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As of Wednesday 20th July 2022:

All internal restrictions removed:
  • Belgium - No border restrictions (per IATA, no restrictions; per Belgian government, "This does not apply to travelers coming from a country with a new variant of concern.").
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina - No border restrictions.
  • Bulgaria - No border restrictions.
  • Denmark - No border restrictions.
  • Croatia - No border restrictions.
  • Czech Republic - No border restrictions.
  • England - No border restrictions.
  • Estonia - No border restrictions.
  • Finland - No border restrictions.
  • France - Some border restrictions remain for non-vaccinated pax coming from some non-EU countries. Masks required on some public transport (Nice).
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  • Hungary - No border restrictions.
  • Iceland - No border restrictions.
  • Ireland - No border restrictions.
  • Kosovo - No border restrictions.
  • Latvia - No border restrictions.
  • Malta - No border restrictions.
  • Moldova - No border restrictions.
  • Netherlands - Some border restrictions remain for non-EU arrivals.
  • Norway - No border restrictions.
  • North Macedonia - No border restrictions.
  • Poland - No border restrictions.
  • Portugal, Madeira and Porto Santo - no border restrictions (excludes Azores)
  • Romania - No border restrictions.
  • Scotland - No border restrictions.
  • Serbia - No border restrictions.
  • Slovakia - No border restrictions.
  • Slovenia - No border restrictions.
  • Sweden - No border restrictions.
  • Switzerland - No border restrictions.
  • Turkey - No border restrictions.
  • Wales - No border restrictions.
Internal restrictions generally removed, but masks still needed in some situations:
  • Austria - No border restrictions. Masks required in Vienna.
  • Cyprus (excluding TRNC) - No border restrictions. Masks needed on public transport.
  • Greece - No border restrictions. Masks required on public transport.
  • Italy - No border restrictions. Face mask rules extended to 30 September on public transport and indoor settings.
  • Germany - No border restrictions. Masks required on public transport and stations.
  • Lithuania - No border restrictions but masks required on public transport.
​​​Note that the list excludes any restrictions that may exist in health care and social care, as these are generally irrelevant for tourists.

European airlines not requiring masks on board:
  • Network-wide: Norwegian, Czech Airlines, Smartwings, Flyr, Widere, BRA, TAP, Brussels Airlines
  • On some routes:
    • airBaltic - Recommended on all flights, but only required where origin/destination has a mask mandate. List not available.
    • Air France - Required where origin/destination has a mask mandate. List not available.
    • Air Serbia
    • Austrian - Required where origin/destination has a mask mandate. List not available.
    • British Airways - Required where origin/destination has a mask mandate - list available on BA's website
    • Croatia Airlines - Required to/from Germany
    • EasyJet - Required where origin/destination has a mask mandate. This currently includes all destinations except England, Northern Ireland, Jersey, Isle of Man, Denmark, Sweden, Gibraltar, Hungary, Poland, Switzerland and Iceland.
    • Finnair - Required where origin/destination has a mask mandate. Currently only TO Spain. List here: https://www.finnair.com/fi-en/flight...lights-2364672
    • Icelandair - Required where origin/destination has a mask mandate: Paris, Germany and Canada
    • Jet2 - Required on flights to/from Scotland
    • KLM - Required where origin/destination has a mask mandate, list not available.
    • LOT - Required where origin/destination has a mask mandate extending to foreign planes. List not available.
    • SAS - Required where origin/destination has a mask mandate extending to foreign planes: Flights to/from Italy and China.
    • Swiss - Required where origin/destination has a mask mandate - list available on Swiss website.
    • Tui UK and NL - masks required on flights to/from Scotland
    • Wizz Air - Required where origin/destination has a mask mandate, list not available.
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Old Feb 16, 22, 1:56 pm
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As of Thursday, 17th February:

All internal restrictions removed:
  • Norway. No border restrictions.
  • Denmark. Some border restrictions remain until 28th February.
  • Sweden. Some border restrictions remain until further notice, likely no earlier than 31st March.
  • England. Some border restrictions remain until further notice.

Internal restrictions generally removed, but masks still needed in some situations:
  • Switzerland. No border restrictions. Some border restrictions remain for non-EU/EEA nationals.
  • Wales (from Friday the 18th). Some border restrictions remain until further notice.

Future updates:
  • Austria will join the second list on 5 March, but some border restrictions will remain (requirement for a COVID certificate - vaccination / recovery / negative test).

​​​​​​I'm not putting The Netherlands on the list just yet due to COVID pass requirement for large events.

Note that the list excludes any restrictions that may exist in health care and social care, as these are generally irrelevant for tourists.
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Old Feb 16, 22, 2:30 pm
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Originally Posted by the810 View Post
But still, masks in some cases remain for the time being. I find it quite absurd that events with 50 000 people are ok, but God forbid someone wouldn't wear a mask on a train.
The logic is that the health vulnerable and elderly are more likely to take public transport than attend 50,000 people events. Those are typically frequented by younger people.

Note that the March date is meant to be the latest; they've said they'll remove the mask mandate earlier if the situation warrants it.
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Old Feb 16, 22, 2:38 pm
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Originally Posted by adrianlondon View Post
The logic is that the health vulnerable and elderly are more likely to take public transport than attend 50,000 people events. Those are typically frequented by younger people.
I understand the logic but if a mass spread occurs on a major event, it will spread far enough to reach those vulnerable people somewhere. But that's not a topic for this thread I guess.

