Which European countries have lockdown restrictions affecting travel right now?

Nov 17, 2021

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Editors note: This is a recurring guide, regularly updated with new information

While life in the United Kingdom may have now largely returned back to normal following the removal of most legal social distancing and travel restrictions earlier this year, the same cannot be said for some of our European neighbours.

Recently, some European countries have reintroduced restrictions that could impact your winter travel as they struggle with rising new cases. Especially if you’re planning a festive trip to visit a European Christmas market, visit family for the holiday season or hit the slopes for a ski trip.

Related: The best Christmas markets in Europe

These restrictions could change at any time and are hopefully only temporary measures. To help you plan your winter travel here are the current restrictions visiting Europe right now. This guide does not include general COVID-19 advice that would be common across Europe, such as wearing a mask on public transport. Instead this covers recently introduced restrictions which could severely impact your ability to travel to a particular European country or enjoy your time there.

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Anyone who is not fully vaccinated in Upper Austria or Salzburg will face restrictions on movement from 15 November until at least 25 November, including only being allowed to leave home for essential reasons such as working or purchasing food.

Those unvaccinated have already been excluded from indoor dining, as well as beauty salons and cinemas but the new restrictions go further in that if you are unvaccinated you must not leave home without an essential reason.

Anyone aged under 12, or who has recently recovered from COVID-19 is exempt from these restrictions.


A nationwide curfew remains in place from 10 p.m. each night until further notice. Unvaccinated visitors are banned from shopping centres, fitness centres and cinemas.

Bran Castle outside of Buchartest in Romania. (Photo by Matthew Williams Ellis/robertharding/Getty Images)


Unvaccinated visitors are not permitted access to bars and nightclubs until further notice.


Hotels, bars, dine-in restaurants, fitness, beauty and aquatic in five counties in the north of the country near the Poland and Czech Republic border are closed until further notice.

The Netherlands

A partial lockdown is in place from 13 November until at least 4 December 2022. This means that non-essential shops must shut at 6 p.m. daily with bars, restaurants and essential retail like supermarkets closing at 8 p.m. each day.

Restaurants and leisure venues will now permit vaccinated guests only, so have your NHS vaccination certificate handy (showing on your phone is fine). If you are unvaccinated you will not be permitted entry even if you can present a recent negative test.

Bottom line

There has been a number of new restrictions added by some European countries recently, though note that for the majority of Europe, fully vaccinated British travellers can enter and enjoy a relatively normal experience.

We will update this guide as and when any European countries introduce, or remove COVID-19 restrictions that could affect your travel this winter.

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