Europeans traveling to these countries around the world still face COVID-19 restrictions

While almost all countries in the European Union have already lifted their coronavirus restrictions and now allow unrestricted entry to all travelers, some countries around the world continue to keep measures in place.

The list of countries around the world that still have entry restrictions in place include New Zealand, Japan, China, Singapore and Thailand, among others. This means that all Europeans reaching these countries must follow certain rules, reports

Below are the current COVID-related entry restrictions that some countries around the world that are popular among Europeans have.

New Zealand

New Zealand requires all European travelers to show proof of vaccination. Only certain special categories of travellers, such as those transiting through New Zealand, as well as those who have recently recovered from COVID-19, are exempt from the requirement to hold valid proof of vaccination.

“If you are not a New Zealand citizen, resident or Australian citizen who lives in New Zealand, you must be vaccinated to enter New Zealand – unless you have an exemption. You do not need to be vaccinated if you are transiting through New Zealand,” says the government statement.

The government further explains that in order to enter New Zealand, travelers must have completed a full course of an approved COVID-19 vaccine. Nevertheless, it was pointed out that travelers do not need a booster shot.

In addition, proof of vaccination is also accepted if the traveler has completed the vaccination process with two different vaccines, provided that this combination is approved in the country in which the traveler was vaccinated.

Travelers arriving in New Zealand by air must upload their proof of vaccination to the New Zealand Traveler Declaration, and there is no need to translate the document into English.


Travelers permitted to enter Japan must have a COVID-19 test result obtained within 72 hours of departure. In addition, they must register the result with the government and obtain an immigration QR code.

Travelers should note that Japan does not accept rapid antigen tests, which means everyone must take a PCR test. Additionally, since June, all travelers are required to book a tour guide through a government-registered company and purchase travel insurance.

Despite maintaining such strict restrictions, Japanese authorities have said they will soon remove the testing requirement for all travelers who have received a booster shot.


Like the countries mentioned above, Thailand continues to maintain entry rules in place for inbound travellers.

Authorities explain that travelers from Europe must present a vaccination certificate or a negative COVID test result to be allowed entry.

The obligation to hold a vaccination certificate applies to all persons over the age of 18 and the document must prove that the holder received the last dose at least 14 days before the trip.

As for the negative test, Thailand accepts PCR tests carried out within 72 hours before departure. Unvaccinated travelers entering Thailand without a negative test should follow any guidelines and instructions deemed appropriate by the health screening officer at the point of arrival.


Indonesia also requires European travelers to show a vaccination, recovery or test certificate.

Travelers who hold a valid vaccination or recovery certificate do not need to follow any additional rules. On the other hand, those who do not hold either of these two certificates must take a PCR test on arrival and submit to quarantine.

In addition to the above, travelers must also use the PeduliLindungi app and have downloaded the app before departure.


All European travelers over the age of 12 must be vaccinated against the virus to be allowed to enter Singapore. Those who are not vaccinated cannot currently enter the country. However, authorities said that from August 29 they would allow entry even to unvaccinated travelers provided they hold a negative COVID-19 test result.

Apart from keeping entry rules in place, Singapore is also continuing to enforce domestic measures to control the spread of COVID-19. Travelers, as well as citizens of the country, must wear face masks and use the TraceTogether app in high-risk environments.


China has the strictest entry requirements. All travelers are required to hold a vaccination certificate as well as a negative test result taken within 48 hours of arrival.

In addition, international travelers arriving in China must also undergo a mandatory three-night quarantine and undergo daily rapid antigen tests during the quarantine period.

Some other countries around the world not mentioned above are also keeping restrictions in place for incoming European travelers.

South Africa

South Africa also continues to keep coronavirus restrictions in place. The South African government explains that all international travelers must hold a vaccination, recovery or test certificate upon arrival.

South Africa recognizes reinstatement certificates provided the holder has tested negative within the past 90 days. On the other hand, test certificates are only recognized if the holder has obtained the document within 72 hours before arrival.

Travelers who do not hold any of the certificates mentioned above can also enter South Africa. However, they must undergo testing upon arrival.

“If the traveler tests positive for COVID-19 during the antigen test, the traveler will still be admitted to the Republic, but if the traveler has symptoms of COVID-19, the traveler must self-isolate for ten days after his admission to the Republic,” notes the government.

United Arab Emirates

Travelers from Europe reaching the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are allowed entry without restriction as long as they present a vaccination certificate containing a QR code

“People vaccinated against COVID-19 must present the vaccination certificate containing a QR code. They are not required to present a negative RT-PCR test result for COVID-19 at the airport of departure,” say the authorities of the United Arab Emirates.

Those who have not been vaccinated can also enter the UAE provided they present a certificate of reinstatement issued within 30 days of departure or a negative PCR test result taken within 48 hours of arrival.

Other countries not mentioned above also still have COVID restrictions in place for Europeans. Thus, travelers are advised to check the entry rules of their destination country before leaving.

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