Can Americans Travel To Europe? Restrictions Update (March 2022) – Forbes Advisor

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Americans can still travel to European countries, although each country makes their own decisions about who can enter and what precautions are required to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Before deciding to travel to Europe, check the testing and vaccination requirements for your destination. Be sure to also consider any countries you transit as there may be testing or vaccination requirements even if you don’t leave the airport.

Here are some of the latest European travel rules and restrictions for US travelers.

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Here are the latest European travel rules and restrictions for US travelers.


US citizens are permitted to enter Austria with either proof of full vaccination, proof of recovery, a negative PCR test (from within the past 72 hours) or a negative antigen test (taken within the past 24 hours). Children under the age of 12 are exempt when traveling with compliant adults.

Once you’ve entered the country, you’ll need full vaccination (and a booster if it’s been more than 180 days since your original vaccination) to enter many public businesses, including hotels and restaurants.


US citizens can travel to France with full proof of vaccinationwhich you will have to show to your airline and to border patrol.

Read more: Can I travel to France from the US?


Vaccinated Americans are allowed to enter Germany for reasons including tourism (unvaccinated travelers must demonstrate an important need for travel). In addition to providing proof of vaccination, all people 6 and over who are traveling from the US and entering Germany must have proof of a negative test result within the prior 48 hours.

Read more: Can I travel to Germany from the US?


As of March 1, travelers from the United States will need to produce one of the following for entry: certificate of vaccination, certificate of recovery or negative test result. Rapid antigen tests are valid for 48 hours and PCR tests are valid for 72 hours.

Read more: Can I travel to Italy from the United States?


Travelers visiting Poland from the US must submit negative Covid-19 test results no older than 24 hours as well as proof of vaccination. Unvaccinated travelers are required to complete a seven day compulsory quarantine, making travel for tourism purposes impractical.


As of February 19, US citizens (age 12 and over) can travel to Portugal if they submit:

  • A valid vaccination certificate or
  • A recovery EU Digital Covid Certificate or
  • A negative Covid test from 24 hours prior (antigen/TRAg test) or 72 hours prior (PCR/NAAT test) to boarding

Children under 12 do not need to present a Covid-19 test or EU Digital COVID Certificate to enter the country.


US citizens are not required to quarantine when arriving in Spain, but proof of vaccination or a recent negative test is required. Spain recently revised their requirements to define fully vaccinated travelers as those who received their final dose 14-270 days prior to arrival. Therefore, some travelers may need to obtain a booster dose prior to travel to Spain.

Before departure, you must complete a Health Control Form (FCS) and obtain and download the QR code to show at boarding and health controls upon arrival in Spain.

Read more: Forbes Advisor Guide To Covid Vaccine Requirements For Travel


To travel to Switzerland, you need to be fully vaccinated (unvaccinated US citizens are not allowed entry to Switzerland for tourism reasons). However, there is no testing requirement as long as you are able to provide proof of vaccination. Switzerland defines vaccination as being valid for 9 months from the date of your last jab, so boosters may be required.

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Requirements for Traveling to the US

In December 2021, the Biden administration said that all travelers flying to the US (aged 2 and over) will be required to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within one day of their departure. Either a PCR or antigen test will be accepted. At this time, quarantine is not required for international travelers.

Mask mandates are still enforced at US airports, when flying within the United States and on public transportation through at least April 18, 2022. Local ordinances may also require masks indoors or under other special circumstances.

Before traveling, check the guidelines provided by the country you’re traveling to, the airline and take all the necessary precautions recommended by the CDC.

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