Which Countries Open To Americans, Vaccinated Or Not? Country-By-Country For November

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Warsaw’s Old Town, Poland–ironically, just as the U.S. opens its borders, it also issues a level 4 … [+] travel warning for many EU countries

 It seems a little unfair that just as the U.S. opens its borders to Europeans after nearly 600 days under a travel ban, it has also issued travel warnings to 14 EU countries. It comes at the same times as the WHO has issued warnings against rising Covid-19 rates in Europe:

The U.S. upped its travel warning to ‘Level 4: Do Not Travel’ for 14 European countries on 2 November: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Switzerland. The U.S. State Department has more information.

The World Health Organisation announced Thursday 4 November that the rising number of cases of Covid-19 across Europe was of “grave concern.” Many countries, such as Germany and Switzerland, are seeing some of the highest daily infection rates since the pandemic started and the WHO is predicting another 500,000 more deaths by early 2022.

Here is the guide to which EU countries are currently accepting U.S. travelers (as at the beginning of November), what travelers need in order to enter, and if they need to be vaccinated. As ever, these rules are in flux and liable to change from the time a trip is booked to the departure date, particularly for unvaccinated U.S. passengers (which might impact on insurance policies).

Some countries have changed travel restrictions in line with the new U.S. travel opening. For example, Sweden has lifted its ban on U.S. fully vaccinated travelers from 5 November, to correspond to the fact that EU travelers are allowed into the U.S. from 8 November. It still remains closed to everyone else.

Austria (EU)

Vaccinated–U.S. travelers allowed (with an EMA-approved vaccine) with proof of vaccination (no more than 270 days prior to arrival for one-dose vaccines or 360 days for two-dose vaccines and booster/third jabs) or 180 days after having had the SARS-CoV-2 infection.

Unvaccinated–U.S. travelers are allowed but they must arrive with a negative Covid-19 test result (a PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival or a rapid antigen test taken within 48 hours prior to arrival), and enter a ten-day quarantine.

An exception would be unvaccinated business travelers. As of 27 October, they currently can enter with a negative Covid-19 test result, and do not need to self-isolate nor have pre-travel clearance. Written proof of the professional nature is required, however, from either a company or proof of an appointment or conference.

Belgium (EU)

Vaccinated–U.S. travelers are allowed. However, anyone arriving from the U.S. must take a Covid-19 test upon arrival and must go into quarantine until results come back from tests taken on day 1 or 2 and they must test again on day 7. Passengers also need to fill out a Passenger Locator Form in the 48 hours before they arrive.

Unvaccinated–U.S. travelers are not allowed for non-essential travel.

Bulgaria (EU)

Vaccinated–U.S. travelers allowed. Everyone must either show a valid EU Digital Covid Certificate, have proof of a negative PCR/antigen test result or enter a ten-day quarantine.

Unvaccinated–U.S. travelers allowed. Everyone must either show a valid EU Digital Covid Certificate, have proof of a negative PCR/antigen test result or enter a ten-day quarantine.

The U.S. is currently classified as an orange country.

Croatia (EU)

Vaccinated–U.S. travelers allowed, providing the inoculation happened in the past 365 days (or if they can prove they have had Covid-19).

Unvaccinated–U.S. travelers allowed, with proof of a negative test result taken no more than 72 (PCR) or 48 (antigen) hours before arrival at the Croatian border.

Everyone arriving for tourist reasons must also show proof of paid accommodation for the entirety of their stay upon arrival, vaccinated or not.

Cyprus (EU)

Vaccinated–U.S. travelers allowed, for anyone who has been vaccinated with an EU-approved vaccine and also the Sputnik (Gam-COVID-Vac) or the Sinopharm (BBIBP COVID-19) vaccine and anyone who can prove to have had Covid-19 in the past 180 days. Proof can be uploaded into the Cyprus Flight Pass up to 48 hours before arrival.

Unvaccinated–U.S. travelers allowed with a negative PCR Covid-19 test result taken no more than 72 hours before departure and they will need to take another test upon arrival, at their own expense. Children under 12 are exempt from testing.

The Czech Republic (EU)

Vaccinated–U.S. travelers allowed. Anyone showing proof of vaccination or having had Covid-19 in the past 180 days or children aged 6-12 do not need to test or self-isolate. Arrivals must just fill in the Passenger Locator Form.

Unvaccinated–U.S. travelers allowed but with testing. The U.S. is now classified as very-high risk, meaning that passengers must arrive with a negative PCR test result, and must take a PCR test after arrival.

Denmark (EU)

Vaccinated–U.S. travelers allowed if they can prove they have legal permanent residence or a residence permit in an EU/Schengen/OECD country.

