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Europe Reopening Resource Guide - Luxury Group Cruises

 

Updated December 29, 2020

 Note: Information was sourced from Tourism Boards, Travel Trade News and other government websites. Dates are subject to change.

 Please be advised that this document is only to be used as an initial resource and all information should be cross checked with the latest updates prior to advising customers. You may also want to consider checking with hotel or resort vendors prior to travel for additional information about possible restrictions or traveling guidelines. 

Important Links

·        Useful Info for tourists: Before starting your journey, please check visa requirements for your destination at: The Schengen visa

·        Ship passenger rights 

Country Update
Austria  U.S. Tourism: Not Allowed

Austria is currently in a phase of gradual and secure re-opening. Austria has opened its borders to travelers arriving from EU member states, the Schengen Area, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, and the Vatican.

Austria has suspended the entry by third-country nationals, including U.S. citizens, from outside the EU and the Schengen area already since mid-March 2020.Exceptions apply i.a. for:

·        Transit Passengers

·        US-Family members (e.g. spouses, children) of Austrian (and EU/EEA/CH) citizens living in the same household

·        Holders of a D visa or residence permit issued by Austria

·        Members of diplomatic missions and employees of international organizations (including their family members living in the same household)

However, any person will only be allowed to enter Austria upon presentation of a medical certificate confirming a negative molecular-biological SARS-CoV-2 test, unless their immediate departure from Austria is secured. The certificate must be issued by a licensed medical practitioner in German or English and must not be older than 4 days at the time of entry.

For travelers who may enter the country, the Austrian government has created a list of areas which it considers to be at elevated risk for COVID-19. More information can be found here.

National website with coronavirus-related information for TOURISM
Tourism Austria

National website with coronavirus-related information for TRANSPORT
Federal Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology.

National website on the coronavirus
http://sozialministerium.at

National coronavirus helpline
+43800201611

Austrian Consulate General

https://www.bmeia.gv.at/en/austrian-consulate-general-new-york/ 

Belgium  U.S. Tourism: Not Allowed

Belgium has restricted the entry of all travelers who are not arriving from EEA Member States, Switzerland or the United Kingdom. Nationals, permanent residents, and long-term visa holders of EEA Member States, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, and their family members may still enter Belgium from outside of those countries, but will be required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival.

Travelers entering Belgium from outside the Schengen area or any high risk area must present a completed Health Declaration Form upon arrival.

The form can be found here.

Belgium has created a ‘traffic light’ system to track countries and regions which are experiencing high incidence rates of COVID-19. Travelers from “red zones” will be required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in Belgium, while those entering Belgium from “orange” regions are asked to be vigilant. The updated list of regions can be found on this site (in French).

National website with coronavirus-related information for TOURISM
Visit Belgium

National website on the coronavirus
Info Covid-19

National coronavirus helpline
+32 800 14689

Croatia  U.S. Tourism: Allowed, see below for details

Croatia has opened its borders to visitors from the EU/EEA and the UK. Nationals from outside the EU may also apply online for an entry pass.

·        As a third-country national coming from outside the EU and Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein, may I enter this country without exceptional restrictions? YES, WITH LIMITATIONS. Third country nationals may enter the country for business, tourist reasons, other economic interests for Croatia, or pressing personal reasons, if they provide relevant proof. Health supervision with 14 days quarantine is mandatory. This can be shortened to seven days if a passenger does an oropharyngeal swab at his/her expenses seven days after entering Croatia, and gets a negative result for SARS-CoV-2. The intention to cross the state border has to be communicated in advance via e-mail to uzg.covid@mup.hr and requests will be addressed in the shortest possible timeframe. Please note that once you receive confirmation that you may enter the Republic of Croatia, you are advised to fill in the form available at https://entercroatia.mup.hr in order to shorten the waiting time.

o   Recommendations and instructions for crossing the state border

o   Latest information on lifting travel restrictions on Croatian borders

·        May I enter this country without a medical certificate, such as a negative test? Yes

·        May I enter this country by sea transport? Yes, All EU/EEA nationals and persons with permanent residence in EU/EEA countries, plus their family members, can enter Croatia freely. However, all travellers are advised to fill out the form on the ENTERCROATIA website.

·        Is a mask required in public? The use of masks is required in public transport and shops. The use of masks is strongly recommended for all other public places.

·        Is physical distancing required? Interpersonal distancing of 1.5 metre must be respected.

