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EU borders: Summer Travel update

CôTE D'AZUR & PROVENCE

Aerial view of green and brown island Alexa AmmonTravel within the EU is now possible, with most countries reopening their borders on 1 July and the number of flights to and from Nice increased significantly. However, there are some exceptions, some requirements and still some complete bans for certain destinations. Travel beyond the EU and EEA is more complicated and regulated, especially for the United States, which currently has a complete travel ban. Here we break down the details.

Here in Nice, flights are picking up quickly as the virus continues to lay low. After only eleven French and ten international destinations in June, Nice Côte d’Azur airport has increased to 80 destinations, with flights to 17 national and 62 international destinations. All flights will go through Terminal 2, which became fully operational on 1 July. Terminal 1 is not scheduled to reopen before next March.

Currently, the main airlines currently operating (this will increase with time) are Easyjet, Air France, Jet2, Wizz Air, Transavia, Alitalia, SAS, Blue Air, Aegean, Iberia, TAP and Lufthansa.

For the safety of passengers, the airport has installed an Ultra-violet light gateway that kills airborne viruses, boosted the ventilation system, imposed social distanced lanes and Plexiglas barriers for staff. Masks are required for all.

Borders

In addition to European countries, the EU government ‘recommended’ the bloc opens its external borders from July 1 to 15 countries, but this was not obligatory and each state was free to make their own rules. The countries recommended were: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and China (subject to reciprocity).

Each EU country is open to EU and EEA travellers, however, some have different travel restrictions. France does not require quarantine for most arrivals, except the UK and Spain due to reciprocity.

Italy is open to all EU, EEA and Schengen countries, but remains strictly closed to all other arrivals. No quarantine required.

Spain has reopened but requires a 14-day quarantine.

Germany is open to all EEA countries with a 14-day self-isolation. They will keep their borders closed to all extra European countries until 31 Aug.  

Ireland is open but requires a 14-day self-isolation for all arrivals.

Belgium does not require a quarantine but has a travel restriction in place for the UK, Sweden & Portugal, requiring a medical certificate for entry.

The UK has reopened its borders with a mandatory 14-day quarantine. Arrivals from Ireland and the Isle of Man are exempt.

The USA – Arrivals are currently banned from the US (except for essential travel and repatriation). This is a hotly contested issue and is currently under discussion, therefore likely to change.