As the world continues to battle the pandemic with COVID-19 rollouts and vaccinations
, we're excited to see more destinations opening up their borders for leisure travel and that includes some of the European countries! For those who are ready to pack a suitcase and jet off to France, Austria, Italy and more
, here are some things you should know before you go ✈️
If you're making plans to travel to Europe, it is important to weigh your personal risks
and consider the current COVID-19 climate in your chosen country
Are you travelling from a third country?
As of July 2021, travel restrictions for the following countries have been gradually lifted for entry into the EU:
- Bosnia and Hercegovina
- Brunei Darussalam
- New Zealand
- Republic of Moldova
- Republic of North Macedonia
- Saudi Arabia
- South Korea
- United States of America
- China, subject to confirmation of reciprocity
to find out more details on the re-opening of EU.
Is your brand of vaccine approved at your intended destination?
If you've been fully vaccinated, congratulations! Now the questions is: Where can you travel to based on your brand of jab? With all kinds of vaccinces out there - from the AstraZeneca vaccine
and Sinovac vaccine to Sinopharm
- it can get confusing since every country has their own approved list of vaccines. To make things easier, check out our article on which shots are approved in which country
What are the COVID-19 entry rules?
Upon arrival, depending on whether you're fully vaccinated or not, you'll be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test taken within a certain period prior to your departure. Then of course, there's the quarantine period that may apply before you can begin your travel. If you'd like to know which countries you can visit for quarantine-free travel, we've got you covered in this article
Which local areas are in a lockdown?
Besides determining the country you'll be travelling to, you've got to break it down even further and dive into the cities and even neighbourhoods you plan to visit. This step is essential in your travel plans because different places may be in different phases of a lockdown. Make sure to do your research so that you'll be in the know of where you can venture to and which areas to avoid.
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