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The world is slowly getting back up on its feet after being hit by the devastating coronavirus. In an attempt to ward off any possible transmissions of the viral infection, countries had instantly closed off their gates and withdrawn permission to enter borders. But now that vaccines are rapidly being administered and citizens have started following Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) strictly, most gates are opening up, and countries are welcoming foreigners with open hearts. For the citizens of the United States, Europe has always been a fascinating and beautiful place to visit, and the question stands: Can United States citizens travel to Europe? Luckily, yes! Europe is now open to Americans who can finally take a break from the hectic routines of life and work and take refuge in sightseeing of the gorgeous continent. If you’re planning a vacation soon and need to know everything on whether US citizens can travel to Europe, all you have to do is scroll through this detailed guide.


Can US Citizens Travel to Europe? Czechia

After the initial lockdown and travel ban, there came a time when all restrictions were lifted, and American citizens started strolling the streets of Europe. However, soon after this momentary relapse from restrictions, the European Union removed the US from the list of approved countries, which signaled new sanctions and rules for any US citizens. 

In light of this new removal, a few European countries are completely closed to Americans (except for emergent travel), some are closed to unvaccinated citizens only, and some are open to both unvaccinated and vaccinated citizens have new protocols in place. But counting the majority, US citizens can travel to Europe as long as they follow all guidelines. 


Countries Completely Closed to the US closed sign

These countries are closed to US citizens: 

Bulgaria: Classified US as a red-zone country, meaning all citizens are prohibited completely from entrance unless they meet an exception Luxembourg: Completely prohibited American citizens unless they meet exceptions 

Norway: Completely prohibited American citizens unless they meet exceptions 

Note: All exceptions include Bulgaria/Norway/Luxembourg citizens, holders of resident card/members of immediate families, medical professionals, student visa holders, and researchers, and foreign officials. 


Countries Open to Vaccinated US Citizens Only 

In light of the vaccine mandate, despite the US being counted in the European Union’s no-go list, some European countries are open to vaccinated US citizens only. These countries include Belgium, Netherlands, Finland, Germany, Estonia, France, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Latvia, Denmark, Estonia, Malta, and Slovenia. It is to be noted, however, that these countries aren’t open to vaccinated citizens without any restrictions and requirements in place, and all vaccinated citizens must abide by the following requirements and rules: 

You must be vaccinated with a European Medicines Agency (EMA) approved vaccine: Moderna (Spike Vax), AstraZeneca (Vaxzervria), and Janssen Covid-19 Vaccine. 

Submit proof of vaccination 

Submit a negative PCR result taken minimum 3 days before traveling and no more 

Abide by each specific country’s personalized requirements (seek the specific country’s official website with relation to your own). 

Countries Open to Both Vaccinated and Unvaccinated US Citizens 

Luckily, some countries are open to both vaccinated and unvaccinated US citizens. These countries are Slovakia, Iceland, Austria, Czech Republic, Belgium, Poland, Ireland, England, Lithuania, Romania, and Italy. Since these countries have their borders open to everyone, there are strict restrictions in place, and since each country has its own extensive restriction and requirements, here is a detailed look: 

AustriaAustria

Vaccinatedcitizens must submit proof of EMA-approved vaccine, whereas unvaccinated citizens must take a rapid covid-19 test/PCR test maximum of 72 hours before arrival and must undergo a 10-day quarantine period. 


Slovakia Slovakia

Vaccinated US citizens are only allowed without a PCR test and without entering quarantine if they have a contractual work permit to enter Slovakia. Unvaccinated US citizens must quarantine for at least 14 days and take a PCR test. Both vaccinated, and unvaccinated citizens must register their entrance. 


Iceland Iceland


Vaccinatedcitizens must take a negative PCR test, whereas unvaccinated citizens must take a rapid covid-19 test/PCR test maximum 72 hours before arrival and give a negative result, and must undergo a 5-day quarantine period. 


Czech Republic 

Czech Republic


Vaccinatedcitizens must submit proof of EMA-approved vaccine and can skip isolations but must submit a filled Passenger Locator Form, whereas unvaccinated citizens must present a negative covid-19 test/PCR test maximum 72 hours before arrival and undergo a 5-day quarantine period. 


