Travelling to the European Union has been more restricted since April, when the EU began requiring citizens of 38 countries, including Canada, the United States, and Australia, to present a valid electronic travel authorization (eTA). This was needed to board any flight or boat that would take them to an EU country. Although, many of these restrictions were lifted in July, some countries still hold on to the EU’s original guidelines, meaning citizens can’t enjoy visa-free travel this summer.
Here are the nations that have come up with new Covid rules. Before getting your Europe tourist visa from any Europe visit visa consultants in Hyderabad read the below.
Even though some EU countries have begun to relax their travel restrictions, France is still requiring travellers to follow specific entry rules. The French authorities have categorized countries of origin into two different categories – the green and the orange category. Depending on which type a person is travelling from, they will be subject to additional rules.
The green list includes all the EU/EEA countries as well as tens of third countries. Travellers who reach France from a country that is part of the green list are not required to follow any additional rules as long as they provide a vaccination, recovery, or test certificate. Those arriving in France from an orange list country need to do so with an International Certificate of Vaccination.
French authorities decided to maintain a quarantine on travellers who visit France from an orange list country as a preventative measure. In most cases, these travellers are not required to provide an International Certificate of Vaccination or wait for a disease-free period. Those arriving in France from an orange list country need to do so with an International Certificate of Vaccination.
Although Malta has recently facilitated some of its entry rules, the country still requires all incoming travellers to hold valid COVID-19 proof upon their arrival. The government of Malta states that every traveller, regardless of their nationality, must present a COVID-19 certificate – a vaccination, recovery, or test certificate.
From June 6th, 2022, individuals who are at least 12 years old can travel to Malta without going through quarantine, provided they present one of the following documents: proof of immunization, proof of being recovered, or a test certificate. After making sure all of these criteria are met, an individual may enter Malta as long as they have not been diagnosed with any diseases which pose a severe threat to public health and the environment.
Passes are not required for those under 12 years of age. It also means that children under 12 are eligible for restriction-free entry to Malta, regardless of their vaccination or recovery status.
The Netherlands is keeping entry restrictions in place for all travellers except those from the EU, and these restrictions include a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival and a health insurance policy that covers COVID-19 treatment.
The Netherlands has strict entry rules into their country for travellers coming from outside the EU/Schengen area. Travellers need to present either a vaccination certificate or proof of recovery if they come from countries where COVID-19 is prevalent.
Travellers who do not hold any one of these two certificates are currently banned, meaning that they cannot enter the Netherlands at all, even if their destination within Holland was unaffected by COVID-19 restrictions imposed on other regions in Europe such as Germany and Italy; travel agents have reported confusion among clients about which goals remain open following outbreaks elsewhere in Europe.
In contrast, travellers coming from inside the EU/EEA zone can enter without restriction regardless of whether or not they have had vaccinations against COVID-19.