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Where can I travel to right now?

International holidays are an option once again, with Europe’s internal borders gradually reopening and travel restrictions lifting. But not every country enjoys full freedom of movement yet. Find out which countries permit travel now and what you need to know before you go.

19 June 2020, text: Natascha Fabian, photo: Deposit

Family packs the car together.
Helvetia and ERV have some key tips for your holiday planning.

On 15 June 2020, freedom of movement between Switzerland and a number of other countries in the Schengen area was completely restored.

Which countries allow travel?

The Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) has now lifted its travel warnings for all countries in the Schengen area and the UK. But within the Schengen area some countries have kept their borders closed or have opened them with certain restrictions, such as quarantine for 14 days following entry. If you’re planning a holiday in the near future, look at the FOPH’s travel recommendations and check with the foreign representations in Switzerland to find the latest conditions that apply in your desired destination.

Countries you can travel to now

Get an overview of potential holiday destinations: ERV (Europäische Reiseversicherung), a subsidiary of Helvetia, has compiled a list of countries for which there are no travel warnings or other restrictions (in German).

Unrestricted insurance coverage for new travel bookings

Book your travel now to a country where freedom of movement has been restored and you will be completely protected by Helvetia travel insurance – even in the event of a second wave and a return of travel restrictions. Insurance coverage also applies if you take out a new policy now and book a trip. Further information on our coronavirus-related services can be found in our travel insurance FAQ.

Five tips for your trip

  1. In the present situation, travel restrictions can change rapidly. Before you set off, check with your tour operator or the relevant embassy/consulate about any possible changes in freedom of movement for your destination.
  2. It’s also a good idea to have flexible cancellation conditions for your booking. Many tour operators are currently offering free cancellation or rebooking.
  3. If you’re travelling by car and your trip takes you across multiple borders, for instance, remember to research the conditions for each country you travel through. It may well be that some countries between Switzerland and your final destination still have entry restrictions.
  4. It is important that you continue to follow hygiene rules. Make sure you have sufficient disinfectant and masks with you at all times. 
  5. Before you set off, get up to speed with the rules for safety measures that apply both during the trip and at your destination. In some places – in a number of airports, for instance – masks are mandatory.

Refunds for travel that still cannot take place

The following applies if you have booked travel that still cannot take place on the planned departure date: We will assume the cancellation costs for travel booked before 13 March 2020 with an original planned departure date up to and including 31 July 2020, if the service provider does not refund the costs. This also applies if the service provider has made you an alternative offer (such as a voucher) that you cannot reasonably use. Report your claim online or by phone on +41 58 280 3000. We will also help you with requesting a refund from the service provider. Information on travel scheduled for August and September can be found in the travel insurance FAQ.

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