Belgium Belgium


Vaccinatedcitizens must submit proof of EMA-approved vaccine and still take another PCR test after arrival and undergo a quarantine period while they wait for the results, whereas unvaccinated citizens aren’t allowed unless it’s an emergent visit, and then they must take a rapid covid-19 test/PCR test maximum 72 hours before arrival and must undergo a full quarantine period. 


Poland poland


Vaccinated citizens must submit proof of EMA-approved vaccines and can skip quarantine, whereas unvaccinated citizens must undergo a 10-day quarantine period and even take a test after arrival.

 

Ireland Ireland


Vaccinatedcitizens must submit proof of EMA-approved vaccine, whereas unvaccinated citizens must take a rapid covid-19 test/PCR test maximum 72 hours before arrival and must undergo a 14-day quarantine period. Unvaccinated citizens can reduce their quarantine period if they test negative after 5-7 days. 


England England


Vaccinatedcitizens must submit proof of EMA-approved vaccine and must take a test upon arrival/submit a negative result taken minimum 2 days prior to arrival, and only then they can skip the quarantine, whereas unvaccinated citizens must take a rapid covid-19 test/PCR test maximum 72 hours before arrival and must undergo a 10-day quarantine period. On the second and the eighth day of stay, unvaccinated travelers must take a PCR test. Both vaccinated, and unvaccinated citizens must submit a filled Passenger Locator Form. 


Lithuania Lithuania


Vaccinatedcitizens must submit proof of EMA-approved vaccine, whereas unvaccinated citizens must take a rapid covid-19 test/PCR test maximum of 72 hours before arrival and must undergo a 10-day quarantine period. Both vaccinated, and unvaccinated citizens must take a specific questionnaire minimum 2 days prior to arrival. 


Romania Romania


Vaccinatedcitizens must submit proof of EMA-approved vaccine administered at least 14 days before arrival, whereas unvaccinated citizens must take a rapid covid-19 test/PCR test maximum 72 hours before arrival and must undergo a 14-day quarantine period. 


Italy Italy

Vaccinatedcitizens must submit proof of EMA-approved vaccine and must submit a negative PCR test, whereas unvaccinated citizens must take a rapid covid-19 test/PCR test maximum 72 hours before arrival and must undergo a 5-day quarantine period. 

*It is necessary to note that if the European countries require a compulsory quarantine period, then you must undergo it regardless of whether your PCR test result is negative. This, of course, is for unvaccinated citizens only.  

What Holiday Activities Are Allowed? 

Now that you’re up to speed on if US citizens can travel to Europe, here’s a little about possible vacation and holiday activities. Since restrictions are still in place, while restaurants and bars are open to visitors and tourists, indoor seating is not allowed. You can either take away or sit outside in a socially distanced environment. Most monuments, museums, beaches, hilly areas, lakes, spas, parks, zoos, aquariums, and other public places are open to citizens, but private spaces and nightclubs, and nightly bars are closed. If you’re hoping to join a touring group, then you have to check in with each specific country to know whether it’s allowed or not. But as far as general travel, sightseeing and exploration are concerned, you’re allowed to enjoy yourself to the fullest.  


What Safety Precautions Can Tourists Take? 

There are some safety precautions you can take to make the experience safer and better for both yourself and others. Here is all you can do to prevent any risk of infection and virus: 

●    Sanitize:The SOP’s implemented at the beginning of the coronavirus are still in effect, so sanitizing is something you must continue. Make sure you wash your hands as frequently as possible, use hand sanitizer, and if possible, carry a small surface sanitizer.  

●   Wear Masks: Most stores and public places you visit will have a mask mandate, so keep a clean mask with you at all times. You might not need them at some places but remember, even vaccinated citizens can catch the virus from unvaccinated citizens, so wearing a mask to prevent any spread of the virus is the best step you can take. 

●    Socially Distance:Keep a distance of a minimum 6 feet between others, so you’re in a safe space at all times. If you’re traveling with a friend or family group, then keep a distance of a minimum 3 feet between yourselves.  

●   Avoid Large Groups: If you can avoid traveling in publicly large groups like touring groups and tourist programs, then it will be good for you and others. Try to avoid large groups unless it’s absolutely necessary (conferences etc.) 

That being said, don’t take these restrictions negatively because they are only in place to provide you with maximum protection. Hopefully, now that you know US citizens can travel to Europe, you will have an awesome and safe time there! 

 

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