Ireland led the way when it lifted all its Covid-19-related travel restrictions on March 6, as arriving passengers are no longer required to show proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative PCR test result.
enmark has now also lifted the last of its Covid-related rules – both entry requirements and national guidelines – as of midnight Monday, joining a select few European countries in scrapping all pandemic restrictions on holidaymakers.
If you’re looking for the simplest possible vacation this Easter, these destinations might be worth checking out, although they’re not the usual top 10 for spring travelers.
Whilst Covid travel restrictions remain in place for popular holiday destinations such as Spain, Portugal and Italy, all of the countries listed below have now lifted both entry requirements such as tests and proof of vaccinations and most of their rules will be on site (with masks recommended) or advised in specific areas e.g . B. in public transport).
Switzerland and the UK (including Northern Ireland) have also lifted all remaining Covid travel restrictions, with Sweden and Latvia expected to join later this week.
Ireland scrapped its rest Covid related rules for international visitors Early March, including the removal of the passenger locator form. Now travelers to the country, regardless of vaccination status, do not have to deal with any pandemic-related administration before departure or upon arrival. The Government announced: “From Sunday 6 March 2022, travelers to Ireland will not be required to present proof of vaccination, proof of recovery or a negative PCR test result on arrival. There are no post-arrival testing or quarantine requirements for travelers to Ireland.”
This Scandi city break favorite dropped most of its Covid rules back in February, but on Monday night restrictions were eased even for unvaccinated people from non-EU countries – previously they had required a pre-travel test. However, authorities warned that they reserve the right to impose restrictions on countries where new variants are discovered. “As part of this contingency, the so-called ‘handbrake’ can be activated when worrisome variants arise. The handbrake is not currently activated for any country,” a government statement said.
Norway was one of the first countries to lift all of its Covid restrictions in one fell swoop on February 12. published by the tourism association on its website. “There are no requirements for testing, quarantine or registration upon arrival in Norway,” he says reopen.europa.eu Website.
Like Norway and Ireland, Iceland quickly dropped all of its Covid restrictions on February 25 in a bid to lure tourists back. “All official epidemiological measures due to the Covid-19 pandemic are lifted, both domestically and at the border,” the government said in a statement. “This removes all rules on gathering and school restrictions, as well as the requirement to isolate those infected with Covid-19.” That means no testing or quarantine for everyone, vaccinated or unvaccinated.
One of the youngest to join this list is Poland all entry requirements abolished this Monday, March 28, after the decision on March 23 to lift the mandatory mask rule. Masks are now only required in hospitals and healthcare facilities. The country had previously been fairly strict, requiring proof of full vaccination and a pre-travel test. Now you can explore cities like Warsaw and Kraków test and mask free. “There are currently no Covid 19 restrictions for travel to Poland,” says the Travel Advice from DFA. “There is no longer an obligation to present proof of vaccinations upon entry, to present a negative test for Covid-19 or to undergo quarantine. Passengers arriving in Poland are no longer required to fill out a Passenger Locator Form.”
From March 7th, travelers on holiday in Hungary will no longer have to be tested, show proof of vaccination or go into quarantine. Gergely Gulyás, the prime minister’s chief of staff, announced the move at a government briefing. “Covid-19 travel restrictions have been lifted in Hungary,” it said reopen.europa.eu. “Travellers are not required to show proof of vaccination, recovery from COVID-19 or a negative test result.” Hungary is a great choice for spring, be it the foodie, trendy capital of Budapest or further afield before summer temperatures soar.
In mid-March, Montenegro lifted its Covid-related entry requirements, ending the requirement for proof of vaccination or a negative test result on arrival. Though a little under the radar, Croatia’s neighbor has slowly been building a profile as a tourist destination in recent years, and with Croatia sticking to its ‘vaccinate or test’ rule as well as a passenger locator form, some tourists might be tempted here instead.
Lithuania announced in late February that it would no longer require visitors from certain countries – including the UK, EU and EEA – to fill out a vaccination certificate, test result or health form. This is independent of the vaccination status. “There are no travel restrictions related to COVID-19 for people traveling from Ireland to Lithuania,” says the DFA Travel Advice.
Slovenia lifted all remaining travel restrictions – apart from a passenger locator form – at the end of February. “There are no longer any Covid-19 restrictions on entering Slovenia,” read a statement from the tourism association. “The recovered/vaccinated/tested status has been removed, making Slovenia an accessible, attractive destination for travelers from the UK and Ireland who want to experience incredible scenery, farm-to-table cuisine, historic architecture, hiking trails and much more.”
Romania, which was growing in popularity with indie travelers and hikers before the pandemic, lifted all remaining Covid restrictions on March 9. These included the use of vaccination cards and the requirement to wear masks both indoors and outdoors. It coincided with the government’s decision not to extend the nationwide state of emergency that has been in place for nearly two years. However, Romania is one of the least vaccinated countries in Europe, with just under 42 percent of the population so far opting to take two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.
Madeira has been a hit with anti-restriction travelers throughout the pandemic and was considered one of the more laid-back destinations in Europe. Since the beginning of March, no more testing, proof of vaccination or isolation of vaccinated or unvaccinated travelers is required – although some mask rules remain in place. “There are no restrictions on the entry of travelers at the airports, ports and marinas of the Autonomous Region of Madeira,” reads the statement from the Madeira Regional Tourist Board, although it recommends all visitors to fill out its “Epidemiological Questionnaire”. Madeira Safe website. Ryanair launched a new route from Dublin to Madeira this week.
– Additional reporting by Pól Ó Conghaile
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