Following the improvement of the COVID-19 situation and the high vaccination rates, several European Union/European Economic Area countries have already lifted their entry rules for all travellers, including those from third countries.
The list of EU/EEA countries that have dropped their measures and now permit restriction-free entry to non-EU travellers is as follows:
Travellers from non-EU countries can currently enter the 11 above-mentioned EU/EEA countries regardless of their vaccination status, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
This means that non-EU travellers are not required to present a valid COVID Pass – a vaccination, recovery, or test certificate – when reaching one of these countries.
All they have to do now is hold the necessary travel documents, such as a valid passport and a visa if required.
Except for being permitted restriction-free entry to these countries, non-EU travellers no longer have to worry about domestic COVID-19 measures, as the majority have lifted them.
Travellers from third countries as well as those travelling within the EU are no longer required to hold a vaccination, recovery, or test certificate when accessing bars, cafes, restaurants, museums, theatres, shopping centres, and other large events.
Apart from the countries mentioned above, Greece will also soon remove its entry restrictions for third-country travellers. The Greek Minister of Health, Thanos Plevris, said that all travellers regardless of their country of origin would be permitted restriction-free entry from May 2.
In addition, the same noted that except for permitting restriction-free entry to incoming travellers, they would also drop the domestic COVID-19 measures. Travellers reaching Greece during the summer season will not be required to hold valid COVID-19 proof when accessing different public places and events.
On the other hand, some other famous destinations, such as Spain, France, Portugal, Italy, and Germany still continue to keep restrictions in place. Third-country travellers need to present valid proof when reaching these countries in order to avoid additional entry measures.
The decision of the above-mentioned EU/EEA countries to facilitate their travel and domestic rules follows the improvement of the COVID-19 situation within the continent.
The World Health Organization (WHO) data shows that the European continent has reported 6,448,828 new COVID-19 infection cases in the last seven days.
As for the vaccination rates, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) reveals that a total of 890,580,539 vaccine doses have been administered until now in EU/EEA countries. It is explained that 72.5 per cent of the population has completed the primary course, and another 52.9 per cent has received an additional vaccine dose.