 National website with coronavirus-related information for TOURISM
UZG COVID

National website with coronavirus-related information for TRANSPORT www.koronavirus.hr

National website on the coronavirus

·        Daily updated news on Corona virus status in the country

·        Croatian Institute for Public Health

·        For updated information on coronavirus status, please follow the official government page or send your inquiry via official social media platforms:

o   Facebook – koronavirus.hr

o   Instagram – koronavirus.sluzbeni

o   Twitter – koronavirus_hr

National coronavirus helpline
Important phone numbers

Useful Info for tourists

·        Useful information for tourists

·        Enter Croatia on-line web page for touristic purposes and registration

Denmark  U.S. Tourism: Not Allowed

Denmark has reopened its borders to travelers arriving from most European countries; restrictions remain in place for travelers from outside the EU/Schengen area and UK. For travelers who are not residents or nationals, entry regulations depend on whether they are arriving from an ‘open’ country or a ‘restricted’ country, or if they have a ‘worthy purpose’ to enter. A country’s status can change dependent on its infection rate for COVID-19. The status is updated weekly on Thursdays and can be found here.

Travelers arriving from ‘open’ countries can enter Denmark without having to go into a two-week quarantine. If tourism is the reason for the visit, travelers need documentation showing they are staying at least six nights. This could be a stay in a rented summerhouse, at a campsite, at a hotel or at a private home.

Travelers returning to their home country may transit through Denmark. All travelers transiting or traveling to/from Denmark must wear masks at all times on flights and inside the airport.

National website with coronavirus-related information for TOURISM
Visit Denmark

National website on the coronavirus
Info Coronavirus

National coronavirus helpline
+45 72 22 74 59

Finland  U.S. Tourism: Not Allowed

Finland’s borders remain closed to non-resident foreign nationals entering the country, with some exemptions. Travelers arriving from within the EU or a Schengen Member State may enter Finland if they are traveling for work or study in Finland. More information is available at the Finnish Border Guard website. People arriving in Finland will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Under self-isolation, the person is allowed to move between their workplace and place of residence and for other essential reasons.

 National website with coronavirus-related information for TOURISM
Visit Finland

National website on the coronavirus
Info Covid-19

National coronavirus helpline
+358 295 535 535

France  U.S. Tourism: Not Allowed

France has restricted the entry of all foreign nationals except those arriving from the EU, UK, Andorra, Vatican City, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay. Foreign travelers who are not nationals of the above countries or arriving from one of the above countries are still restricted from entering France.

Travelers arriving from outside of the countries listed above must have an International Travel Certificate to enter and transit France, showing that their travel is of an “essential” nature. This must be obtained prior to departure via the French consular offices abroad or online at https://www.interieur.gouv.fr. Starting from July 18, travelers flying to Paris Charles de Gaulle or Orly airports from such areas will also be required to take a PCR test. They may either provide a negative test result taken less than 72 hours before departure, or will be offered a free RT-PCR test on arrival.

All travelers arriving from countries other than the ones mentioned above are requested to comply with a voluntary 14-day self-quarantine upon arrival.

National website with coronavirus-related information for TOURISM
www.france.fr

National website on the coronavirus
Info Covid-19

National coronavirus helpline
+33 800 130 000

Germany  U.S. Tourism: Not Allowed

Germany has relaxed its entry restrictions for travelers arriving from the European Economic Area, the UK, and Australia, Georgia, Canada, New Zealand, Thailand, and Uruguay. Entry from any third country is possible for travelers who can demonstrate an important reason for their travel, this does not include tourism.

Quarantine requirements in Germany differ depending on the German state. All travelers arriving from high-risk areas (over 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants) are required to stay in quarantine for 14 days on arrival in Germany. More information can be found here.

National website with coronavirus-related information for TOURISM

·        www.corona-navigator.de

·        https://www.germany.travel/de/trade/trade-home/trade.html

·        https://www.germany.travel/en/info/sars-cov-2.html

National website with coronavirus-related information for TRANSPORT

·        www.deutsche-flagge.de

·        Artikel/K/Corona/corona-uebersicht
Artikel/K/Corona/strassenverkehr-covid-19

National website on the coronavirus

Info Coronavirus

National coronavirus helpline
+49 30 346 465 100

Greece  U.S. Tourism: Not Allowed

Greece has restricted the entry of all travelers with the exception of nationals, residence permit holders, or long-term visa holders of EU countries and UK.

Greece lifted its cruise ship ban this week, opening its ports to cruise ships of all sizes starting August 1st. At present, North Americans would still be excluded from such a resumption.

From June 15 onward, mandatory testing and self-isolation/quarantine will remain in place for anyone arriving into Greece from airports listed by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Travelers arriving from other locations may be exempted from these requirements. All travelers must complete a “Passenger Locator Form (PLF)” 24 hours before check-in at https://travel.gov.gr/#/. A QR code generated from the completed form must be presented upon arrival.

National website with coronavirus-related information for TOURISM
Visit Greece

National website on the coronavirus
Info Coronavirus

National coronavirus helpline
+30 210 521 2054

Hungary  U.S. Tourism: Not Allowed

 Hungary has begun to relax its entry restrictions. As of July 15, 2020, the Government of Hungary has introduced entry restrictions. Countries are classified into “red”, “yellow” and “green” categories, based on the severity of the COVID situation in each.

