Travel in Europe: gradual lifting of restrictions

Travel in Europe gradual lifting of restrictions
Travel in Europe gradual lifting of restrictions

Can I enter Bulgaria for tourism? Will I be in the fortnight when I arrive in Spain? Will I be tested for Covid-19 in Iceland? Due to the decline of the pandemic and in accordance with the recommendations of the European Commission, France is easing from June 15, 2020, its travel arrangements in the European area. On a European scale, the return to normal will take place in several stages, restrictions remaining on the entry of certain countries.

With the exception of Mayotte and Guyana, which remain classified in orange because the indicators are still worrying, all of France has moved to the green zone.

Measures for France

France is gradually opening its borders to the other countries of the European Union (EU).

People from Schengen countries (the EU Member States as well as Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and Vatican) can enter French territory without restrictions related to the fight against the Covid-19. They no longer need a derogatory international travel certificate to enter French territory and are still exempt from the fortnight upon their arrival in France.


However, reciprocal restrictions continue to apply at borders with:

  • Spain which has chosen to maintain its traffic restrictions until June 21, 2020, as well as a fortnight for air passengers from European countries. France, therefore, maintains until this date fourteen for air passengers upon arrival.
  • The United Kingdom, which chose to set up a fourteen-day obligation on June 8, 2020, for travellers from France. As of June 15, 2020, travellers from the United Kingdom are no longer subject to entry restrictions linked to the fight against the pandemic but remain, until further notice, invited to observe a fortnight upon their arrival.
    As of July 1, 2020, France will gradually reopen its external borders to Schengen in a progressive and differentiated manner according to the health situation of the countries and according to the procedures decided at European level by then.

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Measures in other European countries


Some countries, such as Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Poland, the Czech Republic, Serbia, Slovakia and Sweden, are already accessible to the French. Germany, Belgium, Greece and Austria will be added on June 15, 2020.

  • Romania only accepts its own nationals.
  • Norway only opens its borders to its northern neighbours, with the exception of Sweden (still hard hit by the epidemic).
  • Denmark only welcomes people from Germany, Norway and Iceland.
  • Finland only allows travel with Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia.
  • Iceland imposes Covid-19 tests on people not wishing to carry out quarantine.
  • If it is possible to travel to the United Kingdom since June 8, 2020, a fortnight is imposed. This measure will be reviewed every three weeks.
  • Spain will reopen its borders on June 21, 2020 (instead of July 1), except at the land border with Portugal where controls will be lifted on July 1, 2020. The quarantine imposed on new entrants by air will also be lifted from this date.
  • Portugal is expected to welcome foreign tourists again from July 1, 2020.
  • In addition, the Irish authorities always advise against non-essential travel to their country.
  • The transport offer between France and the Netherlands remains limited.
  • The Maltese health authorities currently make it impossible for the French to have normal access to the country (obligation to stay 4 weeks in the country of transit, quarantine of 14 days on arrival).
  • Travel to Cyprus is not possible until further notice.
  • Travellers from France to Slovenia must undergo a quarantine if they do not come under one of the exceptions provided.

Planning a vacation in Europe

The interactive tool set up by the European Commission Re-open EU gives you access to the information you need to plan your trips and vacations in Europe with confidence. For each destination, find the conditions of movement, entry and exit according to the different means of transport, quarantine measures, medical examination … Available in 24 languages, the information is frequently updated.

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Source: service-public



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