Europe begins to open for pilgrimage

After months of lockdown because of the Covid-19 pandemic, Europe’s borders are beginning to open for pilgrimage and tourism.

The Confraternity wants to emphasise that all potential travellers should follow the guidelines and rules set down by their own national authorities. At the time of publication the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) still advises against all but essential travel. If and when you do set out, it is vital to have travel insurance that would cover cancellations, or unexpected delays and medical and hospital bills. This EU website gives up-to-the-minute information on the regulations concerning entry to and exit from the countries of the European Union.

We will keep this page updated as the situation develops.

At the time of publication the guidance is as follows:

France: No compulsory quarantine for travellers from EU, Schengen area and UK. Quarantine when travelling to overseas and voluntary quarantine for travellers from the UK. Symptomatic travellers during border health checks should be subject to quarantine, regardless of their nationality.

Switzerland: does not apply any restrictions to travellers departing from Switzerland. The Swiss government has been applying entry restrictions since 13 March, which were lifted towards all Schengen States on 15 June. With all EU/EFTA member States as well as UK the free movement of person will be fully restored, including the entrance into Switzerland. The situation is regularly reassessed and adaptations of this regime are possible if the epidemiological situation requires it. As of 15 June, temperature checks will be carried out on all passengers arriving on direct flights from Sweden.

Italy: Travelling to and from the following countries is allowed: Member States of the European Union, countries that are parties to the Schengen Agreement, the United Kingdom, Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and Republic of San Marino.