When Can I Travel to Europe Again?

18 June 2020

When Can I Travel to Europe Again?

Last updated: 07/07/2020

After months of lockdown across Europe, many countries are now ending border restrictions, re-starting international train services and opening shops, restaurants and museums. We are as excited as you are about this and would like to keep you on track with what is opening where.

The following guidelines are intended to give you a sense of which rail services are running, what rules apply on public transport (wearing face masks for example) and what you can expect to be open in each country. However, rules around travel in different countries is changing rapidly so, though we will be adding regular updates, it’s quite possible that some of the information listed here will already be out of date. We would therefore recommend that you double-check the health and travel advice of the country or countries that you wish to visit.

The Foreign Office is currently still advising against all but essential foreign travel, EXCEPT to countries that ‘no longer pose an unacceptably high risk for British travellers’. You can find a list of these countries here.

 

Travel Corridors

The following countries will have a reciprocal arrangement with no quarantine required in either direction (from 10 July):

Italy, Switzerland, France, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Luxembourg, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Greece, Denmark and Finland.

This list of ‘travel corridor’ countries will probably grow in the coming weeks. Please confirm all entry requirements for the countries you wish to visit on the FCO website.

 

Travelling in Belgium

Belgian authorities are allowing British citizens to travel to Belgium. From 10 July, UK nationals will no longer need to self-quarantine on arrival back from Belgium.

Rail services: Domestic trains are running on a full service in order to alleviate any crowding and make sure it’s possible to maintain social distance. Most cross-border trains are beginning to run more frequently. ICE services into Germany are now running as normal. There is currently one Eurostar service a day to and from Brussels

Safety measures on trains

  • Maintain social distance between you and other travellers
  • Wearing a face mask is compulsory
  • Increased hygiene in trains and on stations

Are non-essential shops allowed to open in Belgium? Yes

Are hotels allowed to open in Belgium? Yes

Are restaurants and cafés allowed to open in Belgium? Yes

Are museums allowed to open in Belgium? Yes

A 1.5 metre social distancing rule applies in all locations along with other measures in cafés and restaurants such as staff wearing masks and one customer per table being required to give contact details to enable contact tracing.

National website for tourism in Belgium with up-to-date Covid-19 advice: Visit Belgium

 

Travelling in France

Visitors arriving into France from the UK will be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days. This restriction is due to be lifted on 10 July.

Rail services: Domestic train travel is restarting, all trains are running on a reduced schedule. On 30 June all domestic rail travel returned to normal. Many international services are running on a reduced timetable. This will start to change in July. Eurostar is running a reduced timetable to the Gare du Nord, but there are currently no direct services to the South of France

Safety measures on trains

  • Wearing a face mask is mandatory on all public transport
  • There are signs at the stations to help with social distancing

Are non-essential shops open in France? Yes

Are hotels open in France? Yes

Are restaurants and cafés open in France? Yes

Are museums allowed to open in France? Yes

National website for tourism in France with up to date Covid-19 information: www.france.fr

 

Travelling in Germany

It’s possible to visit Germany from the UK without the need for quarantine. From 10 July, UK nationals will no longer need to self-quarantine on arrival back from Germany.

Rail services: Domestic rail services vary by state. Some states have services which are almost back to normal and others are just starting up again. ICEs to Belgium and the Netherlands are now running as normal. The EuroCity service from Munich to Venice train is currently terminating in Verona. Trains to Austria, Denmark, Switzerland and Poland have now resumed service.

Safety measures on trains

  • Wearing a face mask is compulsory
  • Enhanced hygiene and cleaning measures aboard trains and at stations

Are non-essential shops open in Germany? Yes

Are hotels open in Germany? Yes

Are restaurants and cafés open in Germany? Most (subject to different state restrictions)

Are museums allowed to open in Germany? Most (subject to different state restrictions)

National website for tourists travelling in Germany with up to date Covid-19 information: www.corona-navigator.de

 

Travelling in Switzerland

Travel restrictions to Switzerland have now been lifted for all EU member states along with the UK.  From 10 July, UK nationals will no longer need to self-quarantine on arrival back from Switzerland.

Rail services: All domestic services are now running as normal. Glacier and Bernina Express trains are also now running to a normal timetable. Trains across to Germany, France and Austria are now running but services to Italy are still suspended.

Safety Measures on Trains:

  • Wearing a face mask is compulsory

Are non-essential shops open in Switzerland? Yes

Are hotels open in Switzerland? Yes

Are restaurants and cafés open in Switzerland? Yes

Are museums allowed to open in Switzerland? Yes

For up-to-date information on what is re-opening and when, visit MySwitzerland.com

 

Travelling in Spain

Visitors arriving into Spain from the UK will no longer be asked to self-quarantine. From 10 July, UK nationals will no longer need to self-quarantine on arrival back from Spain.

Rail services: Domestic train travel is restarting slowly, with a reduced service. Public transport is still for essential use only (as in the UK). International services are now running into France but the border with Portugal will remain closed until 1 July.

Safety measures on trains

  • Wearing a face mask is compulsory
  • The bar and restaurant services on board RENFE trains are currently not available
  • Trains are being cleaned and disinfected thoroughly throughout the day
  • Trains will have a limited passenger capacity to ensure sufficient distance between you and other travellers

Are non-essential shops open in Spain? Yes, with limited capacity depending on the region

Are hotels open in Spain? Yes, but as above

Are restaurants and cafés open in Spain? Yes, but as above

Are museums allowed to open in Spain? Yes, subject to the rules of different regions

National website for tourism in Spain with up-to-date Covid-19 information