Do I need vaccines and COVID tests?





Travelers will no longer need certificate of vaccination, recovery or negative coronavirus test to enter Spain if they come from other countries of the European Union and the Schengen area.

After more than two years of pandemic, the summer of 2022 arrives in Europe hoping to return to normalcy in international tourism. Or, at least, get closer to it, because a few Member States maintain access control measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

RTVE.es collects country to country restrictions and entry requirements, if you travel within the European Union or if you land from the rest of the world.

Germany

To travel to Germany no longer necessary show a certificate of vaccination or recovery from COVID-19 or a negative test. All measures have been lifted from June 1, 2022 for EU and non-EU travellers.

Sanitary measures will continue to apply to travelers from countries or areas of varying concern, but there are currently no countries or areas on the list.

Austria

There are no travel restrictions to Austria, from the European Union or countries outside the community space. Thus, from March 16, 2022, travelers are not required to present a certificate of vaccination, recovery from COVID-19 or a negative result in the coronavirus tests.

The only exception applies to those entering from countries or areas with a high epidemiological risk, but there is currently no region considered. In that case, it would be necessary to prove the vaccine, recovery or negative of the virus, as well as fill out a travel form and keep a quarantine.

Belgium

At the end of May 2022all COVID-19 travel restrictions lifted in BelgiumTherefore, neither vaccination or recovery certificates nor COVID-19 tests are required from passengers arriving from other countries of the European Union or from outside the Schengen area.

The country reserves the possibility of establishing restrictions on countries considered at risk due to the appearance of a new variant, but now no area or region appears on the list.

Bulgaria

Bulgaria has removed all restrictions to travelers due to the pandemic and, therefore, it is no longer necessary to present vaccination or recovery certificates or negative results in the tests for the disease. This applies equally to travelers from the European Union as from the rest of the world.

Cyprus

From June 1, Cyprus does not apply travel restrictions due to COVID-19. It is no longer necessary to present a certificate of vaccination, recovery from COVID-19 or negative test results.

Croatia

Those traveling to Croatia this summer they will not have to present any vaccination or recovery certificate or COVID-19 test results, regardless of its origin. Nor will they have to fill out an entry form to the country nor will they have to quarantine.

Denmark

Travelers to Denmark are not required to be vaccinated or present a document proving recovery from COVID-19 or a negative test for COVID-19 having lifted all restrictions on entering the country for the pandemic.

Slovakia

have already been lifted all entry measures in Slovakia due to the coronavirus pandemic. Travelers, from within or outside the European Union, are not required to present proof of vaccination, recovery from COVID-19 or a negative test result.

Slovenia

Slovenia has lifted all travel restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic and quarantines or certificates of vaccination, recovery or negative tests for the virus are no longer required when entering the country.

Spain

Spain has lifted all restrictions due to COVID-19 for travelers arriving from countries of the European Union or the Schengen zone. However, it will be subject to controls and the vaccination certificate, recovery or negative test by the coronavirus to those who enter the country by plane or ship, from non-community territories.

The “full vaccination” for the certificate it implies only the first two doses if less than nine months have passed since the second puncture. If more time has passed, those over 18 will need to have received a third booster dose. For minors, the first two are always enough.

If you are not vaccinated, you can provide an official document that certifies that COVID-19 has passed in the last six months or who has been negative in a test carried out just before the trip. They are valid both antigen tests (carried out 24 hours before travel) such as PCR (72 hours).

Estonia

Travelers to Estonia from the European Economic Area and United Kingdom They will not have restrictions and will be able to enter without a vaccination certificate, recovery or proof of COVID-19. However, the Estonian authorities they continue to apply entry control measures to the rest of the non-Schengen countries.

In this way, if you travel from Argentina or Mexico, for example, yes it is necessary to present a document that demonstrates that the vaccine has been received, the disease has been passed or a PCR test has been negative. Otherwise, it is mandatory to remain in isolation for seven days. You are exempt from restriction if you only pass through Estonian territory for a stopover somewhere else.

Finland

Currently, no measure applied to travelers arriving in Finland from the European Union or a country on the “green list” established by the Finnish authorities.

However, all other passengers in the world born after 2006 may be required to have a full vaccination or a recovery certificate. You can check the countries covered and the valid vaccines, here and here.

France

France keeps the measures in force entering the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Travelers must fill out a location form of passengers and present their immunization certificate complete, regardless of whether you arrive from within or outside the EU. If more than nine months have passed since the two doses were received, the French authorities require a booster dose for those over 18 years of age.

