US Continues to Advise Against Travel to EU Despite the Facilitation of Travel Restrictions by Member States

Despite the COVID-19 restrictions being relaxed in the majority of the European Union/European Economic Area countries, the US Department of State continues to advise everyone against taking non-essential trips.

The US travel advisories get updated every week, but the authorities have not made any changes regarding the EU/EEA countries for weeks now.

According to the data provided by the US Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), all EU/EEA countries, including here popular destinations such as Spain, France, Portugal, Germany, and Greece, currently have a “Level Four: Don’t Travel” advice, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

While some countries were added to this list in early 2021, others were added later during the year. The complete list is as follows:

  • Austria (added on October 2021)
  • Belgium (added on November 2021)
  • Bulgaria (added on September 2021)
  • Croatia (added on October 2021)
  • Cyprus (added on December 2021)
  • Czech Republic (added on November 2021)
  • Denmark (added on November 2021)
  • Estonia (added on August 2021)
  • Finland (added on December 2021)
  • France (added on December 2021)
  • Germany (added on November 2021)
  • Greece (added on August 2021)
  • Hungary (added on November 2021)
  • Iceland (added on Nov 2021)
  • Ireland (added on August 2021)
  • Italy (added on December 2021)
  • Latvia (added on October 2021)
  • Lithuania (added on September 2021)
  • Luxembourg (added on November 2021)
  • Malta (added on December 2021)
  • Netherlands (added on November 2021)
  • Norway (added on September 2021)
  • Poland (added on November 2021)
  • Portugal (added on December 2021)
  • Romania (added on January 2022)
  • Slovakia (added on November 2021)
  • Slovenia (added on September 2021)
  • Spain (added on December 2021)
  • Sweden (added on December 2021)
  • Switzerland (added on August 2021)

Level Four is the highest advisory level and means that unvaccinated and unrecovered travelers are advised against taking non-essential. In contrast, such advice is not as strongly applied to those who have already completed their vaccination process as well as those who have recovered from the virus.

While the US continues to advise its citizens against taking trips, the EU is doing the opposite. Several EU/EEA countries have already removed their COVID-19 travel rules and now permit entry to all persons regardless of their vaccination status or their country of origin.

Hungary and Ireland are the two most recent EU countries to abolish their entry rules. Travelers can now enter Hungary and Ireland without having to present a valid vaccination, recovery, or test certificate. In addition, they are also exempt from national COVID-19 restrictions.

Apart from the two countries mentioned above, Iceland, Norway, and Slovenia have also dropped their entry rules. They now permit entry to everyone, even to those who have not been vaccinated against the virus.

Even though the other EU countries continue to keep in place their entry rules, the majority of them have already abolished their national COVID-19 restrictions, and others plan to do so soon.

Austria has already lifted its domestic restrictions. Travelers are no longer required to follow COVID-19 protective measures.

Other countries, such as Germany and France, also plan on easing their rules by the end of this month.

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