Covid-19 international travel

Covid-19: Travel to and within Europe

Each traveler must always meet the requirements set by the government of the travel country. Only if the travel organizer cannot execute the booked trip due to restrictions imposed by the government or if a fully vaccinated traveler is nevertheless required to spend four or more days in quarantine upon arrival in the travel country is it possible to change or cancel the trip free of charge.

If the tour operator can run the tour, but the guest is unable or unwilling to participate, the traveler can only cancel the trip upon payment of the applicable cancellation fee.

For these reasons, especially for non-EU citizens, it is important for the traveler to carefully check whether she/he meets the country’s entry requirements. If you meet those requirements, you can also join the Boat Bike Tours trip and check in on the ship. Once in the travel country and on board, certain requirements may still apply there, such as wearing masks in certain venues, the 1.5-meter distance rule and so on.

Especially for non-EU citizens, but useful for all who have booked a trip with Boat Bike Tours, we have compiled an overview of the main official sources of information for the main travel countries.

You will find links for each country to the official website of that country’s government which includes entry requirements, current rules in the country and to a list where you can find your country’s embassy in the travel country to enable you to contact them, as well as useful touristic information.

The links in the following lists are supposed to be “timeless” and were updated on March 1, 2022, but are without warranty and may be subject to future changes by the authorities.

Return to the USA (updated on 13 June 2022)

As of 12 June 2022, CDC will no longer require air passengers traveling from a foreign country to the United States to show a negative COVID-19 viral test or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before they board their flight. Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html

Travelling to/in THE NETHERLANDS

Update: April 14, 2022

People travelling to the Netherlands from abroad no longer have to self-quarantine on arrival.
Since 23 March, all persons aged 12 and over who are travelling to the Netherlands from outside the EU/Schengen area and who are fully vaccinated or have an official proof of recovery do not need a negative COVID-19 test result for entry to the Netherlands or another EU country.
People travelling from within the EU/Schengen area do neither need to show proof of vaccination or proof of recovery (a Digital COVID Certificate), nor do they have to show a negative COVID-19 test result.

Public life in the Netherlands is back to normal. There is no obligation to show vaccination or testing status when entering restaurants, museums, shops, stores, etc. Wearing a face mask is no longer mandatory (voluntary).

Dutch Government (official website in Dutch):
https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/onderwerpen/coronavirus-covid-19/reizen-en-vakantie

Dutch Government (official website in English):
https://www.government.nl/

Official rules for travelling to the Netherlands from abroad:
https://www.government.nl/topics/coronavirus-covid-19/visiting-the-netherlands-from-abroad/checklist-entry

Official information about measures concerning the Coronavirus COVID-19:
https://www.government.nl/topics/coronavirus-covid-19

Find the Embassy of your country in the Netherlands:
https://www.embassypages.com/netherlands

General information on tourism: Netherlands Board of Tourism (NBTC):
https://www.holland.com/global/tourism.htm

Travelling to/in BELGIUM

The Belgian government has decided that as of March 7 “code yellow” will apply within Belgium. This means that it is no longer necessary to show proof of vaccination or a negative test result (Covid Safe Ticket) when entering restaurants, stores and museums. Wearing a mouth mask remains mandatory in public transport and healthcare facilities and is recommended in crowded indoor public spaces.

The general requirement to fill out a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) is dropped. The PLF is only mandatory for those who travel with a carrier to Belgium from a third country that is not on the European Union’s white list: this obligation therefore no longer applies to EU residents.

Those who do not reside in Belgium (citizens of an EU country and non-EU citizens from a third country not on the European Union “white list”) may travel to Belgium if they have a valid COVID certificate (vaccination, test or recovery): for them, there is no longer a test nor quarantine requirement.
(The full section conc. Belgium was updated on 7 March 2022).