Unvaccinated–U.S. travelers allowed but must get tested upon arrival and enter quarantine, with the possibility of testing out after a negative PCR test on or after day 4 of isolation. This is regardless of whether arrivals have a negative Covid-29 pre-departure test result.

Estonia (EU)

Vaccinated–U.S. travelers allowed if the vaccine has been administered in the past year (travelers are also exempt if they have had Covid-19 in the past 180 days).

Unvaccinated–U.S. travelers not allowed, except if visiting for work, studying, family reasons, or under a special permit. They would also need to provide a negative test result and enter a ten-day quarantine (to test out on day 6).

Finland (EU)

Vaccinated–U.S. travelers allowed (or anyone who has had Covid-19 can enter), provided more than 7 days have passed since the final vaccine dose.

Unvaccinated–U.S. travelers not allowed, as outside of the EU/Schengen area, there is a non-essential travel ban in place (with the exception of EU safe list countries).

Finland has one of the easiest posters to understand (of any country in the world) depicting who can and who can’t currently visit the country.

France (EU)

Vaccinated–U.S. travelers allowed. Anyone who is vaccinated can arrive into the country with proof–minors do not need to be vaccinated but children over the age of 12 must have a certificate showing negative Covid PCR results. All visitors must also sign a statement to say that, to the best of their knowledge, they do not have Covid-19.

Unvaccinated–U.S. travelers not allowed for non-essential travel, as the U.S. is currently on the orange list.

Germany (EU)

Vaccinated–U.S. travelers allowed after filling in the Digital Registration On Entry.

Unvaccinated–U.S. travelers not allowed for non-essential reasons. The U.S. has been classified a high-risk area since 15 August and so unvaccinated travelers must have a critical reason to enter the country but if so, they can do so with a negative COVID-19 test result (or proof of recovery) and they must quarantine for ten days. They are now allowed to end quarantine early if they ‘test out’ with a negative test result after day five.

Greece (EU)

Vaccinated–U.S. travelers allowed without any testing requirements.

Unvaccinated–U.S. travelers allowed but must have taken a Covid-19 PCR test and received a negative result no more than 72 hours before departure, a negative RAT test result taken no more than 48 hours before arrival or proof of having had Covid-19 in the past 30-180 days.

Hungary (EU)

Vaccinated–U.S. travelers allowed with an EU Digital Covid Certificate. If they don’t have an EUDCC, they must have a negative PCR test result taken no more than 72hrs before arrival.

Unvaccinated–U.S. travelers allowed (as there are aren’t any restrictions for passengers arriving into Hungary) with a negative PCR test result taken no more than 72hrs before arrival in an EU, OECD, NATO member state or Russia, China, the UAE, Bahrain, or a Turkic Council member state (Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey, Uzbekistan).

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Iceland (Schengen)

Vaccinated–U.S. travelers allowed and most passengers must have a negative test (PCR or rapid antigen) taken within 72 hours of departure. Passengers recovered from Covid-19 who have proof of a positive PCR test taken 14 to 180 days prior to the flight do not have to supply a negative test to board.

Unvaccinated–U.S. travelers allowed (if they can prove they are true U.S. residents) but only with a negative PCR test result, taken no more than 72 hours before departure (antigen tests are not allowed) and they then must enter a five-day quarantine.

Ireland (EU)

Vaccinated–U.S. travelers allowed. From outside the EU+ area (and this now includes the U.K.), vaccinated passengers and people who can prove they have had Covid-19 in the past 180 days do not need to do anything else.

Unvaccinated–U.S. travelers allowed with a negative PCR Covid-19 test result taken within 72 hours before arrival.

All U.S. visitors must fill out a Passenger Locator Form.

Italy (EU)

Vaccinated–U.S. travelers allowed with a negative Covid-19 test result, taken no more than 72 hours before arrival (antigen or PCR) even if they are vaccinated or have had Covid-19 in the past 180 days.

Unvaccinated–U.S. travelers allowed with a negative Covid-19 test result and must enter a five-day quarantine, even if the Covid-19 test result is negative. At the end of the five-day quarantine, they are also required to take an antigen or PCR test to leave self-isolation.

Latvia (EU)

Vaccinated–U.S. travelers allowed as Latvia recognises CDC vaccination certificates.

Unvaccinated–U.S. travelers not allowed for non-essential travel. If travel is essential, travelers from the U.S. must be in possession of a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken in the last 72 hours before arrival, they enter a ten-day quarantine and take a further test 24 hours after arrival.

Lithuania (EU)

Vaccinated–U.S. travelers allowed.

