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Covid Restrictions by Destination:

Europe: (Covid Restrictions)

Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey & the United Kingdom

Covid Restrictions: Re-open EU provides information on the various measures in place, including on quarantine and testing requirements for travellers, the EU Digital COVID certificate to help you exercise your right to free movement, and mobile coronavirus contact tracing and warning apps. The information is updated frequently and available in 24 languages. This should help you plan your travel in Europe, while staying safe and healthy.

1. Austria – Covid Restrictions

Covid Restrictions: There are restrictions on who can enter Austria at this time. Please check the latest requirements before you travel. If you are travelling to Austria, you might be required to show a medical certificate, test result, vaccination certificate or recovery certificate and you may be subject to mandatory quarantine on arrival.
Before departure, passengers must register online and present the confirmation of transmission upon arrival.
Medical certificates, test results, vaccination certificates and recovery certificates

  • Medical certificates, test results, vaccination certificates and recovery certificates must be in German or English and must certify that the passenger was tested negative by a PCR/LAMP/TMA or antigen test, vaccinated against or has recovered from COVID‑19.
  • Test results must include the first and last name of the person tested, date of birth, date and time of sampling, test result (positive or negative), signature of the person performing the test and stamp of the institution performing the test or a bar or QR code. Time of sampling when entering the country must not be more than 72 hours before arrival for PCR, LAMP or TMA testing, and not more than 48 hours for antigen tests.
  • Medical or official recovery certificates must not be older than three months and must confirm that an infection that has been overcome in the last six months or proof of neutralizing antibodies.
  • Vaccination certificates must meet the following requirements:
    • from the 22nd day after the first vaccination, whereby this must not be more than 3 months ago, or
    • second vaccination, whereby the first vaccination must not be more than 9 months ago, or
    • from the 22nd day after vaccination in the case of vaccines for which only one dose is required, whereby this must not be more than 9 months ago, or
    • from the day of vaccination, provided that at least 21 days before the vaccination the passenger was confirmed to have COVID‑19 through PCR/LAMP/TMA testing not more than 9 months ago or proof of neutralizing antibodies whereby vaccination is no longer required
  • Recognised vaccines:
    • Comirnaty from BioNTech and Pfizer (2 doses)
    • Moderna (2 doses)
    • Vaxzevria (formerly COVID‑19 Vaccine AstraZeneca®) by AstraZeneca (2 doses)
    • Janssen® from Johnson & Johnson / Janssen Pharmaceuticals (1 dose)
    • Sinopharm from Beijing Bio‑Institute of Biological Products (2 doses)

Covid Restrictions: Passengers arriving from one of the following countries and who have only been in these countries or in Austria within the last 10 days are free to enter Austria (no molecular biological/antigen test for SARS CoV 2, no quarantine required): Andorra, Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain Switzerland and the Vatican.
Passengers arriving from one of these countries and who have been to these countries or Austria in the last 10 days without exception can enter Austria freely with a medical certificate, test result, vaccination certificate or recovery certificate.
If the passenger is not able to present a medical certificate, test result, vaccination certificate or recovery certificate, they must take a COVID‑19 PCR/LAMP/TMA/ or antigen test within 24 hours of arrival at their own cost and present the negative result at a control.
The following categories of passengers travelling from countries not mentioned may be allowed entry to Austria under the following conditions:
Passengers must present a vaccination certificate or a recovery certificate, a negative COVID‑19 PCR/LAMP/TMA/antigen test result or take a PCR/LAMP/TMA/antigen test within 24 hours of entry. This category of passengers must undergo a ten‑day quarantine immediately on arrival.
Quarantine is deemed to have ended when a COVID‑19 PCR/LAMP/TMA/antigen test carried out on the fifth day after entry has a negative result.
Passengers must take the test at their own expense and present a negative result at a control.

  • Austrian citizens, EU / EEA citizens and people who live with them in the same household
  • Swiss citizens as well as persons who live with them in the same household
  • People with residence or habitual abode in EU / EEA countries or Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, the Vatican or Switzerland and people who live with them in the same household
  • Entry in connection with other important events that can be planned in the family circle such as weddings, baptisms, birthday parties or the non‑regular visit of the partner
  • Foreigners, if they have a visa D issued by Austria or a photo ID according to Section 95 of the Aliens Police Act 2005, Federal Law Gazette I No. 100/2005
  • Persons who are entitled to stay in Austria on the basis of a residence permit, a residence title or documentation of the right of residence in accordance with the Settlement and Residence Act, Federal Law Gazette I No. 100/2005, or the Asylum Act 2005, Federal Law Gazette I No. 100/2005
  • Persons who have a confirmation of the application pursuant to Art. 18 Para. 1 of the Agreement on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community (Withdrawal Agreement)
  • Members of the staff of diplomatic missions or consular posts and persons who live with them in the same household
  • Employees of international organisations and people who live with them in the same household
  • Humanitarian forces
  • Persons who are employed by a domestic regional authority or a domestic corporation under public law and whose place of employment is abroad or whose service is performed abroad, insofar as the activity of this corporation abroad is in the interests of the Republic of Austria
  • An accompanying person during entry for medical reasons
  • People who enter the country for the purpose of performing a mandatory judicial or official obligation, such as summoning to court hearings

The following categories of passengers travelling from countries not mentioned may be allowed entry to Austria under the following conditions:
Passengers must present a vaccination certificate, recovery certificate, test result or a medical certificate. If the passenger is not able to present any of these certificates, they must undergo a 10‑day quarantine immediately on arrival.
If a PCR/LAMP/TMA/antigen test carried out during this time is negative for SARS‑CoV‑2, the quarantine is deemed to have ended.
Passengers must take the test at their own expense and present a negative result at a control.

  • Humanitarian forces
  • People who come for work purposes
  • An accompanying person during entry for medical reasons
  • Persons who enter the country for the purpose of performing a mandatory court or official duty, such as summoning to court hearings
  • Foreigners, if they have a photo ID according to Section 95 of the Aliens Police Act 2005, Federal Law Gazette I No. 100/2005

Entry from virus‑variant‑areas (Brazil, India and South Africa)
Covid Restrictions: The following categories of passengers travelling from Brazil, India and South Africa may be allowed entry to Austria under the following conditions:
In the course of an entry that is permitted according to the general exceptions, a medical certificate for a negative PCR/LAMP/TMA test result must be presented on request. Passengers must also undergo a ten‑day quarantine immediately on arrival. The quarantine is deemed to have ended if a PCR/LAMP/TMA test for SARS‑CoV‑2 is carried out on the fifth day after entry and the test result is negative. Passengers must take the test at their own expense and present the negative result at a control.

  • Austrian citizens, EU‑/EEA‑citizens and people who live with them in the same household,
  • Swiss citizens as well as persons who live with them in the same household,
  • People with residence or habitual abode in EU/EEA countries or Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, the Vatican or Switzerland and people who live with them in the same household,
  • Persons who are entitled to stay in Austria on the basis of a residence permit, a residence title or documentation of the right of residence in accordance with the Settlement and Residence Act or the Asylum Act 2005 are,
  • Persons who have a confirmation of the application pursuant to Art. 18 Para. 1 of the Agreement on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community (Withdrawal Agreement),
  • Members of the staff of diplomatic missions or consular posts and persons who live with them in the same household,
  • Employees of international organizations and people who live with them in the same household,
  • Persons who are employed by a domestic regional authority or a domestic corporation under public law and whose place of employment is abroad or whose service is performed abroad, insofar as the activity of this corporation abroad is in the interests of the Republic of Austria,
  • Persons who enter to begin or continue their studies or for research,
  • Persons who come to participate in school operations

Also permitted is the entry of the following categories of passengers provided they present a medical certificate for a negative PCR/LAMP/TMA test result and undergo a ten‑day quarantine immediately on arrival. Quarantine is deemed to have ended if a PCR/LAMP/TMA test for SARS‑CoV‑2 is carried out after entry and the test result is negative. The passenger must take the test at their own expense and present a negative result at a control.

  • Humanitarian forces,
  • People who enter for business purposes,
  • An accompanying person in the context of entry for medical reasons,
  • Persons who enter the country for the purpose of performing a mandatory judicial or official duty, such as summoning to court hearings,
  • Foreigners, if they have a visa D issued by Austria or a photo ID in accordance with Section 5 of the Official Seat Act ‑ ASG

The use of the exception of entry as a commuter is not permitted.
Entry for unforeseeable, urgent reasons that are particularly worthy of consideration in the family circle, such as in particular serious illnesses, deaths, funerals, births and the care of people in need of support in emergencies, is only permitted if a negative result of a PCR/LAMP/TMA test for SARS‑CoV‑ 2 is presented.
If the passenger is an Austrian citizen, EU/EEA citizen or Swiss citizen, or has a place of residence or habitual abode in Austria, the mandatory PCR/LAMP/TMA test for SARS‑CoV‑2 may be carried out within 24 hours after entry. The passenger must take the test at their own expense and present the negative result at a control.
Exemptions
Covid Restrictions: Children up to the age of 10 are exempted from any obligation to take a PCR/LAMP/TMA/Antigen test of SARS‑CoV‑2 test.
Required forms
Covid Restrictions: All travellers entering Austria (transfer passengers with proven onwards travel are exempted) will need to register electronically in advance and obtain a pre‑travel clearance (PTC). Upon arrival, they will have to show their PTC (either digitally or as a hard copy).

Other information

  • Persons required to start a quarantine have to provide a confirmation of availability of suitable accommodation already upon arrival and costs must be borne – otherwise entry will be refused.
  • People who are obliged to quarantine must confirm this with their own signature in accordance with the Quarantine Confirmation4 form upon entry.

Exemptions do not release passenger/crew from foreign immigration entry regulations (visa, …)
For the latest information on the travel requirements please visit this website.
If you’re travelling to Austria, please check our page: Things to do in Austria

 


2. Belgium – Covid Restrictions

Update for travel from Brazil, India and South Africa
Covid Restrictions: An entry ban for passengers travelling to Belgium from Brazil, India and South Africa has been imposed. Only passengers of Belgian nationality and passengers with their main residency in Belgium are allowed to return to Belgium.
All other passenger transport by flight, train, boat or bus, including transit, is prohibited, with the exception of the following essential authorised trips:

  • Professional travels of transport personnel and seafarers
  • Travels of diplomats, staff of international organisations and people who are invited by international organisations and whose physical presence is required for the well‑functioning of these organisations in the exercise of their function

Note: Authorised travel is only possible upon presenting a certificate issued by the employer and a certificate issued by the Belgian diplomatic or consular post if it’s demonstrated that the trip is essential.
Travel Eligibility
If you are travelling to Belgium, you are required to complete a Public Health Passenger Locator form and undergo quarantine on arrival.
Covid Restrictions: A ban for non‑essential travel to Belgium has been imposed. The travel ban restrictions are not applicable to nationals of the EU and Schengen Member States and third country nationals who have a valid residence permit issued by a Schengen State or a valid D visa.
Passengers who are residing in other EU or Schengen Member States and who are travelling to Belgium have to provide proof of their journey (airline/bus/train ticket) from Belgium to the EU/ Schengen Member State.
Below exceptions are applicable and evidence such as certificate from employer, mourning letter, photos of relation, etc. has to be provided at the time of check‑in:

  • Professional travel
  • Medical reasons
  • Frontline workers
  • Humanitarian reasons
  • Student travel
  • Co‑parenting travel
  • Death or marriage of immediate family
  • Partner with a long lasting relation
  • To care for vulnerable person
  • Border residents (daily life can continue; e.g. going to bakery close by)

Further details can be found here.
COVID‑19 testing requirements
Any passenger, from the age of 6, who arrives on Belgian territory from a red zone country and who does not have a main residence in Belgium, needs to have a negative COVID‑19 PCR test result for a test taken 72 hours before departure to Belgian territory.
Effective 13 February 2021, the COVID‑19 PCR requirement is applicable for passengers from the age of 6.
Effective 27 January 2021, additionally to the standard COVID‑19 test requirement of having completed a test 72 hours prior boarding, Non‑Belgian residents will be required to complete a COVID‑19 test upon arrival in Belgium on day 1 and on day 7.
Belgian residents do not need a COVID‑19 test prior departure but will have to be tested on day 1 and 7.
The COVID‑19 PCR certificate criteria:

  • The document must be in paper or electronic format with immediate possibility to consult.
  • The document must be produced in Dutch, French, German or English.

The document produced by the traveller must contain the following information:

  • The date of the sample must be clearly indicated: the document is valid for 72 hours from this date.
  • Only PCR tests for SARS CoV‑2 with the PCR mention are accepted.
  • The analysis must have been carried out in an official laboratory in the country from which the traveller comes and certified by a doctor or pharmacist biologist (equivalent INAMI number).

The following tests are not accepted:

  • RT‑LAMP;
  • Rapid antigenic tests;
  • Serological tests.

Required forms
Covid Restrictions: All passengers taking an Extra‑Schengen flight to Belgium must complete the Public Health Passenger Locator Form online before departure and present the completed form at check‑in.
The PLF must be filled in within 48 hours before the flight. Once you complete the PLF correctly, you will receive a QR code. This QR code must be presented at check‑in.
Electronic Public Health Passenger Locator forms can be found here:

A passenger who cannot prove that he/she has filled in the electronic PLF will not be allowed to board a flight to Belgium.
Quarantine
Information regarding quarantine measures can be found on https://diplomatie.belgium.be/en.
All travellers from UK, South Africa, and South America are required to quarantine for a period of 10 days, followed by a COVID‑19 PCR test on day 1 and day 7 of the quarantine.
Other Information
For further information on travel restrictions, red zone countries, and non‑essential travel, please visit the Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development website.
More details on COVID‑19 health guidelines and COVID‑19 related updates are available here.

Travel from Belgium

The Belgian authorities strongly discourage travel to certain countries. For more information please refer to the Belgian Government website
If you’re travelling to Belgium, please check our page: Things to do in Belgium

 


3. Cyprus – Covid Restrictions

Covid Restrictions: If you are travelling to Cyprus, you must complete the Republic of Cyprus flight pass online and get clearance before departure. You might also be required to take a COVID‑19 PCR test before you travel or on arrival.
The list of country categories is updated weekly and is available on Cyprus Flight Pass.
Travel Eligibility
Passengers from green, orange and red category countries are permitted to travel to Cyprus. Refer to the updated list of country categories for more information.
Travel from grey countries is allowed only for:

  • Cypriot citizens and their family members (spouses and children)
  • Persons legally residing in the Republic of Cyprus
  • EU citizens, citizens of the European Economic Area (Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway) and Switzerland
  • Persons allowed to enter the Republic of Cyprus in accordance with the Vienna Convention
  • Citizens of third countries, provided they obtain prior special permission from the Republic of Cyprus as defined under the Infectious Diseases Decree (N.2/2021 8.1.21), as amended. The application for special permission must be submitted on the Cyprus Flight Pass platform.

