The EU's updated travel ban announced this week had placed a wrench in some travelers plans. Yes, you can still travel to some countries, but you will have to keep updated on their current policies and procedures. It's a jungle out there for travelers these days. Travel can be stressful enough without the Mondays announcement that the EU no longer recommends non-essential travel from the U.S. to Europe. Unfortunately, this travel rollercoaster may become the new norm. Vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers will still be allowed into some countries within the EU, and member states will be setting their own policies. European countries heavily rely on tourism, and over the past year, many were affected by closures due to COVID. The ticket into these countries will remain focused on testing and vaccination status. You must check with each country you plan on visiting before making any travel arrangements.
Where Can I Check On The Status Of Countries Border?
The U.S. Embassy in each country can be a great source; you can even give them a ring to hear it from the horse's mouth. Sherpa is also a great resource that can provide you with up to date information. The best and most accurate way to determine how you will enter a country is by going directly to their immigration and border entry websites. Remember, this is a fluid situation, and specific policies are only in effect for a certain period of time. If your vacation straddles a renewal date, make sure you understand that these policies may change.
Can I Get a Refund On My Airline Tickets If I Decide Not to Travel?
It depends on the type of ticket you purchased. If you bought Basic Economy tickets that are non-refundable, then the answer is most likely no. If you change them, some tickets will trigger a change fee, and others are more friendly to amendments. Make sure you seek clarification from the airlines before purchasing. Can I Cross Borders Once I Enter a Country? Yes, you can, but you will have to be familiar with each countries border requirements. If you are a U.S. Citizen and travel to Paris on a connecting flight and your final destination is Italy- Italy will require you to adhere to entry requirements from France even though you are a U.S. Citizen.
Should I Use a Travel Advisor? Well, it depends on how much homework, trips prep and stress you want to take on. A travel advisor is usually associated with a larger consortium or entity that may have quite a bit more pull than, say, an individual traveler. It might cost you a tad more to use an advisor, but it will be the best money you have ever spent. Visit Couture Trips to schedule a complimentary travel consultation. We keep up to date on the latest and greatest in travel.
Tips On Traveling to Europe Fall 2021
Know Your Airline and Hotel Cancellation Policies
Limit Your Travel to One Country
Research Border Control Policies In Destination
Avoid Connecting Flights Within Europe
Purchase Travel Insurance
Use the Services of a Travel Advisor
Have a Back Up Plan
Purchase Health Insurance For Overseas Illnesses
Avoid Crowded Areas and Spaces
Fly Non- Stop When Possible
Make Sure Your Dr. Has a Copy of Your Vaccination Record