Covid still has a strong grip on European countries such as Germany, the Netherlands and Austria as cases continue to surge ahead of the winter months.
Germany and Austria in particular have begun to introduce stricter regulations for unvaccinated citizens with ministers urging people to get the jab.
More than 30,000 new cases were recorded on Monday, November 22 according to the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases.
Read More: HertsLive latest Coronavirus news
The delta variant is to blame for these surges, as well as lower vaccination uptake in parts of Western Europe.
It’s important to keep an eye on the travel rules if you are planning a trip to Europe, especially with cases on the rise.
We have put together a list of the current travel rules for Germany, Austria, The Netherlands and Slovakia.
The rules are taken from the GOV UK and are accurate at the time of publication.
Enter your postcode below to see what’s happening in your area
The UK is designated as a ‘high-incidence area’. You may enter Germany from the UK for any travel purpose if you are fully vaccinated.
Unvaccinated children under 12 years of age are allowed to enter Germany without a negative test as long as they travel with at least one fully vaccinated parent. These children are not obliged to provide any kind of evidence (no COVID test, etc.), but have to quarantine on arrival. For them, quarantine ends automatically 5 days after entry.
Those individuals who are not fully vaccinated may only enter Germany from the UK if they are a German citizen; the spouse/partner/child under 18 of a German citizen; a resident of Germany; the spouse/partner/child under 18 of a resident of Germany; serve in an important role; or have an urgent need to travel.
Travellers who are not fully vaccinated and do not meet one of the exemptions outlined above may not currently enter Germany from the UK.
When entering Austria you must provide either proof of COVID-19 vaccination, evidence of a current negative COVID-19 test, or proof of recovery from COVID-19.
If you are not vaccinated or cannot provide proof of vaccination, you also will need to complete a pre-travel clearance form not more than 72 hours before entry to Austria and self-isolate for 10 days.
If you provide proof of vaccination, or a medical certificate of full immunisation, you do not have to self-isolate or register upon entry.
For single-shot vaccines (e.g. Johnson & Johnson), you must show that you received the vaccine more than 21 but no more than 270 days before arrival.
For double-shot vaccines (e.g. AstraZeneca, Moderna), you must show that you received the second injection no more than 270 days before arrival.
If you received a booster more than 120 days after being fully immunised, this must not have been more than 270 days before arrival.
The Dutch government has published a checklist for travel to the Netherlands. The Dutch government classifies countries and regions into the following categories: safe; high risk; very high risk; or very high risk with a variant of concern.
The UK is not part of the EU/Schengen area and classed as a very high risk area according to the Netherlands Government website.
A European entry ban is in effect for some people, barring them from travelling to the European Union or the Schengen area. You may only enter the Netherlands if the purpose of your trip falls under one of the exemption categories. For example, people who have been fully vaccinated can be exempted from the EU entry ban.
Fully vaccinated travellers arriving in the Netherlands from the UK via aeroplane, ferry, passenger car, train or bus must show one of the following:
- a negative PCR test result (taken no more than 48 hours before departure);
- a negative antigen test result (taken no more than 24 hours before departure).
Fully vaccinated travellers are exempt from quarantine on arrival in the Netherlands.
Sign up to the HertsLive newsletter below for all the latest stories straight to your inbox
If you’re looking for a way to stay up to date with the latest breaking news from around Hertfordshire, the HertsLive newsletter is a good place to start.
The twice-daily update will deliver the top news and features straight to your inbox.
We choose the most important stories of the day to include in the newsletter, including crime, court news, long reads, traffic and travel, food and drink articles and more.
Signing up to the newsletter is simple. All you have to do is to click here and type in your email address.
It’s one of the many ways that you can read the news that matters to you from HertsLive.
There are travel restrictions for travellers from the UK and most other countries. The Slovak Government may change its entry requirements at short notice. Direct flights from the UK are permitted, and regular services have resumed.
Entry is now permitted for fully vaccinated travellers from the UK regardless of any close connection to Slovakia (see below for definition of fully vaccinated and the additional requirements).
If you are travelling directly from the UK or any other non-Schengen country to Slovakia, UK nationals may enter if fully vaccinated with an EU-approved vaccine. UK nationals who are not fully vaccinated may only enter if you are one of the following:
- a resident in Slovakia
- a close relative of a resident or of a Slovak citizen (i.e. spouse, minor child or parent of a minor child)
- commercial personal transport
- a student studying in Slovakia
- you fall under certain limited exemptions
The above restriction does not apply to UK nationals who enter Slovakia via the internal Schengen borders with neighbouring Hungary, the Czech Republic, Austria or Poland, or by air from any country in the Schengen area.
Want the latest Herts news direct to your inbox? Sign up here.