Travel restrictions

Travel restrictions are now history in many parts of Europe

Travelers can move almost freely across Europe again, with many countries further easing or removing restrictions entirely for business and holiday travelers.

The latest measures mean it is easier for Australians to visit more of Europe, especially Scandinavian countries, while being frustrated by some restrictions still in place, mainly for unvaccinated travellers, in d other popular countries such as France and Spain.

The new rules replace general bans on non-essential travel that previously existed for travelers from most countries outside the EU.

Of course, entry restrictions and requirements can change quickly, so it’s important to check Smartraveller for the latest information specific to your situation.

The UK removed the last of its pandemic restrictions earlier this month, with bitten and non-bitten arrivals free to enter under visa conditions with no pre-departure testing required, but face masks may still be required in airplanes.

The story is similar in Ireland, with no restrictions in place for arrivals from Australia and no test results needed to enter.

Many European countries are removing travel restrictions.

Unvaccinated visitors to France must still provide a ‘compelling reason’ for their visit, with a test on arrival as the likely result in addition to showing proof of another test taken before departure. Travelers who have received at least two doses simply need to obtain a Vaccination Pass from the French government website.

Further south, Spanish authorities still consider Australia an “at risk” country and as such unvaccinated travelers cannot enter. If you have received at least two stings, the second being less than 270 days old, you can enter freely and enjoy Spain without restrictions, but you will be required to complete an online health form within 48 hours of your arrival.

Online registration is required for Australians over the age of six, both prickly and non-prickly, wishing to enter Germany and take a PCR or RAT test before departure. Those who have an international Covid-19 vaccination certificate can also present it upon arrival.

Italy recognizes Australia’s international covid-19 certificate as equivalent to its ‘Super Green Pass’ meaning you are free to enter and from April 1 this check will be removed but it is wise to Have a hard copy of your vaccination certificate while you’re enjoying Italian culture.

The Netherlands opened its doors to all EU residents earlier this month, but Australians must be fully vaccinated to enter and show proof at the border.

Sweden’s doors will be fully open to all travelers from April 1, vaccinated or not, joining fellow Scandinavians including Denmark and Norway, but Finland still requires proof of vaccination.