The Covid-19 continues to mutate and complicate the conditions of travel abroad. In Europe, some countries welcome visitors with open arms, while others are more cautious. Logically, thanks to the health pass, it is easier to go abroad while being vaccinated than the reverse. If you remain resistant to vaccination, the holidays can still be saved thanks to a PCR test or by choosing a destination that does not require any formality to get there.
To travel in Europe, the general rule is to have a health pass, which can be obtained thanks to proof of vaccination obtained for more than 14 days, a PCR test of less than 72 hours or a certificate of recovery. of the Covid. However, a few countries are exceptions with stricter constraints, such as the United Kingdom which imposes a 10-day quarantine on both vaccinated and unvaccinated people.
On your return, if you are not vaccinated – and whatever your holiday destination – a PCR test will be required before you can return to France. If you are returning from Spain, Portugal or the Netherlands, the test time has even been reduced to 24 hours.
- Countries open to all, vaccinated and unvaccinated, without testing or quarantine: Netherlands, Belgium, Romania, Macedonia, Albania and Montenegro, as well as Spain and Germany if traveling by road.
- Countries easily accessible to vaccinated and unvaccinated people (with a PCR test or proof of vaccination): Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece, Ireland, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Austria, Poland and Sweden.
- Countries difficult to access for non-vaccinated (compelling reason necessary or quarantine on arrival): Finland, Denmark, Iceland…
- Countries that are difficult to access even when vaccinated: United Kingdom, Norway, Iceland…
Countries open to all
If you do not want to complete any formalities to go on vacation in Europe, the choice may be limited. Whether you are vaccinated or not, no binding formalities will be required of you to travel to the Netherlands, Belgium, Romania, Macedonia, Albania and Montenegro. To some extent this is also the case for Germany and Spain, but only if you arrive by road. For air travel, checks will be carried out in Spain if you live in Ile-de-France, Occitanie or Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur.
Remember to inquire before departure because some destinations, such as Belgium, also require you to complete a passenger locator form if your stay lasts more than 48 hours.
Countries easily accessible to vaccinated and unvaccinated people
These are all the countries in Europe where the health pass is in application. Most tourist destinations such as Spain, Portugal, Greece or Italy apply it and do not impose any conditions on travelers who are vaccinated. For those who have not had the vaccine, a simple PCR test of less than 72 hours allows you to reach your destination. This is also the case if you want to travel to Ireland, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Austria, Poland and Sweden.
The UK currently imposes a 10-day quarantine on all travellers, whether vaccinated or not. In Iceland, the PCR test is mandatory before departure for everyone, even for vaccinated people. If you have not received the vaccine, you will also have to isolate yourself for 5 days upon your arrival. Finally, all travelers will be tested a second time upon arrival. For its part, Norway does not present any particular difficulties for vaccinated persons, but the country refuses minors if they are not vaccinated. The country is therefore classified as a country that is difficult to access, because you will not be able to travel there with unvaccinated children.
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Countries to travel with a child
If you are traveling with a child, be aware that the test or the vaccine is rarely requested in Europe below 12 years old. However, there are some exceptions such as Norway, where unvaccinated minors are not accepted (unless they are under one year old). For its part, Italy imposes a test on children from the age of 6 in the absence of a vaccine. Less strict, Switzerland and Lithuania also impose a test from the age of 16 if the minor is not vaccinated. If your child is over 12 years old and has not been vaccinated, he will not escape a PCR test to travel to Europe. If you want to go to Spain or Greece, you will have to carry out a test for your child on the way there, but also before returning to France.
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