Travelling in Europe (2022)

If you’re planning to travel in the EU, Norway, Switzerland, Iceland or Liechtensteinyou should:

  • check the latest travel advice on GOV.UK - there might be extra rules because of coronavirus
  • check your passport is valid for the dates you’re travelling
  • get travel insurance
  • find out if you’ll be charged more to use your mobile phone
  • check you’ve got everything you have to take if you’ll be driving, for example a UK sticker for your car
  • check you’ve got the right documents if you’re taking your pet

Check your passport is valid for the dates you’re travelling

You’ll need to renew your passport if either:

  • there’s less than 3 months left on your passport when you travel -check your passport to find out when it expires
  • your passport is 10 years old or more on the day you enter the EU country - count this from the date your passport was issued

You can check if your passport will be valid for your trip on GOV.UK.You’ll need to search for the country you’re going to and click on ‘entry requirements’.

Apply for your passport as early as you can - it can take several weeks to process in busy times. If you need to renew a passport urgently, you can book an appointment for the 1 week fast track service on GOV.UK.

Get travel insurance

If you're a UK resident and have an existing European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), you can still use it to get state provided healthcare in EU countries until it expires.You can also use an existing EHIC in Switzerland if you’re a UK national, Swiss national or EU citizen.

You can’t use an existing EHIC in Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein - you’ll need to get a new one instead.

You might be able to apply for a new EHIC if before 1 January 2021 you started being one of the following:

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  • an EU citizen living in in the UK
  • a Norwegian, Icelandic, Liechtenstein or Swiss national living in the UK
  • a UK student studying in the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland
  • a UK state pensioner living in the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland

You might also be able to apply for an EHIC if you're a family member or dependant of someone who’s eligible.

You can apply for a new EHIC for free on the NHS website - you can apply up to 6 months before your existing EHIC expires. You should be careful if you see other websites offering EHICs, they’ll usually try to charge you.

You might be able to apply for a UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) instead if:

  • you don’t have an EHIC
  • your EHIC has expired
  • you’re not eligible for an EHIC

You might also be able to apply for a GHIC if you're a family member or dependant of someone who’s eligible.

You can use a GHIC to get ‘medically necessary’ healthcare in EU countries at a reduced cost or sometimes for free. Medically necessary healthcare means any treatment that can’t wait until you get back to the UK. You can also use it in Switzerland if you’re a UK national, Swiss national or EU citizen. If you’re travelling to Norway, you can use your UK passport for medically necessary healthcare.

You can apply for a GHIC for free on the NHS website.

You should still get travel insurance before your trip - even if you have an EHIC or GHIC. An EHIC or GHIC won’t cover the cost of travel back to your own country if you’re ill - this is known as ‘repatriation’. Repatriation can be very expensive.

If you have an existing illness or health issue

Most travel insurance won’t cover you for any illnesses or health issues you already have.If they do, you'll usually have to pay more money.

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It’s important to tell your insurer if you have any existing health issues before buying insurance. If they can’t cover you, they should recommend a specialist insurance company that can.

If you have an EHIC or GHIC, it might allow you to get routine medical care for existing illnesses or health issues. You should check with the healthcare provider in the country you’re travelling to first. Some treatments might need to be arranged before you travel.

Find out if you’ll be charged more to use your mobile phone

You might have to pay more to use your mobile phone in the EU, Norway, Switzerland, Iceland or Liechtenstein.

Before you go, ask your mobile phone service provider what the charges will be for using your mobile phone abroad.

Make sure you understand how to turn off mobile roaming on your phone if you’re worried about extra charges. This is usually in the phone’s ‘settings’ menu under ‘mobile roaming’.

If you want to use data abroad, check with your mobile provider to see if you have a data bundle that can be used abroad. If you don’t have a bundle or you’ve used it up, you’ll be charged for data. Once you’ve used up to £45 of data you’ll get a warning message - you’ll need to reply to the message if you want to pay to use more data.

If you’re driving abroad

If you’re planning to drive in the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland, you'll need to take:

  • your driving licence and vehicle log book – you should check they’re up to date first
  • a UK sticker for your vehicle
  • a hired vehicle certificate – if you’re hiring or leasing your vehicle
  • an emissions sticker if you’re going to a European city that needs one - you might need to apply a few months before you travel

You might also have to take other things like a reflective jacket or a warning triangle sticker – it depends where you’re going. Check what else you need to take if you’re driving abroad on the AA’s website.

