Last updated: August 14, 2020
Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, some countries may have new travel restrictions or entry requirements in place. We’ve listed some of the top business travel destinations and their new regulations below.
Australia’s borders are currently closed. That means only Australian citizens, residents, and immediate family members can travel there.
Since March 29, all arrivals must quarantine in designated accommodation for 14 days after entering the country.
More information on the Australian Government Department of Health website.
Since June 21, Austria’s borders are open to citizens from the following 30 countries: Belgium, Germany, Denmark (including the Faroe Islands), Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Switzerland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Croatia, Ireland, Cyprus, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City, United Kingdom.
Since August 10, a partial travel warning for mainland Spain has been in effect, and travelers arriving from here must show a negative COVID-19 test when returning to Austria. This does not apply to travelers returning from the Balearic Islands or Canary Islands.
Travelers also need to fill out an Entry and Transit Declaration.
More information on the Austrian Government website.
Since mid-July, Belgium has been operating a traffic light travel system.
🔴 Red: non-essential travel like tourism is not possible/not authorized
🟠 Orange: travel is possible under conditions OR exercised increase vigilance
🟢 Green: travel is possible.
Additionally, from August 1, any traveler returning to Belgium or traveling through the country and staying at least 48 hours must fill out the Public Health Passenger Locator Form.
As well as this, when arriving from certain countries or regions, there are some other regulations in place like mandatory or recommended quarantine and test on return.
Full information about which countries currently fall under each traffic light and travel restrictions are available on the Belgian Foreign Affairs website.
Travel to France is possible without any restrictions in the EU member states, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, and the Vatican. Quarantine measures remain in force for travelers coming from the United Kingdom.
Travel to France from outside the European zone is restricted, and travelers may be asked to quarantine on arrival. From July 1, people arriving from Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay are no longer subject to restrictions, either.
More information on the French Government website.
From June 21, travel to Germany from other EU countries, states associated with Schengen, and the United Kingdom has been possible without restriction.
From July 2, unrestricted travel to Germany is also possible from third countries with low rates of infection: Australia, Georgia, Canada, New Zealand, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay.
More information on the German Federal Foreign Office website.
From July 1, international flights into all airports in Greece have resumed. Travelers are subject to random tests on arrival and there may be restrictions regarding certain countries in place.
As of July 9, all travelers must complete the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) at least 24 hours before entering the country.
In addition, as of August 11, passengers of flights from Bulgaria, Romania, U.A.E., and Malta to Greece will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece. And as of August 17, the same applies to passengers of flights from Sweden, Belgium, Spain, Netherlands, Albania, and the Republic of North Macedonia.
More information on the official Greece Government travel website.
Failure to complete and submit the form may result in a fine of €2,500.
People arriving from Northern Ireland, those working in defined essential supply chain roles, foreign diplomats, and those traveling through Ireland but not leaving the port/airport will not need to fill out the form.
In addition, travelers arriving from locations that are not on the green list are required to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival.
More information on the Irish Government’s Citizens Information website.
Since June 3, Italian borders are open for travelers from Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Hungary, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, Andorra, Monaco, and the United Kingdom without restrictions.
From August 7, travelers to Italy who in the last 14 days have stayed in or transited through Croatia, Greece, Malta, or Spain may be required to present a negative COVID-19 test or undergo one at the airport, port, or border location.
All travelers must complete the self-certification form to declare the reasons for traveling.
More information on the Italian Government Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
🇳🇱 The Netherlands
Residents from countries where the risk to health is comparable to or lower than that of the Netherlands may enter the country freely.
Travelers arriving from certain countries and regions are strongly advised to self-quarantine for 14 days—review the full list on the Government of the Netherlands website
All travelers must fill in a Health Screening Form before boarding a flight to or from the Netherlands.
More information on the Government of the Netherlands website.
From June 13, Poland is open to EU citizens. That said, the country’s borders that are also the EU’s external borders remain closed. Travelers from outside the EU will have to undergo a 14-day quarantine.
More information on the Polish Government website.
Since July 1, flights between Portugal and the EU, Schengen Area countries, and the United Kingdom have resumed, but travelers are subject to health screening on arrival (e.g. temperature will be taken).
And as of August 1, flights to and from the following countries are allowed: Canada, South Korea, Morocco, Tunisia, China, Australia, New Zealand, Rwanda, Uruguay, Georgia, Japan, and Thailand.
Flights to and from Portugal from outside this list are prohibited, with the exception of essential trips originating in Portuguese-speaking countries, in Brazil (only São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro are authorized), and in the US (from Portuguese communities). People traveling to Portugal from these places will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to board the plane.
Travelers from countries outside the EU and the Schengen area must present a negative COVID-19 test, carried out in the last 72 hours before departure.
More information on the Portuguese Ministry of Health website.
Spain reopened borders with nearly all Schengen Area countries on June 21.
As of July 1, borders with non-EU countries also reopened and Spain now requires all travelers from other countries to complete the FCS Health Control Form, regardless of nationality, age, or any other consideration.
More information on the Spanish Government’s Travel Health website.
The Swedish Government has extended the entry ban until August 31 for all travelers from outside of the EU, UK, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland.
More information on the Swedish Government website.
Switzerland has lifted travel restrictions for EU countries, Norway, Liechtenstein, and the UK.
Travelers entering Switzerland may be required to undergo medical checks at the border.
From August 8, people arriving in Switzerland from certain countries and regions (including Argentina, Brazil, Qatar, Romania, Spain, Sweden, and the US) will be subject to a 10-day quarantine.
More information on the Swiss Federal Department of Justice and Police website.
🇬🇧 United Kingdom
From July 10, travelers arriving in England from a country or territory on the travel corridors list will no longer be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Information for travel into Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland is still pending.
As of August 15, travelers arriving from Andorra, Aruba, The Bahamas, Belgium France, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands, Spain, and Turks and Caicos Islands are required to quarantine for 14 days.
More information on the UK Government website.
🇺🇸 United States
Foreign nationals who have been in China, Iran, the European Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, or Brazil during the past 14 days may not enter the United States.
More information on the US Department of Health Center for Disease Control website.
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