Following last year’s global shutdown, the majority of EU countries are now allowing travellers to cross borders freely within Europe – as long as they bring a negative test result. But what about visitors from elsewhere? Well, last July, the bloc reopened its external borders too – but only to tourists arriving from a small list of nations, currently deemed safe.
Several countries have since dropped off the list due to rising infection rates. The full list is now as follows:
The EU may also add China to the list if it reaches a reciprocal agreement for European travellers with the Chinese government. Meanwhile, the USA still hasn’t made the ‘safe’ list, and the EU has been discouraging non-essential to and from the UK since late December.
As long as individual EU countries have agreed (and most have), travellers from those six ‘lower-risk’ nations are currently allowed to enter the bloc. Countries are also free to ignore the advice and allow in visitors who aren’t on this list: for instance, Croatia briefly admitted travellers from the USA last year.
The bloc is reevaluating the list every fortnight, and has already removed countries such as Japan, Tunisia, Uruguay, Canada, Serbia and Montenegro due to rising numbers of cases.
So if you’re based anywhere else in the world apart from those countries, your last-minute European getaway will remain off the cards for the time being.
Remember, many countries are still warning against all non-essential travel and some are quarantining all overseas arrivals, including their own returning citizens. Check all the relevant restrictions before you think about travelling.