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More European Countries Ban Flights from the UK

A landing ban comes into force in Austria and the UK is put on the list of variant virus areas. France has introduced strict new measures. Germany has done the same and we look at the rules in the other main mountains countries of Europe with the potential impact on summer tourism to the mountains.

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The spread of the variant in the UK that was first identified in India, B.1.617.2, is causing concern in the capitals of Europe.

It comes as the UK announced on Tuesday zero Covid-19 deaths for the first time since the pandemic began.

In Austria the Ministry of Health has issued the new regulation about flight arrivals and it has now come into force.

Only Austrian citizens and residents will be allowed to enter the country and they will require a negative PCR test.

Certain groups including humanitarian workers, people who have been summoned by the courts and those traveling to an international organisation on business.

We reported on the announcement earlier and it came  into force on Tuesday June 1st.

Austria itself is planning to ease some coronavirus measures from June and July.

These include rules for wearing masks outdoors, numbers allowed at weddings and other events, eating out rules and curfews.

Discos and clubs are expected to re-open from 1st July.

Covid-19 cases are falling in Austria and the vaccine roll out continues.

It has 36 confirmed cases per 100,000 of population over a 7-day period.

Children aged 12-15 can now apply for the Pfizer-Biontech vaccination in the states of  Upper and Lower Austria.

Currently easyJet flights from London Gatwick to Innsbruck in the Tirol will not resume until 3rd August.

In the other alpine nations France has said non-EU nationals will not be able to travel to France unless they have “compelling reasons” to do so.

The restrictions apply to people from the UK.

People can travel for these essential reasons  and will need a PCR or antigen test less than 48-hours old.

People will also have to self-isolate for 7-days.

The rules apply to anyone arriving by air, car, ferry and train.

France currently has 93 confirmed cases per 100,000 of population over a 7-day period.

On Monday the country opened up Covid-19 vaccinations to all adults.

The Prime Minister, Jean Castex, described it as ‘a symbolic day’.

Chamonix in the summer

Chamonix in the summer. Image © PlanetSKI

Switzerland added the UK to its list of high-risk countries on May 27th.

The Swiss Federal Office of Public Health said the UK has been added to the list of nations with a high incidence of Covid virus mutations due to the “worrying” variant first detected in India

Travellers from the UK must present a negative coronavirus test and quarantine on arrival in Switzerland, even if they are fully vaccinated.

It affects Swiss citizens and permanent residents returning to Switzerland.

Flights from the UK have not been banned.

It currently has 65 confirmed cases per 100,000 of population over a 7-day period.

Switzerland in the summer

Switzerland in the summer. Image © PlanetSKI

Italy has not introduced any new restrictions on travellers from the UK.

People can go to Italy from the UK for nay reason but are required to show proof of a negative test.

It needs to be a PCR or antigen test and to have been taken in the previous 48-hours.

The country is relaxing some rules with people being allowed to be served indoors at restaurants and limited number of spectators allowed back into sports stadiums.

Italy currently has 39 confirmed cases per 100,000 of population over a 7-day period.

Aosta Valley, Italy

Aosta Valley, Italy. Image © PlanetSKI.

Germany closed its borders to people from the UK last week.

Only German citizens or citizens resident in Germany can enter the country, and all people need to quarantine for 14-days even if they have tested negative.

The German Embassy in the UK said “to prevent the further spread of the virus, the United Kingdom has been classified as an area of variant of concern.”

Germany has lowered its coronavirus risk assessment from very high to high.

The government has said that though the situation is improving, it is still in the middle of a pandemic.

It currently has 35 confirmed cases per 100,000 of population over a 7-day period.

Spain has lifted all restrictions on people arriving from the UK if they have a vaccine thus allowing access to the Pyrenees mountains.

There is no need to quarantine or present a negative PCR result.

Spain currently has 68 confirmed cases per 100,000 of population over a 7-day period.

The UK currently has 32 confirmed cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 of population over a 7-day period.

Andorra in the Pyrenees has one of the highest rates in Europe with 159 confirmed cases per 100,000 of population over a 7-day period.

Andorra in the summer

Andorra in the summer. Image © PlanetSKI

If you are eyeing up a trip to Scandinavia then Norway only allows its citizens and residents to enter, though there are some exceptions for ‘essential reasons’.

Travellers need to have a negative test taken within 24 hours of their departure.

This can be either a PCR test or rapid antigen test.

They will need to take a test at the airport when they arrive in Norway.

In the last 7-days Norway has seen 48 confirmed cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 of population.

Sweden has an entry ban that applies to all non-EU nationals.

People can only arrive from the UK if they belong to a group exempt from the entry ban:

  • Swedish residents.
  • EU citizens.
  • People travelling for essential reasons.

People will also need to show a negative Covid-19 test taken within the previous 48 hours.

On Tuesday June 1st Sweden relaxed some restrictions with bars and pubs allowed to stay open two hours later in the evening.

50 people are now allowed in cinemas, theatres and other indoor venues – social distancing needs to be observed.

Outdoor sports arenas are also re-opening.

Sweden current has 98 confirmed Covid-19 cases per 100,000 of population over a 7-day period.

The European Commission is proposing all EU countries should ease travel measures over the coming months.

It said that fully-vaccinated people should be exempt from testing and quarantines when travelling within the EU area.

It remains to be seen how this will affect travel with the UK that is now outside the EU.

It is hoped travel restrictions will ease if variants remain under control and the vaccine roll our continues.

Many of us are looking forward to summer in the mountains if and when the conditions allow.

Summer skiing in the Alps steps up a gear

Summer in the Tirol

Ten summer adrenalin fixes in Isere

Five summer hikes in and around Ischgl

Escape to Morzine in the summer

Summer in the Alps

Summer in the Alps. Image © PlanetSKI

Here at PlanetSKI we have made every effort to ensure the information on travelling is correct at the time of posting, but the situation is fluid with rules and regulations changing all the time.

We advise checking the latest details from countries concerned before making any travel plans.

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