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France, Spain, Greece, Italy, Portugal – Europe Entry Rules

Europe is gradually opening its borders to more countries and vaccinated travellers, however, there is no unified rules on international travel. Check new entry rules in main beach destinations this summer: France, Greece, Portugal, Spain and Italy.

France

France has a color-coded map establishing protocols of entry from foreign countries that divided into three groups according to the health situation and the vaccination that will start operating from June 9.

“Green” countries: European area, Australia, South Korea, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, New Zealand and Singapore. All travelers from 7 green countries have to be fully vaccinated
“Orange” countries: All countries except “green” and “red” countries. For “orange” zones even vaccinated travelers will have to present a negative Covid-19 test taken within the last 72 hours (or 48 hours for a negative antigen test). But they will no longer need to quarantine

“Red” countries: South Africa, Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Turkey and Uruguay.

The lists of countries that are likely to be adapted according to changes in their epidemic situation. Mask-wearing remains mandatory indoors and outdoors. The nationwide curfew in effect across France will be pushed back from 9 pm to 11 pm, all rules will be lifted on June 30.

France allows its cafes and restaurants to operate 100% of their outside space and 50% of their indoor space with tables limited to six people and bar service banned.

Spain

Spain reopens to global tourists, that have been vaccinated. Travelers must show proof of having received the full doses of a Covid-19 vaccine approved by either the World Health Organization (WHO) or the European Medicines Agency (EMA), more than 14 days prior to arrival, or that they overcame a Covid-19 infection in the past six months and fill out the travel form available on Spain Travel Health (SpTH).

E.U. arrivals can produce a recent negative PCR test or antigen tests. 

Spain’s red list: Brazil, India and South Africa

Masks are mandatory, including outdoors, except on beaches as long as people keep a distance of at least 1.5 meters from each other.

Greece

The Greek government has prolonged the restrictions on air travel until 6 am on Monday, June 14. Exempt from the ban are only arrivals from countries for which Greece has lifted the entry ban on May 14. 

Travellers from these counties allowed to enter Greece: Australia, Bahrain, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Canada, China, Israel, Kuwait, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Qatar, Russia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Ukraine, UAE, UK, USA.

Travelers must fulfill one of the following criteria:

1) Possess a certificate issued from a public authority that indicates the holder has completed the vaccination against the Coronavirus at least 14 days before arrival. The document must be issued in one of the following languages: English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Russian or Spanish.

2) Provide a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before they enter Greece.

3) Prove they have recovered from the virus at least two to nine months prior to arrival.

4) Evidence of a digital or written COVID-19 passport containing information about one of the previous scenarios.

All arrivals are required to conduct a rapid test upon arrival and, if it results positive, the traveler will be quarantined for – either seven days if they are already vaccinated, or ten days if they haven’t been vaccinated yet.

Italy

Travelers from the E.U., Britain, and Israel can enter with a negative Covid-19 test less than 48 hours old and complete a health form to be exempt from quarantine.

The government has extended trials of Covid-tested flights to Venice, Naples, Milan and Rome, as well as to authorized routes from Canada, Japan, the UAE, and the United States.

Brazil, India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka are still on Italy’s red list until June 21.

Masks are still mandatory, people may be allowed to take them off when outside in July.

Portugal

All arrivals from E.U. countries, the Schengen Area and the U.K. need a negative PCR test less than 72 hours old to enter. The same holds for visitors from Australia, South Korea, Israel, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, Thailand, and China. Everyone else needs a compelling reason to enter Portugal.

Travel restrictions remain in place for eight countries: Cyprus, Croatia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Sweden, South Africa, Brazil, and India.

Restaurants, cafes, and pastry shops will open until midnight will be open as of June 14. However, bars and nightclubs will not reopen yet.

Social distancing and mask-wearing are mandatory.

 

Iuliia Tore