These 5 European countries are simplifying entry rules and internal restrictions


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After two years in Covid, Europe as a whole is finally reopening with travel. While some European countries are ahead of others in the complete removal of curbs, virtually all signal that strict travel rules are a thing of the past. There were them this week Another 5 countries are releasing entry rules and internal constraints.

From April you will travel to popular tourist destinations Spain, Croatia, Cyprus, Bulgariaand even Germany it will be much easier, as all five of them will cancel some of their existing mandates and start associating with their European partners.

Here is a complete list of restrictions that are being lifted in these countries and whether further easing can be expected:


Young woman on vacation overlooking the city of Cadaques, Costa Brava, Catalonia, Spain

Spain, one of the stricter countries in Europe in terms of Covid management, has recently changed its strategy and is slowly entering a phase where the disease is considered endemic. Now that only the Covid cases are taken into account only 3.5% of the hospital populationand the country remains seemingly untouched by the new BA.2 variant, more rules are relaxed.

While inner masks will continue to be an official requirement during Easter, On April 20, the mask’s long-awaited mandate will be lifted ahead of the busy summer months.

Street in the historic Casco Viejo district of Bilbao, Basque Country, northern SpainStreet in the historic Casco Viejo district of Bilbao, Basque Country, northern Spain

This means that tourists will no longer have to cover their faces in restaurants, bars, clubs, museums and most indoor spaces.

Face masks will continue to be mandatory on public transport and some facilities, including hospitals, although travelers to Spain who are wary of Covid-Ware will be thrilled to know they can again. move without mask in most areas. As for border restrictions, Spain is still reluctant to relinquish guards and continues to require proof of Covid’s entry.


The historical part of Zadar with the Cathedral of St.  Donat and the ruins of the Roman Forum, Zadar, CroatiaThe historical part of Zadar with the Cathedral of St.  Donat and the ruins of the Roman Forum, Zadar, Croatia

As in other European countries, Croatia has abolished almost all Covid protocols internally, including the mandatory use of face masks indoors and restrictions on arrivals to the EU. Although it was already open to tourism during most of the pandemic, travel to Croatia has just become extremely smoother.

In addition, on April 4, the Croatian authorities repealed the rule on indoor masks coming directly from the European Union or the Schengen States will not have to provide any proof of Covid’s entry. This means vaccination certificates, recovery letters and negative test requirements no longer valid this specific category of passengers.

Aerial view of Trogir, CroatiaAerial view of Trogir, Croatia

As for who come from outside the European Unionincluding Americans, Canadians and British travelers from their countries, must continue to provide at least one of the following:

  • Vaccination card issued less than 270 days ago;
  • Evidence of a booster dose which prolongs the immunization status indefinitely;
  • Positive test or recovery letter issued in the previous 180 days and at least days before the trip to Croatia;
  • Negative PCR test performed 72 hours before crossing the border;
  • Negative rapid antigen test performed within 24 hours of arrival.


Ancient temple in Cyprus with turquoise blue waters in the background, Mediterranean seaAncient temple in Cyprus with turquoise blue waters in the background, Mediterranean sea

A small Eastern Mediterranean country, Cyprus, has also eased some of its entry restrictions since 18 April. As reported by the Cypriot authorities, their color-coded country categorizationmaking travel from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom on the Red List much more difficult, will be definitively canceled.

In short, when arriving from any Red List destination, unvaccinated visitors are currently undergoing testing, arrival testing and isolation. Although delisting is a strong indicator, this may change in the near future unvaccinated tourists will still need to be submitted and negative test.

Aerial View Of The Old Sea In Kyrenia CyprusAerial View Of The Old Sea In Kyrenia Cyprus

in summary Citizens of the USA, Canada and Britain will soon be able to visit Cyprus by presenting one of the following:

  • vaccination certificate issued within 270 days before arrival;
  • Evidence of a booster dose extending the vaccination without an expiration date;
  • Negative PCR in less than 72 hours;
  • Negative rapid antigen within 24 hours of arrival.
Sea caves near Ayia Napa, Cyprus.Sea caves near Ayia Napa, Cyprus.

Renewal certificates they do not appear to exempt unvaccinated passengers from testing.

In addition, masks will no longer be needed outside as of April 11, allowing visitors to enjoy sunny breaks at Nissi Beach or Ayia Napa without restriction. The Cypriot security passport, which provided access to certain places and is usually vaccinated, will also be lifted on this day.


Roman theater in Plovdiv, BulgariaRoman theater in Plovdiv, Bulgaria

The Eastern European nation of Bulgaria joins others in easing Covid’s mandates. From April 1, there are passengers it is no longer necessary to wear a face mask whether outdoors or indoors, and Covid Passes, which are known to restrict access to cultural areas for the unvaccinated, have also been abolished.

At their external borders The Bulgarian authorities have also simplified entry requirementswhich allows visitors to enter the country regardless of their place of departure, provided they present a valid Covid certificate.

View of Albena Resort Near Varny, BulgariaView of Albena Resort Near Varny, Bulgaria

Previously those coming from extinct red list of countries during the visit, they had to jump over other hoops until those arriving on the Green List had unrestricted entry, especially if they came from other EU Member States.

Passengers can now choose between the usual 9-month passport, which is valid for fully vaccinated with one or two doses, a booster dose that will extend the passport indefinitely, or proof of recovery and / or negative tests. similar to Croatia and Cyprus.


The Old Town Hall on Marienplatz in Munich, GermanyThe Old Town Hall on Marienplatz in Munich, Germany

Popular among Americans, Germany has also lifted a number of restrictions since 4 April. From that date, passengers are no longer required to present Covid certificates when entering restaurants, museums, shopping malls or other cultural facilities and public spaces where this requirement has applied, with the exception of public transport and medical facilities.

In addition to bringing an end of vaccination, The German government has also eased requirements for masks across the country, although different German states as well as private places may enforce different rules. In general, masks are no longer needed, whether indoors or outdoors, although passengers are advised to check specific local regulations.

Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, GermanyBrandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany

Despite the relaxation of internal rules, Germany is not yet following Poland, Denmark, Slovakia and Latvia in return pre-pandemic entry rules. Currently, only those with a valid vaccination card, as established by the European Union, and negative testor a renewal certificate are allowed to enter Germany from outside the EU and the wider Schengen area.

How pandemic trends are changing across Europe, passengers should continue to follow the news closely, especially in the months before the flight. It is also strongly recommended for them to fly abroad buy health insurance to cover the costs of Covid treatment and quarantine in the event of positive testing and / or travel symptoms.

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