Ireland travel: Restrictions in place in Europe as Black Friday flight sales commence

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As Black Friday flight sales begin over the coming days, many people will be taking the chance to head away on a winter break at a fraction of the cost.

However, as Europe struggles to deal with the current upsurge in cases of Covid-19, it is important for travellers to know what restrictions are in place before they book their flights.

The European Commission recommended on Thursday that member countries should apply more travel restrictions on the unvaccinated.

But if you have your Covid cert, you should not have any difficulty entering most EU countries.

Here is a more detailed look at the restrictions currently in place across Europe.

Positano’s colourful cityscape with leisure and fishing boats on the sea
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Netherlands

As of November 20th, there is a partial lockdown in place.

This means bars, restaurants and supermarkets now close at 8pm, and non-essential stores shut their doors at 6pm.

No spectators are permitted at professional sports events, and people have been urged to work from home.

Portugal

Face masks must be worn in public and social distancing, and extra hygiene measures are in force in all public settings.

Spain

Visitors must present their Covid cert, negative test or proof of immunity before entering the country.

Antigen tests are now accepted instead of PCRs for travellers from countries on the list of risk zones – including France and Germany – while no tests are required for low-incidence areas.

Italy

A Covid cert or proof of a negative test or immunity is required to enter the country and most indoor venues.

Austria

There are currently no tourists allowed unto Austria until at least December 13th.

However, there are exemptions for those travelling for work, university, or family reasons.

The country has introduced a full lockdown following a surge in Covid cases. People are only permitted to leave their homes to buy groceries, visit the doctor or exercise.

Belgium

Visitors entering Belgium are required to fill out a passenger locator form 48 hours before arrival.

Masks are compulsory indoors and on public transport.

People entering bars, restaurants, cafes, and other indoor must show their Covid cert.

Croatia

All passengers coming from the EU countries on the ‘green list’ are allowed into Croatia, as long as they can show a negative PCR test taken 48 hours before departing or a vaccination certificate.

France

Visitors must provide proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test.

Mask-wearing is compulsory in all enclosed public spaces and some outdoor places, including crowded queues, markets, or stadium stands.

Germany

Visitors must fill out a digital registration form before they travel and must have proof of full vaccination or a negative Covid test.

As of November 21st, unvaccinated travellers from Ireland will have to self-isolate for up to ten days on arrival in Germany.

You can leave quarantine by submitting a negative test on or after the fifth day of quarantine.

Greece

Beaches are open with social distancing in place, and masks must be worn in all indoor public places.

Curfews have been imposed on some Greek islands, and a PCR test, EU Digital Certificate, or proof of vaccination are required.

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