Last Updated September 16th, 2020
After months in lockdown because of COVID-19 pandemic, countries in Europe have started to reopen one by one. The European Union, all of its member states, the European Economic Area, and the rest of the European nations have all been planning for a safe and sustainable re-opening of Europe.
General Overview of Europe
As of now most Schengen/European Economic Area member countries are mostly open to one another with varying restrictions.
Also as per the European Union council, the recommendation has been made for tourists residing in Australia, Canada, China (Subject to reciprocity), Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Tunisia, Thailand, Uruguay to also be allowed to visit the EU member countries.
However, the decision has been left to each country to decide on if to allow entry, allow entry with testing/quarantine requirements, or not allow entry at all those countries.
Each European country has taken a different approach towards reopening thus it’s important to check each countries restrictions and entry requirements. The most up to date information is right on our map and home page, simply select a country to view the latest info.
European Countries Open to Tourists coming from the 🇺🇸 United States of America:
Open: Albania, Belarus, Croatia (COVID-19 test required), Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey.
14 Day Quarantine Required: Ireland, United Kingdom, Romania
We will post major updates, changes or closures pertaining to a European country’s status or entry requirements:
List of Major European Countries Reopened To Tourism
Below is the complete list and brief summary of the major European countries that have reopened to tourists.
Links are provided in each country for further advice about its detailed restriction/reopening information, where you can see exactly which travelers are able to enter and with what conditions at the present time.
Firstly, we will begin with the beautiful country of Albania that has officially reopened its borders as of July 1st, 2020 allowing all countries from all countries and nations to enter without restrictions. Albania lifted all entry restrictions and travel bans for both air and sea borders as well.
For more info about Albania’s reopening: Albania Has Reopened – Tourists From All Countries Are Welcome
Austria officially reopened its borders for tourism to welcome travelers as of June 16, 2020. Allowing all of the European Union nations but the exception of the UK, Sweden, Portugal. That is to say, visitors from approved EU countries can visit Austria without a quarantine period or testing.
As of July 15, 2020, Belarus reopened its borders for tourism. And the good news is this beautiful country is now allowing over 70 nations to visit without requiring 14-day quarantine.
For more info: Belarus Open For Tourism – Welcoming Most Countries
Belgium has reopened to tourists but with varying entry requirements.
It’s best to check: Belgium’s detailed restrictions and entry requirements.
Bulgaria is now open to welcome tourists from select countries. As of July 16, 2020, Bulgaria also added more countries to their approved list. That is to say allowing select third-party countries to also enter without testing or quarantine.
As of July 1, 2020, all tourists can now travel to Croatia. EU/EEA countries and nations can enter for any reason. However, third-party countries outside the European Union must show proof of accommodation or tourist activity.
You can also check Croatia’s detailed restrictions and entry requirements.
For more information: Croatia Open For Tourism: All Tourists Welcome
Cyprus reopened its borders for tourism as of June 15th, 2020. The Cypriot government split countries into two categories, Category A and Category B, based on the global epidemic data. Category A countries have the most favorable epidemiological status and are considered low-risk.
For more information, you can read: Cyprus Has Reopened to Tourists
This major European destination reopened its borders for tourism to welcome travelers as of June 15, 2020. But Czech Republic’s borders are open mainly for select countries from the European Union and some third party countries.
Like most of Scandinavia, Denmark is known for its high-quality design and architecture. And it reopened its borders for tourism as of June 27, 2020. Denmark announced a list of approved safe countries. Consequently, this was suggested by the EU to all EU members as of June 30th. Therefore Denmark’s borders are open to a select number of both third and EU countries.
For more information: Denmark – Reopening For Tourism Information
You can also check Denmark’s detailed restrictions and entry requirements.
Georgia officially reopened as of July 31, 2020. For now, only 5 nations are currently allowed to visit Georgia with no restrictions. Some nations are also included in the official reopening announcement, but with additional entry requirements.
For more information: Georgia Has Reopened To Selected Countries
You can also check Georgia’s detailed restrictions and entry requirements.
Firstly, this country is ranked as the happiest country in the world. The good news is Finland reopened its borders for tourism to a limited amount of neighboring countries. Finland welcomes tourists from a number of countries where the COVID-19 situation has eased. There is no border control for travelers from these countries and they do not need to self-isolate on arrival in Finland.
For more information: Finland – Reopened For Tourism
You can also check Finland’s detailed restrictions and entry requirements.
France began relaxing its travel restrictions for tourism as of June 15, 2020, starting with a list of EU nations. By July 1st, 2020 it was further expanded to a number of third-party nations outside the EU. Here is the latest information about entry regulations and information about France’s reopening
For more information: France Open For Tourism – Everything You Need To Know
Germany officially started to welcome travelers for tourism as of June 15, 2020. They allowed 31 countries to cross its borders at first. By June 30, The EU officially published the list of countries that will be allowed to travel to the European Union. In addition as of July 2, Germany decided to allow 8 of 15 third party nations approved by the EU council into the country for the purpose of tourism.
For more info: Germany Reopens For Tourism – Everything You Need To Know
As of July 1st 2020, Greece has officially reopened its borders to some foreign visitors. This comes after other European nations have opened their borders to certain nations in their “safe travel” list.
You can also check Greece’s detailed restrictions and entry requirements.
For more info: Greece Has Reopened Its Borders To Foreign Visitors
This country has one of the most important thermal spring cultures in Europe. In addition, Hungary has reopened its borders for tourism to welcome travelers back from select countries. As of July 15, 2020, Hungary divides countries into three categories. Therefore, a different set of rules of entry, health, and quarantine applies to certain categories.