COVID‑19 testing requirements
Effective 1 April 2021, passengers who have been vaccinated against COVID‑19 and hold a valid certificate issued by the Republic of Cyprus are exempted from the negative COVID‑19 PCR test certificate requirement. Further information can be found here:

Covid Restrictions: Passengers travelling from grey countries are required to undergo a molecular test at a certified lab, with the sample taken in the last 72 hours prior to flight departure. They must upload their negative COVID‑19 PCR test certificate on the Cyprus Flight Pass Platform. On arrival, they must remain in self‑isolation / quarantine for fourteen (14) days. They may also remain in self‑isolation / quarantine for ten (10) days and undergo another COVID‑19 PCR test on the 10th day at their own expense. The result of the lab test must be submitted to monada@mphs.moh.gov.cy. Children below 12 years old are exempted from testing.
All travellers will also need to provide certain information and solemn declarations.
Crew travelling to the Republic of Cyprus from countries that are categorised orange, red or grey, and who have a layover of up to two nights must take a COVID‑19 PCR test within 72 hours or a rapid test within 24 hours of arrival. They must also self‑quarantine at their accommodation hotels for the duration of their stay.
Exemptions for vaccinated passengers
Passengers who have been vaccinated and hold a valid vaccination certificate from the list of approved countries can enter Cyprus without completing the mandatory COVID‑19 PCR test.
Passengers who have been vaccinated and hold a valid vaccination certificate from the list of approved countries, regardless of their nationality, will be able to travel to the Republic of Cyprus from any country with no restrictions provided they complete the necessary application form and obtain a CyprusFlightpass within 24 hours of their final flight to Cyprus.
Τhe vaccination certificate will be considered acceptable provided the vaccination has been carried out with the below vaccines and the required doses of the respective vaccine have been completed.
Note: Vaccinated passengers, upon arrival in the Republic of Cyprus, will not be excluded from any COVID‑19 RT‑PCR laboratory sampling examination that may be carried out by the Ministry of Health and the strict implementation of the health protocols in force in the Republic of Cyprus.
For information on the approved countries and vaccine details, please refer to Cyprus Flight Pass website.
Accepted vaccines:

  • Janssen / Johnson & Johnson Vaccine
    • Fourteen days must elapse between the completion of the required dose of the vaccine (1 dose) and the date of travel.
  • Vaxzevria Vaccine (AstraZeneca)
    • Upon completing the required doses of the vaccine.
  • Pfizer‑BioNTech Vaccine
    • Upon completing the required doses of the vaccine.
  • Moderna Vaccine
    • Upon completing the required doses of the vaccine.
  • Sputnik V (Gam‑COVID‑Vac) Vaccine
    • Upon completing the required doses of the vaccine.
  • Sinopharm (BBIBP COVID‑19) Vaccine
    • Upon completing the required doses of the vaccine.

Entry requirements
Passengers travelling from green, orange, red and grey countries must complete the Cyprus Flight Pass no later than 24 hours before departure.
Passengers travelling from orange, red and grey countries must take a COVID‑19 PCR test no later than 72 hours before departure at their own expense.
Passengers travelling from red countries must take a COVID‑19 PCR test upon arrival in Cyprus at their own expense.
Passengers travelling from grey countries must self‑isolate for 14 days on arrival.
Passengers travelling from green, orange, red and grey countries may be subject to random testing on arrival, which will be covered by the government.
Quarantine
Covid Restrictions: Effective 1 April 2021, passengers who have been vaccinated against COVID‑19 and hold a valid certificate issued by the Republic of Cyprus are exempted from quarantine and self‑isolation measures.
Passengers who have completed their dosage of AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna vaccines as per the above regulation can enter Cyprus without a COVID‑19 PCR test or having to stay in quarantine.
For passengers who have completed their dosage of Janssen / Johnson & Johnson vaccines, 14 days must elapse after taking the required dose to be eligible to enter Cyprus without a COVID‑19 PCR test or completing mandatory quarantine.
Further information can be found here:

All passengers arriving from countries in the grey zone must remain under mandatory self‑isolation at your residence or a government designated facility for 14 days, regardless of the COVID‑19 PCR test result.
Required forms
Passengers must complete the Republic of Cyprus flight pass online 24 hours before travel. A red flight pass notification means you are not cleared for travel. If there are any issues submitting the online application, passengers must print and carry the required documentation for each country category. Without these documents passengers can’t board the aircraft.
All inbound passengers are required to present the ‘flight pass’ prior to boarding.
To receive a CyprusFlightPass each passenger will need to:

  • Create an account
  • Enter personal information
  • Add your flight details
  • Make legal declarations
  • You may be required to provide evidence of a negative COVID‑19 test
  • Ιn the case of minors accompanied or unaccompanied passengers under the age of 18, the information will be provided and the form will be completed and signed on behalf of the minors, by the custodian parent(s) or the adoptive parent(s) / legal guardian(s) / legal representative(s)

On successful completion of your application you will receive a report including your CyprusFlightPass and all relevant information which you will be asked to present prior to boarding and on arrival at immigration.
Ιn the case where the web electronic platform of the Republic of Cyprus is temporarily unavailable due to technical issues or scheduled maintenance with official announcement about that, in the relevant electronic platform you are required to print and complete the relevant documents found here.
Other information
Covid Restrictions: For passengers travelling to the Republic of Cyprus through intermediate countries without an overnight stay (via air transport or any other mode of transport), the departure country is considered the country from which travel starts.
For passengers travelling to the Republic of Cyprus through intermediate countries with an overnight stay (via air transport or other mode of transport), the intermediate country will be considered the departure country, and the passenger must declare the country with the less favourable epidemiological criteria.
If you’re travelling to Cyprus, please check our page: Things to do in Cyprus

 


4. Czech Republic – Covid Restrictions

Covid Restrictions: If you are travelling to Czech Republic and have spent more than 12 hours in the countries listed below in the last 14 days, you must complete the Public Health Passenger Locator Form and take a COVID‑19 test. The type of test and whether you are required to take one will depend on the country you are travelling from and whether you have already been vaccinated in the Czech Republic and other selected countries.
COVID‑19 testing requirements
The test requirements depend on the country you are traveling from as well as your nationality and whether you have already been vaccinated in the Czech Republic and other selected countries. The Czech Republic now recognizes 5 categories of countries.
Black – Extreme risk of COVID 19 transmission

  • All passengers travelling from these countries must present a printed negative COVID‑19 PCR test certificate for a test taken no more than 72 hours before departure.
  • Citizens of the Czech Republic and their family members, citizens of the European Union with a temporary residence permit in the Czech Republic and foreign nationals with a permanent residence permit in the Czech Republic issued by the Czech Republic may submit a printed negative COVID‑19 antigen test certificate instead of a PCR test certificate. The antigen test must be taken no more than 24 hours before the start of their journey.
  • All passengers must present confirmation of a COVID‑19 PCR test scheduled within 24 hours of their arrival in the Czech Republic.
  • The above requirements do not apply to passengers below 5 years old and transport workers who can present adequate documentation of their reason for entering the country.

Dark red ‑ Very high risk of COVID‑19 transmission

  • All passengers travelling from these countries must present a printed negative COVID‑19 PCR test certificate for a test taken no more than 72 hours before departure.
  • Citizens of the Czech Republic and their family members, citizens of the European Union with a temporary residence permit in the Czech Republic and foreign nationals with a permanent residence permit in the Czech Republic issued by the Czech Republic may submit a printed negative COVID‑19 antigen test certificate instead of a PCR test certificate. The antigen test must be taken no more than 24 hours before the start of their journey.

Red ‑ High risk

  • All passengers travelling from these countries must present a printed negative COVID‑19 Antigen or PCR test certificate; Antigen test taken no more than 24 hours before departure, PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before departure.
  • This requirement does not apply to persons that were issued a national certificate of vaccination against COVID‑19 disease by the Republic of Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, the Federal Republic of Germany, the Republic of Poland, the Republic of Austria, the Slovak Republic or the Republic of Slovenia, or citizens of the Czech Republic who have been deployed to perform service or work abroad pursuant to Act No. 150/2017 Coll., the Act on Foreign Service and on Amendments to Certain Acts (Act of Foreign Service) and their family members who accompany or have accompanied them, or by another country, which is not on the list of countries with a very high or extreme risk of COVID‑19 transmission.
  • The following time must have passed since vaccination:
    • In the case of a two‑dose schedule based on the summary of product characteristics, at least 22 days but not more than 3 months after the first dose of vaccine has been administered.
    • In the case of a two‑dose schedule based on the summary of product characteristics, and in the case of a second dose of vaccine not more than 9 months after the first dose of vaccine.
    • In the case of a single‑dose schedule based on the summary of product characteristics, at least 14 days but not more than 9 months after the administration of the vaccine dose.

Orange ‑ Medium risk

  • All passengers travelling from these countries must present a printed negative COVID‑19 Antigen or PCR test certificate; Antigen test taken no more than 24 hours before departure, PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before departure.
  • This requirement does not apply to persons that were issued a certificate by the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic confirming that they have been vaccinated against COVID‑19 and at least 14 days have passed from the application of the second dose of the vaccine, in case of a two‑dose system, or at least 14 days have passed from the application of the first dose of the vaccine in case of a one‑dose system.
  • This requirement does not apply to persons that were issued a national certificate of vaccination against COVID‑19 disease by the Republic of Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, the Federal Republic of Germany, the Republic of Poland, the Republic of Austria, the Slovak Republic or the Republic of Slovenia, or citizens of the Czech Republic who have been deployed to perform service or work abroad pursuant to Act No. 150/2017 Coll., the Act on Foreign Service and on Amendments to Certain Acts (Act of Foreign Service) and their family members who accompany or have accompanied them, or by another country, which is not on the list of countries with a very high or extreme risk of COVID‑19 transmission.
  • The following time must have passed since vaccination:
    • In the case of a two‑dose schedule based on the summary of product characteristics, at least 22 days but not more than 3 months after the first dose of vaccine has been administered.
    • In the case of a two‑dose schedule based on the summary of product characteristics, and in the case of a second dose of vaccine not more than 9 months after the first dose of vaccine.
    • In the case of a single‑dose schedule based on the summary of product characteristics, at least 14 days but not more than 9 months after the administration of the vaccine dose.

Green ‑ Low risk

  • Passengers may travel to the Czech Republic from these countries without any restrictions.

Required forms
Covid Restrictions: All passengers (except Green countries) must complete the Public Health Passenger Locator Form to be accepted on the flight.
Quarantine
Covid Restrictions: Black ‑ Extreme risk of COVID‑19 transmission

  • All passengers must subsequently present a second COVID‑19 PCR test performed in the Czech Republic within 24 hours of arrival and a third COVID‑19 PCR test performed in the Czech Republic no sooner than 10 days but not later than 14 days after arrival. Passengers are required to self‑isolate until the third negative test is submitted.

Dark red ‑ Very high risk

  • All passengers must subsequently present a second COVID‑19 PCR test performed in the Czech Republic no sooner than 5 days but not later than 14 days after arrival. Until the second negative test is submitted, self‑isolation is required.

Red ‑ High risk

  • All passengers must subsequently present a second COVID‑19 PCR test performed in the Czech Republic within 5 days after arrival. Until the second negative test is submitted, self‑isolation is required.
  • This requirement does not apply to persons that were issued a certificate by the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic confirming that they have been vaccinated against COVID‑19 and at least 14 days have passed from the application of the second dose of the vaccine, in case of a two‑dose system, or at least 14 days have passed from the application of the first dose of the vaccine in case of a one‑dose system.

Exemptions
Covid Restrictions: The above requirements for Orange, Red and Dark red countries do not apply to:

  • International transport workers, provided that the reason for their entry into the country is supported by an adequate document;
  • Citizens of the European Union, including the citizens of the Czech Republic, and foreign nationals with long‑term or permanent residence permit for residence in the European Union who transit by air across the Czech Republic within 12 hours or who travel to or from the Czech Republic for a period not exceeding 12 hours, or in case of travels from and to neighbouring countries for a period not exceeding 24 hours, if they are not persons travelling from countries with an extreme risk of COVID‑19 transmission; those foreign nationals travelling from a country with a high risk of COVID‑19 transmission, if they are not countries listed below, are only allowed to travel to the Czech Republic for reasons (travel to and from work or other similar activities, provision of child, relatives or animal care, essential travel to health and social services facilities including the necessary escort of relatives and close persons, travel for urgent official or emergency matters including the provision of the necessary escorts of relatives and close persons, attendance of funerals, travel for education including internships and examinations, participation in an authorized assembly, travel to one’s place of residence); persons transiting by land, who are travelling from a country with an extreme or very high risk of COVID‑19 transmission, have the obligation to have a written confirmation from an accredited laboratory of a negative result of an antigen or RT‑PCR test for the presence of SARS‑CoV‑2 before entering the Czech Republic; the antigen test must be carried out no more than 24 hours and RT‑PCR test no more than 72 hours before the beginning of the travel;
  • Accredited members of diplomatic missions in the Czech Republic including private servants, holders of diplomatic passports who are travelling to or from the Czech Republic for the purpose of diplomatic service and officials of international organisations registered with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, provided that their stay in the country or outside the country does not exceed 72 hours;
  • Persons younger than 5 years, and minors with intellectual impairment, autism spectrum disorder, and cognitive impairment or severe mental retardation, whose mental abilities or current state of mind do not allow them to comply with this protection measure and who have a written medical certificate in English for this purpose issued by a doctor operating in the Czech Republic or in another Member State of the European Union; the certificate must contain a stamp, the identification data and the telephone number of the doctor;
  • Professional artists, professional athletes and members of the national representation of the Czech Republic or other countries, including persons essential for cultural or sporting events permitted by the Ministry of Health’s exception, who are allowed individual training activities or participation in a mass event for which binding hygienic and anti‑epidemic conditions have been established or in a permitted cultural or sporting event;
  • Cross‑border workers, pupils and students who cross the state border with the Czech Republic to or from a neighbouring country for the purpose of work or studies regularly at least once a week on an authorised basis and trips to or from a neighbouring country for the purpose of exercising the right to take care of or be in contact with a minor child, or for the purpose of visiting one’s spouse who works or studies in a neighbouring country;
  • Members of prison services or police officers carrying out escorting activities or providing security on airplanes;
  • The citizens of the Czech Republic, the citizens of the European Union and the holders of a valid long‑term visa, temporary or permanent residence permit for residence in the Czech Republic issued by the Czech Republic who are issued with a written medical certificate in the English language, issued by a physician working in the Czech Republic or another member state of the European Union:
    • they do not have any clinical signs of COVID‑19, that they have provably recovered from COVID‑19
    • they have completed isolation to the required extent due to a positive result of an RT‑PCR test according to the valid extraordinary measures ordered by the Ministry of Health or a measure of another member state of the European Union, and
    • at least 14 days, but not more than 180 days have passed from the first positive result of an RT‑PCR test;
    • The certificate must contain the stamp of the medical facility and the doctor’s identification details and telephone number. You can check out a sample of the approved certificate format on the Ministry of Health website.
  • Critical infrastructure service personnel whose performance is in the interest of the Czech Republic, provided they take a COVID‑19 PCR test after their arrival and get a negative result
  • Passengers who hold a diplomatic note confirming proven and completed isolation due to COVID‑19 or a diplomatic note issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic certifying that it is impossible to take a test for COVID‑19 in their country of origin or certifying proven isolation due to COVID‑19 disease in the country of departure. Passengers who have been issued a diplomatic note certifying that it is impossible to take a COVID‑19 test in their country of origin must take an RT‑PCR test immediately on arrival and must comply with requirements for passengers arriving from countries with a very high risk of transmission.
  • Cross‑border cooperation within the intervention of the integrated rescue system services

