Sixteen countries have implemented vaccine passports inside the European Union to access public spaces as COVID-19 cases rise.
Are you traveling to Europe this summer? Let’s face it; the restrictions continue to change every day. As cases of the delta variant rise, countries are starting to implement brand new travel restrictions.
Nonetheless, if travelers are fully vaccinated, they do have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of EU nations. And some European Union countries have opened without needing to show proof of full vaccination.
Yet, with the increasing requirement to show vaccination passports for bars, restaurants, cafes, and museums — it’s becoming impossible to travel to Europe without full vaccination this summer.
Many British travelers under 30, for example, aren’t allowed to have the second vaccine yet. As a result, traveling to Europe is very difficult for many young travelers outside of the EU.
The EU Countries That Have Implemented Vaccine Passports For Public Spaces
Let’s take a detailed look at some of Europe’s most popular destinations and what they now require from U.S travelers.
In recent weeks, France has introduced a vaccination pass for people looking to attend public events with over 1,000 people. That includes large festivals, bars, and nightclubs. Travelers will need to show proof of full vaccination or have a certificate of recovery from the last six months.
Ireland is one of the most popular destinations for American travelers. The country has implemented a vaccine passport to enter pubs and restaurants around Ireland. Children under the age of 12 don’t have to show proof of full vaccination. You can also obtain the pass if you can prove that you’ve recovered from COVID-19 in the past 6 months.
Italy hit the headlines as one of Europe’s first countries to introduce a vaccine passport. Starting from August 6th, travelers will need to show evidence of vaccination to enter most indoor activities. That includes gyms, swimming pools, private parties, festivals, museums, sporting events, exhibitions, theatres, and cinemas. The Italian authorities have named the pass a green pass, which is an extension of the EU Digital COVID-19 certificate.
Portugal has introduced a proof of vaccination to enjoy weekends and Friday evenings within the country. You can also obtain the pass if you can prove you’ve recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months. Nonetheless, you’ll need the EU Digital COVID-19 Pass to check into hotels and guest houses within the country. Initially, the country reopened to U.S tourists without requiring proof of vaccination. That has since changed.
Spain has refused to introduce a vaccine passport nationwide so far. Having said that, the Galicia region is the first area to introduce a vaccine passport to enjoy indoor cafes, restaurants, and bars. It’s uncertain as to whether any other regions will introduce vaccine passports, but as cases continue to rise, it’s not unlikely either.
The EU is trying to deal with the delta variant and the subsequent rise in cases continent-wide. However, every country is dealing with this in a different way and entry requirements are changing all the time.
It continues to be a frustrating time for travelers outside of the EU as the continent chops and changes its travel restrictions. On a positive note, if travelers are fully vaccinated, the continent remains largely open to U.S tourists.
In the previous 16 months, that wasn’t the case. So travel is somewhat back in Europe, albeit more stressful than usual.
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