What restrictions should I take into account if I want to travel to other countries?

The resurgence of the covid pandemic has put all countries on alert. This is why many have implemented new requirements for crossing their borders and moving within their territory.

In this sense, the EU and six other countries – San Marino, Switzerland, the Vatican, Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland – have established the covid certificate as the document required for the entry of travelers.

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There are countries where entry and mobility requirements, due to their specific health situation, are even higher. And then there is the case of Israel, which from Monday will close its borders to foreign travelers for fourteen days to stop a possible spread of the new variant, of which there is a first case in the country and seven suspects. Or that of Austria, where it is no longer possible to travel, according to the EU.

In this country, a temporary confinement of the population is in force until December 12. For tourists, travel to Austria, which will implement compulsory vaccination by February 2022, will only be possible after this date.

Everything I had booked in Austria for the December bridge is cancelled”

mercedes tejeroManager of the Spanish Confederation of Travel Agencies

“Everything that had been reserved for this country for the December long weekend is canceled,” Mercedes Tejero, head of the Spanish Confederation of Travel Agencies (CEAV), told La Vanguardia.

It also seems difficult to move to the UK. As of October 4, fully vaccinated travelers no longer need to show a negative diagnostic test taken within the last 72 hours when entering the UK.

However, yesterday the Johnson government announced that it would reintroduce mandatory PCR two days after arriving in the country (plus quarantine until a negative test is confirmed) in response to the new alert for the omicron variant .


International passengers walk through the arrivals area of ​​Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport (London), this Friday, November 26


Additionally, travelers will be required to complete the Passenger Locator Form, which must be completed at least 48 hours prior to travel.

The United States also requires, in addition to the health passport, a negative diagnostic test taken within three days of departure for all travelers arriving in the country by air. From January 2022, those wishing to enter by land or via ferry terminals must also present a negative covid test result.

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In Germany, the pandemic is also hitting hard, and the covid certificate has spread to different regions. You have to show it in the hotel industry, in many hotels or to go to the cinema. Also in hospitals, nursing homes, events and attractions, sporting activities and personal care establishments, such as hair salons.

The state of Saxony, with the highest covid figures in the country, has in force since last Monday the partial closure of public life which will last three weeks, both for those vaccinated and for those who are not. Bavaria has also decreed the closure of non-essential public activities in the most affected districts.


Federal states may decide to ease restrictions in districts with low infection numbers

“Germany at the moment, we do not recommend it. The incidence is increasing a bit. When it comes to selling a ticket, you take it into account, ”explains the head of CEAV.

Federal states may decide to relax these restrictions in districts with low infection numbers (less than 35 cases per 100,000 population in the past seven days).

A warning sign at a Christmas market, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, at Gendarmenmarkt square in Berlin, Germany, November 22, 2021. REUTERS/Christian Mang

Amid the rise of the pandemic in Germany, a warning sign at a Christmas market in Gendarmenmarkt square, Berlin, Germany

Reuters/Christian Mang

The covid certificate is also necessary to access many places in neighboring France. From cafes and restaurants (including terraces) to tourist accommodation, events, sports activities and competitions. There is no need to access grocery stores, pharmacies and gas stations.

In Italy, the health passport is the tool that not only allows you to travel, but also to access jobs, schools, universities, health centers and places with catering services. It also allows you to participate in many cultural, recreational and sporting activities.

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Consideration should also be given to the EU-mandated suspension of flights to and from seven southern African countries due to the new South African variant of Covid-19. These are South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia and Swaziland.

European residents who come from this area and who have the right to enter the EU will have to undergo a test and a period of quarantine.

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With regard to passengers arriving in Spain by air or sea, including those coming in transit to other countries or Spaniards returning from a trip abroad, it should be noted that they must complete a pre-departure health check form and get your QR to present it. boarding and health checks on arrival in Spain. “The airline will not let you board the return flight to Spain if you do not present it,” warns Mercedes Tejero, head of CEAV.

The airline will not let you board the flight back to Spain if you do not present the health form”

mercedes tejeroManager of the Spanish Confederation of Travel Agencies

With the recent extension of the covid certificate in Catalonia (temporarily suspended), it will also be necessary when it is reintroduced (something that could happen tomorrow) to present it at the catering points of a place as busy as Port Aventura, not to access the park .

“We will have a person at the entrance to our bars and restaurants with a reader so that people who wish to access them can present their covid certificate, comparing it to their identity document”, explain sources from the park.

In the case of Port Aventura hotels, “the same will happen”. “It will be asked at the checkout or at the entrance of the restaurant whether the customer has a diet such as breakfast or breakfast and dinner.”

An image of one of the Port Aventura attractions in the summer of 2020

An image of one of the Port Aventura attractions in the summer of 2020

The world of Port Aventura

Beyond the health passport, “the mask is compulsory in the park both inside and outside”, recall these same sources.

Catalan ski resorts, with catering points in their facilities, will also request the health passport to access them. “It will affect us all inside the restaurant, not outside. We will ask for it and we will do the necessary checks, like any restaurant in Barcelona,” says Joaquim Alsina, director of the Associació Catalana d’Estacions d’Esquí i Activitats de Muntanya.

Image of Baqueira Beret station

Image of Baqueira Beret station


The measures will also be intensified in cruise tourism. MSC Cruises announced on Wednesday that all passengers on its winter cruises must be fully vaccinated against covid and also undergo a diagnostic test up to 72 hours before the embarkation date. The measures will apply to all travelers aged 12 and over.

Faced with the resurgence of cases of coronavirus, the Organization of Consumers and Users (OCU) recalls the rights of consumers affected by the cancellation of their trips.

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