Nevertheless, European countries have started to ease lockdown measures, and border restrictions, in preparation for the return of domestic and international tourists.

Travel restrictions and safety measures are constantly changing.

Here’s what we know so far about borders reopening across Europe.

Which European countries have reopened their borders after lockdown?

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Austria

Cross-border travel has been allowed primarily with neighboring countries from June 4. Borders opened with Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary on June 15. Austria also reopened its border with Italy from June 16. There are no restrictions now with most countries from the EU. However, people from the UK, Sweden, and Portugal, as well as the Gütersloh district in Germany must still show a medical certificate and self-isolate upon arrival. Countries outside the Schengen area are not allowed to enter by air. Bars, hotels, and restaurants in the country are open.

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Belgium

Belgium has reopened its borders with the European Union, as well as the UK and the four other countries in the Schengen area: Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland and Norway. People do not need to quarantine or present a health certificate upon arrival. However, outside the Schengen zone, non-essential travel is still banned.

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Bulgaria

Bulgaria’s borders have been open since June 1 to EU countries, as well as the UK, San Marino, Andorra, Monaco, the Vatican, Serbia, North Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro. Family members of Bulgarian citizens are also allowed to join. However, people who enter the country from the UK, Belgium, Portugal, and Sweden still have to self-isolate upon arrival for 14 days.

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Croatia

Since June 15, Croatia’s borders have been open to all EU countries – with no quarantine required. Parks, shops, museums, hotels and outdoor restaurants and bars are now open. Travelers from North Macedonia, Serbia, Kosovo and Bosnia have had to quarantine since June 25.

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Cyprus

european-travelCyprus opened its borders on June 9. People arriving in the country from Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Switzerland have no restrictions on travel. Travelers from Israel, Poland, and Romania, must show a health certificate upon arrival dating from the previous three days. travelers from other European countries, including the UK, are not allowed except in exceptional circumstances, with government approval.

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Czech Republic

Borders with Austria and Germany opened on June 5. travelers from Slovakia, Hungary, Finland, Norway, and eastern and Baltic member states, can enter the country without restrictions. However, for other countries, including France, Italy, and Spain, a health certificate is required on entry. People arriving from the UK and Sweden are required to test and quarantine.

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Denmark

Denmark’s borders have reopened to people from the UK, Norway, Switzerland and every EU country other than Sweden and Portugal, but the country has said this could change.

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Estonia

travelers from the EU, and the Schengen area, including the UK, are allowed to enter Estonia – although travel documents and medical symptoms are checked upon arrival. People from countries with high coronavirus infection rates are required to quarantine for two weeks.

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Finland

People from Scandinavian and Baltic countries other than Sweden have been allowed into Finland since June 15. People coming from Sweden are still subject to border checks. Restrictions for people coming from Germany, Italy, Austria, Greece, Switzerland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Ireland, Cyprus and Croatia are set to end on July 13. British people can go to Finland for work or other “essential” reasons.

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France

eiffel_tower_bordersBorders have reopened for travelers from EU countries, as well as Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and the Vatican. However, travelers from the UK and Spain are asked to voluntarily quarantine. France has opened its borders to people from 15 non-EU countries from July 1.

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Germany

German borders reopened on June 15 for travelers from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and the UK. The country has said that people who travel outside the EU and come back to Germany must self-isolate for 14 days.

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Greece

Tourists from EU countries have been allowed to enter Greece from June 15. Essential travel only from Albania and North Macedonia is allowed, and there is still a travel ban on passengers from the UK and Turkey.

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Hungary

Borders have been open with the entire EU and European Economic Area (EEA; excluding the UK) since June 21. Ukrainians are also allowed to enter for 24 hours, as long as they stay within 30km of the border.

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Iceland

The government has re-opened its borders to EU and UK travelers on June 15 – although tourists are tested upon arrival. The test costs about £90, but children born in or after 2005 are exempt.

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Ireland

borders-europeanIreland requires everyone arriving in the country – except people from Northern Ireland – to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival, including Irish residents.

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Italy

Borders have reopened to tourists from the EU, UK, Schengen area, Andorra, Monaco, the Vatican City and San Marino on June 3. travelers from these countries are not required to quarantine unless they have been in any other country in the 14 days before arriving in Italy. Restaurants are allowed to sell takeaway food, parks are open; bars, restaurants, museums, and non-essential shops have reopened.

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Latvia

Latvia has opened its borders to residents of EU and EEA countries, as well as Switzerland. travelers are not required to quarantine if the country has had fewer than 15 coronavirus cases per 100,000 population over the previous 14 days.

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Lithuania

Lithuania’s borders with EU, EEA, Switzerland and the UK are open – unless the country has had more than 25 cases per 100,000 population over the past 14 days.

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Luxembourg

Borders are open with Germany. Although travel has not been restricted with other European nations, travel from outside Europe is banned.

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Malta

malta_bordersMalta’s borders reopened from July 1 for Germany, Austria, Cyprus, Switzerland, the Italian islands of Sicily and Sardinia, Iceland, Slovakia, Norway, Denmark, Hungary, Finland, Ireland, Lithuania, Israel, Latvia, Estonia, Luxembourg, Czech Republic, Italy, France, Poland, Spain, Croatia, and Greece.

Restrictions on all other countries, like the UK, are set to be listed on July 15.

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Netherlands

EU and British citizens can enter the Netherlands – although people from the UK and Sweden are asked to quarantine upon arrival.

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Norway

Norway’s borders are closed, except for travelers from Denmark, Iceland and Finland.

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Poland

Borders for tourists from EU countries have opened from June 13 – with no quarantine required.

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Portugal

Citizens of EU and Schengen area countries, including the UK, are allowed in the country – with no quarantine requirements.

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Russia

moscow_travelRussia said on June 8 it would partially reopen its borders for work, medical or studying purposes – but there is no set date for resuming international flights.

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Romania

Tourists from Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Croatia, Switzerland, Germany, Greece, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Hungary are permitted without needing to quarantine. People from other EU, EEA, and Schengen area countries are still required to quarantine upon arrival.

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Slovakia

Slovakia has reopened its borders to Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Slovenia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Greece, Cyprus, Malta, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, Norway, Denmark, and Iceland since June 10. Some outdoor markets, shops, outdoor sports venues, outdoor tourist attractions, museums, outdoor bars and restaurants, galleries are open. Public transport and taxis are operating.

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Slovenia

Slovenia has reopened its borders to people from a number of countries, including Austria, Italy, Croatia, Montenegro and Hungary. People from countries with high coronavirus levels are required to quarantine.

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Spain

Spain has reopened its borders to all EU and Schengen area countries, and the UK – with no one required to self-isolate.

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Sweden

stockholm_bordersBorders are open to EU countries and UK nationals. Limited flights are also operating between Stockholm and London. As Sweden never went into full lockdown, shops, hotels, restaurants, bars, and some museums are open.

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Switzerland

Border crossings to and from EU countries, the UK, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein are now permitted – without quarantine requirements.

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Turkey

Turkey has opened its border to foreign travelers, except from its land border with Turkey. health checks may be required upon arrival.

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How long is the quarantine process?

Most countries are implementing a policy for new arrivals to quarantine themselves, or self-isolate, for 14 days.

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