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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. 

Which countries have already removed/banned Canada:

We have created a FULL list of each EU nation, along with their official decision to either ban or allow Canadians, along with dates and sources. READ IT HERE

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
  • 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
  • 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

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?


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.

Read More: See a total list of worldwide countries reopen for Canadian tourists, and which companies offer Canadians travel insurance that covers covid

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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


Tuesday 3rd of November 2020

HI, Appreciate how fast this site makes updates.

I've read the information on Swedish police site. But still not clear for me.

Question, I reside in Canada, I have Canadian and Greek citizenship, I have Canadian and EU passport . Can I enter Sweden with the current ban ? I am going for a job.

Thank you!

Kashlee Kucheran

Tuesday 3rd of November 2020

Hi Steve - It seems to me that with your EU passport/citizenship it would be possible, but obviously I can't confirm that 100% with all these latest changes. Since its for something important like work, I am going to have to ask you to contact the consulate or border police to be sure


Sunday 25th of October 2020

Thanks so much for updating this information. This is greatly appreciated. Much of the Canadian media has created the impression that the EU is able to mandate the its recommendation on EU members. Clearly that is not the case.


Friday 16th of October 2020

I'm a canadian citizen currently outside canada (in jordan), do i also get to enter europe or is it allowed only if coming directly from canada ? Thank you!!

Kashlee Kucheran

Friday 16th of October 2020

Most EU nations are allowing Canadians, only when they are coming from other approved nations. Sadly, this will make most of them closed off to you when you are coming from Jordan. You would have to choose a specific country, and then get ahole of their border police or consulate to ask permission directly


Tuesday 6th of October 2020

Hi there, I can't seem to find a clear answer on this... I'll be flying to Ghana from Canada this month with a short layover in London. Will I have to quarantine for 14 days anyways or will I be able to board my flight? Thanks for your help

Kashlee Kucheran

Wednesday 7th of October 2020

Most layovers are happening through London without issue. If you have doubts you can always double-check with your airline


Thursday 1st of October 2020

Going to Albania in December I won’t have to have any Pcr test and the international flights they won’t stop in December and shut down thank you

Kashlee Kucheran

Friday 2nd of October 2020

No one knows what the future will bring, of course! However as of todays rules: no test is required, and yes flights are entering daily