Note that the written confirmation/certificate can be provided in printed (original or plain copy) or electronic form, provided that it indicates the passenger’s first name, last name and date of birth or a document number of a travel document. Written confirmation in electronic form cannot be submitted in the form of an SMS message. Note that for the purposes of this Protective Measure, the term “spouse” also includes a registered partner.
Travel Eligibility
It is prohibited to enter the Czech Republic for all citizens of third countries, which are not on the list of countries with an extreme or a low risk and third country nationals who have temporary or permanent residence in such third countries.
This does not apply to:

  • Foreign nationals with a long‑term residence permit; or permanent residence permit for residence in countries with a low risk of transmission of COVID‑19,
  • Holders of a valid long‑term visa, a long‑term / temporary; or permanent residence permit card for residence in the territory of the Czech Republic, issued by the Czech Republic,
  • Foreign nationals who were issued a short‑term visa by the Czech Republic after 11 May 2020; provided that they have the printed negative COVID‑19 test certificate;
  • Foreign nationals with permitted long‑term; or permanent residence in the European Union,
  • Family members within the meaning of Section 15(a) para. 1 or Section 15(a) para. 2(b) of Act No. 326/1999 Coll.; on the Residence of Foreign Nationals in the Czech Republic and on Amendments to Certain Acts; as amended, citizens of the Czech Republic or citizens of the European Union with their place of residence in the Czech Republic;
  • Foreign nationals whose entry into the country is in the interest of the Czech Republic; provided that the reason for their entry into the country is supported by an adequate document and provided that they have the printed negative COVID‑19 test certificate or a diplomatic note;
  • International transport workers; provided that the reason for their entry into the country is supported by an adequate document,
  • Accredited members of diplomatic missions in the Czech Republic including private servants; holders of diplomatic passports who are travelling to the Czech Republic for the purpose of diplomatic service and officials of international organisations registered with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
  • In special urgent situations (the need to provide planned medical services, performance of an obligation imposed by a court; a trip based on a summons from a government authority; execution of a judgment, dealings with public authorities, necessary care for close family members who are unable to take care of themselves on their own, exercise of the right to take care of a minor child or be in contact with a minor child, other humanitarian situations); provided that the reason for the entry into the country is supported by an adequate document and provided that they have the printed negative COVID‑19 test certificate;
  • For a foreign national who has a demonstrable permanent partnership with a citizen of the Czech Republic or with the EU citizen with temporary residence certificate for a stay of over 90 days or with permanent residence permit; who has accepted the obligations set out in the affidavit; lives demonstrably in the same household with him or her and has been admitted to the territory of the Czech Republic pursuant to this point based on a confirmation issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and provided that they have the printed negative COVID‑19 test certificate or a diplomatic note.

Passengers who are nationals of countries with an extreme risk of transmission of COVID‑19 who have stayed for more than 12 hours in those countries within the last 14 days, as well as foreign nationals who have stayed more than 12 hours in those countries in the last 14 days will not be allowed entry into the Czech Republic.
This does not apply to:

  • Holders of a permanent residence permit in the Czech Republic issued by the Czech Republic
  • Family members within the meaning of Section 15(a) para. 1 of Act No. 326/1999 Coll., on the Residence of Foreign Nationals in the Czech Republic and on Amendments to Certain Acts, as amended, who are holders of a temporary residence permit in the Czech Republic issued by the Czech Republic
  • Citizens of the European Union who are holders of a temporary residence permit in the Czech Republic issued by the Czech Republic
  • Foreign nationals whose entry into the country is in the foreign policy interest of the Czech Republic or in the interest of the Czech Republic for public health reasons provided that the interest of the Czech Republic is supported by an adequate document
  • Accredited members of diplomatic missions in the Czech Republic including private servants and officials of international organisations registered with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Other information
For more information and exemptions you can refer to the Ministry of the Interior and Ministry of Health.
If you’re travelling to Czech Republic, please check our page: Things to do in Czech Republic

 


5. Denmark – Covid Restrictions

Covid Restrictions: Effective 7 February 2021, guidelines have been updated to reflect requirement changes for passengers from specified countries. Please refer to the website of the Danish Police for information on travel in and out of Denmark and the entry requirements before you travel.
Border control is now applicable to customers travelling to Sweden via Copenhagen. Borders to Sweden will be closed for all passengers and transfer in Denmark to Sweden will be prohibited. Exemptions to below passengers are applicable:

  • Swedish citizens
  • Persons with residence permit in Sweden
  • Persons with permanent residence (home) in Sweden

COVID‑19 testing requirements
Covid Restrictions: All passengers who are departing from Dubai must have a negative certificate for a COVID‑19 test taken at Dubai International Airport. The test at Dubai Terminal 3 is mandatory even if the passenger is holding a negative test result issued from another laboratory.
Testing facilities are available near the food court of the departures area at Dubai International airport Terminal 3. The testing facilities will be available to passengers 8 hours before departure. The testing process from registration until results are issued may take between 10 to 15 minutes. Passengers who test positive for COVID‑19 will need to follow Dubai Health Authority (DHA) advised protocols.
All passengers being tested at the COVID‑19 rapid testing facilities in Terminal 3 will be charged AED 150 and applicable taxes.
Passengers will be required to take a COVID‑19 rapid test on arrival in Denmark.
Passengers transferring in Dubai are required to hold a valid COVID‑19 test taken 48 hours prior to departure from the origin destination. PCR and antigen tests are accepted.
Exemptions to COVID‑19 testing requirements:
Pre‑departure COVID‑19 test:

  • Children under the age of 15
  • Air crew members
  • Persons who enter Denmark in connection with transportation of freight
  • International ship crew members who are signing on or off in Danish ports
  • International workers entering Denmark to sign on or off at offshore installations
  • Danish citizens who have started their journey in a country or region that is not red (UAE is at the moment orange, country and regional colours can be found on Kategorisering af lande (coronasmitte.dk) can present proof of completed vaccination issued in a country outside the EU or Schengen area. Only the following vaccine will be accepted: BioNTech Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna and Oxford AstraZeneca.

Rapid test exemptions on arrival:

  • Children under the age of 15 years are exempt from the new mandatory rapid test on arrival.
  • Crew are exempt from the test.
  • Transfer Non‑Schengen to Non‑Schengen are exempt from the test.

More information on testing requirements can be found here https://en.coronasmitte.dk/rules‑and‑regulations/entry‑into‑denmark/legal‑requirements‑upon‑entry
Previously COVID‑19 infected passengers
Passengers, who previously have been infected with COVID‑19 and therefore are unable to present a negative test result must present a positive COVID‑19 test result from a PCR test which is performed between 14 days and up to a maximum of 180 days prior to the flight. These passengers are no longer perceived to be contagious. Note that effective 10 May, only results of a COVID‑19 PCR test will be accepted for passengers who have previously been infected with COVID‑19.
Quarantine
Covid Restrictions: Effective 7 February, all passengers arriving to Denmark are required to complete a 10 day quarantine. The quarantine can be lifted by completing a negative COVID‑19 PCR test no earlier than on the fourth day of quarantine.
Exemptions for quarantine: Danish citizens who have started their journey in a country or region that is not red (UAE is at the moment orange, country and regional colours can be found on Kategorisering af lande (coronasmitte.dk) can present proof of completed vaccination issued in a country outside the EU or Schengen area. Only the following vaccine will be accepted: BioNTech Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna and Oxford AstraZeneca.
Exemptions
Covid Restrictions: Non‑resident passengers may be allowed entry to Denmark for valid reasons.
Other information
Covid Restrictions: For further travel advice, please refer to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

Travel from Denmark

COVID‑19 testing requirements
Travellers are allowed to transit through Denmark to a destination outside the country, including the Faroe Islands and Greenland. This applies regardless of your habitual residence and your means of transport, provided you present a negative COVID‑19 test taken no more than 24 hours before boarding the plane.
Please click here for more information.
If you’re travelling to Denmark, please check our page: Things to do in Denmark

 


6. France – Covid Restrictions

Covid Restrictions: Please check if you are allowed entry to France before you travel. If you are travelling to France, you may be required to take a COVID‑19 PCR test before departure and fill out required forms before arrival.
Effective 9 June 2021, the following requirements apply based on country categories:
EU and French nationals will not be required to present compelling reasons for travel to France but must comply with the requirements for the country they are travelling from.
The list of country categories is available here.
Green countries

  • Fully vaccinated passengers:
    • Can enter France without any restriction
  • Non‑vaccinated passenger:
    • Must take a COVID‑19 PCR or antigen test least 72 hours before departure

Orange countries (including UAE)

  • Fully vaccinated passengers:
    • Must take a COVID‑19 PCR test at least 72 hours before departure, or an antigen test 48 hours before departure
  • Non‑vaccinated passengers:
    • Must have a compelling reason for travelling to France
    • Must take a COVID‑19 PCR test at least 72 hours before departure, or an antigen test 48 hours before departure
    • Will be subject to random testing on arrival
    • Must self‑isolate for 7 days

Red countries

  • Fully vaccinated passengers:
    • Must have a compelling reason to travelling to France
    • Must take a COVID‑19 PCR or antigen test 48 hours before departure
    • Will be subject to testing on arrival
    • Must self‑isolate for 7 days
  • Non‑vaccinated passengers:
    • Must have a compelling reason to travelling to France
    • Must take a COVID‑19 PCR or antigen test 48 hours before departure
    • Will be subject to testing on arrival
    • Must undergo mandatory 10‑day quarantine

Note:

  • The compelling reasons and quarantine requirements that apply to adults according to their vaccination status also apply to accompanying passengers below 18 years old, regardless of the minor’s vaccination status.
  • The requirements per country category apply to your point of origin. This also applies to transit passengers with up to 24 hours connection time. If your transit exceeds 24 hours, the category (Green/Orange/Red) applicable will be of the transfer country.

Approved vaccines:

  • Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca ‑ applicable 2 weeks after the complete dosage
  • Johnson & Johnson – applicable 4 weeks after the complete dosage
  • If previously infected with COVID‑19 and vaccinated with approved vaccines – applicable 2 weeks after first dose

Exemptions
Covid Restrictions: Passengers transiting through CDG to travel to a third country within 24 hours are not required to present a COVID‑19 PCR test certificate provided they do not exit the airport.
Children below 11 years old are not required to take the COVID‑19 PCR test.
Crew members travelling to or from deployment or personnel necessary for the operation of passenger or cargo flights
Members of a delegation on official missions, diplomatic mission staff, or staff of international organisation with headquarters or offices located in France, as well as their spouse and children.
Travel eligibility
Covid Restrictions: Travel to and from France is restricted except for the following countries: European Union member states, Andorra, Australia, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Liechtenstein, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Saint‑Marin, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the Vatican.
To enter France, arriving passengers will be required to provide two boarding passes (from the origin as well as transfer airport) at the immigration in France.
Passengers who require a compelling reason must present supporting documents for compelling professional, personal and emergency reasons to travel to be accepted on flights. Passengers must also present a print‑out of the completed necessary forms for compelling reasons to authorities.
Compelling reasons of a personal or family nature:

  • Death of a family member in the direct line of a brother or sister / visit to a person whose the vital prognosis is engaged, for the members of the family in direct line (required documents: act or certificate of death, medical certificate establishing the person’s situation whose vital prognosis is engaged)
  • Child custody by the parent vested with parental authority or whose custody right is recognised by legal decision (required documents: court decision and supporting document for the place of residence)
  • Summons by a judicial or administrative authority (required documents: summons by the administrative or judicial authority)
  • Legal or economic impossibility of remaining in the territory in which the person / execution is located a measure of distance from the territory (required documents: expiring residence permit, act of dismissal, etc.)
  • Students at the start, resumption or end of their studies cycle (required document: school certificate issued by the institution)

Compelling reason for health:

  • Vital medical emergency, including an accompanying person if their presence is essential (required documents: medical certificate, proof of scheduled hospitalization, etc.

Compelling professional reasons:

  • Missions essential to the pursuit of an economic activity, requiring an on‑site presence which cannot be postponed, including transport professionals (required documents: certificate from the employer, professional card for transport crews, international freight, international passenger transport, international transport maritime)
  • Health professional contributing to the fight against COVID‑19 or participating in cooperation of major interest in health matters (required document: professional card)
  • One‑off missions linked to the exercise of public authority prerogatives (including diplomatic missions) that cannot be postponed or cancelled (required document: professional card, mission order)
  • High‑level professional sportsmen participating in meetings validated by the Ministry of Sports (required documents: professional card, certificate issued by the organizer in conjunction with the Ministry of Sports)

Travel from Brazil to France, including on connecting flights, is forbidden except for the operation of cargo flights.
Required forms
Covid Restrictions: All passengers travelling to mainland France must complete the locator form.
Additionally passengers must complete the following forms before check‑in:

  • For passengers that must present a compelling reason to travel, it is mandatory to fill a Certificate of Travel available on this link for the below categories:
    • Travel to/from a European Area Country
    • Travel to/from Australia, South Korea, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore
    • Travel to/from The United Kingdom
    • Travel to/from Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, India, Nepal, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Surinam, Turkey, Uruguay
    • Travel to/from any other Country outside the European Area
  • Sworn Statement to Abide by the Rules for Entry Into Metropolitan National Territory
  • Passengers that require a test on arrival or quarantine must complete this form before departure.

Other information
A nightly curfew is currently in force in metropolitan France, restrictions and exemptions along with required certificates, can be found here.
You can find further information here and get advice for foreign nationals here.
Passengers are required to change their face masks every 4 hours. This is applicable on board and at airport premises.

