With cases of COVID in the U.S. less of a hindrance at this time, more people are looking at international travel. As long as people are allowed to go to “pick a place,” they’re going!
At this point in the COVID pandemic, there’s really a mixed a mixed bag of requirements for international travelers. Sometimes it depends on what country you’re in, but more often your ability to go somewhere, or the requirements once you get there, is based on your vaccination status.
Some countries will only allow visitors who are 100% vaccinated. Others will allow the unvaccinated to visit, but they have to complete a period of quarantine first. Meanwhile, other countries require proof – of a recent negative COVID test, of a recent case of COVID – upon arrival, and sometimes require another round of testing X number of days after arrival – and that, once again, may or may not be based on your vaccination status.
And then you have the 15 countries that are either “throwing caution to the wind,” or “learning to learn to live with coronavirus” (take your pick), and have no COVID travel restrictions whatsoever.
People who are still trying to maintain a level of caution might consider avoiding these countries. People who think COVID is a hoax, like this group, might think these are the countries they’d like to visit (save for having to wear a mask on the way home. Pity). Anyway here’s the list of countries in and around Europe that U.S. citizens can visit with no COVID restrictions:
- Czech Republic – They ended the last of their COVID travel restrictions on April 9th.
- Denmark – They had dropped most of their COVID rules in February. However in March, requirements for the unvaccinated – which had been a pre-travel test – were trashed. Authorities do reserve the right to put restrictions back in place, in needed. “As a part of this contingency, the so-called ‘handbrake’ can be activated if concerning variants emerge. The handbrake is not activated for any countries at this time,” the government said in a statement.
- Hungary – As of March 7th, travelers no longer have to test, show proof of vaccination or quarantine when visiting in Hungary.
- Iceland – Iceland has gone back and forth with its COVID requirements, from only allowing the vaccinated to visit (that’s when we went, last summer), to testing, etc. But as of February 25th, “All official epidemiological measures due to the Covid-19 pandemic will be lifted, both domestically and at the border,” the government said in a statement. “This eliminates all rules on restrictions on gatherings and schooling, as well as the requirement for isolation of those infected with Covid-19.” So no quarantine, no testing, no nuthin’.
- Ireland – The Irish government announced: “From Sunday 6 March 2022, travellers to Ireland are not required to show proof of vaccination, proof of recovery or a negative PCR test result upon arrival. There are no post-arrival testing or quarantine requirements for travellers to Ireland.”
- Latvia – Foreign travelers, regardless of their vaccination status and purpose of travel, can enter Latvia. They don’t need to test or quarantine.
- Poland – Poland ended all mask rules on March 23rd (except for hospitals and healthcare buildings). This was follow by their ending all entry requirements on March 28th.
- Madeira – Since early March it has no longer required tests, proof of vaccination or isolation from either vaccinated or unvaccinated travelers. However yo may be required to wear a mask in certain venues. “There are no restrictions on the entry of travelers at the airports, ports and marinas of the Autonomous Region of Madeira,” said the statement of Madeira Regional Tourism Board
- Moldova – They ended the last of their COVID restrictions on March 16th.
- Montenegro – They ended all COVID-related requirements in mid-March.
- Norway – The Norway tourist board posted the following a few months ago: “From Saturday, 12 February 2022, you can travel to Norway without having to worry about anything more than having a good time!”
- Romania – Romania lifted all remaining Covid restrictions on March 9th of this year. This included the use of vaccine passports and the requirement to wear masks both indoors and outdoors.
- Slovenia – As of February 19, “There are no longer any Covid-19 restrictions for entry to Slovenia,” read a statement from the tourist board. The recovered/vaccinated/tested condition has been removed, making Slovenia an accessible, attractive destination for travelers looking to experience incredible scenery, farm-to-fork cuisine, historic architecture, hiking trails, and much more.”
- Sweden – April 1st was the first day non-EU visitors could visit with no restrictions. “The government has decided not to extend the entry ban from third countries,” said minister for justice and home affairs, Morgan Johansson. “This will make it much easier for everyone who has been prevented from coming to Sweden in recent years due to the pandemic.”
- United Kingdom – Anyone can enter the UK without testing or quarantine requirements, regardless of vaccination status. However each nation may have its own rules in terms of mask usage.
— England – Masks are not required anywhere. Individual venues are allowed to enforce proof of vaccination requirements.
— Northern Ireland – Masks are not required but are “strongly recommended in indoor areas where you come into contact with people you do not usually meet” (i.e. public transit). Individual venues are allowed to enforce proof of vaccination requirements.
— Scotland – Masks are required in indoor public places and on public transportation. Individual venues are allowed to enforce proof of vaccination requirements.
— Wales – Masks are not required but are “strongly recommended” by the Welsh government. Individual venues are allowed to enforce proof of vaccination requirements.
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