If not all the necessary doses of the vaccine have been received, it is also valid a document showing that the infection has been passed in the last six months or that has occurred negative for SARS-CoV-2 in a test before the trip. Children under 12 years of age are exempt.

Greece

Already there are no COVID-19 restrictions on travel to Greece, from the European Union or countries outside the community space. Thus, from May 1, 2022, travelers do not have to present a certificate of vaccination, recovery from COVID-19 or a negative result in the coronavirus tests.

Hungary

Last March 7, Hungary removed all restrictions to travelers due to the pandemic and, therefore, it is no longer necessary to present vaccination or recovery certificates or negative results in the tests for the disease. This applies equally to travelers from the European Union as from the rest of the world.

Ireland

Those traveling to Ireland this summer, from the European Union or the rest of the world, no longer have to worry about their vaccination certificate, recovery or the negative result of a PCR test carried out in the last few hours. The country lifted all its restrictions in the spring of 2022.

Iceland

Iceland – which is not part of the EU, but is part of the Schengen area – has no restrictions or entry requirements in place for travelers arriving by sea or air.

Italy

Italy has removed all conditions of entry into the country due to the pandemic as of June 1, 2022. For this reason, the COVID-19 vaccination or recovery certificate or negative results in the virus tests will no longer be requested.

latvia

From April 1, 2022, Latvia does not require vaccination or recovery certificates or negative results on COVID-19 tests to enter by air from any other country. Like other European governments, the Latvian authorities plan to maintain these measures for “high risk” regions, although no country is currently included.

Lithuania

to travel to Lithuania is no longer needed show a certificate of vaccination or recovery from COVID-19 or a negative test. All measures have been lifted from May 31, 2022 for EU and non-EU travellers.

malt

Access controls by COVID-19 are still valid in Malta, both for travelers from the European Union and for non-EU travelers. It is necessary to present one of these three documents:

  • a negative PCR test (done 72 hours before) or antigen test (24 hours);
  • the complete vaccination certificate (with booster, if more than nine months have passed since the second dose);
  • or a recovery document (valid for six months from the positive test).

It is recommended to check on their website which vaccines and recovery certificates are accepted and for how long, since the country requires a 10-day quarantine if its criteria are not met. The quarantine can end on the eighth day, if the test is negative the day before.

Currently, those under the age of six are exempt from these rules and, as of June 6, all those under 12.

Norway

Norway, which belongs to the Schengen area, does not subject travelers to special controls for COVID-19, regardless of the country they come from. The country’s authorities do not require proof of vaccination, recovery or illness, nor do they establish quarantines upon arrival.

Netherlands

The Netherlands does not subject travelers arriving from countries of the European Union and the Schengen zone to access controls. Instead, they must present a certificate of complete vaccination, recovery or negative COVID-19 test those who land from non-community territories.

The Dutch health authorities accept all vaccines authorized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the World Health Organization (WHO). For those over 18 years of age, they will be three doses neededif more than nine months have passed since the second puncture.

If you have not been vaccinated, you can provide an official document that certifies that you have had COVID-19 in the last six months or that you have been negative in a test carried out just before the trip.

Poland

Poland has removed all restrictions to travelers due to the pandemic and, therefore, it is no longer necessary to present vaccination or recovery certificates or negative results in the tests for the disease. This applies equally to travelers from the European Union as from the rest of the world.

Portugal

From July 1, travelers entering Portugal they will no longer be bound to present a negative COVID-19 test, or the vaccination or recovery certificate, regardless of whether they arrive from the European Union or the rest of the world.

Czech Republic

Since April 9, Czech Republic has lifted entry controls to prevent coronavirus infections. Therefore, travelers arriving from anywhere in the world are no longer required to present proof of vaccination, recovery from COVID-19 or a negative test result.

Romania

travel to romania they no longer imply COVID certificates of vaccination, recovery or negative test. Passengers, regardless of their origin, will not have to fill out an entry form to the country nor will they have to quarantine.

Sweden

On April 1, 2022, Sweden has already removed all restrictions to travelers due to the pandemic and, therefore, it is no longer necessary to present vaccination or recovery certificates or negative results in the tests for the disease. This applies equally to travelers from the European Union as from the rest of the world.

Swiss

In the case of Switzerland, which does not belong to the European Union, but does belong to the Schengen area, travelers do not have to present their vaccination certificate, recovery or negative test. The country has lifted its restrictions on arrivals from around the world.


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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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