This article was originally published June 30, 2020. Since publishing, the EU on October 22, has now decided to REMOVE Canada from the ‘Safe List'.
We have kept the original article below for reference, but please be aware it is no longer accurate.
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The EU has published the list of countries that will be allowed to travel to the European Union for the purpose of tourism starting on July 1st, 2020, which officially includes Canada.
Canada has formally been named as one of the approved countries on the EU’s ‘safe-list’.
Update: We have a new list of all the EU nations that are currently allowing Canadian visitors in below (updated daily) ↓
The below list has been gone through bi-weekly updates twice already and has had some nations removed since July 1, but as of the August 1 review Canada is still on it:
- New Zealand
- South Korea
On July 1, Serbia, Montenegro, Morocco and Albania were also on the list, but have now been removed due to worsening case levels.
For many Canadians with ties to EU nations or extended family abroad, this news comes with a hope of being able to reunite with loved ones. For others, it means the chance to still take that summer vacation to an EU member nation that has done well in controlling the virus.
Are Canadians allowed to leave Canada for non-essential travel?
Yes. Even though the Canadian government has the “Avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada” advisory in place, Canadian’s are still permitted to leave the country as they wish. However, upon returning to Canada all travelers will face a mandatory 14-day quarantine. There is no news on how long the quarantine requirement will last, or if the Prime Minister will update it in reciprocity to the EU.
However, Please note: The government of Canada has a “Avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada” advisory currently in place. Travel Off Path does not endorse travelling against any advisories set by the government. Your decision to travel is your own.
Does this mean Canadians can freely travel to EU countries as of July 1?
The official press release from the EU states:
“The Council recommendation is not a legally binding instrument. The authorities of the member states remain responsible for implementing the content of the recommendation. They may, in full transparency, lift only progressively travel restrictions towards countries listed.”
What this means: The press release made by the EU is only a recommendation. Each country will still make their own travel restrictions based on the recommendation.
As of July 1st, this does not mean Canadians can simply enter any EU country with no restrictions. Each country in the EU will clarify entry requirements for Canadians shortly.
Canadians looking to travel to specific EU countries should check with each country individually to confirm entry and understand requirements before booking travel.
Updates: Which EU Countries Are Now Allowing Canadians?
- Germany announced that on July 2, 2020 Germany will allow tourists from Canada.
- Greece announced that July 1, 2020 Greece will welcome Canadian tourists
- Switzerland announced on July 20, 2020 Switzerland will open to Canadian tourists
- Spain announced on July 2, 2020 Spain will reopen for Canadian travellers
- Croatia announced July 1, 2020 Croatia will reopen for Canadians
- France announced on July 1, 2020 France will reopen to Canada tourists
- Netherlands announced on July 1, 2020 Netherlands will allow Canadians
- Latvia announced July 1, 2020 that Latvia is accepting Canadian tourists
- Portugal = yes – details somewhat unclear. See all our up to date Portugal reopening info
- Sweden announced on July 4, 2020 Sweden is open for Canadians
- Denmark announced on July 4, 2020 Denmark is allowing Canadians to visit
- Romania announced on July 7, 2020 Romania is open for Canadian tourists
- Estonia announced as of July 6, Estonia is open to Canadians
- Montenegro announced os of July 8 Montenegro will accept Canadians (with test!)
- Cyprus announced July 15 that Cyprus will allow Canadians
- Iceland announced on July 15 Iceland will now accept Canadian tourists
- Czech Republic DROPPED reciprocity and announced as of July 15 Czech Republic will allow Canada to visit
- Bulgaria announced that as of July 16, Bulgaria will allow Canadians
- Slovenia announced on July 17 that Slovenia will allow Canadian tourists
- Poland announced mid-July that Poland is now allowing Canadian tourists
- Luxembourg announced July 1 that Luxembourg will allow Canadians
- Lithuania announced on July 15 Lithuania will allow Canadians
- Italy = yes, but only with 14 day quarantine
- Andorra = yes, but only with a 15-day quarantine
- Austria = yes, as of September 28
- Hungary – no (Hungary has RECLOSED borders)
- Slovakia = yes, Since Septmeber 18
- Belgium = yes, since September 25
- more coming soon…
Where else can Canadians currently travel?
Over the last few weeks we have been creating a master list of all the countries and nations currently allowing Canadian tourists. The list is updated daily and constantly being reviewed.
Important: All Canadian tourists should make sure they have a travel insurance policy that covers Covid!
As we hear news from each individual EU member state, we will add the requirements for Canadian tourists to that master list.
Any news on Air-bridges for Canada?
Many nations are now considering making ‘air-bridges’, which work as an approved travel corridor between two countries with similar low-risk epidemiological conditions.
That means two countries agree to have their citizens be able to travel back and forth without a quarantine period. This is very effective at allowing a country to stay sealed off to high-risk nations, but still allow very low-risk nations to visit.
Canada has not hinted at any ‘air-bridges’, but with the news coming out of the EU, some are asking why.
For example: Canada could make an air bridge with a low-risk EU country where case numbers are far below that of Canada, but still keep countries like the USA banned. This would help to revive Canada’s economy by allowing extremely low-risk tourists in, while keeping high-risk tourists out.
As many European nations are set to make their own air-bridge deals over the next few weeks, a question is should Canada follow suit.
Disclaimer: Canada’s travel news is ever-changing and being updated constantly. We do our best to keep this article up to date with all the latest information, but 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.
Originally published June 30, 2020 with updates