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Spain and Greece have decided to tighten restrictions thanks to a rise in COVID-19 cases. Europe opened up to U.S travelers at the start of the summer, but now we’re starting to see restrictions tighten across the continent.

Both countries have seen a rise in cases because of the Delta Variant in recent weeks. As a result, both nations will increase restrictions. This is contrary to the United Kingdom, which will remove COVID-19 restrictions on July 19th despite rising cases of the Delta Variant. 

Cape Drastis, Corfu Island, Greece

The New Restrictions 

The Spanish authorities have decided to implement restrictions on 30 towns in the Valencia region. These restrictions include nighttime curfews and restrictions on socializing. The restriction is a response to the rising cases of the Delta Variant in young people, especially those without vaccination. 

Barcelona will also see social gatherings limited to 10 people, with a curfew on all nighttime activities. Although there has been a rise in cases, death rates remain low. That gives hope to travelers that restrictions won’t increase considerably over the coming weeks. However, Spain has seen cases triple in the last few weeks. 

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Greece has decided to enforce mandatory vaccination passports on all bars and restaurants. So if you want to enjoy any Greek hospitality – one of the countries most significant benefits – you’ll need a vaccine passport. These restrictions also apply to theaters and nightclubs. 

The Greek Prime Minister stated, “The aim is for the end of the pandemic not to become a prelude to a new ordeal in the fall,” said Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the country’s prime minister. “Therefore, starting today and quickly, we can close the last chapter of the health crisis.”

Both countries have high vaccination rates. Spain has given over 47 million vaccines to its people, equating to around 51% of the entire population. Greece has administered 9.3 million vaccination doses, and 43.5% of the nation’s population is fully vaccinated. Both countries rely on tourism for much of their GDP (especially Greece), and both nations will look to keep travel as restriction-free as possible for people around the globe. 

What This Means For Travel 

Europe had relatively low cases of COVID-19 at the start of the summer. However, cases have slowly risen around the continent. As a result, countries have started to implement new restrictions inside the country and on the border.

Airport COVID-19

Lithuania introduced border controls, including mandatory quarantine for many nations. Slovakia has also enforced mandatory quarantine on travelers without vaccination from July 9th. Portugal also enforced evidence of full vaccination on arrivals for some countries after opening up to travelers of any vaccine status in May. 

Paris COVID-19

Many EU nations have pondered adding mandatory quarantine on UK arrivals, including Italy, which enforced quarantine on all U.K arrivals, preventing England fans from attending the quarter-final of Euro 2020 in Italy. Spain also introduced proof of vaccination to all British arrivals after easing almost all restrictions. 

France will now make all travelers show a COVID health pass at restaurants, bars, and cafes throughout the country. In addition, the country will now enforce a mandatory quarantine on many arrivals from nations outside the EU, including Britain. 

traveler wearing face mask in madrid spain

The quick changes in restrictions suggest a rocky ending to the summer for travelers coming to Europe. We’re unlikely to see any travel bans and significant restrictions before the summer ends, but then again – we’re living in crazy, crazy times. 

U.S. travelers will need to keep up to date on the changing restrictions in Europe if they’re heading or planning on heading to Europe in the coming months. But, unfortunately, the travel industry and travel fanatics aren’t out of this mess just yet.

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Thursday 15th of July 2021

casedemic scam now. few are dying so i guess the restrictions are forever. joke of a world..


Wednesday 14th of July 2021

I just arrived back to Canada from my trip to Spain , I stayed at the COVID hotel (950$) it wasn’t to bad. The food was not bad, I stayed the whole 3 days my option to stay (I could have left after the first day as I got my pcr test result in 1 day but decided to stay ) Spain was completely open and I had lots of fun. Was well Worth the extra 950$ I paid for COVID hotel.


Saturday 17th of July 2021

@Lee, Did you pay $950 just for the 3 nights at the Covid hotel? Kinda ridiculous price if you ask me. Should have went to Slovenia, Albania or Romania a try. Better leave the money at places where you're welcome, instead of those covid countries.


Wednesday 14th of July 2021

How do vaccinated Americans get an EU vaccine passport?


Saturday 17th of July 2021

@Kashlee Kucheran, I hope nobody comes to Malta, just as a point in case.

Kashlee Kucheran

Thursday 15th of July 2021

Most EU nations are still are allowing paper cards from Canada and the USA at the moment, as the Digital Green Cert by the EU is not yet available for third-party travelers. This can change fast though, as Malta just shut out anyone without an EU pass and others may follow


Wednesday 14th of July 2021

Is there any info on how Canadians can get a vaccine passport to enter these countries? There is conflicting information

Kashlee Kucheran

Thursday 15th of July 2021

Spain and Greece are allowing paper cards from Canada and the USA at the moment, as the Digital Green Cert by the EU is not yet available for third-party travelers


Wednesday 14th of July 2021

Do you people see it yet? They are going to keep this nonsense going as long as you tolerate it.

There are many states in the US that have been open for a year or more now, and life is normal. People are dying in the streets, hospitals aren't overcrowded. The propagandists are pushing the idea of lockdowns again. But we refuse. Life is normal because we decided to be finished with the BS.

We've been lied to. The nightmare ends around the world when we collectively decide it does.

barb miller

Sunday 18th of July 2021

@Tess, I agree.or unless you have had an extremely bad case of it.why wouldn't I want to prevent it.


Sunday 18th of July 2021

@Tess, you do realize people die all the time from various ailments especially many viruses much worse than this? Life is family died from water pollution..the government didn't clean it up they covered up the story. Do I still drink water, swim, and bathe? Of course and sometimes in very questionable water around the world. Relax, stop being scared of life, you could die from anything and so could anyone around you at any moment. You are not immortal and never were and covid isn't the only thing threatening your perceived immortality.


Saturday 17th of July 2021

@Liberty, some sane words mate. All those states with people wearing 5 face masks at a time don't differ at all from Texas or Florida where nobody gives a flying.. you know what about face masks. Apparently those masks have zero effect on the number of cases.


Thursday 15th of July 2021

@Liberty, not bs for some people whose family members died!