Following the improvement of the COVID-19 situation and the high vaccination rates, several countries in the European Union / European Economic Area have already lifted their entry rules for all travelers, including those from third countries.
The list of EU / EEA countries that have dropped their measures and now allow unrestricted entry for non-EU travelers is as follows:
- Czech Republic
Travelers from non-EU countries can currently travel to the 11 EU / EEA countries mentioned above, regardless of their vaccination status, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
This means that non-EU travelers are not required to present a valid COVID passport – a vaccination, refund or test certificate – when arriving in one of these countries.
All they have to do now is have the necessary travel documents, such as a valid passport and a visa, if required.
Apart from being granted free access to these countries, non-EU travelers no longer have to worry about domestic COVID-19 measures, as the majority have repealed them.
Travelers from third countries as well as those traveling within the EU are no longer required to have a vaccination, refund or test certificate when accessing bars, cafés, restaurants, museums, theaters, shopping malls and other major events.
Apart from the countries mentioned above, Greece will also soon remove its entry restrictions for third-country travelers. Greek Health Minister Thanos Plevris said all travelers, regardless of their country of origin, will be allowed to enter without restrictions from 2 May.
In addition, the same noted that apart from allowing unrestricted access to incoming travelers, they would also drop the domestic COVID-19 measures. Travelers arriving in Greece during the summer season must not have a valid COVID-19 certificate when accessing various public places and events.
On the other hand, some other famous destinations, such as Spain, France, Portugal, Italy and Germany, continue to hold restrictions in place. Third-country travelers must present valid proof when reaching these countries to avoid further entry measures.
The decision of the above-mentioned EU / EEA countries to ease their travel and domestic rules follows the improvement of the COVID-19 situation on the continent.
Data from the World Health Organization (WHO) show that the European continent has reported 6,448,828 new COVID-19 infection cases within the last seven days.
Regarding vaccination rates, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) reveals that a total of 890,580,539 vaccine doses have been administered in EU / EEA countries to date. It is explained that 72.5 percent of the population has completed the primary course, and a further 52.9 percent have received an additional vaccine dose.