In the case of non-Hungarian citizens, those coming from a “yellow” country will be subjected to health checks at the border and must be quarantined for 14 days. An exception to this is if they can credibly show two negative coronavirus tests 48 hours apart in the previous 5 days. Those coming from a “yellow” country may be released from quarantine after the first negative coronavirus test. Foreigners may make a request an exception and entry permit with supporting documents on the National Police website.

“Yellow” countries include: Bulgaria, Canada, United Kingdom, Norway, Russia, Romania, Serbia, Sweden, Japan, China, United States.

Foreigners transiting via the airport must have a medical certificate, no older than four days old and signed by a medical professional (from any country), confirming they tested negative for COVID-19, before they may enter. Those passengers must demonstrate they have a valid plane reservation and authorization to enter the destination country before entering Hungary.

National website with coronavirus-related information for TOURISM
Info Coronavirus

National website on the coronavirus
Info Coronavirus

National coronavirus helpline
+36 6 80 277 455; +36 6 80 277 456

Ireland  U.S. Tourism: Not Allowed

 Ireland is not currently implementing any entry restrictions, but all travelers arriving in the country from areas except Northern Ireland are required to complete a Public Health Passenger Locator Form and self-quarantine for 14 days.

National website on the coronavirus
www.gov.ie/Covid-19

National coronavirus helpline
1850 24 1850 (within Ireland only)

Restrictions on the provision of tourist services at national or sub-national/regional level: Outdoor public amenities are open, including sporting facilities, tourism sites, beaches and mountain walks, where 2m social distancing can be maintained. It is currently planned that museums, galleries, cultural outlets can reopen starting on June 29, Hotels, hostels, caravan parks and holiday parks can reopen starting on June 29. For updates on opening dates please see Ireland’s Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business on gov.ie/covid19

Useful Info for tourists: All non-essential overseas travel to and from Ireland should be avoided. Before starting your journey, please check visa requirements at www.inis.gov.ie. Passengers arriving to Ireland from overseas are legally required to complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form. Passengers arriving from overseas are expected to self-isolate for 14 days.Further information on these requirements is available at www.gov.ie.

Italy  U.S. Tourism: Not Allowed

 Italy has reopened its borders to travelers arriving from the European Union/Schengen zone, Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay.

National website with coronavirus-related information for TOURISM
www.italia.it

National website on the coronavirus
Covid-19 Information

National coronavirus helpline
+39 1500

Restrictions on the provision of tourist services at national or sub-national/regional level: Regions and autonomous provinces may anticipate or postpone the opening of different activities, taking into account their compatibility with the development of the contagion. The Presidents of the regions decide on the planning of local public transport services (bus, metro, tram), to avoid overcrowding of the means of transport in the daily time slots with the greatest presence of passengers. The minister of infrastructure and transport, in agreement with the minister of health, may order reductions, suspensions or limitations in transport services, including international, automotive, rail, air, sea and inland waters transport.

Netherlands  U.S. Tourism: Not Allowed

 The Netherlands has begun to accept tourists arriving from countries in the EU/Schengen area. The Netherlands has restricted the entry of travelers arriving flights from outside of the EU, who are not nationals, residence permit holders, or long-stay visa holders of EEA Member States, Switzerland, or the United Kingdom, or their families. Exemptions exist for some special cases, for example, travelers attending funerals or studying in an institution in the Netherlands. A complete list of exemptions can be found here.

Travelers not currently resident in or physically present in the EU are still subject to travel restrictions, and will not be allowed to enter the Netherlands for tourism.

National website on the coronavirus
Info Coronavirus

National coronavirus helpline
+31 800-1351

Poland  U.S. Tourism: Not Allowed

 Poland is now accepting travelers arriving from the EU, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Montenegro, Georgia, Japan, Canada, Albania, South Korea, and Ukraine.

National website with coronavirus-related information for TOURISM
Poland Tourism

National website on the coronavirus
Info Covid-19

National coronavirus helpline
+48 800 190 590

Portugal  U.S. Tourism: Not Allowed

Portugal has opened its borders to travelers from outside the EU who are traveling for “essential” purposes, such as professional, study, family reunification, health, or humanitarian reasons. Travelers entering Portugal must present a negative COVID-19 test result issued in the last 72 hours. They will also be subject to health screening on arrival. Their temperature will be checked and if it is high or they show symptoms, they will be referred to the health authorities.

