Corona and holidays. Restrictions are back in Europe

2022-07-13 06:00

2022-07-13 06:00

Holiday abroad?  Check where the restrictions return
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France, Italy, Azores, Portugal and Cyprus – the list of countries where some of the restrictions reappear is getting longer. Among other things, face masks appear on the faces of tourists on public transport and taxis and covid passports are checked before departure. We analyzed the latest changes in European countries.

The world without masks, tests, vaccination certificates was just a few months’ pause before the next wave of infections. In some European countries, the number of COVID-19 cases is growing dynamically again. The authorities are introducing restrictions – most refer to wearing masks and the need to document vaccination or recovery status.

Cyprus returns to face masks

In Cyprus he returns again the obligation to wear mouth caps inside. The law has been reactivated to protect against the coronavirus, Cypriot authorities said. The provisions on covering the mouth and nose came into effect on 8 July (Friday).

Greece with partial restrictions

In Greece, the obligation to wear masks in enclosed spaces has been abolished from June 1, 2022. The exceptions to this rule are those traveling on public transport (buses, metro, trams) and in certain areas from cruise ships, pleasure boats, yachts and ferries. When traveling by taxi, you must also cover your mouth and nose (the order does not apply to children under 4 years of age and people with respiratory problems).

It is worth remembering that in Greece there is still an order to keep the correct distance between people moving in public places.

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Italy faces a new wave of COVID-19

Italy is facing a new wave of COVID-19 cases. Tourists going to Italy should take into account that at least until September 30th wearing masks is mandatory for persons older than 6 years. The restrictions apply to public transport, on ships and ferries and in security facilities healthcare.

Spain is waiting with a decision

In Spain, just like in Italy, the number of people suffering from the corona virus is rising again. Travelers going to the Iberian Peninsula in the near future should consider the possibility of returning from some restrictions. At the moment, Spanish doctors and experts recommend a return to, among other things, wearing masks in closed spaces.

Currently, in Spain, there is an obligation to wear masks, both indoors and outdoors, for people infected with the coronavirus, even if they have the disease asymptomatic.

Portugal tightens restrictions

Staying in the Iberian Peninsula, we look at the current restrictions in Portugal. From July 1, 2022 tourists persons entering the territory of Portugal must present a certificate confirming that they have taken the vaccine, passed SARS-CoV-2 or tested negative for COVID-19.

Many restrictions when entering the Azores

The restrictions on mainland Portugal seem modest compared to the restrictions on the islands. The situation is different when entering the Azores. Travelers, with the exception of children up to 12 years old, must present one of the following documents:

  • EU COVID-19 certificate confirming vaccination against COVID-19 (at least 14 days after taking the second dose) or history of SARS-Cov-2 disease (not more than 180 days after recovery) or a negative test for COVID-19 19;
  • negative RT-PCR test result performed in the last 72 hours prior to boarding an aircraft flying to the Azores;
  • negative result of a rapid antigen test, listed in a list published by the European Commission, performed in the last 48 hours before boarding an aircraft flying to the Azores.

Tourists arriving in the Azores without any of the above documents will be subject to a COVID-19 test on site. The waiting time for the result is from 12 to 48 hours. On the other hand, travelers arriving in the Azores from airports in Portugal can take the test for free at any of the points indicated by the Government of the Autonomous Region of the Azores.

People planning a holiday in the Portuguese archipelago should keep in mind that if they stay on holiday, In the Azores for more than 7 or 13 days, then the law requires them to perform further tests, if applicable 6 and 12 days after the first test.

Restrictions when entering France

France is currently facing the seventh wave of the coronavirus pandemic. Tourists must present a vaccination certificate upon entry EU COVID certificate or other document in French or English in electronic or paper form. To travel from Poland to France as a fully vaccinated person, this must be confirmed by:

  • negative antigen test result up to 48 hours or PCR up to 72 hours before departure in the form of the EU COVID certificate or other certificate in French or English;
  • a certificate confirming the presence of the disease COVID-19 from 6 months to 11 days in advance in the form of the EU COVID certificate or other document in French or English;
  • a certificate of acceptance of the full vaccination course with vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency in the form of the EU-COVID certificate or other document in French or English. The complete vaccination cycle under the EU COVID Certificate is understood as the intake of two doses of vaccines, the validity of which of the second dose should not exceed 270 days, ie 9 months. The validity of the third dose is 12 months.

In France, wearing a mask and showing the EU COVID certificate is mandatory in hospitals and healthcare facilities.

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