EUROPE Which Countries Have Open Borders?

Updated: Nov 9, 2020

Last update (November 3rd)

Austria and Portugal have announced new restrictions in an attempt to curb the spread of coronavirus. In Austria, the restrictions include a curfew from 20:00 to 06:00. Portugal’s measures cover 70% of the country and which will apply to 121 communes out of 308 in the country. The measures encompass both Lisbon and Porto. Shops must close by 22:00. People will be required to stay at home except for work, school or essential errands. France introduced restrictive measures recently with national confinement, and with a curfew from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. that was established on October 17th. The UK announced a four-week lockdown for England from 5th November until 2nd December.

Closed borders in Europe

Czech Republic: From 22 October, travel to the Czech Republic is only allowed for essential purposes, such as business, essential family visits or to attend a funeral or wedding. Entry for tourism is not permitted. The next decision will be made on 3rd November.

Hungary: From 1st September, foreigners will only be allowed to enter Hungary “in the case that it is very necessary.” Most countries have been placed in the red category, and for the limited countries that aren't, strict measures apply for arrivals. Hungarians returning from overseas must self-quarantine for 14 days, or until they produce two negative COVID-19 tests taken two days apart.

Open borders in Europe

Albania: International flights have resumed to Albania, and travellers do not require pre-departure testing or quarantine on arrival. Arrivals will have temperatures checked and be asked to wear face masks, and quarantine only applies to anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19.

Austria: Entry without restrictions only applies to travellers who have spent the previous 10 days in countries that are deemed safe by the Austrian Foreign Ministry, listed here. For travellers from countries with a travel warning in place, entry is possible with either a medical certificate confirming a negative PCR test result (performed within 72 hours prior) or by self-isolating for 10 days. Exiting quarantine is possible if a negative result is produced within this period.

Belarus: Travelers arriving from countries where COVID-19 cases have been reported (check for the latest updates on the Belarus Government website) must self-isolate for 10 days. Foreign travellers must have a negative PCR COVID-19 test result taken within 48 hours of arrival. Check to see if you require a visa. Foreign travellers must have valid medical insurance to cover their stay.

Belgium: Travel to Belgium is determined by a traffic light system of high, medium and low-risk regions in the EU, UK and non-EU Schengen countries. For the most up to date information on where travel restrictions apply, check the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. Anyone eligible to enter must fill out a Passenger Locator Form 48 hours before arrival.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Borders are open for citizens and residents of EU and Schengen countries who arrive with a negative PCR test result no older than 48 hours unless they fall into an exempt category. For other non-resident foreign nationals, an entry ban is in place, with some with special circumstances. Check for the most up to date information.

Bulgaria: Borders have opened to nationals from some countries, and depending on where you are travelling from you may need to show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test. Check Re-open EU for the latest information.

Croatia: Croatia is open to travellers from the UK, EU and EEA. Travellers must fill out this online form prior to arrival. Quarantine of 14 days has been reintroduced for travellers from countries where COVID-19 is still a high risk, and this list is subject to change.

Cyprus: International arrivals from a limited number of countries are permitted to enter Cyprus, and these countries have been categorized as A (low risk, no restrictions) or B (increased risk by comparison to those of category A, some restrictions). All travellers must complete a Cyprus Flight Pass online and upload PCR test results within 24 hours of departure. Read the latest information on safe travel protocols. Travel from category C (no entry except for citizens/residents) is banned.

Denmark: Borders have opened to limited countries that are marked as yellow on the Denmark government’s website which is updated weekly, and subject to change depending on the infection rate for COVID-19. Travellers from «open» countries must show documentation for a stay of at least six nights. People with a worthy purpose will be allowed to enter from a banned country.

Germany: Travel without restrictions is only allowed if the area is not defined as «high-risk» by the Robert Koch Insitute (RKI). Anyone who has spent 14 days before arrival in an identified risk area is obliged to self-isolate in their own home or suitable accommodation for 14 days, or provide proof of a negative test result for COVID-19 taken within 48 hours prior to entry or be tested on arrival.

Greenland: Travel to Greenland is open to residents of open countries, classified as yellow on Denmark’s government website. All eligible travellers must fill out a Sumut form and obtain a negative RT/PCR test result from a Scandinavian hospital, and the result must be no older than five days from the day you are tested.

Greece: Eligible travellers must complete an online Passenger Locator Form at least 24 hours before arrival. Some travellers must obtain a negative PCR test result 72 hours before entry to Greece. Any passenger may be asked to undergo a COVID-19 test on arrival, and once tested you must self-isolate at the address given on your entry form, and wait for the call with your results.

Estonia: Travelers arriving in Estonia who began their journey from (or transited) a country with a COVID-19 infection rate above 16 cases per 100,000 people for the previous 14 days will be subject to restrictions on the freedom of movement. From 1 September, travellers have the option of taking a test to reduce their self-isolation period. Check here to see the list of countries who are eligible to travel to Estonia without restrictions.

Finland: From 12 October, leisure travel is possible between Finland and the Vatican. Leisure travel is also possible from China (based on reciprocity) Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, and Uruguay. Essential, work-related and return travel is possible from the UK, all Schengen and EU countries. Except for the countries listed as open for leisure travel, self-isolation for 14 days is recommended upon arrival. For the latest information, check Finland’s guidelines for border traffic.

France: Travel to France from most non-EU countries is restricted. For the latest information on who can enter France and requirements.

Iceland: All travellers must fill out a pre-registration form. All passengers arriving from high-risk areas who intend to stay for 10 days or more must undergo 14 days quarantine. To shorten quarantine, you must take a PCR test for COVID-19 upon arrival to Iceland, followed by a second test after 5 days. While waiting for results, you must follow quarantine measures until the result of the second test is known.

Ireland: All travellers must fill out a health passenger locator form. Travellers from Northern Ireland or a green list country will not have to restrict their movements for 14 days upon the arrival. All arrivals not on the green list will be asked to restrict their movements for 14 days.

Italy: Travel to Italy without quarantine is allowed from EU member states, the Schengen area, UK, Andorra, Mónaco, San Marino, and Vatican City, unless they have stayed in or transited a country where Italy requires self-isolation in the 14 days prior to arrival. Some third-country nationals are eligible to enter, and you can read more here in the Italy travel alert.

Kosovo: Travelers do not require a COVID-19 test for arrival, and there is no mandatory quarantine. Follow all preventative measures in place.

Latvia: Entry without self-isolation is only allowed for visitors from countries identified here, which have less than 16 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days.

Lithuania: Travelers arriving from affected countries listed here must self-isolate, register within 24 hours of entry with health authorities, and may require pre-departure testing. Restrictions differ depending on the COVID-19 infection rate of the population per 100,000 people in the last 14 days.

Luxembourg: Travelers from the European Union and Schengen Area are allowed to enter. For the latest information, check Re-open EU.