Travel from France

Covid Restrictions: If you are travelling from France, you may be required to take a COVID‑19 test before departure. Please check the requirements of your specific destination before you travel.
COVID‑19 testing requirements
In cooperation with BIOGROUP laboratories, Emirates has simplified procedures so you can take COVID‑19 PCR test with confidence before you travel. Find the testing facility closest to you on the BIOGROUP laboratories website. Present your ticket or booking confirmation and the costs of the test will be covered by health insurance. You should receive your test results within 48 hours after the sample is taken. Please note that Emirates is not liable for the samples, their transfer and analysis as carried out under the full responsibility of BIOGROUP, nor for any delay in the release of test results.
If you’re travelling to France, please check our page: Things to do in France

 


7. Germany – Covid Restrictions

COVID‑19 testing requirements
Covid Restrictions: Travellers arriving in Germany on flights, irrespective of whether or not they have spent time in a risk area (incl. high incidence area and area of variants of concern), must present a negative COVID‑19 test result at check‑in. Passengers transiting via a German airport to a third country are exempted.
Proof of vaccination or recovery from COVID‑19 can replace a negative test certificate and exempt travellers from quarantine on entry. This does not apply if they have spent time in an area of variant of concern prior to entry.

  • Proof of recovery means proof of previous COVID‑19 infection in written or digital form in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish if the test involved a laboratory diagnostics test (PCR, PoC‑PCR or other nucleic acid amplification test methods) which was done no less than 28 days and no more than six months before arrival in Germany.
  • Proof of vaccination means proof of full vaccination against COVID‑19 in written or digital form in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish with a vaccine listed online by the Paul Ehrlich Institute:
    • a) and the full dosage has been completed as published by the Paul Ehrlich Institute and no less than 14 days have elapsed since the last required dose
    • b) or one vaccine dose for a person who has recovered from COVID‑19

Check the official website for more information on the foregoing obligations, exemptions and requirements regarding the relevant proofs.
Information on accepted vaccines can be found here.
Tests accepted:

  • Proof testing may be a medical certificate or test result confirming that the passenger is not infected with the SARS‑CoV‑2 coronavirus. The proof must contain the (rapid) antigen manufacturer’s details as well as the date and type of test taken and must be provided in paper or electronic form in either English, French or German.
  • Nucleic acid amplification techniques (PCR, LAMP1, TMA2) to detect the SARS‑CoV‑2 coronavirus are currently accepted. The sample collection for the test must not be more than 72 hours before entry into Germany.
  • Antigen tests for the direct detection of the SARS‑CoV‑2 coronavirus are also accepted provided they fulfil the minimum quality criteria recommended by WHO. The sample collection for the test must not be more than 48 hours before entry into Germany. For passengers travelling from areas of variants of concern, the sample collection for the test must not be more than 24 hours before departure.
  • The tests must be carried out or supervised (also through video) by a third party who is authorised to carry out or supervise such tests under the law of the state in which the test was carried out. The third party must also verify and confirm the identity of the person tested by means of an official photo ID.
  • Passengers originating from an area of virus variant of concern will not be allowed to travel through Germany to another Schengen country by air or road. If you are travelling from an area of virus variant of concern please check the travel ban regulations imposed by the German Federal Ministry of Health.
  • Children below the age of six are exempted from taking a COVID‑19 test.

Required forms
Covid Restrictions: Customers who have visited a virus variant area, high‑incidence area or risk area are required to complete a Digital Entry Declaration (“DEA”). Customers originating from a “non‑risk‑area” and transferring via an airport located in a virus variant area, high incidence area or risk area are also required to complete a Digital Entry Declaration (“DEA”). For details on the classification of countries check the RKI website. At the time of check‑in, such passengers are to ensure they have a confirmation form of the registration, either saved or printed.
The form has to be filled out correctly as incorrect forms are considered to be an administrative offence and will lead to fines.
Passengers who do not complete the Digital Entry Declaration (“DEA”) will not be accepted for travel.
Only passengers who have a confirmed onward flight within the same day are exempted from completing the DEA but they must complete the requirements of their final destination.
Quarantine
General information from the German Government about Quarantine Regulations can be found here. Please note: Each German state is in charge of their own Quarantine Regulations. Therefore, please read and follow the respective Quarantine Regulations of the German state you plan to visit (e.g. Baden‑WürttembergHamburgNorth Rhine‑Westphalia)
Other information
Please read the rules for incoming passengers arriving in Dusseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich before you travel. If you fly to Hamburg, please read the rules for incoming passengers in Hamburg before you depart.
Find more information about German government restrictions from the Federal Foreign Office and the Robert Koch Institute.
You can also check these FAQs.
For more information refer to FAQs in English or German.
If you’re travelling to Germany, please check our page: Things to do in Germany

 


8. Greece – Covid Restrictions

Covid Restrictions: Please check if you are allowed entry to Greece before you travel. If you are travelling to Greece, you are required to present a vaccination certificate, or take a COVID‑19 PCR test before departure, or present proof of recovery from COVID‑19, and fill out required forms before arrival.
Exemptions
Covid Restrictions: Only EU citizens can travel to Greece. Exceptions are citizens and permanent residents of Australia, New Zealand, Rwanda, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, the Russian Federation, North Macedonia, Canada, Belarus, Bahrain, Qatar, China, Kuwait, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia and Israel.
The following categories of passengers are also exempted from the entry restrictions:

  • Nationals of EU member states and the Schengen agreement; including their spouses or persons with whom they have a cohabitation agreement, as well as their minor children
  • Medical and nursing staff, researchers and health professionals; if they present their professional license to practice or other appropriate evidence of their professional status at the point of entry, and provided that their entry into the country relates to the exercise of their professional duties
  • Long term residents of EU member states or Schengen agreement and third country nationals; holding a residence permit in EU member states or the Schengen agreement
  • Members of government delegations
  • Members of diplomatic delegations or consulate authorities and delegations; members of international and European organisations, members of humanitarian organisations performing their duties, military and security forces officials and of general secretariat for civil protection
  • Personnel employed in the transport sector; including seamen, aircraft crews, the crews and technical personnel of the leased aircraft firefighting equipment, lorry drivers and the absolutely necessary support staff for the transport of goods
  • Transit passengers, provided they remain at the airport transit area and do not exit the airport during the transit time.
  • Students
  • Persons caring for the elderly and people with disability (disabled)
  • Seasonal workers in the field of agriculture

The above persons must present the appropriate document and undergo laboratory medical examination.
Third country nationals subject to the restrictions may request exceptional entry to the Greek consular authority of their place of residence or stay for business or personal reasons.
Suspension of Entry into the United States
Non‑US residents (non‑immigrants) are not permitted to transit via the EU to the US, unless they have National Interest Exception (NIE) waiver approval or if they fall under exceptions stated here.
COVID‑19 testing and other entry requirements
Passengers will be subjected to random COVID‑19 rapid testing on arrival. Passengers who test positive for COVID‑19 must quarantine under supervision for 10 days; either at home or at a designated temporary residence assigned by the appropriate authorities. Passengers having completed COVID‑19 vaccination at least 14 days before arrival and tested positive for COVID‑19 are required to quarantine for 7 days. All above passengers are required to take a molecular (PCR) test for COVID‑19 on the last day of their quarantine. All passengers, regardless of nationality, including children over the age of six, must meet one of the following conditions:

  • Completed vaccination for COVID‑19 at least fourteen days before scheduled arrival and present a vaccination certificate in either English, Greek, French, German, Spanish, Italian or Russian, issued by a public authority in accordance with the relevant legislation, or
  • Present a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID‑19, performed by taking an oropharyngeal or nasopharyngeal smear, up to 72 hours before the scheduled arrival. The certificate can be in English, Greek, French, German, Spanish, Italian or Russian, or
  • Present proof of recovery from COVID‑19, valid as of two months after positive PCR or antigen test up to nine months, in either English, Greek, French, German, Spanish, Italian or Russian, properly issued in accordance with the relevant legislation.
  • Present a digital or printed EU COVID‑19 certificate issued according to EU requirements
  • For permanent residents of Montenegro, entry to Greece is allowed if they have completed the full dosage of a COVID‑19 vaccine at least fourteen days before their scheduled arrival and present a negative COVID‑19 PCR test certificate for an oropharyngeal or nasopharyngeal smear taken no more than 72 hours before their scheduled arrival.

Transit passengers to Extra‑Schengen destinations from Athens are not subject to the COVID‑19 PCR test certificate requirement (of Greece).
Required forms
Covid Restrictions: Passengers must complete the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) latest on the day before their arrival in Greece. A PLF completed on time must indicate the correct arrival date. Passengers will receive confirmation of their submitted PLF. Families can also be accepted with only one joint PLF confirmation and one unique QR code.
Permanent residents of Greece travelling on international flights from Greece must submit a PLF online one day before their departure.
Along with the QR code proof that they have completed the PLF, passengers from UAE or third countries will have to present their residence permit, work permit, identity card (provided that it states the place of residence), driving license or other document to prove their place of residence.
Other information
Passengers on domestic flights must carry one of the following:

  • COVID‑19 vaccination certificate OR
  • COVID‑19 PCR‑negative test certificate OR
  • proof of recovery from COVID‑19 as per the details mentioned above OR
  • a COVID‑19 self‑test declaration form for a self‑test taken within 24 hours before the scheduled flight.

The use of face masks is mandatory at all airport areas. Face masks incorporating filtering respirators with exhalation valve are not permitted.
For more information, check the Protocol for Arrivals in Greece.
If you’re travelling to Greece, please check our page: Things to do in Greece

 


9. Hungary – Covid Restrictions

Covid Restrictions: There are restrictions on the categories of passengers who can enter Hungary at this time. Passenger restrictions do not apply to persons with COVID‑19 immunity certificates issued by Hungary, Serbia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Bahrain, Croatia, Turkey, North Macedonia, Czech Republic, Mongolia, Georgia, Romania, Moldova, Slovakia, Cyprus, Albania, Morocco, and Ukraine, as well as minors under 18 years who are accompanied by their parents/guardian.
Please check the latest requirements before you travel. If you are travelling to Hungary, you may be required to take a COVID‑19 PCR test before departure or on arrival, as well as undergo self quarantine.
Quarantine
Passengers arriving into Hungary are subject to 10 days self quarantine from the date/time of entering the country. The quarantine period can be shortened if:

  • The passenger is able to present two negative COVID‑19 PCR test results with a 48‑hour period between the two tests. Certificates issued in Schengen countries, Croatia, United States of America and Canada within 5 days of their arrival can be accepted as the first one, or
  • The passenger is able to provide satisfactory proof that they have been treated for and cured of COVID‑19 in the past six months prior to their arrival.

Exemptions
Covid Restrictions: Travel to Hungary is only permitted for Hungarian citizens, citizens with permanent residence permit in Hungary and their family members.
Passengers holding a travel document issued by any other countries (including EU and Non‑EU citizens) are not permitted to enter with the following exceptions:

  • Citizens of the EU, EEA, EU Candidate States; Great Britain, Northern Ireland, United States of America, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, India, Indonesia, State of Israel, Japan, China, Russia, Singapore, Turkey, Ukraine, Korea, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and citizens with a valid residence permit in any of the listed countries with a validity of more than 90 days will only be allowed entry after presenting proof of business or economic activities in Hungary. This category of passengers are also exempted from health screening and quarantine requirements.
  • Passengers in transit are allowed to enter in case of negative health screening at entry, if they are able to certify the purpose and destination of their travel and their entry into a neighbouring country of Hungary on their way to their final destination is ensured.
  • Passengers arriving for cultural or sport events in Hungary are allowed to enter with a ticket of the event provided that they have one negative SARS‑COV2 PCR test result within 3 days before entry. The document has to be certified and issued in Hungarian or English.
  • Passengers are allowed to enter Hungary for business or economic activities if they provide proof of this at entry. Customers arriving in Hungary for business or economic activities are exempted from health screening and quarantine, provided they hold permission to enter Hungary.
  • All other passengers that have pre‑approval from Hungarian Authorities. The request to enter Hungary can be lodged online.

Other information
Covid Restrictions: For more information about the entry process upon arrival and departure please visit the Budapest Airport website.
If you’re travelling to Hungary, please check our page: Things to do in Hungary

 


10 . Ireland – Covid Restrictions

Covid Restrictions: Nationals of the following countries who were visa exempt will now require a visa or transit visa to enter Ireland: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Guyana, Paraguay, South Africa, Uruguay
Nationals of the following countries who currently require a visa, but do not require a transit visa, will now require either a visa or a transit visa with immediate effect: Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Suriname
Exemptions to the visa restrictions:

  • Irish residents who are in possession of their physical Irish residence permit.
  • Family members of European Citizens, who are in possession of a Residence card issued under Article 10 or Article 20 of Directive 2004/38/EC and are joining or accompanying their European family member. Please note that residence cards issued by the United Kingdom do not exempt from Irish visa requirements.
  • Airline Crew members arriving into the State in the course of their duties.
  • Seafarers seeking entry to the State to embark or disembark from a vessel or transiting the State for this purpose. Such seafarers must be in possession of a Seamans book issued under ILO 108 or ILO185.
  • A person exempted for any other reason under S.I. 473/2014.
  • For latest travel information, please see www.gov.ie or for visa information please see www.inis.gov.ie

COVID‑19 testing requirements
Covid Restrictions: All passengers arriving in Ireland will require a negative COVID‑19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in Ireland.
Exemptions

  • Holders of a valid Annex 3 certificate, drivers of heavy goods vehicles, airline pilots, aircrew, maritime masters or maritime crew
  • Passengers travelling to the state pursuant to an arrest warrant, extradition proceedings or other mandatory legal obligation
  • Members of An Garda Síochána or Defence Forces and travelling to the state in the course of their duties
  • Passengers travelling to the state in circumstances where for specific and very exceptional reasons it was impossible to take a COVID‑19 RT‑PCR test before travelling and the passenger has written confirmation from the Minister for Foreign Affairs that they have urgent humanitarian reasons for travelling
  • Passengers 6 years old and below
  • Transit passengers
  • Passengers who have been outside of the state to provide services or perform the functions of an office holder (under any enactment or the constitution) or a member of either house of the Oireachtas or the European Parliament
  • Passengers travelling to the state for unavoidable, imperative and time‑sensitive medical reasons certified by a registered medical practitioner or person with equivalent qualifications outside the state

Required forms
Covid Restrictions: Passengers arriving in Ireland from overseas, including Irish citizens, must complete a COVID‑19 Passenger Locator Form 48 hours before their arrival. It is a penal offence not to complete the form in the manner specified. It is also an offence to provide false or misleading information on the form. You will receive an email receipt once you have completed the form. Please present the email receipt or a completed printed version of the form to an officer at your point of entry to the state.
During the 14 days following your arrival the information on the form may be used:

  • to provide you with public health information,
  • to contact you to verify that the information on the form is correct and
  • for the purpose of contact tracing in relation to confirmed or suspected cases of COVID‑19.