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Check your driving licence and vehicle log book are up to date

You’ll need to take your driving licence with you. If it’s about to run out, you’ll need to renew it at least a week before you travel. You can check if your driving licence is still valid and order a new one on GOV.UK.

You’ll also need to take your vehicle log book (V5C) with you. If you don’t have one, you can order a replacement log bookfrom DVLA. Ask for it at least 6 weeks before you go. You’ll have to pay a fee.

Check if you need an international driving permit (IDP)

You might need to get an IDP to drive in the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland if you have a paper driving licence. You don’t need one if you have a UK photo driving licence. You might need more than one IDP if you’re driving in more than one country.

You can check if you’ll need an IDPfor the countries where you’ll be driving on GOV.UK.

You can get an IDP at the Post Office. You’ll need:

  • a full valid UK driving licence - photocard or paper
  • a passport-sized photograph
  • £5.50 application fee - for each IDP
  • your passport if you’re taking a paper driving licence

You must be 18 or over to get an IDP.

Get a UK sticker

You’ll need either:

  • a number plate that includes the UK symbol
  • a UK sticker on the back of your vehicle - you can buy this

You must use a UK sticker if you’re going to Spain, Cyprus or Malta - even if your number plate includes the UK symbol.

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Check your insurance

You’ll needthe right insurance to drive abroad. Check with your insurance company that your policy covers you and how long you can drive outside the UK. You might need to pay extra to drive abroad.

Check if you need a hired vehicle certificate

If you’re taking a hired or leased vehicle abroad you’ll need to take a VE103vehicle on hire certificate with you to show you’re allowed to drive it.

You can get a VE103 from your rental or lease company. You can also find other organisations where you can get a VE103 on GOV.UK. You might have to pay a fee for a VE103.

If you’re hiring a car abroad

You might have to share your online licence information when you pick up the car - this is information that isn’t on your photo licence. You can get a ‘check code’ to share your driving information with someone on GOV.UK. The code is valid for 21 days.

Insurance is usually included when you hire a car, but you should check it’s enough for your needs. You can sometimes pay more for extra cover.

Travelling with your pet

If you have a UK pet passport it won’t be valid anymore.

Your pet or assistance animal will need:

  • a microchip
  • a rabies vaccination
  • an animal health certificate - unless you have a pet passport issued in an EU country or Northern Ireland
  • tapeworm treatment for dogs - if the country you’re going to requires it

Talk to your vet at least 10 days before you plan to travel for advice on what you need to do and how much it'll cost. Prices can vary between vets so it's a good idea to contact other vets to compare costs.You can also check what to do when taking your pet dog, cat or ferret abroad on GOV.UK.

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FAQs

What is the best way to travel within Europe? ›

5 Best Ways to Travel Around Europe
  1. Take a Bus. A very cheap way to travel around Europe, including between cities, or across borders is using the bus. ...
  2. Catch a Train. Europe has great transport connections and this includes the railway. ...
  3. Take a plane. ...
  4. Rent a car or camper. ...
  5. Go on a tour or cruise.

Is it OK to travel to Europe right now? ›

U.S. citizens can generally enter most European countries for business or tourism without a visa. If traveling within the Schengen zone, which comprises 26 countries, Americans can stay for up to 90 days within any 180 day period.

Is Europe open for tourism? ›

As of 1 March 2022, EU countries should allow non-essential travel also for persons vaccinated with vaccines approved by the EU or by the World Health Organization and for persons who recovered from COVID-19.

How many days is enough to visit Europe? ›

A typical trip around Europe can really take as long as you want. However, if you only have 10-12 days, you should keep in mind which cities you want to see during your trip.

Is it cheaper to fly or train in Europe? ›

Flying in Europe

Flying is often the cheapest option for medium- to long-distance travel. But don't forget to add in the extra cost and travel time of getting to the airport. This can add an extra 8€-25€ and 2+ hours to the journey. What is this?

Do I need to be vaccinated to travel to Europe? ›

Vaccinated and recovered persons

they have completed the full primary vaccination series of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by the EU or the World Health Organization (WHO) and fewer than 270 days have passed since the completion of that series. they have received a booster of an EU or WHO approved COVID-19 vaccine.