Let's hope it will go away earlier than on 31st March, I've been craving exchanging Sweden for some even more expensive country 😂😂😂
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Old Feb 17, 22, 12:37 am
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It appears some border restrictions will remain after all in Switzerland. Refer to Swiss thread in this subforum for details.
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Originally Posted by stimpy View Post
I guy I know calls it "crate training". Like you would train a puppy to stay in his crate. It seems that a lot of people have been crate trained and are really resisting a return to normal. Thankfully there are others who ignore them and are going towards the direction of normalcy. Maybe many of these people, including government bureaucrats, realize that they have an urgent fiscal reason to get back to normalcy. Maybe others get the overly negative societal impact, especially against people of lower income and children. But whatever the reason, it is going to happen.
I see this as a phenomenon mostly on the internet, and not hugely different from people spreading conspiracy on the internet before covid.19.

My personal experience is the majority of people adjust and get on with enjoying life. The data also demonstrates that:


Source: https://ourworldindata.org/covid-google-mobility-trends

In countries where masks are just masks (and not political) they will stay longer. And of course if hospitals and intensive care units start filling up again then we will likely see some restrictions coming back, but while we can argue about the "how", I find it difficult to argue against the "why".

Some things have changed forever - many will no longer go into the office every day, and especially not when they have a cold - but that happens continuously anyway.
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Old Feb 17, 22, 2:49 am
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Originally Posted by 8420PR View Post
In countries where masks are just masks (and not political) they will stay longer.
So far it appears in precisely the opposite way. Countries where they weren't a political topic got rid of them first (e.g. Nordics).
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Old Feb 17, 22, 7:45 am
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Originally Posted by the810 View Post
It appears some border restrictions will remain after all in Switzerland. Refer to Swiss thread in this subforum for details.
Swiss Air just posted that they have completely removed all restrictions for entry except for 3rd country nationals from a risk state.

See https://travelcheck.admin.ch/home

Euro citizens can enter even without vaccination or testing. And vaccinated Americans can enter without any testing. I think that covers the vast majority of people here.
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I see this as a phenomenon mostly on the internet, and not hugely different from people spreading conspiracy on the internet before covid.19.
True, but unfortunately Flyertalk is on the Internet.

Some things have changed forever - many will no longer go into the office every day, and especially not when they have a cold - but that happens continuously anyway.
I think that is not true and rather short-sighted. There's a reason people went to work in the first place, and that reason will have people back in the office soon enough. I know it may be difficult to believe right now, but COVID will be forgotten eventually.
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I recently booked a trip to UK in July this year, staying in the Netherlands for a few days on the way. After I'd booked, I found out about Australia being a very high risk country at the moment. How often do they review these situations? I realise that the whole covid situation is a bit unpredictable, of course. I didn't realise that the ban on travel from Australia existed when I booked. I know I can still travel to UK, but I don't know when I'll be able to find out if I'll be able to travel to Netherlands.
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Iceland will remove all restrictions on Friday.

As of Friday, 25th February:

All internal restrictions removed:
  • Norway. No border restrictions.
  • Iceland. No border restrictions.
  • Denmark. Some border restrictions remain until 28th February.
  • Sweden. Some border restrictions remain until further notice.
  • England. Some border restrictions remain until further notice.

Internal restrictions generally removed, but masks still needed in some situations:
  • Switzerland. Some border restrictions remain for non-EU/EEA arrivals.
  • Wales. Some border restrictions remain until further notice.

Future updates:
  • Austria will join the second list on 5 March, but some border restrictions will remain (requirement for a COVID certificate - vaccination / recovery / negative test).

​​​Note that the list excludes any restrictions that may exist in health care and social care, as these are generally irrelevant for tourists.

European airlines not requiring masks on board:
  • On intra-Scandinavian flights: SAS, Widere, Norwegian and BRA (note that the latter continues to recommend masks until 28th February)
  • Network-wide: Flyr
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Looks like Italy will joining some of the above by opening up to non EU countries from March the 1st.

Italy will allow travellers from outside the European Union to enter the country quarantine-free as of 1 March, health minister Roberto Speranza announced on Tuesday.
A pre-departure covid test will remain necessary for unvaccinated tourists and for those who have received vaccines not recognised by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), such as Sputnik.
https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/it...u-1-march.html

Little by little
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Originally Posted by the810 View Post
Iceland will remove all restrictions on Friday.

As of Friday, 25th February:

All internal restrictions removed:
  • Norway. No border restrictions.
  • Iceland. No border restrictions.
  • Denmark. Some border restrictions remain until 28th February.
  • Sweden. Some border restrictions remain until further notice.
  • England. Some border restrictions remain until further notice.

Internal restrictions generally removed, but masks still needed in some situations:
  • Switzerland. Some border restrictions remain for non-EU/EEA arrivals.
  • Wales. Some border restrictions remain until further notice.

Future updates:
  • Austria will join the second list on 5 March, but some border restrictions will remain (requirement for a COVID certificate - vaccination / recovery / negative test).

​​​Note that the list excludes any restrictions that may exist in health care and social care, as these are generally irrelevant for tourists.

European airlines not requiring masks on board:
  • On intra-Scandinavian flights: SAS, Widere, Norwegian and BRA (note that the latter continues to recommend masks until 28th February)
  • Network-wide: Flyr
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Thanks for updating this. We could create a wiki post at the top of this thread. I think that only works from the desktop version of ft and is found in the Thread Tools menu. I can do that if it helps.
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BRB booking a trip to Sweden
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Old Feb 23, 22, 1:30 pm
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Originally Posted by sfgiants13 View Post
BRB booking a trip to Sweden
Sweden's been open for quite some time to visitors from the US. That non-stop trips will become more possible for more is a further opening, but the restriction on non-stop travel has not really been a show-stopper for US visitors to Sweden. The number of US visitors to Sweden since summer 2021 until now has been considerable.
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Looks like Italy will joining some of the above by opening up to non EU countries from March the 1st.




https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/it...u-1-march.html

Little by little
so CDC cards with 3 doses would be proof of vax = no testing requirement?
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