Covid-19 recall, vaccination, testing and quarantine rules



On Wednesday January 5, Europe recorded 1.02 million new cases of Covid-19, up from 900,000 cases reported in the European Union the day before – both were daily records.

To tackle these record infection rates, many EU countries are considering making vaccination compulsory. France has passed a law (which still has to go through the Senate) to turn its current health pass into a vaccine pass – this would require everyone to be fully vaccinated in order to be able to eat out, go to a bar or visit a museum (a negative test result would no longer suffice). Italy made compulsory vaccination for over 50s, about 28 million people, and Austria plans to vaccinate compulsory for everyone from 14 years old from February 1, 2022.

Here is the list of recall, vaccination, testing and quarantine requirements for EU countries for January 2022.


Atstria — tourist trip open to vaccinees with a booster or PCR test result

Since December 20, anyone wishing to enter Austria must follow the 2G rule where, in addition to proving that you have been vaccinated or recovered, you must also show a negative PCR test result or proof of having had the booster vaccine.

Internally, the country follows Covid-19 restrictions based on what is called rule 3G–Geimpft (vaccinated), Genesen (recovered), Getestet (tested negative). Some sites require 3G proof, others 2G, and some 2.5G, depending on region and site.


Belgium – most unvaccinated people are not allowed

Belgium color-coded countries to determine travel restrictions in line with ECDC recommendations and much of the EU and Schengen area are currently red, as well as most third countries. Updates are made on Saturdays.

Travelers arriving from green or orange zones do not need quarantine or testing. Anyone arriving from a red zone in the EU / Schengen area or from a country on the white list of the red zone – if they are vaccinated, they do not need to be tested or self-administered. isolate. Anyone who is not vaccinated should arrive with a negative PCR test result, go into isolation and test after a negative test on days 1 or 2.

Anyone arriving from a red zone outside the EU / White List is only allowed if they are vaccinated, or can prove that they are traveling for essential reasons.

If people have to travel, they have to fill in aa “Public health passenger tracking form“48 hours before arrival.


Croatia — proof of paid accommodation required

Anyone arriving from an EU country / Schengen area can enter if they can show any of the following: proof of vaccination in the last 365 days, proof that they had Covid-19 (between 11 and 365 days before arrival), or proof of a negative test carried out no later than 48 to 72 hours before the ‘arrival at the Croatian border.

Third-country nationals are not authorized to travel essential, unless they can prove accommodation paid for their entire stay in the country AND they can prove a negative test result, to have had Covid-19 or to be fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated travelers can also get tested at the border and then self-isolate until a negative test result is obtained.

All travelers must complete the Enter Croatia web form Before the arrival.


Czech Republic: tougher rules for foreign nationals

The rules were hardened on December 27 for all foreigners. Anyone who has been fully vaccinated but has not received a booster will need to have a negative PCR test result to enter the country, if they are on the correct list. Unvaccinated people will also need to have a PCR test on days 5 and 7 after arrival. Anyone arriving must fill in the arrival form.

One big change is that many more countries are now rated as high or very high risk, compared to last month.the list is updated regularly.


Denmark: vaccines need negative test results

From December 27, the government demands anyone arriving to have a negative Covid-19 test result, even if vaccinated. The test should last a maximum of 48 hours with a rapid antigen test or 72 hours with a PCR test at the time of entry.

Anyone arriving from a high risk country must also self-isolate for 10 days after arriving in Denmark. People can “test” out of quarantine on day 6 with a negative PCR test result.


France — tests for all arrivals outside the EU

France operates a green, orange, red and a scarlet list countries, from which different travel restrictions apply, the main difference being whether people are vaccinated or not.

As of December 4, anyone arriving from the EU / Schengen area will only need to take a test if they have not been vaccinated (done up to 24 hours before arrival). However, everyone must now test if they arrive from outside the UE + bloc, even if they are vaccinated. These tests must be PCR (some antigenic tests are allowed) and carried out no later than 48 hours before arrival.

For unvaccinated travelers, the color codes determine whether they are allowed to travel. The United States is on the Red List, which means unvaccinated travelers must have a compelling reason to travel. Arrivals may be subject to random testing and everyone must self-isolate for 10 days.


Germany – travel ban in place because not vaccinated restricted

Each traveler must complete a Digital registration form and tests take place on arrival.

Fully vaccinated travelers from anywhere can enter Germany, as can those who have had Covid-19, children under 12, anyone in transit and anyone residing in the EU / Schengen area. For most other situations, currently there is a travel ban when there is to be an urgent need to travel.


Greece: every arrival must be tested

There are a list of countries from where travelers can visit, which includes US and UK

Until at least January 10, all arrivals must have a negative PCR test performed no more than 72 hours prior to arrival or a rapid antigen test performed no more than 24 hours prior to arrival, regardless of vaccination status.


Ireland – vaccinees do not need to test

From January 6, 2022, anyone who has been vaccinated or can prove that they have recovered from Covid-19 in the past 6 months, do not have to be tested before their arrival. Anyone else can enter with a negative PCR test result.


Italy: unvaccinated people must be quarantined for 5 days

Italy maintains a series of lists, where countries have very different travel restrictions. Travelers from Safe List Countries for example, do not need to undertake the current 5-day quarantine that many other unvaccinated travelers must.

In many cases, even vaccinated travelers must arrive with proof of a negative Covid-19 test result. Unvaccinated travelers are allowed to visit but must have proof of a negative Covid-19 test result and must self-quarantine for five days (this includes the United States). At the end of the five-day quarantine, they are also required to pass an antigen or PCR test to exit self-isolation.

Everyone must complete a Digital passenger tracking form.


Netherlands: ban on entry into force from outside the EU

Travelers are allowed to enter the Netherlands from the EU / Schengen area, but there is an effective travel ban for all travelers arriving from outside this area, with some exemptions for those traveling from countries safe (and these people should come up with a negative test result). Vaccinated people fall into this exemption category.

Anyone arriving from high-risk areas is not allowed entry unless they fall under exemption categories (and must then present negative test results and quarantine). Everyone must complete a health declaration form.


Spain — vaccinated, EU and EU safe list can visit

Since July 17, Spain was opened to vaccinated travelers, EU residents and anyone from an EU Safety List country (Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Indonesia, Kuwait, New Zealand, Peru, Qatar , Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, United Arab Emirates and Uruguay).

Apart from certain specific categories of people, non-essential travel is not allowed for unvaccinated people from third countries outside the EU / Schengen area.


England – travel restrictions relaxed

The government announced in early January the easing of travel restrictions in England, where vaccinated travelers are now allowed to enter, without the need for pre-departure testing. However, they must pass a lateral flow test on day 2, booked prior to arrival.

For unvaccinated people, you must arrive with a negative Covid-19 test result, enter quarantine for ten days then take a PCR test on days 2 and 8.

Everyone must complete a Passenger tracking form, before arriving in the country.


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