What should you not do when traveling to Europe? ›

12 Things Not To Do In Europe
  1. Do Not Litter.
  2. Do Not Beckon The Waiter By Waving.
  3. Do Not Use The Bicycle Lanes For Walking.
  4. Do Not Skip The First Verse Of German National Anthem.
  5. Do not Assume That Everyone Knows English.
  6. Avoid Making Much Noise.
  7. Do Not Leave A Bigger Tip Than Required.
  8. Avoid Jaywalking.
22 Nov 2021

Can British travel to Europe now? ›

As a UK citizen, you will need an ETIAS to visit Europe starting in November 2023. ETIAS stands for European Travel Information and Authorization System, and it is an electronic system that keeps records of visitors from countries that do not need a visa for Schengen, such as the UK.

What do I need before traveling to Europe? ›

DOCUMENTS YOU WILL NEED
  • Passport or identity card. Children must have their own passport or ID card. You will not need a visa for travelling within the EU. ...
  • Passport. You will need a valid passport.
  • Visa. There are more than 60 countries and territories whose citizens do not need a visa to visit the EU for up to 90 days.

What documents do I need for Travelling to Europe? ›

What documents do I need to travel to the EU after Brexit?
  • Passport. ...
  • Visas. ...
  • ID Cards. ...
  • Travel insurance. ...
  • Driving documentation. ...
  • Vehicle documentation.

Is Schengen visa Open 2022? ›

It resembles America's Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). The ETIAS system is expected to be in place by the end of 2022 and will become mandatory by the end of the following year.

Which European countries are still open? ›

Countries in Europe:
#CountrySubregion
1RussiaEastern Europe
2GermanyWestern Europe
3United KingdomNorthern Europe
4FranceWestern Europe
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Is Spain fully open for tourism? ›

Travellers from most European Union and Schengen Area countries are allowed to enter Spain without being subject to the quarantine requirement as long as they have low infection rates.

What is the cheapest time to go to Europe? ›

The late fall and winter months—from mid to late October through mid-to-late March—are often the cheapest time to fly to Europe (though fares can spike in December). It's often cheaper to fly to Europe mid-week, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, in particular.

How much money do you need for 2 weeks in Europe? ›

Europe trip cost for 2 weeks
Estimated Cost
Airfare$650
Accommodations$1,950
Local transportation$400
Attractions$200
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How much does a 3 week trip to Europe cost? ›

If you plan a more extended vacation and need to know how 3 weeks in Europe budget look like, we'd say you're looking at spending about 850 per week, making it 2,550 euros total. To quickly recap, if you are traveling to Europe, you are looking at spending around 120 euros per day on average.

Which city in Europe is cheapest to fly into? ›

Reykjavik, Iceland

For most people in the US, this is the cheapest European city to fly to. Depending on the time of year and where you're flying from, you can expect to pay anywhere between $260-$550 roundtrip on Icelandair.

How do I organize my trip to Europe? ›

How to Plan a European Vacation in Eight Easy Steps
  1. Decide where you want to go and create a budget. ...
  2. Establish a route and timeline. ...
  3. Decide on the cities you'll fly in and out of. ...
  4. Figure out other transportation. ...
  5. Make a rough itinerary. ...
  6. Adjust by cutting, streamlining, or adding to fit your timeline or budget.

How can I explore Europe on a budget? ›

Top 7 Tips for Budget Travel in Europe
  1. Consider Heading to Eastern Europe. ...
  2. Save on Booze & Food. ...
  3. Be Savvy about Budget Travel Options. ...
  4. Check Out Free Walking Tours. ...
  5. Avoid Restaurants in Touristy Areas. ...
  6. Travel During Off-Seasons. ...
  7. Research Budget Lodging Options.
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What vaccinations do I need for Europe? ›

Vaccine Recommendations

Travel to Europe is a good opportunity to update the combined tetanus/diphtheria/whooping cough vaccine if more than 10 years since previously vaccinated. Measles, meningococcal, influenza, and pneumonia vaccines may also be appropriate.

Do I need a Covid test to go to Germany? ›

Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes. Travelers who have been in an RKI-designated virus-variant area in the last 10 days must present a negative PCR test, not older than 48 hours, regardless of vaccination or recovery status. A rapid antigen test is not accepted in this case.

