While the news of Europe’s gradual reopening to American travelers is causing excitement among travel advisors and their clients, the lack of unity and clarity on the rules has translated into headaches for those who are anxious to start planning.

One thing we do know so far is that the welcome mat is being extended most enthusiastically to vaccinated travelers, and that testing is still required in some countries even with proof of vaccination. And a Covid test is still required of any traveler entering, or re-entering, the U.S.

We have compiled information on countries that are currently open to U.S. visitors, as well as some major destinations that we expect to open in the near future; we expect to add more information as it becomes available. And as the regulations are shifting, it bears repeating that advisors should stay abreast of the rules by visiting the CDC website, Reopen Europe and individual U.S. embassy and tourist office websites.  

Updated June 23.

Travel to Albania

Albania is an outlier among other European destinations in that all U.S. travelers are welcome with no testing or quarantine requirements.

There is, however, a curfew from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., and masks are required in indoor public spaces for anyone over the age of 11. Travelers should take note that noncompliance for mask wearing can result in a fine.

Travel to Austria

American citizens are permitted to travel Austria as of June 24. Travelers must present a certificate of vaccination, certificate of recovery or a negative Covid-19 test result: either a PCR test taken 72 hours before arrival or an antigen test taken 28 hours before arrival. If none of those can be provided, the traveler must take a Covid test in Austria within 24 hours of arrival, at their own expense, and register using a pre-travel clearance form.

Within Austria, masks must be worn inside hotels, museums, restaurants and public transportation; however, restrictions are to be eased starting July 1. More information

Travel to Croatia

Croatia was one of the first European countries to throw open its doors to vaccinated Americans. Visitors need proof of vaccination; a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours or an antigen test no older than 48 hours; or of proof of recovery from a Covid infection.

Also, tourists are required to book and pay in full for accommodations in advance of arrival and have documents to prove it, according to Wanda Radetti, the founder and president of Tasteful Croatian Journeys, adding that Tasteful Croatian Journeys will prepare the necessary documents for its guests.

Masks are required indoors and on public transportation, and nightclubs are closed.

Travel to the Czech Republic

As of June 21, U.S. citizens are allowed to travel to the Czech Republic with no test or quarantine required. However, to participate in visitor activities like checking into a hotel, eating at a restaurant, entering a museum or attending a public event, travelers need to show proof of vaccination, a negative PCR test less than three days old, a negative antigen test less than 24 hours old or medical proof of recovery from Covid-19. KN95 or FFP2 masks are required to enter shops, airports, transportation or post offices; cloth masks re required for outdoor environments where social distancing is not possible. More information.

Travel to Denmark

Denmark opened to American travelers June 5, moving the U.S. from its red to yellow list, according to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

What this means is that fully vaccinated visitors (Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson) from the U.S. can enter Denmark for tourism without testing or quarantine requirements if they present proof of vaccination and at least two weeks have passed since their final dose.

Unvaccinated children traveling with vaccinated adults may also enter but will need to be tested on arrival, depending on their age. 

Travel to Finland

Americans are still restricted from entry to Finland until at least June 27, according to VisitFinland. For the latest information on the opening date and anticipated entry requirements, see its Covid-specific site.

Travel to France

Updated:France is now open to vaccinated and unvaccinated American travelers. Unvaccinated travelers need to present a negative PCR test of less than 72 hours or a negative antigen test of less than 48 before boarding. Fully vaccinated travelers with a Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna and Janssen vaccine can enter without the need to undergo tests.

As to the in-destination experience, indoor dining and other restrictions have been eased, and the curfew has been pushed back to 11 p.m. Masks are required in public venues, and fines may be levied for noncompliance.

“In all scenarios, visits to a museum or monument should be organized quite in advance because of certain visiting restrictions — the number of people at the same visiting slot, social distancing and the like — and because the French and Parisians have been deprived and are now flocking to get their culture fix,” said Marion Fourestier, director of communications for Atout France.

For more entry specifics, visit the Foreign Ministry site and click on “Can I Enter France.”

Travel to Germany

Germany is reopening to U.S. travelers on Sunday, June 20.

Proof of vaccination, proof of recovery from Covid-19 (a positive PCR test result must be at least 28 days but not more than six months old) or results of a negative test taken no more than 72 hours (no more than 48 hours if using a rapid antigen test) is required for entry for all visitors age six or older.

Travel to Greece 

Greece is officially open to U.S. tourists.

