Which European Countries Open Their Borders in Summer 2020
Last update: 28.07.2020
The coronavirus pandemic has caused severe damage to the tourism industry. Already at the end of February 2020, countries began gradually closing borders. To this day, many countries remain closed to foreigners, although there are some relaxations.
However, there is already an impressive list of countries ready to open borders for tourists, although not immediately and not for everyone.
Check out this list if you're planning a trip after all.
The European Union (in general)
The countries of the European Union are called upon to begin opening their borders to third country nationals from 1 July. EU is ready to allow citizens of countries where the average number of new cases of coronavirus in two weeks per 100 thousand people did not exceed 16.
From July 16, the entry is opened for citizens of 13 countries. These are Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, and China. Montenegro and Serbia were removed from the previous list of June 30 due to increasing rates of COVID-19 infections among their citizens.
The lists will be reviewed every two weeks.
However, member states are not obliged to follow the recommendation. It's up to each country to decide whether to open borders for third-country nationals or not.
Albania officially reopened its borders for tourism on July 1,, 2020 allowing tourists from all countries and nations to enter without restrictions. No quarantine is required.
Since 4 June, Austria has opened borders with Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Slovakia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Hungary. People from these countries do not need to provide a coronavirus test or go into quarantine upon arrival. From June 16th, free entry is available to tourists from all other EU countries except Sweden, Spain and Portugal, as well as from the UK - the requirement for a certificate or quarantine remains. For citizens of other countries, Austria is still closed.
Since June 15, Belgium has allowed people from other EU countries, the UK and four other Schengen countries (Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland and Norway). But many restrictions on the tourism industry will continue to apply. For example, hotels are required to close at 1 AM, bars and restaurants have strict social distance requirements, and nightclubs will not open until the end of summer.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
The border is only currently open only for citizens of neighboring countries: Croatia, Montenegro, and Serbia. Citizens of other countries are not permitted, except for freight drivers, residents, and diplomats.
Bulgaria opened its borders on June 1st to EU countries, the United Kingdom, Monaco, the Vatican, Montenegro, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Nationals of countries included into the Council’s “safe list” are also eligible to enter.
Citizens of Belgium, Portugal, Sweden and the United Kingdom have mandatory two-week self-isolation.
From June 15, the country has resumed international communication with all EU member states and the UK without obligatory self-isolation. From July 1st Croatia has opened to third-party countries. Visitors arriving from non-EU countries must show proof of accommodation or tourist activity.
The resumption of tourist travel in Cyprus was held on June 9.
The Cypriot authorities decided that coronavirus test will not be required.
Entry is allowed to citizens of dozens of EU and Schengen countries, except for tourists from the United States, France, Italy and Spain.
The country will also cover all treatment costs in case of coronavirus infection on a Mediterranean island.
The authorities have divided the EU into three risk groups: green, yellow and red.
- Green group includes the countries of Eastern Europe and the Baltic States, Finland and Norway (entry is free, without any additional rules);
- Yellow group - France, Italy and Spain (no Covid-19 medical certificate required);
- Red group - United Kingdom and Sweden (mandatory two-week self-isolation).
Denmark will open its borders to all EU countries from June 27, except Sweden and Portugal.As before, tourists who come to Denmark from the EU, Schengen and the UK will have to prove that they have booked accommodation for at least six nights.
From May 15, Estonia opened its borders to the other Baltic States, and from June 1, Estonia opened its borders to the European Union, the Schengen area and the UK. People without symptoms of COVID-19 are allowed to enter the country. Once a week, the Estonian Foreign Ministry publishes a list of countries whose citizens may not self-isolate upon arrival. Two-week quarantine remains mandatory for people from countries where more than 15 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants have been detected in the last 14 days.
From 13 July it is allowed to travel between Finland and 12 Schengen area countries: Austria, Belgium, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Liechtenstein, Malta, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Slovenia and Switzerland. Finland allowed non-Schengen area countries of Andorra, Cyprus, Republic of Ireland, San Marino and the Vatican. Travel between Finland and Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania has been permitted since 15 June.
From June 15, France opened the borders for tourists coming from EU, as well as from Switzerland, Norway, Monaco, Iceland, San Marino, Andorra, Liechtenstein and the Vatican. From July 1, borders were opened for 15 non-member states.
On July 8, Georgia has opened its borders for travelers from five countries: Germany, France, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia. The Georgian government is negotiating with international airline companies to resume direct international flights.
Since 15 June, Germany has opened its borders to both entry and exit in the same regime as before the pandemic. Air travel to the 29 EU Member States and the Schengen has also been resumed. Germany currently allows unrestricted entry for seven non-EU countries: Australia, Georgia, Canada, New Zealand, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay. However, Germany warns its citizens from traveling outside the EU until August 31. Citizens coming back from third countries must self-isolate for 14 days.
The UK has never closed its borders, but visitors from most countries, as well as Britons returning back home, are required to undergo a 14-day quarantine. From July 10th UK citizens can visit up to 60 countries without the need to self-isolate for 14 days on return. Nationals of countries on the list can also enter the UK without quarantine.
Greece is one of the least affected countries in Europe. In this regard, the authorities hope to open the summer tourist season from July 1. Hotels, airlines and tourists will have to follow some rules. Air passengers will not be allowed on a flight to Greece without a certificate of absence of coronavirus, hotels will refuse from the "buffet", and beach beds are equipped with individual disposable covers. Additional restrictions regarding certain countries are still to be announced.