Do you have to be vaccinated to fly on a plane? ›

Noncitizens, Nonimmigrants (Covered Individuals) Noncitizens who are nonimmigrants and seeking to enter the United States by air are required to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States from a foreign country.

What is the best month to go to Europe? ›

Although Europe is a year-round travel destination, the best time to visit Europe is during the summer months of June to September. This is the time when the sun is high, the beaches are warm and the weather is sunny.

Should you buy euros before going to Europe? ›

Resist the urge to buy foreign currency before your trip.

Some tourists feel like they just have to have euros or British pounds in their pockets when they step off the airplane, but they pay the price in bad stateside exchange rates. Wait until you arrive to withdraw money.

What items are not allowed in checked luggage in Europe? ›

Explosives and inflammable items - fireworks or aerosol spray paint for example, and other inflammable and toxic substances such as acids - are prohibited on flights. They may not be carried in either cabin or checked baggage. No weapons of any kind are allowed on board the aircraft.

Do I need Covid test to travel to Europe from UK? ›

show proof of a negative COVID-19 test. quarantine on arrival. complete a passenger locator form to enter the country. show proof of vaccination status (plus any rules about vaccine expiry or vaccine boosters)

Will you need a visa to travel to Europe in 2022? ›

Introduction. The European Union have confirmed the introduction of the ETIAS program that will become operational in early 2023. ETIAS stands for EU Travel Information & Authorisation System. Travellers visiting Europe from 2023 onwards will be required to obtain an approved ETIAS online prior to their departure.

Can I travel to Europe from UK without a vaccine? ›

If you have not been fully vaccinated, you should continue to follow the entry requirements of the country you are travelling to, such as proof of a negative COVID-19 test on arrival. You should carefully research the requirements of your destination country before travelling.

Which country in Europe should I visit first? ›

1) Italy. Italy is full of ancient wonders, delicious food, coastal villages, and beautiful hilltop towns. While most folks visit Rome or Venice, there are plenty of other wonderful places to visit such as Cinque Terre, Tuscany, Amalfi Coast, Florence, and other areas in southern Italy.

How do I pack for 10 days in Europe? ›

A general rule of thumb for deciding how much to pack for 10 days is: undergarments and socks for each day, no more than three pairs of shoes (including the ones worn onto the plane), one bottom for every two or three days of the trip, six tops, one jacket or sweater, one dressy outfit, and then some well-chosen extras ...

How much money is required for Europe visa? ›

What is the price of a Schengen visa?
Visa cost USDVisa cost €
Adult$88€80
Children 6-12$45€40
Children <6freefree

Do I need travel insurance Europe? ›

Do I need travel insurance for Europe? It's not a legal requirement but taking out a travel insurance policy can give you peace of mind that, if something goes wrong before or during your trip, you won't lose out financially.

What are the three documents required to travel internationally? ›

Get Required Documents
  • Passport: Apply several months in advance for a new passport. ...
  • Visas: You may need to get a visa before you travel to a foreign destination. ...
  • Medications: Some prescription drugs, including narcotics and some U.S. over-the-counter medications, are illegal in other countries.
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Which country rejected visa most? ›

Which Countries Have The Highest Rejection Rates? According to Schengen Visa Statistic 2021, the 4 countries with the highest rejection rates were: Sweden, Norway, France, and Denmark.

Which countries give 5 year Schengen visa? ›

These Schengen States within the European Union include: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

What country is no longer in Europe? ›

Sovereign countries
Former countriesLifespan of sovereigntyToday part of
Slovak State1939–1945Slovakia
State of Slovenes, Croats and Serbs1918Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia
Transcaucasian Democratic Federative Republic1918Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan
Trieste (Free Territory)1947–1975Italy, Slovenia, Croatia
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What month is Europe shutdown? ›

In much of Europe (especially Italy and France), cities are partially shut down in July and August, when local urbanites take their beach breaks. You'll hear that these are terrible times to travel, but it's really no big deal.

Is Europe open for travel Covid? ›

As of 1 March 2022, EU countries should allow non-essential travel also for persons vaccinated with vaccines approved by the EU or by the World Health Organization and for persons who recovered from COVID-19.