Belgian Government (official website in Dutch):
https://www.info-coronavirus.be/nl/

Belgian Government (official website in English):
https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/

Official rules for travelling to Belgium from abroad:
https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/travels/

Official information about measures concerning the Coronavirus COVID-19:
https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/

Find the Embassy of your country in Belgium:
https://www.embassypages.com/belgium

General information on tourism: Visit Flanders
https://www.visitflanders.com/en/index.jsp?country=en_US

Travelling to/in GERMANY

Entry from non-EU countries and EU member states as well as states associated with the EU (Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Iceland) is only possible for fully vaccinated persons for any purpose (including visit or tourism) without restriction. As of March 3, 2022, the German Government identifies no “high-risk-countries” anymore: no traveler will be required to self-quarantine upon entry. Entry rules apply (depending on the country of origin) to all travelers upon entry.

Update March 7, 2022: The German Federal Government has published a five-step plan for lifting the restrictive Corona Covid measures. This plan means that, if the pandemic progresses favourably, public life will return to almost its normal course from the end of March / beginning of April 2022. More information (unfortunately only in German) on the website of the German Federal Government:
https://www.bundesregierung.de/breg-de/themen/coronavirus/fuenf-oeffnungsschritte-1872120.

German Federal Government (official website in German):
https://www.bundesregierung.de/breg-de/themen/coronavirus

German Federal Government (official website in English):
https://www.bundesregierung.de/breg-de/themen/coronavirus/corona-mpk-federation-laender-2006204

Entry rules for travelling to Germany from abroad (German Federal Foreign Office) for fully vaccinated travelers:
https://www.bmi.bund.de/SharedDocs/faqs/EN/topics/civil-protection/coronavirus/travel-restrictions-border-control/IV-restrictions-applying-to-air-and-sea-travel-outside-of-europe/what-rules-apply-for-fully-vaccinated-people.html;jsessionid=C03DC36D0FF9BD70E2E225F340A2C9D2.2_cid295
and:
https://www.germany.info/us-de/covid-19/2321562

Official information about measures concerning the Coronavirus COVID-19:
https://www.bundesregierung.de/breg-en/ (Search for “Coronavirus”)

Find the Embassy of your country in Germany:
https://www.embassypages.com/germany

General information on tourism: Germany Travel
https://www.germany.travel/en/home.html

Travelling to/in FRANCE

Covid-19 restrictions at the French border were eased on 12 February 2022 for fully vaccinated travellers. The entry conditions to French territory are defined by the classification of departure countries (countries and territories on ’green’ and ’orange’ lists) indicated here: https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/covid-19-international-travel.
For vaccinated travelers, no more tests are required on arrival. Proof of a complete vaccination schedule becomes sufficient to arrive in France, regardless of the country of origin.

For unvaccinated travellers, the obligation to present a negative test to travel to France remains, but the measures on arrival (test, isolation) are lifted when they come from countries on the “green” list, characterized by a moderate circulation of the virus.

When unvaccinated travelers come from a country on the “orange” list, they must continue to present a compelling reason justifying the need for them to come to mainland France and may still be subject to a random test on arrival. Travelers who test positive will have to isolate themselves.

Update 7 March 2022: The French authorities have announced, that as per 14 March 2022, it is no longer necessary to show proof of vaccination or a negative test result (Pass Vaccinal) when entering restaurants, stores and museums and similar venues. Wearing a mouth mask remains mandatory in public transport and healthcare facilities and is recommended in crowded indoor public spaces.

French Government (official website in French):
https://www.gouvernement.fr/

French Government (official website in English):
https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/

Official rules for travelling to France from abroad:
https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/coming-to-france-your-covid-19-questions-answered/
and
https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Certificate-of-international-travel

How foreigners can obtain a French COVID-certificate (DCC format, valid in all EU countries)
https://www.sante.fr/how-to-obtain-a-french-health-pass
and
https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/coming-to-france-your-covid-19-questions-answered/procedure-for-non-european-nationals-to-obtain-a-valid-covid-certificate-in/

Official information about measures concerning the Coronavirus COVID-19:
https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/coming-to-france-your-covid-19-questions-answered/

Find the Embassy of your country in France:
https://www.embassypages.com/france

General information on tourism – Explore France:
https://www.france.fr/en