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Critical update October 21: Canada has officially been removed from the EU's ‘safe list', effective immediately. 

Now that Canada has been removed from the EU's ‘safe' list, Canadian travellers must remember that ALL nations within the EU are permitted to follow the suggestion made by the EU council, or decline to make the changes.

Essentially, that means that some countries will immediately ban Canadians, some might take a week or so to update their rules, and others may never enact the ban. 

If you are a Canadian resident and you are travelling to the EU within the next week or so, please contact the consulate for the country you wish to visit, and the border police to find out if you will face a ban or not. 

As this is breaking news, our team at Travel Off Path is trying to find out which countries will in fact put the ban into place and which ones may not.

Countries that have answered us so far:

  • Greece – Removing Canada October 25
  • Portugal – Removing Canada October 31
  • Italy – Removing Canada ‘soon'
  • Germany – Removing Canada on October 27
  • Czech Republic – Removing Canada on October 22 
  • The Netherlands – Removing Canada October 24
  • Estonia – Removing Canada October 26
  • Denmark – Removing Canada October 24
  • Belgium – Removing Canada October 24
  • Slovenia – Already removed Canada October 12
  • Bulgaria – undecided
  • Spain – undecided -“We have not received the official restriction order with all the details yet,”

original article written October 1 continued below….

Pre-2020, the question “Can Canadians travel to Europe?” would be met with a few giggles, but during the pandemic, it’s a question that many travellers are asking.

And rightfully so.

With ever-changing border closures, entry restrictions and general uncertainty within the travel world right now, it’s hard to know the facts. Don’t worry, we’ve got you.

canadians in spain europe
Barcelona, Spain

Canadian tourists currently have the luxury of being able to visit almost every country in Europe, having little to no Covid-19 entry restrictions or bans.

This includes permission to travel to 25 of the 27 European Union nations, as well as 90% of countries classified as ‘European’ that are not members of the EU, like Switzerland for example.

Germany is allowing canadain tourists
Christmas Markets in Germany

Below we have a total list of all countries within Europe that Canadians can currently travel to, any entry restrictions or requirements that might exist, and the very few nations that still aren’t allowing Canadian tourists to enter.

travelling to europe during the pandemic as a canadian

When was Canada first allowed to visit the EU?

On June 30th, the council of the European Union put together a suggestion for all EU nations that included a list of ‘safe’ countries that should be given entry, Canada being one of the countries. 

Since the suggestion given by the EU wasn’t mandatory, the nations within the EU were given the freedom to choose if they wanted to allow Canadians or not, but most of them did immediately, or over the next following weeks.

Canadians travel to Netherlands in Europe
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Throughout July, we saw most EU nations slowly add Canada to their ‘green’ or ‘safe’ lists, giving Canadians many summer vacation options throughout Europe.

Canadian tourists are permitted in Europe

Now, as of October 1st 2020, Canadians can visit 25 of the 27 European Union countries, missing only Hungary and Finland.

Hungary re-closed their borders in September to all tourists due to a surge in cases, with no reopening date set. Finland was accepting Canadian tourists as of September 19, but recently shut them out as case numbers have surpassed Finland’s health and safety criteria.

hungary closes again for tourism
Fishermans Bastion and River Danube in Budapest

European Union Countries Allowing Canadians

as of BEFORE the announcement of removal

(Click on the country’s name to visit the individual covid-19 travel guide for each nation.)

  • AustriaYES as of September 28
  • BelgiumYES as of September 25
  • BulgariaYES as of July 16
  • CroatiaYES as of July 1 – 48 hour negative PCR test required
  • CyprusYES as of June 15 – 72 hour negative PCR test required
  • Czech RepublicYES as of July 15
  • DenmarkYES as of July 4
  • EstoniaYES as of July 6
  • FranceYES as of July 1
  • GermanyYES as of July 2
  • GreeceYES as of July 1
  • IrelandYES as of July 21 – 14-day quarantine required
  • ItalyYES as of July 1 – 14-day quarantine required
  • LatviaYES as of July 1
  • LithuaniaYES as of July 15 – 14 day quarantine required
  • LuxembourgYES as of July 1
  • MaltaYES as of July 1
  • NetherlandsYES as of July 1
  • PolandYES as of July 15
  • PortugalYES as of July 1
  • RomaniaYES as of July 7
  • SlovakiaYES as of September 18
  • SloveniaYES as of July 17 – 14-day quarantine required
  • SpainYES as of July 2
  • SwedenYES as of July 4
Missing:
  • Finland – Canadians did have entry as of September 19, but currently not due to case numbers
  • Hungary – Canadians did have entry  as of July 1, but currently has borders re-closed for all tourists
European travel rules for canadians
Paris, France

Other ‘European’ Countries Allowing Canadians

(Click on the country’s name to visit the individual covid-19 travel guide for each nation.)

Albania in Europe
Sarande, Albania
Missing:
  • Georgia – No entry, unless applying for their 1-year ‘digital nomad’ visa
  • Moldova – No entry
  • Norway – Did have entry previously, but not currently due to case numbers
  • Russia – No entry
Canadians can travel to Montenegro in Europe
Montenegro

To sum it up: Canadians can enter every county in Europe right now, with only the exceptions of: Finland, Hungary, Russia, Georgia, Moldova and Norway.

Despite Canada’s recent second wave in case numbers, all latest European updates still show Canada on the ‘safe’ or ‘green’ lists for entry.

As long as the numbers remain at a manageable level, Canadians could keep their coveted entry pass into most European countries throughout autumn and winter, providing access to countless destinations for the holidays.

cases in canada

The government of Canada has just recently extended their advisory on international travel, keeping the “Avoid non-essential travel outside Canada” up until at least October 31st. This does not mean that Canadians can’t leave the country however. Canadian tourists are still free to leave the country for tourism and leisure purposes, but they must quarantine on return for 14 days by law.

There are also a few companies that are still offering Canadians travel insurance policies that cover covid, despite the government travel advisory that is in effect.

Canada remains closed for any in-bound international tourism until at least October 31, 2020.

Covid Travel Insurance for Canadians

Have Flights Resumed From Canada to Europe?

Yes.

Hundreds of them are flying a week to almost every destination on the above lists. Both Canadian international carriers, Air Canada and WestJet, are flying direct to many European cities, as well as European brand carriers, like British Airways and TAP.

At Toronto Pearson International Airport, a commercial, Air Canada jet is being loaded and prepped for departure.

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Disclaimer: Current travel rules and restrictions can change without notice. The decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling.  Travel Off Path does not endorse traveling against government advisories

Originally published October 1



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