Heathrow and Gatwick: the latest travel tips for Poland, Germany, Hungary and Austria


New travel restrictions introduced across Europe have thrown many people’s vacation plans into chaos.

The new Omicron variant spread quickly.

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And this has led many countries to change their entry requirements for vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers.

Here’s everything you need to know about entering Poland, Germany, Hungary, and Austria.


Christmas decorations in the evening on the old market square in Poznan

You will not need to quarantine when you arrive in Poland – provided you can show proof of vaccination with your last dose given no later than 14 days before.

Unvaccinated travelers should self-quarantine until you get a negative test result, no earlier than eight days after arrival.

Anyone arriving recently to Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa or Zimbabwe must undergo 14 days of mandatory quarantine starting December 1.

All passengers will be required to complete a passenger tracking form, regardless of their vaccination status.


There are currently no general COVID-19 restrictions on entry into Germany from the UK
The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin

All vaccinated passengers can enter Germany for any reason.

Unvaccinated people will not be allowed to enter Germany unless they have an urgent need or fulfill an important role.

If you qualify for entry and are not vaccinated, you will be subject to a 10-day quarantine with testing and release after five days provided your test is negative.

All passengers will also need to complete a digital registration form prior to departure.


You can still go to Budapest without isolating yourself

Vaccinated and unvaccinated passengers can travel to Hungary, but the requirements are different.

Vaccinated passengers must be able to prove their vaccination status with their final dose administered no later than 14 days before arrival.

Unvaccinated travelers will be required to present a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours of arrival.

The PCR test should show the date it was administered, the type of test, the test result, and proof of where the test was performed.


Photo taken in Austria, Vienna

Austria is on a nationwide lockdown, which means all hotels are closed to tourists.

When entering Austria, you must provide either proof of vaccination against Covid-19, proof of a pending negative Covid-19 test, or proof of recovery from Covid-19.

If you cannot provide proof of vaccination, you must show either:

You must also complete a travel authorization form no later than 72 hours before entering Austria and self-isolate for 10 days.

You can exit self-isolation after five days with a new negative PCR test result

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