Update: Hungary has closed its borders to foreign tourists on September 1st for a period of at least one month
For more info: Hungary Reopens For Tourism
The good news is you can now go to Iceland because this Nordic country has just opened its borders for select tourists as of June 15, 2020.
You can check Iceland’s detailed restrictions and entry requirements.
For more information: Iceland Has Reopened Its Borders To Welcome Tourists
A holiday to this splendid Celtic island is only just a flight away because it’s now open for all travelers. The ‘Esmeralde Isle’ is sure to allure you with its tragic yet fascinating history and its rugged, romantic landscapes. Ireland has first reopened for tourism on July 21, 2020 by first allowing “Green Nations” to enter the country without quarantine, all visitors from any other country will need to quarantine for 14 days.
You can check Ireland’s detailed restrictions and entry requirements.
For more info: Ireland Reopening For Tourism
Despite its major strike of COVID-19 cases, Italy is now recovering well from the pandemic. Therefore, Italy has reopened its borders for tourism as of June 3, 2020, starting with 26 European nations to visit without restrictions. In addition by July 1st, Italy continued to welcome select third-party nations outside the EU with different entry requirements.
For more info: Italy Reopening For Tourism: Latest Information
The North Republic of Macedonia officially reopened its borders for tourism as of July 1, 2020. Moreover as of today, Macedonia is now allowing tourists from all countries to visit without restrictions.
Malta has officially reopened its doors to tourists as of July 1st. However, it only allows visitors from 20 countries are allowed to enter. On July 11, Malta added a few more countries to the list. Visitors coming from these countries are no longer required to go on a mandatory 14-day quarantine.
For more info: Malta Has Reopened for Tourism As Of July 1st
The beautiful country of Montenegro has reopened its borders for tourism as of June 1, 2020. In addition, it is now accepting international arrivals from more than 100+ countries!
The Netherlands reopened its borders for tourism as of June 15th. But only travelers from the European Union and the Schengen area were first welcome to visit. As of July 1st, per the recommendation of the EU council more countries outside the EU can now travel to the Netherlands.
For more info: The Netherlands – Reopening & Travel Information
As of July 15, 2020, Norway reopened for tourism to most European countries. In addition, Norwegians will also be able to take summer vacations to places such as Ireland, the UK, Germany, Italy, and Austria without having to quarantine on when returning home to Norway.
For more information: Norway – Complete Reopening Information
Poland reopened its borders to welcome select tourists from EU and EFTA nations as of June 13, 2020. Poland also expanded to allow a list of third-country nations to enjoy what it has to offer.
Since June, Portugal has reopened its doors for tourists from selected countries. The country opened its borders in different stages, and travel restrictions would vary from region to region. Health checks will be provided at airports, but there will be no mandatory quarantine for visitors at the Mainland region. The islands of Madeira and Azores have different requirements.
For more info: Portugal Has Reopened for Tourism
Romania officially reopened its borders for tourism as of July 7, 2020, and it is welcoming travelers from many countries!
For more info: Romania Reopened For Tourism On July 7th, 2020
This wonderful country is known for many things such as its culture, history, and delicious cuisine. Moreover, Serbia reopened its borders for tourism as of June 1st, 2020. Serbia is now allowing visitors to travel to the country under the normal regulations pre-COVID-19. Serbia open to travelers from all countries, however some countries now require a COVID-19 test before arriving.
For more info: Serbia Is Open For Tourists From All Countries
Slovakia is now officially open to welcome tourists back to enjoy its panoramic mountain ranges and lush natural attractions. However, Slovakia is only open for certain nationals of the European Economic Area.
For more info: Slovakia Reopened Its Borders For Tourism
The dazzling country of Slovenia officially reopened its borders for tourism to select countries at first. Firstly by allowing EU nations to visit as of June. In addition, Slovenia continued to relax its restrictions to welcome more tourists from third-party countries in July.
Spain is now under the new normal phase and has been accepting tourists, including in the Balearic Islands and the Canaries, known for its superb beaches. Moreover, on July 4th, the country has reopened its borders to more international tourists from countries outside the EU.
For more info: Spain Has Reopened For Tourism
Here’s another Scandinavian country that is currently open for tourism! Sweden is currently accepting tourists but only those coming from select countries.
Switzerland first reopened its borders for tourism to EU and EFTA tourists on June 15th, 2020. By July 20, 2020 Switzerland also welcomed certain third-party countries outside the EU. However requirements are constantly changing, and the list of allowed countries is also changing frequently.
Turkey has reopened its borders to travelers from nearly every country in the world. There are no testing or quarantine requirements, however, travelers are subject to health screening and random testing may occur.
Ukraine officially reopened its borders for tourism as of June 15, 2020. However, not all countries are welcome at the moment. That is to say, Ukraine has categorized certain countries as green zones and some are red zones.
Update: Ukraine temporarily closed its borders to all visitors on August 29th for at least one month.
The United Kingdom reopened its borders to welcome international tourists as of June 8, 2020. All visitors flying from other countries will be able to enter the UK with strict new quarantine measures set by the UK government. Countries that are exempted are considered “Travel corridor” countries, this list is updated almost every week, our details page has all the latest updates.
For more info: The United Kingdom Reopened For Tourism As of June 8, 2020
Information on Other European Countries & Micro-States
More Resources for Travel To Europe
Reopen EU: The official website of the EU, monitoring the reopening and country entry requirements of each of its member states.
BringBackTravel Europe Map: A live map where you can see of all Europe, click on a country to see it’s status and restriction information.