Hungary has reopened its borders for international tourism from July 1st. Citizens of all member states of the EU, the EEA, and Switzerland, (except for Portugal, Bulgaria, Romania, Sweden and the UK) do not have to observe quarantine upon arrival. Other countries are permitted to enter but they will be obliged to go through testing or quarantine. Ukrainians are allowed for up to 24 hours if they remain within 30 kilometers of the border.
Iceland opened its borders for EU and UK tourists on June 15. On July 14 the country reopened its borders to 13 third countries mentioned in the EU Council’s list. All tourists are tested on Covid-19 on arrival. Travelers are required to download a tracking application to their smartphone, where the test results will be sent.
Ireland has not locked down from most countries, including the United States. On July 21 the country officially started reopening for international tourism. Nationals of the following 15 ‘Green' countries can enter the country without quarantine: Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Slovakia. Nationals of other countries must undergo a 14-day quarantine.
From July 16 Italy allowed entry for third-country nationals mentioned in the EU Council’s list. Until July 31 travelers who in the 14 previous days, stayed in or transited through Serbia, Montenegro, Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Kosovo, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Oman, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic, are prohibited from entering Italy.
Residents of countries where no more than 15 coronavirus cases per 100,000 people in the last 14 days can enter Latvia without a two-week quarantine. Now this list includes 28 countries in Europe.
Latvia is among the EU member states which reopened its borders on July 1 to 15 non-EU countries.
Lithuania's borders are open to tourists from 25 European countries - they do not need to undergo a 14-day quarantine after entry. These countries include France, Italy, Spain, Finland, and Switzerland. Tourists from Belgium and Ireland can enter Lithuania, but will be obliged to self-isolate for two weeks. Residents of Sweden, Portugal, the UK and other countries are prohibited from entering Lithuania.
From July 17, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg has opened its borders to 13 countries from the Council’s list.
Malta has opened for tourists from July 1. Countries Allowed with No Quarantine or Testing: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein , Lithuania, Luxembourg, Monaco, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Rwanda, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Vatican City.
Montenegro has opened its borders to citizens of more than a hundred countries since June 1. The list includes China, India and Germany, among others.
Foreigners visiting Montenegro do not need to immediately pass the coronavirus test. At the border, they receive a memo with recommendations on behavior during their stay in the country.
North MacedoniaThe Republic of North Macedonia is now allowing visitors from all countries to visit with no restrictions. Temperature scans will be done upon arrival.
The border is open to visitors from the European Union, the Schengen area and the UK. But tourists from Sweden and the UK must pass a 14-day quarantine upon arrival. All entrants must confirm their accommodation reservation in the Netherlands, otherwise they may be detained at the border. Restaurants, bars, theatres, museums, cinemas and recreation parks are open. But in public places there are restrictions on the number of visitors, so tourists are advised to book a table in a restaurant or buy a ticket to a museum in advance. When visiting, they may be asked if they have symptoms of colds.
From July 15 Norway has opened to most European countries including the UK. Residents of Portugal, Hungary, Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria and Luxembourg are still not allowed to enter. Any third-party countries are subjected to 10-day quarantine.
On June 13 Poland reopened for EU 26 countries and the 4 EFTA nations. No quarantine is required upon arrival. Restrictions on international flights were lifted on June 16.
On July 1, Portugal reopened the border with Spain. All nationals of EU countries, Schengen area are allowed in. Portugal is among the EU member states which reopened its borders on July 1 to 15 non-EU countries.
In Romania, borders are now open for tourists from the European Union, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
The list of “Green Zone”countries that are not subjected to quarantine or testing is to be updated weekly on the National Institute of Public Health of Romania page.
The country has abolished quarantine, the borders are open.
Slovakia reopened its borders to Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Slovenia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Greece, Cyprus, Malta, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, Norway, Denmark, and Iceland.
Since 8 June, tourists from Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France,Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland,Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Malta, Monaco, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Rwanda, San Marino, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Uruguay can freely enter Slovenia. Travellers from EU and Schengen countries that are not on the list must be isolated for 14 days.
Spain's borders have opened up to almost all EU and Schengen countries outside the block and the UK. British tourists will enter without being quarantined, although on their return they will be subjected to 14-day isolation. Spain has modified its list of third-country residents that can enter the country, including Algeria and Morocco, and excluding Serbia and Montenegro. Citizens of listed countries are allowed to enter Spain, given that they hold the necessary documents (i.e. valid visas if they need one).
Sweden went its own way and did not introduce severe self-isolation because of the pandemic. Sweden is now allowing entry to a list of EU/EEA countries, and to an expanded list of third-party countries outside the EU.
Since June 22 Switzerland has opened its borders for tourists from the European Union, Great Britain, Iceland and Liechtenstein. Entrants will not be sent to quarantine. All they are required to do is observe hand hygiene and social distance rules, as well as wear a mask in public places. Starting on July 20 nationals of “Safe List” third party countries are also allowed to enter.
Turkey has officially reopened its borders to all visitors under normal conditions. All nations that require an e-visa or stamp visa must obtain one prior to entering the country.
Ukraine has reopened its borders on June 15, 2020. Visitors of all nations are allowed to enter.