Visitors must provide proof of vaccination or a negative Covid PCR test.

Children 5 and younger can enter without restrictions when accompanied by adults who meet the requirements.

A curfew is in place from 1:30 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. Restaurants and attractions are open, but size and capacity restrictions are in place. Expect to wear masks indoors and in some outdoor locations. 

Travel to Iceland

Iceland was one of the first European countries to open its doors to Americans. Travelers who have been vaccinated or who can show proof of prior infection have been able to enter the country without testing or quarantining since April.

There are no curfews, but masks are required on public transportation, with fines enacted for noncompliance.

Travel to Ireland

Ireland will begin welcoming U.S. tourists, vaccinated or not, on July 19.

Those who can provide proof of vaccination can skip the testing and quarantine rules. Unvaccinated travelers or those wishing to travel before July 19 will be required to present a negative Covid test taken within 72 hours and quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

There are no curfews in place, but masks are required on public transportation, indoors and outside where social distancing is not possible.

Travel to Italy

Generally speaking, Americans are free to visit Italy for tourism, but the rules may vary by region and are in flux.

Americans must present proof of full vaccination, or proof of recovery from Covid-19, or a negative Covid-19 swab test taken within 48 hours of departure. A self-declaration form is required on entry.

Children age 6 or older accompanied by a caregiver with one of the above certifications must take a predeparture Covid test; children under 6 are exempt.

Italy is also offering Covid-tested flights from the U.S.

Travel to Malta

Malta will open to U.S. travelers June 17, but on a state-by-state basis. The country initially said travelers from 40 U.S. states will be allowed to enter the country with proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure.

Travel to Portugal

As of June 15, Portugal opened to nonessential travel for U.S. nationals.

By the current restrictions, in effect until June 28, visitors must present a negative Covid PCR test performed within 72 hours prior to the time of departure or an antigen test performed within 24 hours prior to the time of departure on the first embarkation point. Children under 24 months old are exempt.

Travelers also need to present the same documentation to the border officers at arrival, but no other test or quarantine will be required.

Passengers are required to complete the Passenger Locator Card online for each passenger up to 48 hours before traveling.

Travel to Spain

Spain opened to vaccinated Americans June 7; arrivals must have had two doses of Pfizer or Moderna or one dose of Johnson & Johnson at least 14 days before arrival. Unvaccinated children aged 6 to 17 need to present a negative
Covid-19 test taken within 72 of arrival; children 5 and younger are
exempt.

A prearrival form with a QR code is required.

In most cases, unvaccinated U.S. adults are not able to enter Spain for tourism.

There are Covid restrictions in place throughout the country and can vary by region, but generally expect capacity restrictions in restaurants and venues.

Travel to Sweden

On May 28, the Swedish government announced that it was extending the entry ban for non-EU citizens until Aug. 31.

“Theoretically, the U.S. could be added to the list of countries that are exempted from the regulations, in which case Americans may be able to travel to Sweden sooner than that,” Melinda Martino, senior public relations manager for Visit Sweden, said.

Travel to Switzerland

Switzerland will welcome fully vaccinated North American guests as of June 28. Quarantine and a negative Covid-19 test will not be required to enter the country.

All fully vaccinated travelers entering Switzerland by air will need to complete the online form of the Federal Office of Public Health for incoming travelers.

In addition, the Swiss government announced a full reopening of places such as restaurants, events and leisure facilities, according to the Switzerland Tourism office.

“I’m not only thrilled but also feel quite emotional that we finally can go back to what we do best: host guests from North America in our magnificent country,” said Claudio Zemp, director Americas for Switzerland Tourism. “I have long believed that Switzerland, with its small boutique towns, rustic villages dotted along picturesque valleys, and wide-open alpine landscapes is the natural choice for a post-Covid holiday.

“Now that the borders will be open, together with everybody in the Swiss Tourism Industry, we can’t wait to welcome each one of you.” 

Travel to the United Kingdom

The U.S. is on the amber list for the UK, which means that while visitors can enter, testing and quarantines are still in effect. In addition, passengers need to fill out a pre-entry form. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that the country will delay by four weeks the next relaxation of in-country Covid restrictions to enable the country to continue a vaccination drive to combat the delta variant.

However, with the recent visit to the UK by President Biden, talks of opening a travel corridor are underway.

This report was updated to clarify that Greece is open to vaccinated and unvaccinated Americans.

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