This blog post is going to be super detailed heavy, so I hope you’re ready. If you’re preparing to traveling right now then I’d say you probably are. There can be so much to do before going, but don’t be overwhelmed! I would suggest having a folder ready for the paperwork you need. While we traveled to Greece and that is what I know first hand, I’ve included information I’ve found for other countries that have started to open up as well.
Traveling During COVID
Lot of countries are starting to open up to tourists now (YAY!), and each one has their own set of regulations. The best way to check what the county you want to visit travel regulations are is to google *country* travel and head to that countries official travel website. There’s not really one place to get all the information. I’d suggest googling the country your visiting and the word travel. To find Greece’s click here, France here, and Spain here.
Most countries open right now require you to be fully vaccinated or a negative PCR test. Upon doing my own research France is only allowing vaccinated travelers in with a negative PCR test, where as Greece you can visit even if you aren’t vaccinated but with a negative test, Spain requires you to be fully vaccinated.
This obviously depends on where you are trying to visit, but in Greece we found things to be pretty lax. You are required to wear a medical mask while flying and in the airport. We also found that in major cities like Athens or the capital there were police giving tickets to those who didn’t have a mask. Everywhere else that was all outdoors though no one asked us to wear one, especially on the beaches. Most workers at the hotels and restaurants wore one, but tourists did not.
– Proof of a negative COVID test OR a fully vaccinated vaccine card(depending on where you fly through you may need a negative covid test even if you are vaccinated
– Fill out The Passenger Locator Form (PLF) at least 48 hours before your flightThis send you a QR code to show at the airport. The QR code is emailed you the night before your flight
Coming back to the US
– A negative PCR test no more than 72 before returningThis does not matter if you are vaccinated or not. Everyone coming into the US is required to show a negative test. It was not hard to get tested though. Most hotels know this requirement and can help you coordinate.
Was it worth it?
Completely! Getting to visit such a high volume tourist location when it was way calmer was amazing! If you can take the time off and go somewhere this summer I highly recommend it! We throughly enjoyed being somewhere new and getting to experience it less crowded. It made the whole trip a little more romantic.