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European travel restrictions for summer 2020 - 31 May update
31 May 2020 (Edited )

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David|31 May 2020

For persons who are not EU citizens and are planning to enter the EU from a non-EU country: the external borders of the EU remain closed until at least 15 June. But beyond that, the rules get more complicated:


  • Land borders with all contiguous EU countries are currently closed.
  • Border with Germany is scheduled to reopen 15 June.
  • Arrivals by air from outside the Schengen Area are prohibited.
  • Arrivals by air from within Schengen must provide a medical certificate not more than 4 days old showing negative COVID-19 test.

Belgium: Borders are closed and non-essential travel abroad is prohibited.

Bulgaria: Borders with Serbia and Greece will reopen 1 June.


  • Borders are open to nationals of Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Germany, Slovenia.
  • Persons arriving must self-isolate for 14 days if they have been in contact with an infected person.


  • Commercial flights will resume on 9 June from Group 1: Greece, Malta, Bulgaria, Norway, Austria, Finland, Slovenia, Hungary, Israel, Denmark, Germany, Slovakia and Lithuania.
  • Commercial flights will resume on 20 June from Group 2: Switzerland, Poland, Romania, Croatia, Estonia and Czech Republic.
  • Beginning 9 June, all arrivals by air must provide a health certificate not more than 3 days old confirming they are free of COVID-19.
  • Beginning 20 June, arrivals from Group 1 countries won't require health certificates.

Czech Republic:

  • Borders with Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary are open but with some restrictions.
  • EU residents can enter for economic activities, to visit relatives or to study at university.
  • All persons must prove themselves to test negative for COVID-19 upon arrival.


  • With some exceptions, only citizens or residents of Denmark, Greenland or the Faroe Islands can enter.
  • Persons with a permanent residence in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden or Germany can re-enter if "in a relationship" with someone in Denmark, have grandparents there, or are traveling for business.
  • Tourists from Germany, Iceland and Norway can visit Copenhagen.


  • Open to visitors from other Baltic countries.
  • Open to EU and UK citizens starting 1 June.
  • Persons coming from countries with "high COVID-19 infection rates" must self-isolate for 14 days.

Finland: Open to workers from the Schengen area but otherwise closed until at least 14 June.


  • Currently closed to all nonessential travel.
  • Borders to reopen to nationals of EU countries and the UK on 15 June.
  • Arrivals from the UK and Spain will be subject to voluntary quarantine.
  • Borders will remain closed indefinitely to other arrivals, with limited exceptions.


  • Arrivals are expected to have a "valid reason" for entering the country.
  • "Checks" remain in place until 15 June for:
    • Ground arrivals from Austria, Switzerland, France, Denmark
    • Arrivals by air from Italy and Spain
  • Citizens of the EU, UK, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Norway and Iceland - and their family members - can enter Germany to return to their place of residence, or transit Germany en route to their country.


  • Phase 1: 1-15 June
    • Limited air arrivals at Athens only.
    • All persons arriving must be tested and stay overnight at a designated hotel.
    • Persons testing negative must quarantine for 7 days.
    • Persons testing positive must remain in supervised quarantine for 14 days.
  • Phase 2 : 15-30 June
    • Tourism travel resumes.
    • International air arrivals resume at Athens and Thessaloniki, but mandatory testing for some passengers upon arrival.
    • Arrivals from airports listed by EASA must be tested at arrival, quarantine at designated hotel for 7 days if negative, 14 days if positive.
    • Most other air arrivals will be subject to random tests.
    • Open to land arrivals from Albania, North Macedonia and Bulgaria (but subject to random tests).
  • Phase 3: after 1 July
    • All airports open to international flights, arrivals subject to random tests.
    • Open to arrivals by sea, subject to random tests.
    • Additional restrictions for arrivals from certain countries to be announced later.


  • Borders with Romania, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Slovenia and Serbia open but with restrictions.
  • Border with Croatia open to those with a hotel reservation.
  • Border with Austria closed.


  • Borders to reopen 15 June.
  • Visitors will be tested on arrival, notified of results by phone within hours.
  • Disposition of positive tests to be determined.


  • Arrivals from anywhere but NI - including returning residents - to self-isolate for 14 days.
  • Most arrivals must complete a locator form.


  • Borders to reopen to citizens of EU, UK, Schengen Area, Andorra and Monaco on 3 June.
  • Cruises on Italian ships are suspended.

Latvia: Borders with Estonia and Lithuania open with no border checks as of 1 June.


  • Borders with Estonia and Latvia open with no border checks as of 1 June.
  • Polish citizens can enter for business and to study.

Luxembourg: Border with Germany is open.


  • Closed to tourism until 1 July.
  • Flights from Italy, Spain. France, Germany and Switzerland currently banned.

Netherlands: Open for travel within Schengen Area, but government advises against nonessential trips.


  • Borders are closed to foreigners.
  • Government advises against all nonessential international travel until 20 August.
  • May be exemptions for some countries beginning 15 June.
  • Residents returning from international travel must quarantine for 10 days.

Poland: Borders with Czech Republic, Slovakia and Germany are closed.


  • Land border with Spain closed to tourists until at least 15 June.
  • Arrivals to the Azores must quarantine.

Romania: Border with Hungary is now open.

Slovenia: Borders open to EU citizens, but anyone suspected of being infected must self-quarantine for 14 days.


  • Borders with Hungary and Czech Republic open with restrictions.
  • No quarantine required for stays of less than 48 hours.


  • Possible pilot tourism restart 22 June may open borders to visitors from Germany, France, Scandinavia - no quarantine.
  • Borders with France and Portugal to reopen to citizens of other countries 1 July.
  • Ports and airports are closed to entry for nonessential travel to all but citizens and "habitual" residents of Spain.
  • Persons entering from abroad prior to 1 July muist quarantine for 14 days.
  • None of these restrictions apply to Andorra or Gibraltar.

Sweden: Until 15 June, nonessential travel is banned from countries outside the EU/EEA except for UK and Switzerland.


  • Borders with Germany, Austria, France may reopen 15 June.
  • Travel restrtictions at border with Italy to continue until further notice.
  • Foreign nationals without residence or work permit will be denied entry.
  • Arrivals by air at Zurich, Geneva, Basel only.

UK: Beginning 8 June, arrivals from abroad - except for Channel Islands or Isle of Man - must quarantine for 14 days.

David Boggs President/CEO ACRO Global|Publisher Tourism Marketer
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