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These Are The Last 3 European Countries With Entry Requirements

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As the first official post-pandemic summer unfolds, millions of travelers are heading to their favorite European destinations. Most travelers do not need to worry about Covid entry requirements, as nearly all European nations have removed all entry requirements. The most recent country to do so was France, which removed entry restrictions on August 1st, 2022. After France’s announcement, only three European countries still have Covid entry requirements for international travelers.

Amstel river with old houses and a bridge in amsterdam

The last three countries in Europe with entry requirements are Spain, The Netherlands, and Luxembourg. For travelers heading to other European nations, they won’t have to worry about: vaccination status, recovery proof, testing, or quarantine. Unfortunately, for those wishing to visit any of the three countries listed above, there are still restrictions in place that may force some travelers to seek out other destinations.

Spain Entry Requirements

Pope Luna's Castle in Valencia, Spain

For travelers from EU or Schengen Associated countries, there are no restrictions for entering Spain. For those coming from countries like America or Canada, there are still entry requirements in place.

Travelers Must Show Proof of One of The Following:

  • Certificate of Covid-19 Vaccination
  • A negative NAAT test taken within 72 hours of departure, or an Antigen test taken within 24 hours of departure.
  • Certificate of recovery from Covid-19.
View of the city from Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain

For those willing to fulfill one of the requirements above, Spain currently allows tourists to visit. Restrictions on occupancy in establishments have been lifted, and it is no longer mandatory to wear masks indoors or outdoors unless on public transport or in health centers. For travelers planning to head to Spain, we recently announced the cheapest and most expensive Spanish cities to visit this summer.

The Netherlands Requirements

Woman riding a bike in amsterdam over a canal

For travelers from EU or Schengen Associated countries, there are no restrictions for entering The Netherlands. For those coming from countries like America or Canada, there are still entry requirements in place.

Travelers Must Show Proof of The Following:

  • Certificate of Covid-19 Vaccination

For those who are fully vaccinated that wish to visit The Netherlands, their trip should not be hindered too much. Masks are not required anywhere, including on public transport. Public venues like restaurants or bars are operating as usual and no longer require a Covid entry pass.

Luxembourg Requirements

Luxembourg palace with fountain in foreground

For travelers from EU or Schengen Associated countries, there are no restrictions for entering Luxembourg. For those coming from countries like America or Canada, there are still entry requirements in place.

Travelers Must Show Proof of One of The Following:

  • Certificate of Covid-19 vaccination
  • Certificate of recovery from Covid-19

For fully vaccinated travelers, Luxembourg is still an option for a visit. There is no quarantine requirement, and no curfews are in place. There is no longer a mask mandate, except in hospitals and elderly care centers.

Esch-sur-Sure, medieval town in Luxembourg

*Correction*

Monaco is a 4th European nation that is currently still practicing Covid entry protocols. Travelers who are unvaccinated will have to provide proof of a negative Covid test taken within 24 hours of departure, or proof of recovery from Covid. Vaccinated travelers can enter the country without restriction.

When Will Entry Requirements End?

Unfortunately, the end dates for entry requirements for Spain, The Netherlands, and Luxembourg can only be speculated. However, they have each given signs that an end to entry requirements is looming. All three countries have revised their entry requirements for EU or Schengen Associated nationals, allowing them to visit without restriction. As the countries monitor case counts and infection rates after easing restrictions on EU and Schengen Associated country nationals, they are sure to move forward with removing restrictions on the rest of the world.

Young Female Traveler Enjoying A Glass Of Sangria In Spain

Are Restrictions Gone For Good?

Let’s hope so! Travelers have suffered restriction whiplash in some countries over the last few years. Countries like the UK saw almost all Covid restrictions go away in July of 2021, only to see them come back with a vengeance as Omicron swept through the nation in December of the same year. It seems that most countries have decided enough is enough.

Tourist in Amsterdam with camera

However, the World Health Organization recently urged Europe to reinstate Covid restrictions before it is too late ahead of the fall and winter season. Time will tell whether or not Covid restrictions stay gone for good, but it seems the majority of travelers and countries are ready to put it to rest.

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Jonas

Tuesday 2nd of August 2022

Where are Ukraine and Russia exactly?