Traveler Restrictions –

2022-07-02 09:00

2022-07-02 09:00

The first summer without major restrictions.  Here you must have a test, covid passport or mask
photo: hxdyl / / Shutterstock

In 2022, most of the countries popular among Polish tourists opened their borders to foreigners. Proof of Covid-19 vaccination or a coronavirus test is still required upon entry into France, Portugal, Tunisia and Malta. The obligation to wear face masks has also been abolished in most places.

At the entrance of France for vaccinated travelers, no negative test result is required according to European legislation (the EU Covid certificate is valid for nine months after the primary vaccination course). Non-vaccinated travelers must present a negative PCR test result up to 72 hours before or an antigen test no more than 48 hours ago, or a certificate of recovery (positive test performed between six months and 11 days prior to travel). Children up to the age of 12 are exempt from these restrictions. In France, masks are only mandatory in healthcare facilities.

Enter Portugal, all arrivals, as in the case of France, must present proof of vaccination (valid for nine months for adults, no limit for those under 18), proof of recovery or a negative test result. This can be a PCR test performed within 72 hours of departure or a rapid antigen test – performed within 24 hours of departure. These rules apply to all persons older than 12 years. When entering Portuguese Madeira there are no regulations regarding Covid-19. Nose and face coverings are mandatory on public transport and in hospitals across the country.

EU travelers can enter Malta provided evidence of complete vaccination, negative PCR test within the last 72 hours or antigen test within the past 24 hours, or certificate of recovery within the past 180 days. Children under 12 are exempt from these rules. In the Maltese archipelago, face masks may only be worn in health centers.

Access restrictions and the obligation to show a covid certificate when entering public places have already been abolished by the authorities Italian† Tourists should just remember that until at least September 30, wearing FFP2 masks (KN95) is mandatory for people over 6 years old on public transport, on ships and ferries and in healthcare facilities.

also borders Spainincluding Canary Islands and Majorcaare open to Poland. Wearing a face mask is mandatory for people from 6 years old in public transport, but also on planes and on ships (only there if it is not possible to keep 1.5 meters away), in healthcare institutions and pharmacies.

Both on departure to Cyprusand to Greece and Montenegro we don’t have to worry about testing or vaccinations. In Cyprus, a covid certificate is required when entering hospitals. In Montenegro and Cyprus, face masks are mandatory in public transport and healthcare institutions. In Greece you also have to cover your face in taxis.

In Croatia and Turkey masks are only required in hospitals. Polish tourists can go to both countries without a passport, an ID card is sufficient.

Egypt, Bulgaria, Albania and Israel These are the countries that have eliminated all possible coronaviruses, both those on entry and in the country.

In turn, in the case of Tunisia The admission requirement for non-vaccinated persons, including convalescents, is to carry out a PCR test 48 hours before departure or an antigen test 24 hours before departure. Children and adolescents under the age of 18 are not covered by these regulations and face masks are mandatory in all public places.

Pursuant to a decision by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), passengers flying into the EU are not required to wear face masks at airports or on board aircraft. Spain, Malta and Portugal, among others, have chosen to ignore this indication and still have to cover the nose and mouth.

Joanna Baczała (PAP)

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