Updating the border situation in Europe

Updated: May 29

Austria It has closed its land borders with Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Vienna plans to completely reopen its border with Germany on June 15th. For anyone arriving in Austria, for example by air, a medical certificate showing a negative COVID-19 must be presented. The certificate cannot be more than four days old. Entry by air is prohibited to citizens from countries outside the Schengen area.

Belgium Belgium's borders are closed and the country has banned non-essential travel abroad.

Croatia It reopened its border with Slovenia in mid-May and is slated to do the same for Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia on May 29th. Arriving people are only asked to isolate themselves for 14 days if they have discovered that they have been in contact with someone infected with COVID-19.

Cyprus Commercial flights will begin in two phases, on June 9th and 20th, from two groups of countries selected by an advisory body of medical experts. The first group is made up of Greece, Malta, Bulgaria, Norway, Austria, Finland, Slovenia, Hungary, Israel, Denmark, Germany, Slovakia and Lithuania. The second group is made up of Switzerland, Poland, Romania, Croatia, Estonia and the Czech Republic. The list excludes Great Britain and Russia. Starting June 9th, passengers arriving from countries of any group must obtain a health certificate confirming that they are virus-free three days before departure. Starting June 20th, passengers in the first group of countries will not need health certificates, but those in the second group will still need to obtain them.


Czech Republic As of May 26th, borders with Germany and Austria were opened. Starting May 27th, the country opened its border with Slovakia and Hungary, but with restrictions. Residents of EU Member States can enter to carry out economic activities, visit relatives or study at a university. Everyone will have to demonstrate that they have a negative test for COVID-19 upon entering the country.

Denmark The borders are closed to foreign travelers. Only citizens or residents of Denmark, Greenland, or the Faroe Islands can currently enter, or those with a "worthy purpose." Starting May 25th, people with permanent residence in one of the five Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) or Germany can re-enter if they have a relationship with someone in Denmark, have grandparents there or if they have a business trip. Before May 29th, the Danish government will reevaluate temporary border controls.

Finland The borders remain closed until at least June 15th, with exceptions for citizens of the EU, Andorra, United Kingdom, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, Switzerland, San Marino and Vatican City who are domiciled in France or need go through France to reach your country or address. Seasonal workers and EU citizens working for a company operating in France are also exempt. People traveling from non-EU countries will not be allowed to enter.

Germany Controls at the border with Austria, Switzerland, France and Denmark and for passengers arriving by air from Italy and Spain remain in force until June 15th. EU citizens and citizens of the United Kingdom, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Norway and Iceland, and relatives of these citizens, may return to their country of origin or their normal place of residence in Germany or arrive in their country by traveling through from Germany. if they need it.


Greece The borders will reopen on June 15th, but only for citizens from Germany, Israel, Cyprus, the Balkans and the Baltic countries. Tourists will be able to enter Greece without performing a COVID-19 test or remain in quarantine when international flights restart on July 1st, but health officials will conduct spot tests when necessary.

Hungary The borders are open with Romania and, as of this Wednesday, with Slovakia and the Czech Republic, although with restrictions.

Iceland The country will reopen on June 15th. Tourists will be evaluated upon arrival. A few hours later, they will get the result on their phone, after downloading a tracking app. Authorities have yet to clarify procedures for those who test positive.

Ireland Irish health authorities currently require that anyone entering Ireland, except Northern Ireland, be isolated for 14 days upon arrival, including Irish residents. Arrivals must be completed with a passenger location form, although there are exemptions for essential supply chain service providers such as carriers, pilots and maritime personnel.

Italy It plans to reopen its borders on June 3rd to citizens of the EU, the United Kingdom, the Schengen area, Andorra and Monaco, since the national blockade that took effect on March 9th. Some regions are taking precautions to ensure that the sudden reopening does not create new clusters of infection. The Sardinian governor has suggested that he could require visitors to the island to certify that they tested positive for the virus in the past week, or to undergo a test upon arrival. Tuscany's regional government says on its website that any visitor from abroad or another Italian region must be quarantined for 14 days. It is unknown if this region will review that rule before June 3rd.

Lithuanian, Estonian and Latvian These three countries opened their borders on May 15th. Only citizens and permanent residents of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania can travel between the three countries. But its external borders remain closed. Estonia confirms that it will not open until at least June 15th. Latvia's state of emergency is scheduled to end on June 9th. Lithuania also allows entry to citizens of Poland for business and study. His quarantine currently runs through May 31st.


Luxembourg Luxembourg's border with Germany reopened on May 15th.

Netherlands The borders are open to those who travel within the Schengen area. However, the government has strongly discouraged non-essential travel.

Norway Norway has closed its borders. Foreign travelers will be rejected at the border. Those who live or work in Norway can enter and the airports are open. The country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against any international travel that is not strictly necessary until August 20th. For June 15th, the government is considering exemptions for the Nordic countries. By July 20th, exemptions will be considered for some nearby European countries. Norway has a 10-day quarantine for those returning from international travel.

Poland Poland has closed its borders with several countries, including the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Germany.

Portugal Workers and supplies are allowed across Portugal's land border with Spain, but it's closed to tourists until at least June 15th. Border controls have been in place since March 16th. There are currently no requirements for visitors to be quarantined, except in the Azores.

Romania Romania has reopened its border with Hungary.

Slovenia Slovenia reopened the borders for EU citizens on May 15th.

Slovakia The Slovak border has been opened to Hungary and the Czech Republic this Wednesday (May 27th), but with some restrictions. Quarantine will not be required if the stay is less than 48 hours.

Spain The borders will reopen to tourists on July 1st. Currently, only Spanish citizens, residents of Spain (who must demonstrate their habitual residence), cross-border workers, health or elderly care professionals who go to work, and people who can demonstrate force majeure or in a situation of need, are It allows entering through Spanish ports and airports. Exceptions also include diplomatic personnel and everything related to the transport of goods to avoid shortages. Since March 17th, the borders with France and Portugal have been closed, allowing access for Spanish citizens, people residing in Spain, cross-border workers and those who can provide documentary evidence of force majeure or a situation of need. None of the regulations is applicable to Andorra or Gibraltar. Currently, people who enter the national territory from abroad must be quarantined for 14 days after arrival.


Sweden Sweden has introduced border restrictions, but it only applies to non-essential travel from countries outside the EU / EEA, except the United Kingdom and Switzerland. That restriction went into effect on March 19 and lasted until June 15th.

Switzerland Switzerland, which introduced border controls on March 13th, will reopen its borders with Germany, Austria and France on June 15th if the situation allows. All travel restrictions at the Italian border will remain in effect until further notice. Foreign citizens who wish to enter Switzerland and do not have a valid residence or work permit will be denied entry. Foreign air passengers are currently only allowed to enter the country through the airports of Zurich, Geneva and Basel. The Swiss authorities have not imposed any quarantine measures on people entering the country. However, it must comply with the rules of hygiene and social distancing of the government.

United Kingdom The borders are currently open. Beginning June 8th, foreign visitors must be quarantined for 14 days. Those exempt from these measures include people traveling from Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man. As in other countries, certain professions are exempt from these rules, such as health workers. Upon arrival, those who must isolate themselves must provide their trip and contact details. The government says these measures will be reviewed every three weeks.

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