As spring and summer holidays approach, six European Union/European Economic Area countries have already announced that they no longer ask travelers to present valid COVID-19 proof upon arrival.
The list of countries EU/EEA countries that have removed their measures and now permit restriction-free entry to travelers is as follows:
Hungary lifted its entry restrictions earlier this month. Announcing the decision, the Hungarian government said that all incoming travelers, regardless of their country of origin, can now enter Hungary without having to present a vaccination, recovery, or test certificate upon their arrival.
In addition, Hungary has also abolished the majority of its domestic COVID-19 restrictions. Travelers are no longer required to hold a valid vaccination or recovery pass when accessing cafes, restaurants, bars, cinemas, and museums, among others.
similarly, travelers are exempt from all the entry rules when entering Iceland too.
“All COVID-19 measures at the Icelandic border have now ended. Thereby no COVID-19 prevention measures will be in place at the border, regardless of whether individuals are vaccinated or unvaccinated,” the statement of the Icelandic authorities reads.
While in Iceland, travelers are not required to follow any national measures as the country has abolished them too.
Irish authorities also announced earlier this month that the country would no longer require travelers to present one of the certificates upon entry. Moreover, Ireland has also removed the requirement to fill in the Passenger Locator Form.
Just like the three above-mentioned countries, Norway also permits restriction-free entry to travelers. All persons, even unvaccinated and unrecovered ones, have been able to enter Norway without having to worry about the entry and domestic rules.
Slovenia has lifted all of its measures too. All travelers, regardless of their country of origin, can now enter Slovenia without being required to provide proof of their vaccination or recovery status. However, the authorities have explained some categories of travelers are still required to complete the Passenger Locator Form.
Different from Slovenia, Romania apply more relaxed rules. Apart from removing the requirement to present a vaccination or recovery certificate, the country’s authorities have also lifted the requirement to fill out the Passenger Locator Form.
Other countries, such as Germany, France, and Italy, have also eased some of their COVID-19 rules. The majority of them no longer require travelers to hold a vaccination, recovery, or test certificate when accessing different public places and events.
While travelers have welcomed the decision of EU countries to lift or relax some of their restrictions, the World Health Organization (WHO) remains cautious about the current situation.
WHO Regional Director for Europe, Hans Kluge, said earlier this week that the EU countries lifted their restrictions ‘too brutally’. According to him, the COVID-19 infection cases have been increasing rapidly within the EU as some countries dropped their measures too early.