To complete the form, you will need:

  • your passport details
  • your telephone and email address
  • your travel details, including times and dates
  • the address where you will stay in the Ireland (if applicable)

Quarantine
Covid Restrictions: Effective 16 April 2021, quarantine exemptions for fully vaccinated passengers as well as families or individuals travelling with new‑born babies no older than four weeks and essential workers are applicable. Passengers in this category will not be required to enter mandatory hotel quarantine and are not subject to the requirement to present evidence of pre‑booking their quarantine to be accepted on flights.
You are considered “fully vaccinated” when you satisfy one of the following requirements:

  • 7 days after the second dose of Pfizer‑BioNtech
  • 14 days after the second dose of Moderna
  • 15 days after the second dose of Oxford‑AstraZeneca
  • 14 days after a single dose of Johnson & Johnson/ Janssen

Further information can be found here.
Effective 26 March 2021, passengers who have been in specified high risk countries (including travel from or through Dubai) in the 14 days prior to their arrival in Ireland are required to quarantine at a designated facility. The quarantine period will be for a maximum of 14 days and the facility must be booked in advance of the passenger’s arrival in Ireland with expenses borne by the passenger. Passengers are required to provide evidence at the time of check‑in of having booked a designated quarantine facility.
Further information is available on the government website.
Passengers may be prosecuted if they enter the state with no proof of COVID‑19 RT‑PCR testing, an offence punishable by a fine of up to EUR 2,500 or up to 6 months in prison or both.
Passengers who arrive in Ireland without the required evidence of a negative COVID‑19 RT‑PCT test taken 72 hours prior to arrival will be required to enter the designated quarantine facility.
For list of exemptions and FAQs please click here.
Other information
The public health measures that apply to all of the population in Ireland, will also apply to all arriving passengers. You can get more information on the Ireland government portal.
For more information, please visit the Department of Foreign Affairs and trade website.
Restricting your movements on arrival
Covid Restrictions: Nearly all of Europe has a high incidence of COVID‑19 and is in a high risk category (orange/red). If you are coming from orange, red or grey regions, or from outside the EU, you should restrict your movements for 14 days. This applies to all people entering the State, even if you have no symptoms. If you are unsure which risk area you are travelling from, please check the ECDC website.
Restricting your movements means staying home or in your accommodation, and avoiding contact with other people, including those in your household that are at particular risk should they contract COVID‑19. You should wear a face covering, including while indoors, to protect them. You can go outside to exercise by yourself as long as you keep 2 metres away from other people. You should not meet or socialise with people outside your immediate household. You can find more information on the HSE website.
Please closely monitor for any symptoms. The common symptoms of COVID‑19 are:

  • a fever (high temperature ‑ 38 degrees Celsius or above)
  • a cough ‑ this can be any kind of cough, not just dry
  • shortness of breath or breathing difficulties
  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

If you develop symptoms after arrival, you should immediately self‑isolate and contact your GP or HSE Live on 1850 24 1850.
You don’t have to restrict your movements
If you are:

  • Arriving from an orange region and have a negative/‘not detected’ result from a PCR test taken during the three days before departure to Ireland. You must carry supporting evidence of your negative test.
  • Providing an essential function or need, including an imperative business function or family reason. You are not required to restrict your movements while carrying out your business function or family reason, but you must otherwise restrict your movements for 14 days.
  • A returning passenger who travelled to carry out an essential function in another region but otherwise restricted your movements while in that region.

Please carry supporting documentation for your essential purpose. You can find more information here.
Travel to United Kingdom through Ireland
Please ensure to comply with the regulations mentioned on the Travel to United Kingdom section of the travel regulations page, in addition to the regulations for Ireland.

Travel from Ireland

COVID‑19 testing requirements
In cooperation with the following laboratories, Emirates has simplified procedures so you can take COVID 19 PCR test with confidence before you travel. Find the testing facility closest to you and present your ticket or booking confirmation. You should receive your test results within 96 hours after the sample is taken. Please note that Emirates is not liable for the samples, their transfer and analysis as carried out under the full responsibility of these laboratories, nor for any delay in the release of test results.

If you’re travelling to Ireland, please check our page: Things to do in Ireland

 


11. Italy – Covid Restrictions

Covid Restrictions: Travel to and from Italy is restricted to specific categories of passengers until 31 July 2021. As of 19 April 2021, passengers are required to hold a negative COVID‑19 test certificate to enter Italy. Please refer to the section on COVID‑19 testing requirements for further information.
Please check the requirements before you travel. If you are travelling to Italy, you may be required to take a COVID‑19 PCR test before departure and self‑isolate on arrival.
Travel update for passengers travelling to and from US on COVID‑19 tested flight
Effective 1 June, the following are required of passengers travelling to and from the US (JFK) on a COVID‑19 tested flight:
On departure from New York (JFK) passengers must:

  • Present at check‑in negative COVID‑19 PCR or rapid antigen swab test result for a test performed 48 hours before departure
  • Present at check‑in the QR code (printed or digital version) obtained after completing the EU Digital Passenger Locator Form

On arrival in Milan (MXP) passengers must:

  • Take another rapid antigen swab test. Passengers who test negative in arrival will not be required to undergo a 10‑day quarantine.

Covid Restrictions: Arriving passengers must undergo COVID‑19 testing at the designated area before passport control. Effective 30 June, the test will be at the passenger’s expense.
The test on arrival cannot be booked in advance. For Italian residents only, the test can be prepaid online.
For 10 days following arrival in Milan, passengers must keep a copy of:

  • The result of the test taken in the USA
  • The boarding pass showing that they travelled on a flight requiring pre‑departure testing
  • The result of the test taken on arrival in Milan
  • A digital/paper copy of the PLF

On departure from Milan (MXP) passengers must:

Infants up to 2 years old are exempted from COVID‑19 testing requirements.
Suspension of Entry into the United States
Non‑US residents (non‑immigrants) are not permitted to transit via the EU to the US, unless they have National Interest Exception (NIE) waiver approval or if they fall under exceptions stated here.
Travel update for passengers travelling from UAE on COVID‑19 tested flights to Rome, Milan and Venice only
Please refer to the section below for passengers travelling to Bologna.
Passengers on COVID‑19 tested flights are allowed to enter Italy for tourism purposes from any point of origin except Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and India.
All passengers travelling from Dubai (UAE) to Rome, Milan and Venice will be required to meet the following requirements:

  • Before departure, passengers must present, at check‑in, a COVID‑19 test (PCR or antigen) report for a test done a maximum of 48 hours before departure.
  • Passengers must fill in a location form in digital format, known as the Digital Passenger Locator Form (dPLF). Once the form has been completed and submitted, passengers will receive the dPLF in pdf format with a QR code at their email address. They must present this QR code at check in at the original point of departure before they can be issued with a boarding pass.
  • A rapid swab test is mandatory on arrival, and all arriving passengers are required to book a swab test online. Passengers who do not book the swab test online may be subject to additional delays on arrival.

Covid Restrictions: To speed up the process, passengers travelling to Milan can register for the test on the Milan Gruppo S, Donato Website within 48 hours of their departure. The cost is €36. Passengers travelling to Milan, who are holding an Italian Social Security Number (Codice Fiscale), can speed up the testing process at Milano Malpensa by pre‑registering and paying for the test in advance one day prior to their departure. Pease note that the test will be performed at Milan Malpensa Airport Terminal 1 and not at Palazzo Della Salute as communicated on the “Digital Health Pass Website”. Passengers must book the swab on the correct day but the time frame is not binding as they will be accepted into the testing area according to their actual arrival time and not the timeframe booked.
Passengers travelling to Rome can book the swab test on the Aeroporti de Roma website at a cost of €20.
The cost of the service will be charged to the customer. Payment for the tests can be made at the airport by credit card, debit card or directly by smartphone, using contactless payment apps.
Exemptions:

  • Arriving passengers who have a Schengen onward flight or operating crew members are exempt for the rapid testing on arrival.
  • Infants up to 2 years old are exempted from COVID‑19 testing requirements.

Travel update for passengers travelling to Bologna
Passengers travelling to Bologna still need to follow the General Travel Eligibility rules for travel to Italy.
COVID‑19 testing requirements for flights to Bologna
All passengers travelling to Bologna are required to hold a negative certificate for a COVID‑19 PCR or antigenic swab test taken not more than 72 hours before arrival in Italy. Passengers who have been outside Italy for less than 120 hours or whose stay in Italy will be less than 120 hours are exempt from the COVID‑19 PCR testing and quarantine requirements.
Infants up to 2 years old are exempted from COVID‑19 testing requirements.
Please visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for further information.
Required forms
Covid Restrictions: Before entering Italy, all passengers are required to complete the Passenger Locator Form (dPLF) online. Upon completion of the form, a QR code will be generated which must be presented at check‑in, on paper or as a digital copy on their device, at the point of original departure, before they can be issued with a boarding pass.
Travel update for passengers travelling from India, Bangladesh or Sri Lanka
Covid Restrictions: Effective until 21 June 2021, passengers who have been/or have transited through India, Bangladesh or Sri Lanka within the last 14 days before their arrival will not be allowed entry to Italy. Foreign nationals will not be allowed entry to Italy even if they have a valid resident permit.
Exceptions:

  • Italian nationals with an Italian passport who are also residents of Italy may return provided they complete the following requirements:
    • Have a negative COVID‑19 PCR or antigenic test taken not later than 72 hours before departure
    • Undergo testing for COVID‑19 on arrival
    • Stay at a designated quarantine hotel for 10 days
  • Customers holding a specific authorisation to enter Italy issued by the health authorities

Travel eligibility
Covid Restrictions: The Decree of the President of the Council of Ministers (DCPM) contains lists of countries, for which different restrictions apply. These lists are contained in Annex 20 of the DPCM. The measures envisaged for travel to/from the countries on the various lists are detailed below.
A: The Republic of San Marino and the Vatican City State: no limitations
B: EU countries (except for the countries in lists C and D), Schengen, Andorra, and the Principality of Monaco: No restrictions for those travelling to/from the countries listed in groups B. Molecular or antigenic swab test taken not more than 48 hours before arrival. Please visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for more information
C: Belgium, France, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Spain, The United Kingdom and Northern Ireland: No restrictions for those travelling to/from the countries listed in groups C. Molecular or antigenic swab test taken not more than 48 hours before arrival. Please visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for more information
D: Australia, Japan, New Zealand, The Republic of Korea, Rwanda, Singapore, Thailand, Uruguay, Canada, Japan, United States of America: according to the Italian regulations travel from/to these Countries is allowed for any reason, therefore also for tourism. Molecular or antigenic swab test taken not more than 72 hours before arrival. On arriving/returning to Italy travellers must self‑isolate and undergo supervision by the competent health authorities for 10 days.
E: Rest of the world: travel to/from the rest of the world (i.e. all the states and territories not mentioned in other lists) is allowed only for specific reasons, such as work, health or study, or absolute urgency, returning to one’s home, domicile, or dwelling (This includes passengers returning via Italy to their country of residence without leaving the airport, they must remain in the transit area). Travel for tourism is not allowed. Arrival/return to Italy from this group of countries is always allowed only for Italian/EU/Schengen/the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland citizens and their family members, as well as holders of residence permits and their family members. Travellers from the countries in list E are allowed to enter Italy if they have a proven and stable affective relationship (regardless of whether or not they cohabit) with Italian/EU/Schengen/the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland citizens or with persons who are legally residing in Italy and if they are travelling to their partners’ home/domicile/dwelling in Italy. Molecular or antigenic swab test taken not more than 72 hours before arrival. Travellers must self‑isolate and undergo supervision by the competent health authorities for 10 days.
Quarantine
Covid Restrictions: On entering Italy from any country listed in D and E, travellers must self‑isolate and undergo supervision by the competent health authorities for 10 days, except if you travelled on a COVID‑19 tested flight (from JFK to MXP and DXB to FCO/MXP) and you’ve taken a rapid antigen test on arrival in MXP/FCO/VCE with a negative result.
After completing the 10‑day quarantine period, passengers must undergo a new COVID‑19 PCR or antigenic swab test.
Other information
For more COVID‑19 related information please refer to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
If you’re travelling to Italy, please check our page: Things to do in Italy

 


12. Malta – Covid Restrictions

Covid Restrictions: If you are travelling to Malta, you must take a COVID‑19 PCR test before departure and complete required forms. You may also be subject to mandatory quarantine on arrival.
Travel eligibility
Passengers travelling to Malta must do so from any corridor country and must be a resident or had stayed in the country a minimum of 14 days before travelling to Malta. Passengers transiting through airports in red zones will not be allowed entry into Malta.
COVID‑19 testing requirements
All passengers travelling to Malta must have a negative COVID‑19 PCR test certificate for a test taken within 72 hours before arrival in Malta.
As of 1 June 2021, fully vaccinated Maltese nationals or Malta residency permit holders may present a Maltese vaccination certificate instead of a negative COVID‑19 PCR test certificate when returning to Malta.
Required forms
Covid Restrictions: Passengers must present a completed Passenger Locator Form (PLF) and a negative COVID‑19 PCR test certificate at check‑in to be accepted for travel to Malta.
The Superintendence of Public Health also requires that all persons travelling to Malta complete the Public Health Travel Declaration and the Passenger Locator Form which can be both downloaded here or from the Malta International Airport website. Both completed forms must be handed over to the medical/health staff on arrival at Malta International Airport. A false declaration on arrival will be considered a criminal offence.
Travellers are advised to ensure that all other documents that may be required, such as visas, are in order.
Quarantine rules
Any passenger 5 years old and above, who does not have a valid negative COVID‑19 PCR test certificate on arrival in Malta, will be subject to a mandatory COVID‑19 PCR test and/or mandatory quarantine at the passenger’s expense. Returning Maltese nationals and residents are exempted from these requirements, provided they can present a valid Maltese vaccination certificate.
Passengers arriving with an invalid COVID‑19 PCR test certificate, will be transferred to a government authorised hotel at a cost of EUR 100 per day, until a negative test result is issued. Cost for the test is EUR 120 at the passenger’s expense. If the passenger tests positive for COVID‑19, the passenger must remain in the hotel for 14 days at their own expense.
Vaccines recognised in Malta:

  • Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson

If you’re travelling to Malta, please check our page: Things to do in Malta

 


13. Netherlands – Covid Restrictions

Covid Restrictions: If you are travelling to the Netherlands, you must complete the Health Screening Form, hold a negative COVID‑19 PCR test and rapid antigen test certificate before departure.
Travel restrictions

All non‑Schengen and non‑EU residents are not permitted to enter the Netherlands.
For flights from outside EU/Schengen Area, the following restrictions apply.
An entry ban to the Netherlands has been imposed on all Non Schengen and Non EU nationals.
Exemptions on the entry ban apply for the following:

