European Countries That Are Open Post Lockdown
Last updated on September 22, 2020
While the COVID-19 pandemic has had everyone in lockdown for the past few months, the restrictions imposed by the Governments of the world are starting to ease. Those who are wishing to get a much-needed holiday or weekend break getaway will need to know which countries are now open and what restrictions are imposed.
While the Irish government continues to advise against non-essential travel overseas, certain countries are exempt from this advice. As of August 4, 2020, individuals travelling to the following European countries - belonging to the so-called "green list" - do not have to self-isolate upon their return to Ireland. Keep in mind that as situations evolve, new restrictions are likely to be made.
Cyprus has categorised countries into A and B categories. Currently, Ireland is in Category B: travellers are required to present a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival, that was done within 72 hours prior. The results can be sent by email or SMS.
Internal border controls have been lifted for travel between Finland, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Entry is currently prohibited to foreign non-residents, with some exceptions. Travel between Finland and Andorra, Cyprus, Ireland, San Marino and the Vatican is unrestricted at all border points.
There are no COVID-19 related entry restrictions for EU members. Check out our post-lockdown Germany guide for some travel inspiration!
Travellers going to Iceland have the option between quarantining for 14 days or doing 2 COVID-19 tests and quarantining for 5-6 days.
Citizens and permanent residents of Ireland are no longer required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arriving in Latvia.
There are no restrictions in place for travellers entering from Ireland.
Travellers from Ireland can go to Poland without having to self-isolate upon arrival.
Disclaimer: changes in local policies are continuously developing, and we will keep updating the list with more destinations and details. In the meantime, we recommend checking out the official websites of the local authorities for the most up-to-date travel information. As much as we would love to encourage you to plan your upcoming trips, in the current situation, we urge you to be more conscious about the consequences and consider the risks involved.
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