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Coronavirus: Can Canadians travel to Europe?

Last Updated Aug 12, 2020 at 9:49 am PDT

A man walks by the Euro sculpture in front of the old the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany, Tuesday, May 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
Summary

Canada among 14 countries whose citizens are allowed to travel to most of Europe

Poland does not require Canadians to quarantine upon arrival

Everyone entering Canada, including returning citizens, must self-isolate for 14 days

NEWS 1130 is working hard to get you the information you need about the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are responding to your questions in a segment we call NEWS 1130 Gets Answers.

Question:

Monica: “Can Canadians travel to Europe, particularly Poland? What are the rules, restrictions, [and] any changes in procedures?”

Answer:

As of July 1, Canadians are among 14 nationalities allowed to travel to Europe’s Schengen Area for up to 90 days without a visa.

The visa-free Shengen Area includes 27 European Union countries, plus four non-EU nations: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Sweden. EU countries included in the area include the Netherlands, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Greece, and Poland.

The partial reopening of European borders was announced in late June, as southern EU countries like Greece, Italy and Spain were desperate to attract back sun-loving visitors and breathe life into their damaged tourism industries.

While it is possible to travel to Europe, the Canadian government still advises against all non-essential travel outside the country.

According to the Polish Tourism Organization, travellers entering Poland from the EU or Canada do not have to quarantine upon arrival in the country.

Face masks are not required in public when physical distancing is possible, restrictions on occupancy at stores, restaurants and places of worship have been lifted and gatherings of up to 150 people are now allowed in the country.

If current rules are still in effect when she returns to Canada, Monica will have to self isolate for 14 days.

With files from the Associated Press

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