Most of Europe is still open to Americans. But the requirements to get in are different for each country - and they're constantly changing. These are our top tips for booking a trip to Europe right now through 2022.
Research Travel Requirements Before Booking.
Before you book your flight, research the entry requirements of the country you want to visit to see if Americans are allowed. Check to see if you need to be vaccinated, present a negative COVID-19 test or both. Some countries also require a negative COVID test just for traveling through the country on your way to your final destination. All of this information can be found on the U.S. Embassy website for your destination.
Book Your Flight First
Once you've decided where you want to go, book the flight first, before booking other travel. Leaving your dates flexible by even just a few days can save you hundreds of dollars on flights. Check several different sites often to find the best deals.
Book Refundable Reservations
Restrictions and regulations, can change quickly. You'll want to make sure everything you book is fully refundable and find out if you will get a cash refund or a voucher. When booking your flight, make sure you select a Main Cabin seat or above. These tickets can usually be canceled for a voucher, but Basic Economy fares on most airlines can't be changed or cancelled. If you're booking with a foreign airline, double-check the refund policy.
Many hotels now have flexible cancellation policies and can be cancelled up to 24 hours of arrival, so book only fully refundable accommodations or wait to book until you know you're going to be able to go. You'll also want to wait to book any tours or excursions unless they are fully refundable.
Check Requirements & the News Frequently
Once you've booked your flights, keep an eye on the requirements for your destination -especially as your trip gets closer. Check the news in the area to find out if COVID cases are on the rise or if the restrictions are changing. Prepare to be flexible and have a back up plan.
Make a Plan to Get Tested Before Coming Home
Before your trip home, you will have to get a COVID test (PCR or rapid) within three days of your flight back to the U.S. Look into your options to get tested in your destination and how much it will cost. Again, you can find all this information on the U.S. Embassy website for that country.
Travel right now is definitely a bumpy road. As more and more people became vaccinated, Americans were optimistic and excited again, but now the Delta variant seems to be threatening our freedom again. The impact on travel right now is not clear, but according to experts, it can still be safe for Americans to travel. It depends on your health and the situation where you're going. There should still be optimism. Remember where we were a year ago.