Where to travel this Christmas as European countries impose closures


As Europe has become the center of the Covid-19 pandemic with a further increase in cases, anyone considering a Christmas break on the continent will need to check what restrictions each country has imposed.

Here are the Covid entry requirements for tourists to some of Europe’s top holiday destinations:


The Portuguese government plans to impose further restrictions after soaring contagion rates.

The 14-day infection rate stood at 194.8 cases per 100,000 as of Thursday, nearly double that of neighboring Spain, but still well below Austria, Germany and the Countries -Low.

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Travelers from the UK must present a Covid-19 certificate or a negative coronavirus test taken within the last 48 hours.

Wearing a mask is recommended outdoors or in places where social distancing is not possible.


Anyone on vacation in Spain will need to present a Covid-19 passport and a negative coronavirus test. Sources from the Ministry of Tourism said I this was not expected to change as Christmas approaches.

Spain has seen coronavirus cases double in the past three weeks and the 14-day contagion rate stood at more than 104.9 cases per 100,000 on Thursday.

In an effort to prevent a sixth wave of the virus, some regional health authorities like the Basque Country in northern Spain have made Covid-19 passports essential for entering bars and restaurants while Galicia will require one for enter hospitals.


French President Emmanuel Macron has said it would not be necessary to follow other European countries that have imposed Covid-19 lockdowns on unvaccinated people due to the success of the country’s health pass.

“These countries which lock up the unvaccinated are those which have not implemented the pass (health). Therefore, this step is not necessary in France, ”Mr. Macron told La voice from the north Thursday newspaper.

The UK is on France’s orange list, which means anyone who has not been fully vaccinated must complete an international travel certificate to confirm an essential reason for travel, or a sworn statement showing that she is not suffering from symptoms of Covid-19 and has not been in contact with anyone infected with the virus.

People over 12 years old must have a PCR test done within 24 hours of arrival. Self-administered tests are not allowed.

Proof of vaccination or a recent negative test is required to go to restaurants, bars and cinemas, among other activities.


Coronavirus rates are at their highest since the start of the pandemic, and Austria becomes the first country in Western Europe to re-impose a full Covid-19 lockdown from Monday.

The entire population should be vaccinated by February.

When entering Austria, UK travelers must provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination, a negative PCR test or proof of recovery from the virus. Those who are not vaccinated must also complete a travel authorization form no later than 72 hours before entering the country and self-isolate for 10 days.

14-day Covid-19 contagion rates in Austria were 1,602 per 100,000 on Thursday.


The German state of Bavaria canceled all of its Christmas markets on Friday after an increase in coronavirus infections as the national government considered a statewide lockdown like Austria.

Bavaria had a weekly coronavirus rate of 625.3 infections per 100,000 people on Friday, according to the Robert Koch Institute, well above the national rate of 340.7 – a record high for the country.

As the UK is designated as a “high incidence area” by Germany, tourists can only enter if you are fully vaccinated.

Unvaccinated children under the age of 12 can only enter if accompanied by at least one fully immunized parent and children must self-quarantine upon arrival for five days.

Unvaccinated adults can only enter the country if they are German citizens, spouse / partner or child under 18 of a German, resident in Germany or if they have an urgent need to travel.


Italy will accept UK proof of recovery and Covid-19 vaccination as the equivalent of the country’s green pass.

Those who have not been vaccinated must show proof of a negative PCR test taken within the last 48 hours. After entering Italy, they must self-isolate for five days.

Italy has recorded 133,034 deaths, the second highest death toll in Europe after Britain and the ninth in the world.


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