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Relaxation in Europe: Corona rules: where does what apply?


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Status: 03/18/2022 1:40 pm

For all those who want to travel for Easter, the question arises: which corona rules apply in their respective holiday country? Not many more, because most European countries are on the verge of retirement. An overview.

No 2G, no 3G, no mask required: Although the number of corona is currently rising again in many European countries, many countries are abandoning their corona restrictions. The rules are as follows:


Seven-day events in neighboring Germany Although more than 3,500 new infections per 100,000 population are now within seven days, corona restrictions in Austria have often been lifted for almost two weeks. For example, those who are there can go back to hotels, restaurants and bars without proof of vaccination or testing. Celebrations at discotheques are allowed again. The general night curfew no longer applies. Events do not have high audience limits. The obligation to wear the FFP2 mask is now restricted to customer areas of hospitals, public transportation and essential stores.

The planned public obligation to vaccinate has been suspended – Austria was the first EU country to decide on such an obligation to vaccinate. The government has announced it will limit the number of free corona tests. From April, Health Minister Johannes Raouch said only five PCR tests and five rapid tests would be free for a citizen. People who are sick – as well as those in hospitals, nursing homes and nursing homes – can be checked regularly.

The 3G rule applies to entry into Austria: this means that a negative corona test is sufficient.


The Corona Pass, which required access to restaurants or events, has been canceled. The need for the mask has also been largely eliminated. In Belgium, masks should only be worn on public transport and health facilities.

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No need to wear masks anymore in shops, schools and offices. It is only “recommended” if the 1.5 meter distance cannot be maintained.


From the 12th calendar week, the Netherlands finally removes the remaining corona restrictions. Buses and trains will no longer need to wear masks, and the requirement to test before major events will be abolished. In a country of 17.5 million people, there is no need for isolation: anyone with a positive test result should stay at home. But this is only a suggestion.

From March 23, anyone entering Schengen will no longer be required to provide a Digital Corona Passport. Visitors from outside the Schengen area must prove that they have been vaccinated, tested, or cured upon entering.


Scandinavian countries such as Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Iceland and Finland have also gradually abolished their corona rules. From the Corona perspective, living north of the German-Danish border is practically possible without any restrictions. At the center of Copenhagen, for example, there is nothing to indicate an ongoing epidemic. However, in hospitals and nursing homes, there are still isolated recommendations with caution. After peaking in February, the incidence has dropped sharply in much of the north. However, in many places there are fewer trials now than ever before.

England and other parts of Great Britain

Masks are no longer required on buses and trains in the UK. This also applies to places other than hospitals. Vaccine or test certificates are no longer required for event visits. Isolation rules have also been relaxed. For example, in the UK, people with Covit-19 are no longer required by law to isolate themselves. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland opened at a slightly slower pace.

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Despite the increasing number of infections, it is not mandatory to wear masks indoors. This also applies to schools, shops and many other institutions. Mouth and nose protection should be worn regularly at local public transportation, hospitals and other health facilities. In hospitals and nursing homes, those who have not been vaccinated must show a negative test or evidence of recovery. Restaurants, bars, theaters, etc. no longer need proof of vaccination.

Majorca (Spain)

Almost all restrictions, including restrictions on the number of visitors, have been lifted since the beginning of March – for example in gastronomy, nightlife, culture, sports and other events and nursing homes. However, the need for a mask inside the home and a ban on smoking in the outdoor areas of restaurants is still valid throughout Spain.


On March 31, Italy will end the current Corona emergency, thus removing most of the restrictions. From April, hotels, local public transport and stores will no longer need 2G or 3G certification – i.e. proof of vaccination, recovery or testing.

From May 1, the certification of “Greenpass” in Italy will be completely revoked in all other regions. Until then, 2G will be mandatory in public interiors such as restaurants, sports halls, cultural institutions or discotheques. On the outside, on the other hand, proof is no longer needed. The 3G rule will apply to flights and long-distance trains until May 1. Restrictions on spectator access to public events will no longer apply: From April, theaters, theaters, stadiums, exhibitions and museums will be allowed as many people as possible before the outbreak.

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Isolation rules have been almost completely abolished: in the future, only victims will have to isolate themselves, and concerned persons – whether vaccinated or not – may leave their homes at any time.


Removed the need for an outside mask. In the event of a catering trade and events taking place in closed rooms, evidence of vaccination or recovery still needs to be shown. No need to fill up the Corona Tracking Registration Form upon entry.

Czech Republic

Almost all corona operations, including the 2G rule in gastronomy, have been dropped here. The FFP2 mask should still be worn on buses and trains, as well as in hygiene and maintenance facilities, but not at retail.

Entry rules for EU citizens have been removed. Previous reporting, verification and testing duties no longer apply. This relaxation also applies to vacationers from Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland. EU citizens from third countries still need to be vaccinated, tested or recovered.


No one has to wear mouth and nose protection anymore in public places and public transport that are accessible to the public. The mask requirement applies only to hospitals and nursing homes. Major events can take place without a large limit on the number of spectators. There have been no entry restrictions since last summer and there is no 3G rule for gastronomy.

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