  • Residents from a safe country with low COVID‑19 risk
  • Medical personnel in the interest of public health and patients (only for necessary treatment)
  • Partners in a long‑distance relationship. Click here for detailed information and requirements.
  • Students who wish to come to the Netherlands to study for a period of less than three months.
  • Highly skilled migrants who wish to come to the Netherlands for work for a period of less than three months..
  • Persons in the interest of the Dutch economy and society.
  • Professionals in cultural and creative sectors.
  • Aircrew: crew members or personnel operating passenger or cargo flights or travelling as passengers to/ from their departure base
  • Cross‑border commuters (excluding students)
  • Individuals who work in the goods transport sector and other essential transport personnel, including crew members on container ships, bulk carriers (e.g. ore and coal), tankers (fuel and chemicals) and fishing vessels. It also includes individuals who work in the energy sector, including oil and gas platforms and offshore wind farms, offshore companies that provide services to this sector.
  • Diplomats in the exercise of their work
  • Staff of international organisations and people invited by international organisations whose physical presence is required for the well‑functioning of these organisations
  • Military personnel and civil protection personnel in the exercise of their functions
  • Humanitarian aid workers in the exercise of their work
  • EU or Schengen residents, including non‑Dutch residents who have proof that the Netherlands is not their end destination
  • Passengers travelling for imperative family reasons (first‑ or second‑degree), such as attending a funeral or visiting a terminally ill family member
  • Seafarers who possess a seaman’s record book if they are travelling in the exercise of their work or whose physical presence is required for work. The exemption does not apply to seafarers on commercial yachts and pleasure crafts.
  • Persons in need of international protection or for other humanitarian reasons
  • Persons on board a state flight
  • Elite athletes and their support staff
  • Professional journalists
  • Researchers
  • Aircrew members or personnel operating passenger or cargo flights or travelling as passengers to or from their departure hub

For more information please refer to: https://www.government.nl/topics/coronavirus‑covid‑19/visiting‑the‑netherlands‑from‑abroad/exemptions‑to‑the‑entry‑ban

Country categorization based on risk (subject to change):

  • Category Red ‑ High risk with COVID‑19 variants: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, French Guyana, Guyana, India, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Seychelles, Surinam, Uruguay, Venezuela, South Africa.
  • Category Red ‑ High risk: Bahrain, Cape Verde, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Lithuania, Maldives, Sweden.
  • Category Orange ‑ Medium risk: All countries that are not listed under the other 3 categories.
  • Category Yellow ‑ Low risk: Aruba, Australia, Bonaire, Curacao, China (mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau), Finland, Greece: the North Aegean Region, the South Aegean Region and the Ionian Islands Region, only, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Malta, New Zealand, Norway (excluding Oslo and the county of Agder), Portugal (including the Azores and Madeira), Rwanda, Saba, Singapore, South Korea, Spain: the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands only, St Eustatius, St Maarten, Thailand.

COVID‑19 testing requirements
Covid Restrictions: All passengers (including Dutch citizens) must have a negative COVID–19 certificate and must show the negative test result when boarding the aircraft and on arrival to The Netherlands. The test sample must have been collected no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in the Netherlands. This does not apply to passengers who are travelling from “safe countries“. Further information on travel regulations to the Netherlands can be found here.

  1. Persons travelling from a very high risk area with a COVID variant of concern to the Netherlands:
    • a) Persons travelling from a very high risk area with a COVID variant of concern to the Netherlands, are required to show a valid negative NAAT‑test (either MPOCT, NAAT, PCR, RT PCR, LAMP or TMA), no older than 72 hours before expected arrival in the Netherlands and;
    • b) Persons (including aircrew) who are travelling from a very high risk area with a COVID variant of concern to the Netherlands, are required to show a valid negative antigen rapid test, no older than 24 hours before boarding the aircraft heading to the Netherlands. A negative NAAT‑test that is taken 24 hours before boarding, will also serve as a substitute for the negative NAAT‑test requirement (taken 72 hours before arrival in the Netherlands) and the Rapid Antigen‑Test (taken 24 hours before boarding the aircraft)
    • c) All passengers 13 years or older are required to fill in the health declaration form.
  2. Persons travelling from a high‑risk area to the Netherlands:
    All travellers on flights to the Netherlands from a high‑risk area, are by order of the ministry of health, welfare and sport required to meet the following conditions:

    • a) A valid negative NAAT‑test (either MPOCT, NAAT, PCR, RT PCR, LAMP or TMA), no older than 72 hours before expected arrival in the Netherlands,
    • b) A health declaration for all passengers aged 13 years or older travelling to and from the Netherlands.

Rules for transit/transfer depend on country or area of departure:

  • If you start your journey in a safe country or area and change planes in a high‑risk area without leaving the airport, you are not required to present a negative test result. If you leave the airport, however, the negative test result requirement does apply to you.
  • If you start your journey in a high‑risk area and change planes in another country or area the negative test result requirement applies to you, even if the country or area where you change planes is a safe country or area. This means you must present a negative NAAT (PCR) test result based on a sample collected no more than 24 hours before boarding.
    • Or you can present both a negative NAAT (PCR) test result based on a sample collected no more than 72 hours before arrival in the Netherlands and a negative rapid test result based on a sample collected no more than 24 hours before boarding. The result remains valid during the layover and in the event of a delay.
  • If you start your journey in a high‑risk area and change planes in the Netherlands you will only need to show the results of an NAAT (PCR) test based on a sample collected no more than 72 hours before arrival in the Netherlands.

Required forms
Covid Restrictions: All passengers aged 13 years and older must complete the health declaration form and save it on their mobile device. Printed forms will no longer be required. The editable PDF form can be accessed on the website of the Netherlands government under document 4/12 and 7/12 on the page.
Exemptions
The categories of travellers specified below are not required to carry the following documents:

  • A valid negative NAAT test no older than 72 hours before expected arrival in the Netherlands,
  • A negative antigen rapid test no older than 24 hours before boarding the aircraft heading to the Netherlands. A negative NAAT test that is taken 24 hours before boarding will also serve as a substitute for the negative NAAT test requirement (taken 72 hours before arrival in the Netherlands) and the rapid antigen test (taken 24 hours before boarding the aircraft)

For more information, visit Government of the Netherlands website.

  • Passengers below 13 years old
  • Persons who are travelling on behalf of the minister or state secretary of justice and security. This applies in particular to flights where KMAR personnel are accompanying a person to or from the Netherlands.
  • Travellers with a statement from the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport in the context of urgent medical transport
  • Travellers who have been tested positive for COVID‑19 previously and who no longer have COVID‑19 associated symptoms, are no longer contagious, who continue to test positive for a longer period of time and therefore cannot show a negative COVID‑19 test result. For this category of traveller the following apply:
    • Travellers who have been infected with COVID‑19 and are therefore unable to submit a negative NAAT test result may still travel if they can show the following documents:
      • Positive NAAT test result a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 8 weeks old
      • Positive NAAT‑test result not older than 72 hours upon arrival in the Netherlands
      • Negative rapid test result not older than 24 hours before boarding
    • In case of a permanently positive rapid test result, travelling to the Netherlands is allowed if they can show the following documents:
      • Positive NAAT test result a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 8 weeks old
      • Positive NAAT test result not older than 72 hours upon arrival in the Netherlands
      • Signed doctor’s statement not older than 72 hours before boarding that shows that declares the traveller is no longer COVID‑19 contagious

These categories of travellers are exempted from holding any of the above documents:

  • Cross‑border commuters (including students and school children)
  • Incoming staff of diplomatic and consular offices or international organisations in the Netherlands; including the members of their official household and as such are registered with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Holders of non‑Dutch diplomatic passports
  • Holders of Dutch diplomatic passports; if they are travelling in the exercise of their work or whose physical presence is required for work
  • Heads of state and members of foreign governments
  • Passengers on a direct flight from a non‑risk country; (who have stayed there 10 days previous to the trip) to the Netherlands
  • Passengers on flights from a non‑risk country; (who have stayed there 10 days previous to the trip) that have a Dutch airport as their destination, who are transiting through a high‑risk country but do not leave the airport during transfer are exempted.
  • Passengers on flights that not have a Dutch airport as their destination; but are diverted to a Dutch airport due to unforeseen circumstances
  • Passengers with a NATO travel order or a NATO‑2 visum
  • Aircrew (crew members or personnel operating passenger or cargo flights or travelling as passengers to or from their departure hub); who do not leave the aircraft position (except for safety inspections) during turnaround and continue flying (back) immediately afterwards
  • Individuals who work on oil and gas platforms; offshore wind farms and offshore companies that provide services to the energy sector. This only includes passengers who are flying directly to the Netherlands from an (offshore) platform/wind farm.

The categories of travellers specified below are only exempted from carrying the following documents:

  • A valid negative NAAT test (either MPOCT, NAAT, PCR, RT PCR, LAMP or TMA) no older than 72 hours before expected arrival in the Netherlands

They must present a negative antigen rapid test no older than 24 hours before boarding the aircraft heading to the Netherlands.
Note: A negative NAAT test that is taken 24 hours before boarding will also serve as a substitute for the rapid antigen test (taken 24 hours before boarding the aircraft)

  • Aircrew (crew members or personnel operating passenger or cargo flights or travelling as passengers to or from their departure hub) if they need to leave the aircraft (except for safety inspections near the aircraft)
  • Seafarers (including cruise ship and ferry crew members) who have a seamen’s record book if they are travelling in the exercise of their work or whose physical presence is required for work. The exemption does not apply to seafarers on commercial yachts and pleasure craft.
  • Individuals who work in the goods transport sector, and other essential transport personnel, including lorry drivers and crew members on container ships, bulk carriers (e.g. ore and coal), tankers (fuel and chemicals), fishing vessels and individuals who work in the energy sector if they are travelling in the performance of their duties or if they travel to or from their work

Quarantine
Covid Restrictions: Passengers arriving from a country classified as high‑risk or high‑risk with virus variant of concern are subject to a mandatory 10 day quarantine. After 5 days, upon booking a test appointment and if a NAAT‑test shows a negative result, the quarantine ends. Passengers can find all relevant information on the mandatory quarantine in both Dutch and English via the following links:
You must self‑quarantine for 10 days upon arriving in the Netherlands. After 5 days, upon booking a test appointment and if a NAAT‑test shows a negative result, the quarantine ends. The test must be conducted by local Health Authorities (GDD). If the result is negative, you can end your self‑quarantine. To prepare for your journey to the Netherlands, do the Quarantine Check for Travellers.This is a practical checklist of steps to take before and after your journey. You should travel only if your journey is essential.
Passengers who are travelling from “safe countries” or medium risk countries are exempted from quarantine regulations.
Visit the government website for more information on travelling to and from the Netherlands as well as details on the quarantine exemptions.
Download the Self Quarantine Form.
Other Information
Further information on travel regulations to the Netherlands can be found here.
Please maintain social distancing of at least 1.5 metres.
Wearing of face masks is mandatory throughout the airport and on public transport.
If you’re travelling to Netherlands, please check our page: Things to do in Netherlands

 


14. Norway – Covid Restrictions

Covid Restrictions: If you are travelling to Norway, you must present a negative COVID‑19 test taken 24 hours before departure (please see exception list below)and be tested again upon arrival at the airport. This apply to all travellers. You will also be required to undergo quarantine on arrival.
Travel eligibility
Covid Restrictions: Entry restrictions effective 23 February 2021:
The following groups of people no longer have access to the country:

  • Foreign nationals residing in the EEA and EEA nationals residing in third countries (unless covered by exemptions that also apply to third‑country nationals)
  • Family members apart from nuclear families in which the children are minors, for both EEA nationals and others (grandparents, adult children, parents of adult children and romantic partners may no longer visit)
  • Foreign nationals from countries outside the EEA who are granted a residence permit in connection with work or study, including as a seasonal worker or student
  • Foreign nationals who are to work with films or series production or as researchers exempt from the requirement of a residence permit

Exemptions are still provided for some groups including:

  • Foreign nationals who reside in Norway
  • Foreign nationals for whom special reasons indicate they should be granted the right to enter, such as specific care responsibilities for persons in Norway or other compelling welfare considerations
  • Foreign nationals who are to carry out agreed or formalised parent‑child contact
  • Close family members of persons residing in Norway; i.e., spouses/registered partners/cohabitants, minor children or stepchildren, parents or stepparents of minor children or stepchildren
  • Journalists and other personnel on assignment for a foreign media institution
  • Foreign nationals who plan an airport stopover in Norway (both in international airport transit and within Schengen)
  • Seafarers and aviation personnel
  • Foreign nationals who perform commercial transport of goods and passengers
  • Foreign nationals who work in critical public functions
  • Health personnel from Sweden and Finland who work in the Norwegian health and care services
  • Children who cross the border to Norway daily to go to school

The following list prepared by the Directorate for Civil Protection may be used as a starting point in determining which public functions are considered critical:

  • Administration and crisis management
  • Defence
  • Law and order
  • Health and care services, including pharmacy and maintenance
  • Rescue service
  • Digital security in the civilian sector
  • Nature and the environment
  • Security of supply
  • Water and wastewater
  • Financial services
  • Power supply
  • Electronic communications
  • Transport
  • Satellite‑based services

Required forms
Covid Restrictions: All passengers, including Norwegian citizens, travelling from red countries must register online within 72 hours of their time of arrival in Norway and present the receipt to authorities at the border control. Additional information is provided further below.
Passengers wo are unable to register online can provide a printed copy of the form. Please note that the processing time for passengers with printed forms may be much longer.
The app can be downloaded here.
Exemptions
All crew and minimum support personnel that are required to carry out cargo and passenger flights are exempt from the travel restrictions but are required to submit the entry form electronically. A printed copy may also be presented if they are unable to complete the form online.

Travel to END SVALBARD, LONGYEAR

Covid Restrictions: Passengers arriving into Norway from a Red Area/ Country must complete their full quarantine period on the mainland of Norway prior to travelling to Svalbard. This is also applicable for residents.
COVID‑19 testing requirements
Most arriving passengers in Norway must present a negative COVID test (either PCR or antigen rapid test) taken within 24 hours of departure flight to Norway. Please see exemption list below.
Please note that all arriving passenger will be required to be tested upon arrival in Norway at the airport.
Passengers from red countries other than Norwegian citizens and/or residence must present a certificate of a negative COVID‑19 test certificate when entering Norway. Approved test method is COVID‑19 PCR or antigen rapid test. The test must have been taken less than 24 hours before departure and must be in either Norwegian, English, Danish, Swedish, German or French.
EU/EEA residents and/or citizens travelling from red countries must show a negative COVID‑19 test certificate when entering Norway. Approved test method is COVID‑19 PCR or antigen rapid test.

  • As of 7 December, red countries are: Portugal, Spain, France, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia, Slovenia, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic Austria, Germany, Luxemburg, Belgium, Netherlands. United Kingdom, Ireland, Poland, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia.
  • Information about red countries can be found here.
  • For those who have a suitable place to stay where it is possible to avoid close contact with others, with private room, private bathroom, and own kitchen or food service, and upon entry can provide confirmation that the residence meets the conditions from the person who makes the place of residence available, Self‑declaration form for persons who are to undergo entry quarantine and confirmation of a suitable accommodation for quarantine: https://www.regjeringen.no/contentassets/48bf71bca8fe45888e83807f6d1f9061/avkrysningsskjema_karantenehotell_engelsk.pdf
  • Those who do not have a suitable place to stay in Norway must stay in a quarantine hotel for the first then days after entry to Norway. It is still possible to visit Norway, but visitors must spend their first ten days at a quarantine hotel and test themselves during their quarantine period.

