After taking into account the high vaccination rates and with the summer season being just weeks away, the EU destinations have open for travellers.
The majority of the European Union/European Economic Area countries have already lifted their COVID-19 entry rules for travellers, and some others have relaxed their existing restrictions, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
A total of 15 EU/EEA countries – Bulgaria, Czechia, Denmark, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Sweden, and Switzerland – currently permit restriction-free entry to all travellers.
All persons, regardless of their country of origin, are no longer required to present a valid vaccination, recovery, or test certificate when travelling to the above-mentioned countries.
Apart from dropping their entry rules for incoming travellers, these 15 EU/EEA countries have also removed the majority of their domestic restrictions. They no longer require travellers to wear a face mask or hold valid COVID proof when attending different public places and events.
On the other hand, the other remaining countries, especially some popular destinations, such as France, Germany, Spain, and Portugal, still keep restrictions in place.
France currently requires all travellers to present one of the passes upon their arrival. Those who are able to present one of the certificates are exempt from following any additional rules.
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Similarly, Germany, Spain, and Portugal require all incoming travellers to provide valid COVID proof upon their arrival.
These countries have been extending their entry rules for travellers for quite some time now. However, it is yet to be seen whether they will drop them in June.
The EU/EEA countries that continue to require travellers to present valid COVID proof apply the same validity period rules. When reaching one of the countries mentioned above or any other country that has not lifted its entry rules yet, a vaccination pass is accepted as long as it proves that the holder has completed primary vaccination in the last nine months or has received a booster shot.
On the other hand, recovery passes are recognised provided that the document indicates that the holder recovered from the virus in the last six months.
The data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) show that the EU/EEA countries have administered over 884,890,200 COVID-19 vaccine doses as of May 5. The same reveals that 75.4 per cent of the total population in EU/EEA countries have received at least a single dose, 72.6 per cent have completed the primary course, and another 51.6 per cent have received a booster shot.