Europe’s selective borders in the time of Coronavirus

Europe’s selective borders in the time of Coronavirus

Many had hoped that, as the year ended, lockdowns and quarantine would have done a sufficient job to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. Once numbers went down across the EU, most countries opened up their borders to other countries within the EU (as well as select outside countries), depending on the response and levels of Coronavirus in the country. However, in the face of a Coronavirus resurgence, many countries in the EU are reevaluating who can travel to their countries.

National allowances

For some countries, they are still open to any member of the EU. Countries like this include Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Iceland, Luxemburg, and Malta. For these countries, any citizen of an EU country may enter the country with little to no effort.
Furthermore, some of these countries have opened themselves up to not only travelers from the EU, but also from other countries. Those considering traveling to the above countries should feel relatively safe, as most of them still remain closed to third nation travel.

Closed borders (and restricted ones, too)

Hungary has closed its borders as of September 1st, giving citizens a two-week time frame to return to the country from any travel abroad. In addition, Denmark has closed its borders to most other countries in the EU, with the exception of a limited amount of access to Sweden. Finland has also closed its borders to many, but it claims to be using this as a way to better evaluate their policies and for them to make more long term plans in the future.
Other countries such as Germany, France, Russia, and Romania have reopened to countries in the EU but have imposed tests or short term quarantine for those coming into the country. Many countries have divided countries within the EU into “low risk,” “some risk,” and “high risk” countries. Some countries have open access to “low risk” countries but restrictions on “high risk” countries.

For a full list of the countries and their specific restrictions, it is recommended travelers visit the nations state’s sponsored web page. This can help provide them with plenty of information as to where they can visit, which countries require a quarantine, and which allows them to simply step off the plane and enjoy a warm meal. Above all, travelers should use discretion and think about their safety.