European and International Travel Regulations

June 19, 2020 Travel and Transport

Travel restrictions in Europe are easing, but still vary by country. It is essential to check the rules for the country you are leaving from, and the one you are visiting. 

 

EU

The European Union has relaxed or completely lifted travel restrictions for EU citizens traveling within the EU and a few other European countries such as Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, and Lichtenstein.

Brussels called on EU countries to open borders to from July 1st  to travelers from Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and China* (*subject to confirmation of reciprocity).

An online tool has been launched by the European Commission to help travelers get essential information about the country they are traveling to. After selecting a country, the tool shows icons that offers real-time information including entry requirements, health and safety measures, whether travelers will need a medical certificate and whether any quarantine measures are in place.  

Access the tool at https://reopen.europa.eu/en

Where there is a surge in COVID-19 cases, cities or regions may go back into lockdown, such as the cases of Gütersloh in Germany and Leicester in the UK. 

 

UK

Rules vary in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, so it's worth checking each country's regulations. 

England, Northern Ireland and Wales

For those traveling out of the UK, there are two lists that need to be cross-referenced. One refers to where English and Welsh citizens can travel to, and the other refers to whether they have to self-isolate when they arrive in UK. 

Authorities still advise 'all but essential' international travel, but some countries are exempt as they no longer pose a high risk. View the list here. 

From July 10th, travelers arriving into the UK from several countries no longer need to quarantine for 14 days. View the list here

Travelers arriving in the UK from countries not on the list must self-isolate for 14 days. Every traveler must complete a form to present to immigration on arrival, which includes an address of where the traveler plans to self-isolate. The form can be obtained before departure at https://visas-immigration.service.gov.uk/public-health-passenger-locator-form.

While the UK is relaxing travel options, other countries still require travelers to self-isolate when they arrive. 

Scotland

Scotland will ease quarantine rules for travelers arriving from 57 destinations, from July 10th. View the list here

 

Global

IATA has released an interactive map which contains travel regulation information

View the map at https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/international-travel-document-news/1580226297.htm

 

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