Do I need a Covid test to enter Spain? ›

-Negative COVID test: A negative Nucleic Acid Amplification test (PCR, TMA, LAMP, NEAR, etc.) taken within 72 hours of departure for Spain, or a negative rapid antigen test (RAT) taken within 24 of departure for Spain, will be accepted.

How much does a Covid test cost in Spain? ›

The prices of the PCR test in Spain vary according to the laboratory, the region where it is performed, and especially the speed of obtaining the results. They range from a minimum of € 100 and can reach up to € 300 if you want the results in an hour.

Does Spain still have COVID restrictions? ›

Travel in Spain

Some public health measures to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 remain in force across Spain and may vary between regions. See Use of face masks and Public spaces and services for further information.

Is it better to travel by train or bus in Europe? ›

Some Flixbuses leave from bus stations; others leave from parking lots or the side of the road. In parts of Central and Eastern Europe, buses are far better than trains. Very often buses travel the same routes as trains, but the buses are faster and more comfortable.

Is it better to travel by train in Europe? ›

Train travel in Europe is generally far more comfortable than flying. At the end of the day, traveling Europe by train is immensely more comfortable than flying. There's less hassle, more comfortable seats, more ease of moving around, often better views, and more control over your environment.

What is the best way to see Europe in 2 weeks? ›

Train. Train travel is our absolute favorite way to travel in Europe: it's much less stressful than traveling by plane, especially once you get the hang of it, far more comfortable, and for those of us hailing from North America, it's a travel experience in its own right!

Is it easy to travel around Europe by train? ›

Europe is connected by an intricate rail system that links nearly every major city and allows for easy and inexpensive travel between them. Travelers can choose between inter-city trains and larger lines like the Eurostar, which crosses the channel from London to Paris so quickly it can even be used for a day trip.

What is the best way to tour Europe for the first time? ›

Trains are generally the best way to get around in Europe. The rail network is comprehensive, ticket costs are rather affordable, and the scenery is gorgeous. Trains are a great way to visit many destinations quickly and efficiently. We loved travelling by train in Europe!

Can you get around Europe with English? ›

In almost any country where English is an official language, it is not necessary to learn another language. Also in much of Western and Northern Europe, it is not necessary.

Is a week in Europe worth it? ›

Europe is a great destination to go for one week, simply because of the cultural diversity in such a small geographic area. What is this? The small size, proximity, and ease of transportation between many of the countries in Europe make it a good choice for a culturally rich one week holiday.

How much is a Eurail Pass 2022? ›

2022 Eurail Pass Pricing

The average price for a single country is $144 and the prices go up from there when more countries are added on. The costs for a Global Pass start at $453. This allows 10 flexible days of travel which can be used over a two-month period and typically fits travel up to 11 destinations.

Is train expensive in Europe? ›

Disadvantages of Train Travel in Europe

Train travel can be expensive — especially on high-speed trains. Furthermore, there are a lot of super-cheap flights throughout Europe so flying can often be cheaper. That said, you can get some really good deals if you're able to book high-speed trains in advance.

Which month is best for Europe trip? ›

Although Europe is a year-round travel destination, the best time to visit Europe is during the summer months of June to September. This is the time when the sun is high, the beaches are warm and the weather is sunny.

What should you not forget on a trip to Europe? ›

Whether you're taking a train across France or relaxing in the Blue Lagoons in Iceland, we want to make sure that your travels are well prepped for.
...
Other Items To Not Forget On Your Europe Packing List:
  • Sleep Mask.
  • Disinfecting Wipes.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Headphones.
  • Flip Flops.
  • Activated Charcoal.
  • Solid Shampoo.
  • Travel Pillow.
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How much do Eurail Passes cost? ›

Eurail pass prices
Eurail global pass prices2nd class1st class
Adult (aged 28-59)Adult (aged 28-59)
4 days in 1 month (flexi)€246€328
5 days in 1 month (flexi)€282€376
7 days in 1 month (flexi)€335€446
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How many countries can I visit in Europe in 2 weeks? ›

There are 44 countries in Europe, full of fascinating cultures and experiences. Ideally, through a Europe two weeks itinerary, you should be able to cover three or four countries at least.

How many days do you need in Amsterdam? ›

Three days in Amsterdam is more than enough time to see all the city's biggest sights, plus head out of town for a quick day trip. Here are a few tips for what to do and see if you're in Amsterdam for 72 hours or more.

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