Travel Covid rules: Four countries considering tighter Covid restrictions

Netherlands: Covid protest turns violent in The Hague

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European nations such as France and Italy are among several countries who are contemplating new Covid restrictions as infection levels begin to soar across the continent. The topic of lockdowns has also been discussed with analysts warning of an “endless coronavirus winter”.

As the world prepares to head into a second winter since the Covid pandemic began some European powers are looking at the possibility of locking down to prevent case numbers from reaching uncontrollable levels.

Earlier this week the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned a further 700,000 people could die from Covid in Europe and Central Asia based on current trends.

Any restrictions that are introduced will undoubtedly affect people looking to travel through their borders.

With that considered, takes a look at some of the countries that have toyed with introducing new restrictions and how strict these could be.


Today, Health Minister, Olivier Veran, is expected to announce new measures relating to booster doses, social distancing, wearing masks in public and possible changes to vaccine passports.

The French Government has described the current situation as “deteriorating” after the country recorded more than 30,000 new cases on Tuesday.

However, it’s understood that France has no immediate plans to impose a new national lockdown.

It’s estimated that 76.8 percent of French people are fully vaccinated, according to the latest state figures.


Yesterday, Italy strengthened its Covid measures by excluding all unvaccinated people from certain leisure activities to limit rising infections.

From December 6 only those with proof of vaccination or having recently recovered from Covid can enter most public areas, including restaurants or theatres.

Holding a negative test result will no longer be deemed acceptable in what’s been labelled a ‘reinforced’ or super green pass.

Once again though there are no indications that Italy will be going back into a lockdown this winter.

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The Netherlands

The current Dutch Government could announce further lockdown measures tomorrow.

New daily cases hit a record high yesterday with 23,709 new cases announced.

Nearly two weeks ago the Government introduced a partial lockdown, which forced bars and restaurants to close early. The restrictions are to remain in place for at least three weeks.

However, the lockdown measures have prompted three nights of protests, which has raised concerns about how the public would respond if a more permanent lockdown was announced.


Slovakia has already declared a 90-day state of emergency and a two-week lockdown after the country saw its seven day average of cases increase beyond 10,000.

The restrictions will be assessed after 10 days but even if they are relaxed, the rules will only apply to residents who are fully vaccinated.

Slovakia is currently in the midst of the fastest rise in infections witnessed anywhere in the world and also has one of the lowest vaccine take-ups within the EU.

Currently, only 45.3 percent of Slovakia’s 5.5 million populace are fully vaccinated.

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