Here’s How the EU’s New COVID Restrictions Are Playing Out for Americans

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The European Union’s recent decision to remove the United States from its list of lifted travel restrictions has caused many changes for Americans and travelers passing through the United States.

Those traveling from the United States will now face new rules in a handful of EU countries. The new regulations also apply to any traveler who has been in the United States within 14 days before entering the EU.

We’ll start with the good news. After the EU’s decision, Portugal, Croatia, and Greece stated they would not be adding any further policy changes for American tourists.

Which countries have changed requirements?

Bulgaria has initiated a blanket entry ban with only a few exceptions. This regulation applies not specifically to US citizens but for travel from the United States. Americans who have been outside of the US for more than fourteen days are welcome under standard requirements. 

Italy has strengthened its covid safety requirements to be more in line with those of other countries. All travelers from the US or who have traveled to the US in the last 14 days must provide a negative PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours before entry regardless of vaccine status and fill out the EU digital passenger locator form. Unvaccinated travelers will be required to quarantine for five days, followed by another negative test to exit quarantine. 

The Netherlands now requires vaccinated travelers from the United States to provide a negative PCR test taken less than 72 hours before arrival regardless of vaccination status. A mandatory 10-day quarantine follows this. A negative test on the fifth day of quarantine could be grounds for testing out of quarantine. The Netherlands is not accepting unvaccinated US tourists.

Denmark has banned entry of all unvaccinated travelers from the United States except those with special exceptions. Those fully vaccinated 14 days before entry with an EMA-approved vaccine are still accepted with the same policies as before. 

Sweden has closed to travelers from the US for all but essential travel. However, the country has stated they plan to reopen to fully vaccinated travelers soon.


Lauren Allain
Lauren is a freelance journalist from Seattle. She travels the globe in search of the best grocery stores, bouldering gyms, and snorkeling locations. Her mission at Freedom Is Everything is to help others make the transition into location-independent lifestyles.