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Travelling from outside the EU - Update travel information

temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU is currently in place from many non-EU countries. The EU has created a list of countries for which these restrictions should be lifted. This list is reviewed every two weeks. 


Resource from reopen.europa.eu/en

It was last updated on 17 January 2022, and includes:

  • Bahrain
  • Chile
  • China (subject to confirmation of reciprocity)
  • Colombia
  • Indonesia
  • Kuwait
  • New Zealand
  • Peru
  • Qatar
  • Rwanda
  • Saudi Arabia
  • South Korea
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Uruguay

Travel restrictions should also be gradually lifted for the special administrative regions of China:

  • Hong Kong
  • Macao

Under the category of entities and territorial authorities that are not recognised as states by at least one EU Member State, travel restrictions for Taiwan should also be gradually lifted.

Residents of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican should be considered as EU residents in this context.

As of 1 March 2022, EU countries should allow non-essential travel also for persons vaccinated with vaccines approved by the EU or by the World Health Organization and for persons who recovered from COVID-19.


On 30 June 2020, the Council adopted a recommendation on the possible gradual lifting of the temporary restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU. In its 'Annex I', the recommendation includes a list of countries, special administrative regions and other entities and territorial authorities for which travel restrictions should be lifted. This list is reviewed every two weeks and, where appropriate, updated.

According to the recommendation, vaccinated persons, essential travellers and non-essential travellers from countries or entities included on Annex I should be allowed to travel into the EU under certain conditions.

Non-essential travel to the EU from countries or entities not listed in Annex I is temporarily restricted. However, EU countries can lift the temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU for fully vaccinated travellers.

Schengen associated countries (Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Switzerland) also take part in this recommendation.

Overview of vaccines administered by third countries for which most EU Member States/EEA countries would waive travel restrictions

This table provides information regarding vaccines administered worldwide that are not authorised in the EU, indicating whether they are accepted in EU Member States/EEA countries to waive travel restrictions.

To complement, this document provides a more detailed overview of vaccines administered by third countries for which most EU Member States/EEA countries consider there is a correspondence to vaccines authorized in the EU. As such, this document also helps you determine if you can get an EU Digital Certificate in the EU after being vaccinated in a third country.

The information is provided by the EU Member States/EEA Countries in the EU Health Security Committee. As the situation may be evolving, it is advisable to contact the authorities of the concerned EU Member State/EEA Country to verify the situation with regard to the respective vaccines administered in third countries. The documents may be periodically reviewed if new information from the EU Member States/EEA Countries becomes available.

Disclaimer: The information on this page is not exhaustive. It is based on the most recent available data provided by EU Member States and collected from other publicly available and authoritative national sources. While the Commission seeks to keep the information up to date, we take no responsibility of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness and accuracy of the information contained in this page or individual decisions based thereon.

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