Corona rules to follow when traveling in Europe

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Numerous countries in Europe have relaxed the Corona measures considerably. Nevertheless, it is advisable to inquire about the rules still in effect regarding entry, mask requirements, and quarantine before traveling.

Corona protection measures have been largely lifted or relaxed throughout Europe, but there are differences in some rules. ÖAMTC tourism expert Florian Rußmann provides information on what else to look out for when traveling in Europe.

Entry requirements
Neither travel registration nor proof of 3G is required when traveling in Europe. Slovakia and the Czech Republic were among the first countries in Europe to lift all travel restrictions back in March and April, respectively. For now, Germany does not require proof of vaccination, recovery, or a negative test result when entering the country. “For entry or return travel to Austria, no 3G proof has been required since mid-May already,” explains Russmann. Only in Monaco is 3G proof still mandatory.

Mask requirement
In many European countries, a mask requirement applies only to isolated cases or public transport. The FFP2 mask should not be missing in your luggage despite relaxed rules. In Greece, FFP2 masks must be worn on all public transportation and in designated areas on excursion ships and ferries. “In the popular vacation countries of Italy and Spain, wearing an FFP2 mask is still mandatory in public transport, hospitals, and care facilities. In Italy, wearing a mask is recommended for indoor events or places where the minimum distance cannot be maintained,” Russmann knows. In Croatia and Slovenia, too, wearing a mask is merely recommended. In Germany, shows are still mandatory for air and long-distance public transport. “Even if according to EU regulations the mask obligation in airplanes is omitted, the obligation to wear a mask applies to flights in and to Germany,” says the mobility club expert.

Corona positive on-site – quarantine
There are also different regulations if one is tested positive for Covid-19 during the vacation. In Switzerland and Liechtenstein, as in Austria, neither isolation nor quarantine is imposed after a positive test result. “In our neighboring countries, Germany and Slovakia, five-day isolation is mandatory for Corona-positive individuals. If you test positive and have symptoms, you also have to be in isolation for five days in Greece – without symptoms, it is only recommended,” explains the tourism expert. Stricter rules have the Czech Republic, where seven-day isolation is prescribed, and in France: With a positive test, completely vaccinated persons must go for seven days into isolation (free testing is possible after five days). Unvaccinated persons must enter isolation for ten days (free testing is possible after seven days).

If quarantine or isolation is pronounced while on vacation, one is subject to the regulations of the respective country. This may not be interrupted without the approval of the competent health authority – otherwise, fines may be imposed.

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