Traveling inside and outside of the EU
During the Covid pandemic, numerous nations overall keep on limiting passage, and the rules can be too many to keep track of. Maskz of Sweden offers a short recap of what rules apply in the EU — and how to get the most recent data.
Most European Union countries have changed their travel restrictions and/or passage guidelines. From February 6, Sweden requires a negative test result for ongoing COVID-19 infection upon entry into Sweden, regardless of the country, the passenger is arriving from. This is based on the mutation that is mostly spreading within in UK, South Africa, and Brazil. This is the procedure that is getting more common to keep traveling at its very bare limit. In the following chapters, we’ll make this information clearer plus some travel tips.
Traveling within the EU
Most EU citizens are allowed to travel within the EU but it’s worth mentioning that every EU country chooses its methods to fight the virus – both at the border and once you’ve entered the country. And with almost 30 countries, this can be a true hassle. So to make this a bit easier and to look forward to a non-pandemic world, the European Commission the Re-Open EU that’s also available as a smartphone app. With the help of this site, you can easily scroll through the current status. Here you also easily find websites and telephone numbers for further information, plus links for the download of contact tracing apps and updated information regarding mask-wearing. And don’t forget your negative coronavirus test when you arrive!
To inform travelers across Europe in a fast and easy-to-read way, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) is publishing a map each week where all the member countries are divided into green, orange, red, and dark red zones. The colors are based on the 14-day total incidence rate and testing rate.
Traveling outside the EU
But what if you’re an EU citizen and need to travel outside the EU? In that case, you need a valid reason to go. These reasons are often related to the minimum human contact such as:
- The death of a family member. In most cases, you will need a death certificate.
- Students that just have started or are ending their study period. Documents to prove this will be necessary.
- A trip with a judicial purpose in another country/expiration of the visa.
- A child visiting a parent who has shared custody or visitation rights. A court letter and proof of address will be required.
Further information can be found through your embassy and the IATA COVID-19 Travel Regulations Map.
What about my vacation plans for summer 2021?
We know the burning desire to leave all this behind – for a while and for a long time to come. But this wonderful world of ours wasn’t built on pessimism. Sometimes we pick our challenges, sometimes we don’t. But after a period of intense work to manage the challenge, you deserve a break. And even though the borders are closed or heavily restricted, there’s still a chance to treat yourself a vacation. With a twist of course.
Croatia allows (when this is written, mid-February 2021) entry from most countries for pure tourism. The only requirement upon arrival is that you present a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours before your arrival. You can also do it when you get there, but if you choose to do so you have to stay isolated until you can present a negative test result. See more information via official websites.
Ireland is still open for most international travelers. But take note that if you arrive from a country that is not from “the green list”, you are subject to a 14-day quarantine once you arrive at the Irish border. For more information, please see the website of the Republic of Ireland.
The only requirement to enter Malta is that you’ve spent the last two weeks in a country that’s on the “safe list”. No negative PCR test or quarantine is needed. For full information, please go to the Maltese foreign ministry's website.
But thanks to the wonder of the internet, it’s also possible to travel virtually. Yes, you heard me correctly. How about a safari tour online or go on a trip to London to visit Harrods, Royal Albert Hall, or Big ben?
So no matter where you go, you should always check newly added information on official websites. The information may change very quickly depending on local outbursts, new mutations, or lockdowns. Please note that all the information presented in this blog article isn't thorough, and is liable to change whenever. All travelers going to and inside Europe, the EU, and the Schengen Area are firmly encouraged to keep educated with the authority direction and guidelines of nearby, state, and public specialists of the significant nations. And reconsider what you think is a necessary trip – in most cases that’s simply not the case.
To keep the spread of the virus at a minimum level, keep a low level of human contact, and don’t forget to treat yourself to something nice. Regardless of the treatment involves going on a longer trip or just taking the subway, don’t forget to stay safe. Maskz of Sweden offers 50 % off on selected masks. Made with 100 % cotton and antimicrobial technology, washable up to 30 times, and with a very stylish look – it’ll be the centerpiece in a safe life.