National website with coronavirus-related information for TOURISM
Visit Portugal English – Portuguese

National website on the coronavirus
Info Coronavirus

National coronavirus helpline
+351 808 24 24 24

Spain  U.S. Tourism: Not Allowed

Spain has reopened its borders to travelers from most EU countries; however, entry remains restricted to travelers arriving from other areas, except for Spanish nationals and residents, and accompanying immediate family members. Travelers arriving from the aforementioned areas no longer be required to present a residency certificate or to self-isolate upon entry into Spain; however they will need to complete an “FCS health control form” 48 hours before arrival at https://www.spth.gob.es/. A QR code generated from the completed form must be presented upon arrival. Travelers will also undergo a temperature check and visual health assessment.

National website with coronavirus-related information for TOURISM
https://www.spain.info/es

National website on the coronavirus
Info Coronavirus

National coronavirus helpline
Helpline 

Sweden  U.S. Tourism: Not Allowed

Sweden has restricted the entry of foreign travelers who are traveling from outside the EEA/UK. Sweden has restricted the entry of most foreign travelers arriving from outside of the wider European Area until at least August 31. Swedish nationals and residents may still return to Sweden from countries outside the EEA.

On July 2, the Swedish Government announced that citizens and long-term residents of EEA countries, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Switzerland, the UK or the Vatican City, people with Swedish residence permits, and their family members may now enter Sweden, regardless of the purpose of travel.

·        Visa holders of Sweden and people with a visa over 3 months for another EEA country may also enter, as may people with an ‘essential purpose’ such as healthcare workers, health researchers and students attending a Swedish institution.

·        More information may be found here.

·        In addition to this, residents of Algeria, Australia, Georgia, Japan, Canada, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay may also enter Sweden.

·        Diplomats, border workers, healthcare professionals, transport personnel, relief workers, and travelers visiting for urgent family reasons may also enter Sweden.

National website with coronavirus-related information for TOURISM
Visit Sweden

National website on the coronavirus
Info Coronavirus
The following websites provide an overview at european level:
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

National coronavirus helpline
+46 113 13

Useful Info for tourists
Before starting your journey, please check visa requirements for your destination at: The Schengen visa

Switzerland U.S. Tourism: Not Allowed 

Switzerland has eased restrictions on travelers from Europe. Switzerland has begun to ease its travel restrictions. As well as nationals/residents of Switzerland or Liechtenstein, as of June 15, travelers from countries in the EU, United Kingdom, Iceland, Norway may now enter Switzerland. Travelers from other countries who have the necessary visas and permits to enter, and authorized healthcare professionals may still enter the country.

National website with coronavirus-related information for TOURISM
www.myswitzerland.com

National website with coronavirus-related information for TRANSPORT
news.sbb.ch

National website on the coronavirus
www.bag.admin.ch

National coronavirus helpline
+41 58 463 00 00

Useful Info for tourists

·        www.myswitzerland.com;

·        www.bag.admin.ch

United Kingdom  U.S. Tourism: Allowed, see below for details

The United Kingdom does not have entry restrictions, but a 14-day quarantine is in place for arriving travelers arriving from outside the travel corridor.

The United Kingdom has not implemented any entry restrictions, but is monitoring direct flights into the country from certain areas. Several airports have suspended certain services, closed terminals, and reduced transportation schedules, so check the details of the specific airport in advance. Additionally, many airlines have grounded their planes.

Certain areas of the UK and Crown Dependencies may have specific travel regulations. Check the relevant page for information related to travel to JerseyIsle of ManShetland, and Orkney.

All travelers entering the United Kingdom must present a completed “Public Health Passenger Locator Form” to immigration upon arrival. The United Kingdom announced a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all travelers which started on June 8. Freight workers, medical professionals traveling to help with the fight against coronavirus, and travelers arriving from Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man are exempt from the quarantine requirement.

The UK government is updating a list of countries from which arriving travelers will not be required to self-isolate upon arrival, unless they’ve visited or stopped in any other country or territory in the preceding 14 days. Note: The English, Scottish, Welsh, and Northern Irish governments may be applying quarantine requirements differently. Check for more information on travel to EnglandScotlandWales, and Northern Ireland.

All travelers on flights to the UK must wear face coverings on aircraft and on public transport upon arrival thereafter. Passengers using taxis and private hire vehicles should also use a face covering for the duration of their journey. Drivers may refuse to transport passengers who do not follow guidance for safe travel. Review the UK government’s entry requirements.

Links:

·        US Embassy in the UK information for US Citizens in the UK about COVID-19

·        UK Government advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents

·        UK Government Foreign Travel Advice

·        UK Government guidance for British people traveling overseas during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

·        UK Government information on coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and risk in the UK

·        UK Government coronavirus FAQs

·        Business Traveller Information on UK Airports

·        UK Quarantine Policy

 

 

Other Sources ·        https://www.kayak.com/travel-restrictions

·        https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/SWE

·        Travel Weekly

·        Travel + Leisure

·        Travel Agent Central

·        Cruise Critic

·        Forbes

·        Wimco Villas

·        IATA Travel Center

·        Travel Market Report: Covid Reopening