By Frédéric Messina

EU citizens have the right to move freely within the Union, but the pandemic has resulted in various restrictions. To clarify the situation, Fly Aeolus is sharing with you the latest updates about the air travel restrictions to our top destinations during the Covid-19 outbreak. These apply to passengers who travel with normal commercial airlines but also to passengers who travel by private jet or air taxis. The information presented below, valid as of 20/04/2021, is subject to change.

Air travel restrictions Europe

This table is a recap of the main travel restrictions that European countries are implementing to control the spread of the epidemic. These apply for European travelers who wish to enter the country of their destination.

Once at your destination, other restrictions apply in the territory: for more information, check out our blog “Travel during covid: advice and checklist“.

Belgium:

The ban on non-essential travel within the European Union ended on April 19. However, travel is still strongly discouraged.

  • Identification form: All travellers going to Belgium must complete the Passenger Locator Form 48 hours before their arrival.
  • Test: All travellers must present a negative PCR test within 72 hours.
  • Quarantine: Based on the answers you give, the identification form will work out whether you are regarded as a “high-risk” contact.
    • Did you receive a text message? If so, you are a high-risk contact. You must quarantine and get yourself tested on day 7 of quarantine.
    • What if you did not receive a text message? You do not have to quarantine, and you do not need to get tested.

Netherlands:

  • Identification form: All travellers to the Netherlands must complete the Health Declaration Form, 48 hours before their arrival.
  • Test: There are two options for air travelers
    • Option 1: Passengers must present a negative PCR test within 24 hours before departure. In this case, there is no need to take an antigen test.
    • Option 2: Two tests are required. Passengers must present both a negative PCR test within 72 hours before arrival in the Netherlands AND a negative antigen test within 24 hours before boarding.
  • Quarantine: Travelers must respect a mandatory 10-day quarantine. Its duration may be reduced to 5 days if a PCR test carried out during the 5th day of the quarantine reveals a negative result. The Dutch government allows exceptions to this quarantine, check the website for the exceptions.

Denmark:

A plan to gradually ease the several border restrictions has been announced, which will be phased in from April 21. Check the Danish authorities’ website for the latest updates.

  • Phase 1: April 21 – Travelers from “yellow” countries or regions (incidence rate equal to or less than 20 per 100,000 inhabitants) will no longer be subject to the obligation to present a legitimate reason and isolate on their arrival on the territory.
  • Phase 2: May 1 – Vaccinated travelers from “yellow” and “orange” countries will be able to travel to Denmark without having to be tested or having to self-isolate after entering the country. Unvaccinated travelers must test negative within 48 hours.
  • Phase 3 (date to be specified): The criterion of the incidence rate will be relaxed at the same time as the restrictions related to the reasons for stay.

United Kingdom:

Travel to the UK is not permitted except for compelling reasons.

  • Test: The presentation of a negative test of less than 72 hours is compulsory to enter England and Scotland.
  • Quarantine: All travellers must adhere to a 10-day quarantine. A reservation for a quarantine hotel is required before travel. They must undergo a PCR test on the second and the eighth day of isolation. If one of the two tests are positive, a further isolation period of 10 days should be observed. For Scotland, all travelers will be subject to a mandatory 10-day quarantine at one of the six hotels identified by authorities.

France:

  • Sworn Statement: All travellers going to France must complete a sworn statement, 48 hours before their arrival.
  • Test: All travellers must present a negative PCR test within 72 hours.
  • Quarantine recommendation: On arrival, it is strongly recommended that all travellers self-isolate for 7 days, then do a second PCR test after this period.

Germany:

  • Digital Entry Registration: All travellers to Germany must complete a Digital Registration Entry, 48 hours before arrival.
  • Test: All travellers must present a negative PCR test within 48 hours.
  • Quarantine: Anyone arriving in Germany must self-isolate for a period of 10 days.

Ireland:

  • Passenger Form: Anyone entering Ireland must complete a Passenger Locator Form, 48 hours before their arrival.
  • Test: All travelers must show a negative PCR test within 72 hours upon arrival in Ireland.
  • Quarantine: All passengers arriving in Ireland from designated States are required to pre-book accommodation in a designated quarantine facility, and to pre-pay for their stay. If you come to Ireland from any country not deemed “high risk”, you must quarantine at home provided you have a negative PCR test.

Luxembourg:

  • Test: All travelers must present a negative PCR test of less than 72 hours (or antigen test) before arriving in the Grand Duchy.

Switzerland:

  • Digital entry form: Anyone entering Switzerland must complete an electronic entry form 48 hours before their arrival.
  • PCR test: On arrival in Switzerland, all travellers must present a negative PCR test of less than 72 hours.
  • Quarantine: Anyone arriving in Switzerland from a region or country identified as being at high risk must respect a compulsory isolation period of 10 days.

For more information and to be aware of the latest air travel restrictions updates in all countries of the European Union, we invite you to visit the official website of the European Union Re-open EU or consult the IATA air travel restrictions map.

If you decide to fly with Fly Aeolus, please provide us with a negative PCR test and the corresponding country entry form of your destination, so as not to delay the flights unneccessarly.

If you have any further questions or need assistance with your reservation, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@flyaeolus.com or at +32 (0)3 500 9082.