While the news of Europe's reopening to American travelers is causing excitement among travel advisors and their clients, each country is able to set slightly different entry requirements, causing complications for would-be travelers.
To add to the complications, the EU signaled a move to reinstate travel restrictions barring nonessential travel from the U.S. and imposing quarantine and testing on U.S. travelers arriving into the region, according to a Reuters report on Aug. 27. However, the restrictions recommended by the European Council will not be mandatory among EU-member states.
A Covid test is still required of any traveler entering, or re-entering, the U.S.
We have compiled information on countries that are now open to U.S. visitors. For more details and additional countries, please click on the map below to access global Covid-entry information provided by Sherpa.
As the regulations and details are shifting, it bears repeating that advisors should stay abreast of the rules by visiting the CDC website, Reopen Europe and individual U.S. embassy and tourist office websites.
Travel to Albania
Albania U.S. travelers are welcome with no testing or quarantine requirements.
There is, however, a curfew from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., and masks are required in indoor public spaces for anyone over the age of 11. Travelers should take note that noncompliance for mask wearing can result in a fine.
Travel to Austria
Austria opened to American travelers June 24. Travelers must present a certificate of vaccination, certificate of recovery or a negative Covid-19 test result: either a PCR test taken 72 hours before arrival or an antigen test taken 28 hours before arrival. If none of those can be provided, the traveler must take a Covid test in Austria within 24 hours of arrival, at their own expense, and register using a pre-travel clearance form.
Within Austria, masks must be worn inside hotels, museums, restaurants and public transportation; however, restrictions are to be eased starting July 1.
These rules are changing rapidly, but you may need to provide proof of vaccination and/or a negative test or certificate of recovery from Covid-19 to dine at restaurants or enter venues. Updated Aug. 8.
Travel to Belgium
U.S. residents are permitted to travel to Belgium for tourism without proof vaccination or negative Covid test.
Arriving visitors must present a passenger locator form within 48 hours of arrival. As these policies are subject to change without notice, U.S. residents with questions about travel regulations to Belgium are encouraged to contact their airline or their local Belgian embassy.
Travel to Croatia
Croatia was one of the first European countries to throw open its doors to vaccinated Americans. Visitors need proof of vaccination; a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours or an antigen test no older than 48 hours; or of proof of recovery from a Covid infection.
Also, tourists are required to book and pay in full for accommodations in advance of arrival and have documents to prove it, according to Wanda Radetti, the founder and president of Tasteful Croatian Journeys, adding that Tasteful Croatian Journeys will prepare the necessary documents for its guests.
Masks are required indoors and on public transportation, and nightclubs are closed.
Travel to Cyprus
Cyprus is open to visitors from the United States and Canada without any quarantine requirements. Restrictions include including proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of boarding and another test on arrival at their own expense. U.S. citizen travelers from the United States can upload proof of vaccinations to the Cyprus Flight Pass within 48 hours before the start travel, which they will need to board their flight. Children under the age of 12 do not need to be tested.
Travel to the Czech Republic
The Czech Republic opened to U.S. residents June 21. U.S. residents traveling to the Czech Republic need a negative PCR test 72 hours or fewer or a negative antigen test 48 hours or fewer before the start of their first flight. They also need to fill in and and present a passenger locator form.
In order to check into a hotel, go to a restaurant or shop or sightsee indoors, all visitors need to present a negative test result, proof of vaccination or medical proof of recovery from Covid-19 in the last 180 days. Travelers should also pack KN95 or FFP2 masks (called "respirators"), which may be required for some activities. More information. Updated July 19.
Travel to Denmark
Denmark is open to American travelers, regardless of vaccination status.
Fully vaccinated visitors (Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson) from the U.S. can enter Denmark for tourism without testing or quarantine requirements if they present proof of vaccination and at least two weeks have passed since their final dose.
Unvaccinated visitors must present a Covid test upon arrival but are not required to quarantine.
The U.S. Embassy in Denmark notes that entry rules for the country change frequently and with little notice, so visitors are encouraged to monitor the Danish government's Covid-19 information page for updates.
These rules are changing rapidly, but you may need to provide proof of vaccination and/or a negative test or certificate of recovery from Covid-19 to dine at restaurants or enter venues. As of Sept. 10, all Covid restrictions in Denmark, including vaccine passports, mask-wearing and limits on social gatherings are being suspended. Updated Aug. 30.
Travel to Finland
Updated: Finland is lifting restrictions on Americans entering the country as of July 12. To be eligible, travelers must present proof of vaccination 14 days prior to arrival or proof of recovery from Covid-19 within six months of arrival.