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Written by Sanjana V on June 18, 2021 Share on

Which countries in Europe can UAE residents travel to quarantine-free?

Travel regulations across the world are changing at a quick rate, but as we look ahead to summer vacations. Europe is one of the most promising destinations, with governments across the continent gradually opening their borders. However, the countries defining their individual travel criteria, the EU Digital Green Certificate, which will be launched on July 1, will alleviate travel restrictions throughout the continent. Indeed, See which European countries UAE citizens may visit right now without having to go through quarantine.

  • France (vaccinated travelers only)
  • Spain
  • Malta
  • Italy
  • Greece
  • Cyprus
  • Croatia
  • Montenegro
  • Serbia
  • Georgia
  • Turkey
  • Russia
  • Iceland (vaccinated travelers only)

Note – These rules are subject to change at any time, so check the most up-to-date guidelines on your airline’s website or the IATA travel regulations webpage before you go.

1. France (vaccinated travelers only)

On Wednesday, June 9, Therefore France reopened for international travel, enabling vaccinated tourists from all over the globe to come. Based on various regulations in effect for vaccinated and non-vaccinated travelers Countries are categorized as green, orange, or red under the new travel system.

The UAE, along with the rest of the GCC (excluding Bahrain), is on France’s orange list, which enables vaccinated travelers to come to France without having to go through quarantine. Vaccinated travelers from the UAE must still produce a negative Covid-19 test, taken within 72 hours prior to departure, or an antigen test produced within 48 hours of departure.

Visitors must have received a full dose of one of the following EMA-approved vaccines:

  • Pfizer BioNtech
  • Moderna
  • Astra Zeneca/Oxford
  • Johnson + Johnson/Janssen
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2. Spain

Spain is now accessible to vaccinated travellers as of June 7, with a separate list for low-risk nations and all others subject to blanket restrictions. Because the UAE isn’t on the low-risk list, citizens must provide a vaccination certificate proving they’ve been completely vaccinated at least 14 days ahead to travel.

  • Tourists must also complete a health control form on spth.gob.es or the Spain Travel Health app 48 hours before departure.
  • Subsequently, Generate a QR code.
  • Show it to the airline prior to boarding and at health control inspections upon arrival in Spain.

Vaccines authorized by the European Medicines Agency, and also those approved via the World Health Organization’s emergency use protocol, are accepted.

  • Pfizer-Biontech
  • Moderna
  • Astra-Zeneca
  • Jansen/Johnson&Johnson
  • Sinovac
  • Sinopharm.

3. Malta

Malta has reopened to tourists as of June 1, with a traffic light system in place for arrivals. All passengers flying from countries on Malta’s amber list, which includes the UAE, Jordan, and Lebanon, must produce a negative Covid-19 PCR test 72 hours prior to departure, as well as fill out a Passenger Locator Form.

Passenger locator form – Click here
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4. Italy

Residents of the UAE may now travel to Italy without having to pass through quarantine owing to the country’s Covid-free flying program, which began on June 2. Passengers on Covid-free flights can skip quarantine on arrival in Italy if they test negative both before departure and upon arrival, according to the guidelines. Covid operates free flights between the UAE and three Italian airports: Fiumicino in Rome, Malpensa in Milan, and Marco Polo in Venice.

PROCEDURE

  • Passengers must provide proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test within 48 hours
  • complete the digital passenger locator form (dPLF), which generates a QR code that must be shown at check-in.
  • All UAE visitors must additionally take a quick swab test upon arrival in Italy

SWAB TEST

  • Pre-book online
  • Pay cash upon arrival in Italy at a cost of AED 90. (EUR 20)
  • Certainly, Children under the age of two do not require to get a test.

5. Greece

Travelers from the UAE can enter Greece without going through quarantine. They should have a vaccination or have a negative Covid-19 PCR test within 72 hours of leaving.

PROCEDURE

  • Arrivals must submit a passenger locating form within 24 hours of departure
  • And, adhere to existing limitations, which include a nighttime curfew and limited transit between areas.
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6. Cyprus

Passengers from 16 countries, including the UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, and the United Kingdom, can travel to Cyprus without being subjected to quarantine, regardless of their immunization status, however, those who have been completely vaccinated can avoid testing. The number of tests required for non-vaccinated travelers is determined by a traffic light system.

PROCEDURE

  • Green nation arrivals no need to provide any negative documentation.
  • Orange nation arrivals must have a negative Covid-19 PCR test within 72 hours of arrival.
  • Arrivals from red countries, which include the UAE, must submit a Covid-19 PCR test 72 hours before departure and pay for a second test when they arrive in Cyprus.
  • All the passengers should submit The Cyprus Flight Pass, 24 hours before to departure.

7. Croatia

Tourists across all countries, as well as the UAE, are welcome to visit Croatia, however those from outside the EU/EEA/UK must provide a Covid-19 negative certificate, which can be PCR or quick antigen, taken no more than 48 hours before to departure.

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8. Montenegro

Visitors traveling to Montenegro are required to present a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of travel, or a positive serology test on IgG antibodies issued by a registered lab not older than 30 days. Passengers with a Covid-19 vaccination certificate that states they received a full dose at least 7 days prior to arrival are exempt from having to present a negative test.  

9. Serbia

After the nation eliminated virtually all of its prohibitions last August, UAE citizens can travel to Serbia without needing to quarantine or produce a Covid-19 certificate. The country is still functioning under pre-Covid visa restrictions, which means that anyone who were able to obtain a 90-day tourist visa on arrival before the coronavirus can do so again.

10. Georgia

Travelers from all around the world can now visit Georgia without restrictions provided they can show proof of receiving two doses of the vaccination. Travel to Georgia is still permitted for those who are residents or citizens of a number of approved countries. They include Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Qatar, as long as passengers present a negative Covid-19 PCR test within 72 hours. One should undergo another Covid-19 PCR test at their own expense on their 3rd day in Georgia.

11. Turkey

Certainly, with the exception of arrivals from South Africa and Brazil, Turkey is open to foreign travel. Evidently, travelers visiting Turkey must submit a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure. And also complete the Turkey Entrance Form 72 hours prior to departure.

Turkey entrance form – Click here

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12. Russia

Russia has been gradually expanding the list of countries from which are permitted by international tourism. Since, April 27, there are now 29 countries on the list. Whereas, negative Covid-19 PCR test conducted within 72 hours is necessary for arrivals from the permitted countries, which include the UAE and Qatar.

12. Iceland (vaccinated travelers only)

As of April 6, all visitors – regardless of origin – are welcome to visit Iceland if they have a certificate of complete Covid-19 immunization or a certificate of prior COVID infection.

PROCEDURE

  • Vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) must be produced.
  • Later, Submit the Free Covid-19 PCR test report upon arrival in Iceland
  • Until the results arrive, Quarantine at the accommodation (usually 5 to 6 hours, but can take up to 24 hours).
  • At last, Travelers should fill out a pre-registration form.

Pre- registration form – Click here

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