Can Americans travel to Europe? Restrictions Update (March 2022) – Forbes Advisor

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Americans can still travel to European countries, although each country makes its own decisions about who can enter and what precautions are needed to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Before you decide to travel to Europe, check the testing and vaccination requirements for your destination. Also, be sure to consider which country you are transiting through as there may be testing or vaccination requirements even if you do not leave the airport.

Here are some of the latest European travel rules and restrictions for travelers in the United States.

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Here are the latest European travel rules and restrictions for travelers to the United States.


US citizens are allowed to enter Austria with either proof of complete vaccination, proof of cure, negative PCR test (within the past 72 hours) or a negative antigen test (performed within the past 24 hours). Children under 12 years of age are exempt when traveling with compatible adults.

Once in the country, you will need a full vaccination (and a booster if more than 180 days have passed since the original vaccination) to enter many public businesses, including hotels and restaurants.


US citizens can travel to France with Complete guide to vaccinationwhich you will have to show to the airline and border patrol.

Read more: Can I travel to France from the United States?


Vaccinated Americans are allowed to enter Germany for reasons including tourism (unvaccinated travelers must demonstrate an important travel need). In addition to providing proof of vaccination, all persons 6 years of age and older traveling from the United States and entering Germany must have evidence of a negative test result within the previous 48 hours.

Read more: Can I travel to Germany from the US?


Beginning March 1, travelers from the United States will need to present one of the following to enter: Vaccination certificate, recovery certificate, or negative test result. Rapid antigen tests are valid for 48 hours and PCR tests are valid for 72 hours.

Read more: Can I travel to Italy from the US?


Travelers visiting Poland from the US must provide no more than 24 hours’ negative Covid-19 test results as well as proof of vaccination. Unvaccinated travelers are required to complete a mandatory seven-day quarantine, which makes travel for tourism purposes impractical.


As of February 19, US citizens (aged 12 or older) can travel to Portugal if they present:

  • A valid vaccination certificate or
  • EU digital Covid recovery certificate or
  • Negative Covid test from 24 hours before (antigen/TRAg test) or 72 hours before (PCR/NAAT test) until boarding

Children under 12 do not need to present a Covid-19 test or an EU digital COVID certificate to enter the country.


US citizens are not required to quarantine upon arrival in Spain, but proof of vaccination or a recent negative test is required. Spain recently revised its requirements to define fully vaccinated travelers as those who received their final dose 14-270 days before arrival. Therefore, some travelers may need to get a booster dose before traveling to Spain.

Before leaving, you must complete a Health Control Form (FCS) And obtain and download a QR code to show when boarding the plane and for health monitoring upon arrival in Spain.

Read more: Forbes advisor’s guide to travel Covid vaccine requirements


To travel to Switzerland, you must have a full vaccination (unvaccinated US citizens are not allowed to enter Switzerland for tourist reasons). However, there are no testing requirements as long as you are able to provide evidence of vaccination. Switzerland defines a vaccination as valid for 9 months from the date of your last stroke, so reinforcements may be needed.

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Requirements for traveling to the United States

In December 2021, the Biden administration said that all travelers traveling to the United States (aged two and older) would be required to show evidence of a negative Covid-19 test taken within one day of their departure. Either a PCR test or an antigen test will be accepted. At this time, quarantine is not required for international travelers.

Mask mandates remain in effect at US airports, when traveling within the US and on public transportation until at least April 18, 2022. Local ordinances may also require masks indoors or under other special circumstances.

Before you travel, check the guidelines provided by the country you are traveling to and the airline and take all necessary precautions recommended by the CDC.

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