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With the emergence of the potentially highly contagious Covid-19 Omicron variant, new travel restrictions and requirements are going into effect for U.S. travelers heading to Europe.
Americans can still travel to European countries for now, although each country makes their own decisions about who can enter and what precautions are required.
If you’re planning to travel between the United States and Europe in the coming weeks, expect more restrictions. The Covid-19 Omicron variant is adding uncertainty to an already-odd holiday travel season and there are many unknowns.
Before deciding to travel to Europe, check the testing and vaccination requirements for your destination. Be sure to also consider any countries you transit as there may be testing or vaccination requirements even if you don’t leave the airport.
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Here are the latest European travel rules and restrictions for U.S. travelers.
Austria has reimposed lockdowns from November 22 until at least December 11. Restaurants, hotels, bars and museums are closed.
U.S. citizens are permitted to enter the country without having to quarantine if they’re fully vaccinated or have recently recovered from Covid-19. Proof of vaccinations or recovery is required upon entry, but no pre-registration is required at this time.
Unvaccinated individuals coming from the U.S. are allowed entry to Austria if they provide a negative Covid-19 test (only a PCR/NAAT test) upon arrival, pre-register, and remain in mandatory quarantine for 10 days at a residence or hotel at the traveler’s expense. Quarantine can end after 5 days with a negative PCR test.
Vaccinated U.S. citizens aren’t required to quarantine when visiting Denmark. Quarantine is only in effect in Denmark if a traveler is unvaccinated. Unvaccinated travelers will have to quarantine for 10 days and provide proof of a negative test within 24 hours of entering Denmark.
France is currently prohibiting entry to travelers arriving from seven African countries (South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia and Eswatini). U.S. citizens can travel to France with full proof of vaccination, which you will have to show to your airline and to border patrol.
Read more: Can I travel to France from the U.S.?
Vaccinated and unvaccinated U.S. travelers can travel to Germany with one of the following:
- Proof of vaccination
- Proof of recovery from Covid
- A negative test result from 48 hours prior (rapid test) or 72 hours prior (PCR test)
The Irish government has updated the guidelines for U.S. citizens arriving in Ireland from Dec. 3. Here are the requirements:
- Before departure, travelers from the U.S. must fill out a Public Health Passenger Locator Form …….