Non EU/EAA resident and/or citizen:

  • Travellers from red countries (currently all non EU/EAA countries are considered red) must show a certificate on a negative COVID‑19 test when entering Norway, approved test method is PCR or antigen rapid test. The test must have been taken less than 24 hours before departure, test result needs to be in either Norwegian, English, Danish, Swedish, German or French.
  • For those who have a suitable place to stay where it is possible to avoid close contact with others, with private room, private bathroom, and own kitchen or food service, and upon entry can provide confirmation that the residence meets the conditions from the person who makes the place of residence available, Self‑declaration form for persons who are to undergo entry quarantine and confirmation of a suitable accommodation for quarantine: https://www.regjeringen.no/contentassets/48bf71bca8fe45888e83807f6d1f9061/avkrysningsskjema_karantenehotell_engelsk.pdf
  • Those who do not have not a suitable place to stay (as described above) when entering Norway must stay in a quarantine hotel for the first then days after entry to Norway. It is still possible to visit Norway, but visitors must spend their first ten days at a quarantine hotel and test themselves during their quarantine period.

All passengers must ensure to get tested for COVID‑19 within 24 hours after arrival.
Exemptions
Covid Restrictions: COVID‑19 test exemption list:

  • Foreign nationals who are essential for maintaining safe operations of critical functions in society or the fundamental needs of the Norwegian population, and there is a danger to life and health if entry is refused
  • Foreign nations who are in transit
  • Foreign nationals who regularly arrive in Norway from Sweden or Finland to work or study, except for health personnel who have been outside Norway for more than seven days
  • Diplomatic and consular personnel accredited to Norway
  • Foreign nationals who have been invited by the Norwegian authorities to participate in international negotiations and similar, and foreign nationals who are part of delegations that are visiting Norway in accordance with Norway’s international obligations
  • Seafarers
  • Children under 12 years

Quarantine
Effective 21 December 2020, most passengers are subject to a 10 day quarantine.
Everyone entering Norway from a red country MUST undergo a 10 days quarantine.
Effective 11 December:

  • Non Norwegian resident can take their quarantine suitable place to stay where it is possible to avoid close contact with others, with private room, private bathroom, and own kitchen or food service, and upon entry can provide confirmation that the residence meets the conditions from the person who makes the place of residence available, Self‑declaration form for persons who are to undergo entry quarantine and confirmation of a suitable accommodation for quarantine: https://www.regjeringen.no/contentassets/48bf71bca8fe45888e83807f6d1f9061/avkrysningsskjema_karantenehotell_engelsk.pdf
  • Those who do not have not a suitable place to stay (as described above) when entering Norway will be assigned to a quarantine hotel by the by the border force police it is not possible to pre‑book or to request a specific hotel in advance. Passenger will be held in the quarantine lounge until transported to the assigned quarantine hotel. It is still possible to visit Norway, but visitors must spend their first ten days at a quarantine hotel and test themselves during their quarantine period.

For official quarantine query please refer to Norwegian government website:
https://www.fhi.no/en/op/novel‑coronavirus‑facts‑advice/facts‑and‑general‑advice/entry‑quarantine‑travel‑covid19/
Quarantine exemptions
Effective 11 June:

  • Norwegian citizens and residents with a Norwegian COVID‑19 certificate, which is proof of vaccination or that the person has gone through a COVID‑19 infection in the last 6 months, will be exempt from the quarantine restrictions. Please note that this is only valid for persons with the national COVID‑19 certificate issued by the Norwegian health authorities.

If you’re travelling to Norway, please check our page: Things to do in Norway

 


15. Poland – Covid Restrictions

Covid Restrictions: Please find information given by Polish Immigration which specifies the conditions of entry into Poland
Quarantine
Covid Restrictions: From 30 March 2021 until 25 June 2021, passengers travelling from non‑Schengen member countries must undergo a 10‑day mandatory quarantine counting from the day following the day of crossing the border.
Exemptions:

  • Passengers vaccinated with a vaccine that has been authorised in the European Union for COVID‑19 are exempted from the mandatory quarantine.
  • Passengers who are quarantined in Poland will be able to take a COVID‑19 PCR or antigen test and leave quarantine if they test negative for COVID‑19. This is not applicable to passengers who are travelling from Brazil, India or South Africa. The quarantine period may be reduced for travellers who have a negative result for a COVID‑19 test taken within 7 days of entry into Poland.
  • Passengers arriving at Warsaw Chopin Airport from non‑Schengen countries can take COVID‑19 antigen tests at one of these collection points after completing the passenger information forms:

Travel from Poland

Covid Restrictions: Check the new rules at Warsaw Chopin Airport before you travel. More information is available from the Polish Chief Sanitary Inspector’s website, as well as the Polish government website in Polish and English.
If you’re travelling to Poland, please check our page: Things to do in Poland

 


16. Portugal – Covid Restrictions

Covid Restrictions: Travel to Portugal is restricted to essential travel. Please check the requirements below before you travel.
All passengers traveling to Portugal (including Portuguese nationals, legal residents in Portugal and their families) are required to present a negative COVID‑19 test certificate and complete a Passenger Locater Form before departure.
COVID‑19 testing requirements
Before boarding, all passengers must present a certificate with a negative result of one of the following tests for screening of SARS‑CoV‑2:

  • NAAT ‑ Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (RT‑PCR, NEAR, TMA, LAMP, HDA, etc.) carried out not more than 72 hours before departure, or
  • Rapid Antigen Detection Test (RADT) recognised by the European Union Health Security Committee, carried out not more than 24 hours before departure

This does not apply to children below 24 months old.
The test validity of 72 hours is considered from the time of sample collections and not from the time the test certificate was issued.
Third country nationals without legal residency in Portugal will be refused entry if they do not hold a valid negative COVID‑19 test.
In addition to the COVID‑19 test, passengers arriving from the following countries must undergo a 14 days mandatory quarantine in their homes, or in the places indicated by the health authorities and pre‑register before travelling. Quarantine measures do not apply to passengers whose period of stay does not exceed 48 hours.

  • Brazil
  • India
  • Nepal
  • South Africa

14 days mandatory quarantine also applicable to travellers who have visited or passed through Brazil, India, Nepal or South Africa within 14 days prior to their arrival in Portugal.
Travel Eligibility
The following passengers are allowed to transit through, enter and exit from Portugal:

  • European Union nationals, nationals of the of Schengen associated countries and their family members
  • Third‑country nationals with legal residence in a European Union member state
  • Third‑country nationals travelling for professional reasons, study, family reunification, health or humanitarian reasons
  • Nationals and legal residents of the following countries, provided that they are arriving on a direct flight or transiting only through the international area of any other airport:
    • Australia
    • China
    • Hong Kong
    • Israel
    • Japan
    • Macau
    • New Zealand
    • Rwanda
    • Singapore
    • South Korea
    • Thailand
    • United States of America

Required forms
A Passenger Locator Form (PLC) must be completed by all passengers arriving in Portugal. After check‑in (online or at the airport) passengers must complete the Passenger Locator Form (PLC) available on following the link:  https://portugalcleanandsafe.pt/en/passenger‑locator‑card. Before boarding, passengers must present the completed printed form or on their mobile devices.
If you’re travelling to Portugal, please check our page: Things to do in Portugal

 


17. Russia – Covid Restrictions

Covid Restrictions: There are restrictions in place for specific categories of passengers to enter Russia. Please check the latest requirements before you travel. If you are travelling to Russia, you may be required to take a COVID‑19 PCR test before departure or on arrival.
COVID‑19 testing requirements
Before boarding the flight to Moscow, all non‑Russian citizens including children, must present a certificate of a negative COVID‑19 PCR test taken not more than 72 hours before their time of arrival to Moscow. The certificate must either be in English or Russian.
Regardless of the point of origin, Russian nationals do not need to take a COVID‑19 PCR test before departure. However, they must take two tests at a Russian clinic within 5 days of arrival and register and upload a negative result.
Required forms
For non‑Russian citizens, printed negative COVID‑19 PCR test certificate.
Quarantine
There are currently no quarantine requirements for travel to Russia.
Travel Eligibility
Nationals and residents of countries allowed entry to Russia: Russian Federation, United Arab Emirates, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Austria, Belarus, Croatia, Cuba, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Iceland, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea (Rep.), Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Venezuela and Vietnam. Additionally, travel is permitted from these listed countries only.

  • Accredited or appointed employees of diplomatic missions and consular offices of foreign states in the Russian Federation, international organisations and their representatives, other official missions of foreign states located in the territory of the Russian Federation, as well as family members of these persons with no restriction of the originating country.
  • Nationals of other countries with no restriction of the originating point, if travelling for the following reasons:
    • To visit close relatives (spouse/parents/children/grandparents/siblings) or travelling with close relatives who are nationals of the Russian Federation. Documentary proof of relationship must be presented.
    • For work in Russia as high qualification specialists ‑ the organisation inviting this category of passengers must apply for OK to board confirmation via GOSUSLUGI.RU and the passenger must carry a printed copy of this confirmation while travelling.
    • For medical treatment – there must be proof of travel on hand and special visa issued for this reason if visa is required (dependent on nationality). The medical facility must apply for OK to board confirmation via GOSUSLUGI.RU and the passenger must carry a printed copy of this confirmation while travelling
    • To study in Russia – Only students who are nationals of countries allowed entry to Russia will be allowed entry. Students travelling to Russia must carry an invitation letter from the university in Russia and OK to board confirmation. The university must apply for OK to board confirmation via GOSUSLUGI.RU.
    • Passengers with an EUFA FAN ID card travelling to the UEFA EURO CUP 2021 between 29 May and 2 July. Passenger must have an accommodation voucher, ticket to the football match and return air ticket.

If you’re travelling to Russia, please check our page: Things to do in Russia

 


18. Spain – Covid Restrictions

Covid Restrictions: In accordance with Ministry of Home Affairs order int/657/2020, entry into Spain is restricted to the following categories of passengers:

  • A) regular residents of the European Union, Schengen associated states, Andorra, Monaco, Vatican (the Holy City) or San Marino with documentary proof that they are on their way to such country
  • B) holders of a long‑term visa issued by a member state or Schengen associated state, on their way to such country
  • C) healthcare professionals, including health researchers, and elderly care professionals going to or returning from exercising their working activity
  • D) transport personnel, sailors and the necessary aeronautical personnel to carry out air transport activities
  • E) diplomatic, consular, international organization, military, civil protection and humanitarian organization personnel in the exercise of their duties
  • F) students pursuing their studies in the member states or Schengen associated states, holding the appropriate permit or visa and medical insurance, provided that they travel to the country in which they are studying and that the entry takes place during the academic year or within the 15 days prior to it
  • G) highly qualified workers whose labour is necessary and cannot be postponed or carried out remotely, including participants of high‑level sports competitions taking place in Spain. These circumstances must be justified by supporting documentation
  • H) people traveling for duly accredited imperative family reasons
  • I) people who provide documentary evidence of force majeure reasons or in‑need situation, or whose entry is permitted for humanitarian reasons
  • J) legal residents of countries classified as non‑risk: provided that they come directly from them, have transited exclusively through other listed countries or have only carried out international airport transit in countries not listed. For residents in China and special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macao, reciprocity remains to be verified. This list is updated every 7 days.
  • K) people who provide a vaccination certificate and minors accompanying them. Non‑vaccinated accompanying minors between 12 and 17 years of age must do COVID‑19 test as per requirements below. The vaccination certificates must be issued by the competent authorities of the country of origin and will be accepted if 14 days have passed since the last required dose of the vaccine was administered. Vaccines admitted will be those recognised by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and/ or World Health Organization (WHO) (subject to verification by health authorities). The vaccination certificate must be in English, Spanish, French or German. If it is in any other language, a valid official translation must be presented. The vaccination certificate must include, at least, the following information:
    1. Name and surname of the owner.
    2. Date of vaccination, indicating the date of the last dose administered.
    3. Type of vaccine administered.
    4. Number of doses administered / complete regimen.
    5. Issuing country.
    6. Identification of the issuing body of the vaccination certificate.

Covid Restrictions: Even if they fall under these categories; passengers who do not meet the COVID‑19 health control requirements established by the Spanish Ministry of Health; will be denied entry into Spain for reasons of public health.
Effective 26 March 2021 until 22 June 2021; a temporary restriction applies to flights (direct or with intermediate stops) from any airport located in Brazil/South Africa to any airport in the Kingdom of Spain. Only Spanish/Andorran nationals and foreign nationals with legal residence in Spain/Andorra; are allowed to enter the country, as well as passengers in transit with final destination in a Non Schengen country with a stopover of less than 24 hours; without leaving the transit zone of the Spanish airport.
Effective 27 April 2021 until 27 June 2021; passengers travelling directly or with intermediate stops from any airport in India must self‑isolate for 10 days or for the duration of their stay; if they are staying less than 10 days in Spain. Passengers may end their self‑isolation; if they take a diagnostic test on the seventh day after their arrival and test negative for COVID‑19.
For persons arriving by air in Spain; (directly or with intermediate stops) from any airport located in third countries for which a quarantine requirement has been established by order of the Spanish Ministry of Health (India). Only the exemptions set out in letters d), e) and i) shall apply, except for residents of Spain/Andorra or Spanish citizens and family members (spouse or partner with whom they maintain a registered analogous conjugal union, and dependent ascendants/descendants), provided that they are travelling with or to join them.
Passengers in transit to a non‑Schengen destination; can do so provided they hold necessary documentation as required for their final destination. They must stay in the international transit area for no more than 24 hours.
COVID‑19 testing requirements
Only vaccinated passengers from non EU/EEC countries will be allowed entry into Spain, for non‑essential travel or for tourism, subject to the conditions below. Travellers from exempt countries in the following list are also allowed entry, and will not be required to present vaccine and COVID‑19 PCR test certificates.

Passengers from EU countriesPassengers from non‑EU countriesExceptions
Passengers from EU countries can enter Spain provided they can present a negative COVID‑19 PCR or antigen test result or vaccine certificate. Check list of EU countries.Passengers from non‑EU countries can enter Spain with only a vaccine certificate unless they fall under categories A to I above, in which cases they can present a negative COVID‑19 PCR or antigen test result. Please also check if there any visa requirements that may be applicable depending on your nationality.Passengers from low‑risk countries can enter Spain without a vaccine certificate or negative COVID‑19 PCR or antigen test result. Check list of exceptions.

