, along with a health check form (spth.gob.es).

WHEN YOU ARE THERE: Masks compulsory in public transport. No ‘Covid pass’ required for indoor public places.

WHAT THEY SAY: The more tourists there are, the more the merrier, according to Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto.

MORE INFORMATION: Spain.info.

POTENTIAL OF PORTUGAL

WHAT IS THE LAST? This week, Portugal announced that up-to-date negative Covid tests will be required to enter bars, restaurants, hotels and other indoor locations.

GETTING IN: From Wednesday, all foreign visitors will also have to present a negative Covid test result (PCR or antigen) before leaving for the country.

WHEN YOU ARE THERE: A recent negative Covid test result is required for indoor public places. NHS Covid passes must be presented at the entrance to bars and restaurants.

WHAT THEY SAY: Prime Minister Antonio Costa has said a lockdown is unlikely.

MORE INFORMATION: Visitportugal.com.

  • All entry conditions and national rules subject to last minute changes. See gov.uk.
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