Unvaccinated–U.S. travelers allowed but must show a negative PCR or antigen test result (for people aged 16 years or older) and then enter a ten-day quarantine, with the ability to ‘test out’ on day seven. The U.S. is currently on the red list, as are many other countries.

Everyone needs to fill out a questionnaire 48 hours before arrival.

Luxembourg (EU)

Vaccinated–U.S. travelers not allowed, because Luxembourg does not currently recognise CDC vaccine certificates.

Unvaccinated–U.S. travelers not allowed.

Until 31 December 2021, no third-country nationals outside of the EU/EEA area can enter Luxembourg unless they are on the EU safe list or fall into a specific set of circumstances, due to the travel ban currently in place.

Malta (EU)

Vaccinated–U.S. travelers allowed. Passengers must ensure that CDC vaccination cards have been verified through the VeriFLY app to be accepted as a valid vaccination certificate.

Unvaccinated–U.S. travelers not allowed. All travelers must be vaccinated to arrive into Malta or they have to enter a government-mandated hotel for a ten-day quarantine at their own expense. Negative Covid-19 test results will not be accepted to gain entry without a valid vaccination certificate.

The Netherlands (EU)

Vaccinated–U.S. travelers allowed, with no additional testing required.

Unvaccinated–U.S. travelers not allowed as the U.S. is now classified a high-risk area–unless the reason for your trip falls under a specific set of circumstances as outlined by the EU. If allowed in, testing is required.

Norway (Schengen)

Vaccinated–U.S. travelers not allowed. Only travelers who can show a valid EU Digital Covid Certificate can enter.

Unvaccinated–U.S. travelers not allowed.

Norway’s travel restrictions remain some of the tightest in the EU/Schengen area and regardless of vaccination status, third-party nationals cannot currently enter, although there are exceptions, or for people traveling from purple-list countries.

Poland (EU)

Vaccinated–U.S. travelers allowed without quarantine.

Unvaccinated–U.S. travelers allowed but they must quarantine for ten days but they can ‘test out’ after day 7 of self-isolation.

Portugal (EU)

Vaccinated–U.S. travelers allowed.

Unvaccinated–U.S. travelers allowed.

The U.S. is currently on the country’s Allowed list so all passengers over 12 years should have an EU Digital Covid Certificate or must be in possession of a negative RT-PCR SARS-CoV-2 test taken within 72 hours of boarding or a Rapid Antigen Test taken within 48 hours. All U.S. visitors must fill out a Registration Form.

Romania (EU)

Vaccinated–U.S. travelers allowed. If travelers have been vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival, they do not need to quarantine, nor if they have had Covid-19 during the past 90 days.

Unvaccinated–U.S. travelers allowed but must quarantine for 14 days if they are not vaccinated, even with proof of a negative Covid-19 test result. A negative Covid-19 test result will allow travelers to be released from self-isolation after day ten.

Slovakia (EU)

Vaccinated–U.S. travelers allowed, without quarantine (but must carry proof of vaccination at all times).

Unvaccinated–U.S. travelers allowed but must quarantine for 10 days (it is possible to test out after day five).

All arrivals must register before entry into Slovakia.

Slovenia (EU)

Vaccinated–U.S. travelers allowed.

Unvaccinated–U.S. travelers allowed for essential travel, with a negative PCR test, no older than 72 hours or a negative antigen test, no older than 48 hours

Everyone must fill in a pre-arrival form.

Spain (EU)

Vaccinated–U.S. travelers allowed with a QR code generated through the Spanish portal.

Unvaccinated–U.S. travelers not allowed, except for a few exceptions.

Sweden (EU)

Vaccinated–U.S. travelers allowed, as of 5 November, to align with the new U.S. policy of allowing fully vaccinated EU travelers to visit.

Unvaccinated–U.S. travelers not allowed, and this entry ban for non-EU citizens was extended at the end of October to 31 January 2022.

Switzerland (Schengen)

Vaccinated–U.S. travelers allowed (children are also allowed if traveling with vaccinated adults).

Unvaccinated–U.S. travelers not allowed for tourist purposes.

There is a helpful tool for determining if you are currently allowed entry into Switzerland.

England (not EU or Schengen)

Vaccinated–U.S. travelers allowed without quarantine. Arrivals must take a lateral flow test on day two, which needs to be bought from a government-approved body and the photo of the kits emailed to verify results.

Unvaccinated–U.S. travelers allowed with quarantine and testing. Passengers need a negative Covid-19 test before departure and they will need to self-isolate for ten days upon arriving to the U.K and test on days 2 and 8. They can use the test and release scheme to ‘test out’ of quarantine on day 5.

All arriving passengers into the U.K. must fill in a Passenger Locator Form in the 48 hours before arrival.

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