As the European countries are slowly opening their borders and coming up with new ways to ensure safe travel for visitors – it looks like a vacay in Europe is now a realistic possibility for relief-seeking travelers. If you’ve been dreaming of a holiday, then now is the time to plan your trip. Here’s a list of the safest countries to travel to in Europe for international travelers.
(Travelers will have to take a test to ensure that they are not a carrier of the COVID-19 virus)
One of the least affected countries in Europe, Portugal’s Madeira and the Azores have remained in the green zone of the safest destinations. Madeira is recognized worldwide for the beauty of its landscapes and has some of the most beautiful beaches that are just postcard-perfect! Spend your days soaking in the sunshine, relax by the beachside cafes, and enjoy a peaceful retreat. The islands of the Azores are mostly secluded, offering ample social distancing for the visitors, while you can indulge in various outdoor activities and make the most of your holiday.
(International tourists have been welcome in Italy since the start of June, with most visitors just needing to present a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival)
Longing to binge on a freshly baked pizza in Naples or wish to walk around the Colosseum in Rome? Well, traveling to Italy might have seemed like a far-fetching dream, considering the fact that it was one of the worst affected countries, Italy has controlled the spreading of the virus in a splendid manner, and now, it’s all set to welcome travelers from across the world like the good’ol days! get ready to experience the goodness of Italy, and all the incredible food, fantastic wine, unspoiled countryside, and a string of beach resorts that are awaiting you!
(Non-vaccinated people traveling to Greece from foreign countries will be required to show a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their arrival. Not required for vaccinated travelers)
If you’ve been dreaming of the crystal clear waters and the blue skies, good food, and vibrant colors all around you – then Greece is all set to fill your life with the happiness you’re seeking. With four times fewer deaths linked to COVID-19 than some European countries, Greece can be considered a safe holiday destination in Europe. If you’re seeking a more meaningful holiday and love to work outdoors, then this is the perfect opportunity for you to live by the beaches, volunteer in Greece, and contribute actively towards the protection of nature and the environment.
(Spain has fired up its summer tourism season by welcoming all vaccinated travelers, as well as European tourists who can provide negative test results)
Known for its amazing beaches and unfilled nightlife, breathtaking roads connecting vibrant cities – Spain is considered to be one of the most exotic destinations in Europe. The historical richness of the country is immense, and the country ranks third in the number of UNESCO Heritage Sites in the world. Hop around the lanes of Madrid, binge at the local eateries in Barcelona, soak in the sunshine at Ibiza or just explore the hidden gems around Valencia – Spain will never let you get bored! And in case you’re seeking a luxury retreat, then head off to the Canary Islands – home to gorgeous beaches, colonial towns, and breathtaking architecture.
(Travelers should carry proof of vaccination, or a certificate of recovery from COVID-19, along with proof of at least one dose of vaccine within eight months of contracting the disease; or a negative PCR test or a rapid antigen test recognized by the EU taken within 72 or 48 hours respectively)
A pristine coastal country located in Eastern Europe, Croatia has always been preferred by travelers who wished to ditch the popular European destinations like France and Germany! The capital city of Zagreb is home to some of the country’s best museums, galleries, restaurants, etc. Along the coast, centuries-old harbor towns are packed with Venetian-era stone buildings, while countless pebble beaches offer things to do such as scuba diving, water skiing, and windsurfing. To say the least, Croatia offers pretty much everything that you need for a great vacation in the post-pandemic times!
So pack your bags and set out to see the world, embrace the adventures, and fall in love with the journeys, all over again!
Author Bio: Riyanka Roy is an ordinary girl with some extraordinary dreams. She loves to believe in the miracles of destiny and wants to travel all over the world, spend time with the natives, binge on local food, and absorb their culture. She feels that she’s born with vagabond blood, and stagnation makes her feel claustrophobic. Life, for her, is like a book, and she loves writing about everything interesting she comes across. She believes that her stories make the chapters of her book more colorful. Read more about her adventures on Roy Tells Tales and follow her journeys on Instagram.