Please check testing requirements and travel health information for Spain before you travel as different requirements are applicable depending on where you are travelling from.
For all unvaccinated passengers who can legally enter Spain, from category A to I in the list above:

  • A mandatory COVID‑19 test must be taken 48 hours prior to arrival to Spain. Test results must be in English, Spanish, French or German. If they are in any other language, a valid official translation must be presented as well in printed or digital format. Only the following are the accepted diagnostic tests for COVID‑19 infection:
    • Molecular nucleic acid amplification tests (NAAT), used to detect the presence of SARS‑CoV‑2 ribonucleic acid (RNA); (PCR/LAMP or TMA)
    • The antigen detection tests included in the common list of rapid tests of detection of antigen for COVID‑19, published by the European Commission based on the Council Recommendation 2021/C 24/01
  • Passengers who have recently contracted COVID‑19 will be allowed to travel if they can provide a medical report stating they have contracted and since been cured of COVID‑19, although a positive result persists. This report must be written in Spanish or English and has a validity of maximum 180 days after the last positive result.
  • This does not apply to children below 12 years old.

Required forms
Covid Restrictions: All international passengers must complete the Health Control Form (FCS) online or on the SPTH APP (available on Google Play and the App Store). A QR code generated from the completed form must be presented to authorities on arrival. Hand written paper forms are no longer allowed. If a customer has no electronic means it is up to the airline to assist and fill in the forms online and get the QR code printed.
When accessing the app, customers will be asked to declare if they have completed the required COVID‑19 test or carry the required vaccination certificate. Failing to provide a valid test or a valid vaccination certificate passengers will be directed to take an antigen test on arrival and may be fined.
Quarantine
Covid Restrictions: By signing the form, passengers are committing to self‑isolate at home or a place of residence during the 10 days after entry to Spain if they present symptoms of acute respiratory infection (fever, cough or respiratory difficulty), to self‑monitor coronavirus symptoms, and to phone the competent health authorities.
Other information

It is mandatory to wear face masks at every point of your journey.
Airports in Spain are only open to passengers in possession of a ticket or boarding pass.
For more information please refer to the Home Affairs Website and the Ministry of Health Website.
Passengers MUST NOT TRAVEL if they have recent onset COVID‑19 compatible symptoms (fever, cough, breathing difficulties), if have been diagnosed with COVID‑19 in the past 14 days, or if they have had close contact with a confirmed case of COVID‑19 in the last two weeks.
If you’re travelling to Spain, please check our page: Things to do in Spain

 


19. Sweden – Covid Restrictions

An entry ban is currently in place and remains in effect until 31 August 2021 for non‑essential travel to Sweden.
Swedish citizens have an unconditional right to enter Sweden and accordingly will not be affected by the entry ban.
Covid Restrictions: Further information can be found here.
COVID‑19 testing requirements
Effective 6 February 2021, foreign nationals aged 18 years and above must provide a negative COVID‑19 certificate for a test conducted not more than 48 hours before arrival.
Foreigners crossing the border for work purposes/frontier workers need to present a test no older than one week. The test results needs to verify that the traveler does not have an ongoing COVID‑19 infection. This can be done with a negative PCR, LAMP or antigen test. The documentation should be in Swedish, English, Norwegian or Danish, and contain the following:

  • Your name,
  • Date and time the test was taken,
  • Type of test (PRC, LAMP or antigen),
  • Test result,
  • Who issued the certificate.

Exemption for the test requirement applies to people under the age of 18, those who live in Sweden and staff in the transport sector.
Other information
For more information please refer to the following links:

If you’re travelling to Sweden, please check our page: Things to do in Sweden

 


20. Switzerland – Covid Restrictions

Covid Restrictions: If you are travelling to Switzerland, you may be required to undergo self‑quarantine on arrival.
COVID‑19 testing requirements
All passengers are required to have a negative result for a COVID‑19 test. Accepted tests are COVID‑19 PCR (molecular biological analysis) taken no later than 72 hours prior to departure from the point of origin or a rapid immunological test taken no later than 24 hours prior to departure from the point of origin.
Passengers travelling with a rapid antigen test certificate must test for COVID‑19 (PCR or rapid antigen test) immediately on arrival in Switzerland.
COVID‑19 testing exemptions
The following passengers may be exempted from the testing requirement:

  • Children below 16 years old (below 12 years old if arriving from a listed country with virus variants of significant concern) are exempted from the COVID‑19 test requirement.
  • Passengers who have recently contracted COVID‑19 and therefore test positive must provide a medical certificate proving that they have been treated for COVID‑19 and cured in the last 6 months.
  • Passengers who provide evidence that they have been vaccinated against COVID‑19 must comply with the following requirements below.

COVID‑19 vaccination requirements
People who are fully vaccinated are exempt from many health‑related measures at the border. These exemptions only apply for vaccinations that meet one of the following requirements:

  • The vaccine is authorised in Switzerland. The passenger must also be fully vaccinated according to the FOPH recommendations.
  • The vaccine is authorised for the EU by the European Medicines Agency. The passenger must also be fully vaccinated according to the requirements or recommendations of the country in which the vaccine was administered.
  • The vaccine is authorised according to the WHO’s Emergency Use Listing. The passenger must also be fully vaccinated according to the requirements or recommendations of the country in which the vaccine was administered.

The exemptions to the health‑related measures at the border apply for six months from the time that you are fully vaccinated. This six‑month time limit applies because there is currently too little scientific data on how long the protection afforded by the vaccines lasts.
Quarantine
Covid Restrictions: Travellers entering Switzerland from certain countries will have to go into quarantine for 10 days.
A negative test result does not exempt passengers from the mandatory quarantine requirement.
Visit the Federal Office of Public Health website for the updated list of countries.
Exemptions
Covid Restrictions: The mandatory quarantine requirement does not apply to transit passengers who have spent less than 24 hours in a country or area with an increased risk of infection.
Passengers who have recovered from COVID‑19 are exempt from contact and travel quarantine for a period of six months.
Passengers who have been vaccinated are exempt from contact and travel quarantine for a period of six months; as well as from the requirement to be tested and provide contact details on arrival in Switzerland, as long as they have been fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved in Switzerland (see above COVID‑19 vaccination requirements).
Passengers below 16 years old are also exempt from travel quarantine and the requirement to be tested on arrival in Switzerland.
The exemptions from travel quarantine and the requirement to be tested and to provide a contact form do not apply to people who have been vaccinated or who have recovered from COVID‑19 who are arriving from the listed countries with virus variants of significant concern.
Required forms
Effective 8 February 2021, all passengers must complete an electronic Passenger Locator Form.
Exemptions:
The following passengers do not need to provide their contact details (using the electronic entry form) before they enter Switzerland:

  • Children under the age of 16
  • Persons who provide evidence that they have been vaccinated against COVID‑19
  • Persons who provide evidence that they have contracted COVID‑19 and are considered to have recovered
  • The above mentioned exceptions do not apply for persons entering from countries and regions with a mutation of COVID‑19

Other information
Covid Restrictions: You can get the latest information from the Swiss Authorities regarding the new entry restrictions to Switzerland as well as rules and recommendations for travellers here.
For further information click here.
If you’re travelling to Switzerland, please check our page: Things to do in Switzerland

 


21. Turkey – Covid Restrictions

Last updated: 5 September 2021

If you are travelling to Turkey, please note that you will be required to wear a face mask at every point of your journey, at the airport and onboard your flight. You may also be subject to COVID‑19 health screening on arrival.

Travel from the UAE to Turkey

UAE citizens and residents of the UAE can travel to Turkey under the following conditions:

  • All passengers must complete the required forms within 72 hours before departure.
  • Vaccinated passengers:
    • Present a vaccination certificate for an approved vaccine by EU/WHO/EMA. Passengers must have completed their COVID‑19 vaccination at least 14 days before arrival. A COVID‑19 PCR test is not required for vaccinated passengers.
  • Non‑vaccinated passengers:
    • Submit a negative COVID‑19 PCR test result taken at most 72 hours before arrival in Turkey, or a Rapid Antigen test with a negative result taken within the last 48 hours before their arrival in Turkey, or
    • Present proof of recovery from COVID‑19 within the last 6 months.

Children below 6 years are exempted from the COVID‑19 PCR test.

COVID‑19 PCR testing

Article 1: All passengers who have been in Brazil, South Africa, Nepal and Sri Lanka for the last 14 days must submit a negative COVID 19 PCR test certificate for a test taken at most 72 hours before arrival in Turkey. These passengers are subject to quarantine for 14 days at hotels determined by the Governorship. Expenses for accommodation and transfers from the airport will be borne by passengers. Quarantine will be lifted if the passenger tests negative for COVID‑19 on the 14th day.

Article 2: Passengers arriving from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan must submit a negative COVID‑19 PCR test certificate for a test done within 72 hours of arrival. Passengers arriving directly from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan and passengers who had been in these countries within the last 14 days will be exempted from quarantine if they submit proof of full vaccination (listed by WHO or Turkey for emergency use), provided that the last required dose was at least 14 days before arrival. Otherwise, passengers will be quarantined at their residences or registered address. Quarantine will be lifted if the passenger takes a COVID‑19 PCR test on the 10th day of quarantine with a negative result.

Article 3A: Passengers arriving from Afghanistan and those who have been in this country for the last 14 days must submit a negative COVID‑19 PCR test certificate for a test taken at most 72 hours before arrival. These passengers are subject to quarantine for 10 days at hotels determined by the governorship. Expenses for accommodation and transfers from airports will be borne by passengers. Quarantine will be lifted if the passenger tests negative for COVID‑19 at the end of the 7th day.

Article 3B: Afghanistan citizens who have a residence or work permit in the Republic of Turkey will be exempted from the hotel quarantine on the condition that they submit valid residence or work permit, and will be subjected to quarantine at their residence. Passengers whose first entry point is out of Istanbul or Ankara will be allowed to travel to their residence only by private vehicles and will not be allowed to take domestic flights or use public transportation.

Article 3C: Republic of Turkey citizens arriving from Afghanistan will be exempted from the hotel quarantine and will be subjected to quarantine at their residence. Passengers whose first entry point is out of Istanbul or Ankara will be allowed to travel to their residence only by private vehicles and will not be allowed to take domestic flights or use public transportation.

Article 4: Passengers to be quarantined under articles 1 and 3A must pay the hotel fees before arriving in Turkey. Passengers who cannot prove that they have made the necessary payments to stay at the hotels determined by governorship will not be accepted for boarding.

Article 5: Passengers arriving from the United Kingdom, Iran, Egypt and Singapore will be requested to submit a negative COVID‑19 PCR test result, taken within the last 72 hours prior to their arrival in Turkey.

The Ministry of Health of the Republic of Turkey will perform COVID‑19 PCR tests on a sampling basis, according to arrival destinations. All passengers who will undergo a sampling PCR test will be allowed to go to their residence addresses once samples are taken. If the test result is positive, they will be treated according to the COVID‑19 guide of the Ministry of Health. Passengers with a positive COVID‑19 PCR test result and persons who have been in close contact with the infected will also be quarantined for 14 days at their own residence addresses. A COVID‑19 PCR test will be performed on day 10 of quarantine, and if the result is negative, quarantine will be lifted. Passengers who are infected and carrying the delta mutation of the virus must stay in quarantine for 14 days. A COVID‑19 PCR test will be conducted on day 14 of quarantine and lifted with a negative result.

Citizens of the Republic of Turkey will be allowed to travel to Turkey provided they present any of the following:

  • proof of full vaccination with a vaccine listed by WHO or Turkey for emergency use
  • proof of recovery from COVID‑19 within the last 6 months
  • a negative COVID‑19 PCR test certificate for a test taken not more than 72 hours before arrival, or a negative rapid antigen test certificate for a test taken at most 48 hours before arrival

Please check the list of authorised hotels for passengers to be quarantined under the article 1 and 3A.

Required forms

Effective 15 March 2021, passengers must complete an online Traveller Entry Form within 72 hours of departure. You will then be given a health tracker code (HES code) for use during travel and the duration of your stay in Turkey. Passengers may present a printed copy or electronic copy of the form on mobile devices at the time of check‑in.

Quarantine

For passengers who need to undergo quarantine at places determined by the Governorship (dormitories and hotels), accommodation and transportation costs will be at passenger’s own expense.

Exemptions

Crew, merchant seamen, transit/transfer passengers and passengers who are younger than 6 years old are exempted from the COVID‑19 PCR test requirement and quarantine.

Travelling to, from and through Dubai

If you’re travelling to, from or transiting through Dubai, please check our Travel requirements for Dubai.

If you’re travelling to Turkey, please check our page: Things to do in Turkey

 


23. United Kingdom – Covid Restrictions

Covid Restrictions: There are restrictions for travel to the United Kingdom. Please read the UK government health advice and further guidance for passengers flying to the United Kingdom.
All passengers travelling from or via Dubai to England must currently comply with the red list requirements detailed below. Only British and Irish nationals, as well as passengers with residence rights in the UK will be allowed entry. Specific testing and quarantine rules for Scotland can be found on the Scottish Government website.
Essential information to enter the United Kingdom
Everyone entering England from overseas (including UK nationals and residents) must provide proof of a negative COVID‑19 test taken within 3 days of departure to England.
Fill in your Passenger Locator Form up to 48 hours before arrival. You must declare all countries you have visited or transited through in the 10 days prior to your arrival on your Passenger Locator Form.
Before departure check the list of red, amber, and green countries, as the list can change regularly.
Red list passengers

  1. Book a managed quarantine package
  2. Complete a Passenger Locator Form

You can only enter if you are a British or Irish National, or you have residence rights in the UK. You must enter through a designated port and quarantine in a government approved hotel for 10 days.
Amber list passengers

  1. Book tests for day 2 and 8
  2. Complete a Passenger Locator Form
  3. Make plans to self‑quarantine in private accommodation for 10 full days after arrival (or full duration of stay if less than 10 days)

Green list passengers

  1. Book a test for day 2
  2. Complete a Passenger Locator Form

These measures apply to all persons (including UK nationals and residents) arriving in England from outside the common travel area comprising the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands. The British Overseas Territories are not in the common travel area. Public health requirements may vary depending upon in which nation of the UK you are staying.
Find out more about testing and quarantines rules:

Failure to comply with these measures is a criminal offence and you could be fined. There are a limited set of exemptions from these measures. Check the list of exemptions carefully. You may be fined if you fraudulently claim an exemption.

Travel from the United Kingdom

Covid Restrictions: Passengers travelling to Dubai from the UK; must hold a negative COVID‑19 PCR test certificate for a test taken no more than 72 hours before departure. You may also need a test if you are connecting in Dubai; depending on whether you have recently travelled to certain countries and the requirements of your final destination. The certificate must be a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test. Other test certificates including antibody tests and home testing kits are not accepted in Dubai.
If you’re travelling to the United Kingdom, please check our page: Things to do in Uinted Kingdom

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