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Covid 19 Safest Christmas Destinations

Find out which are the safest Christmas markets in Europe for Covid-19. Since the start of this worldwide "Covid-19" crisis, we have kept you informed of the situation day after day by following the recommendations of the World Health Organization. 

 

We have now selected for you the safest Christmas markets in Europe on the basis of the following criteria: number of Covid-19 cases per million inhabitants, number of hospital beds per inhabitant, proximity of airports, establishment of sanitary measures, hygiene charts in hotels, shops, restaurants, public transport and public places, provision of hydroalcoholic gels, masks and last but not least, circulation routes inside the Christmas market. 

 

Close to these safest christmas markets in Europe, you will find a range of small-sized accommodation (boutique hotels, tourist apartments, small hotels) or large chain hotels applying the highest hygiene standards. On site you will find everything that makes Christmas magical: Christmas lights, crafts, ice rinks and local gastronomy.

 

In the safest Christmas Markets in Europe, contactless payment methods are the norm, traders have protective masks or visors and a signposted route allows visitors not to cross paths. Check out the safest Christmas Markets in Europe to avoid Covid-19.

 

If you prefer to stay in your region this winter, be sure to visit the most beautiful Christmas markets near you, such as the most beautiful Christmas markets in the UK, the most beautiful Christmas markets in Germany, the best Christmas markets in France...

 

Need more inspiration? Discover the 100 most beautiful Christmas markets in Europe as well as the best sunny Christmas markets in Europe and best Christmas lights in Europe.

 

For a safe holiday, book your flights and accommodation at the best price as well as your activities (select the free cancellation option for added security) and discover the safest Christmas destinations in Europe.

 

 

Note: This classification is evolving and takes the covid concern into account.

 


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Madeira Islands - Portugal

From 1st December 2020  to 10th January 2021.

Madeira is the safest European destination for your holiday this winter. With up to 12 times fewer cases of Covid 19 per million inhabitants than other European destinations and no deaths, Madeira is a safe place for your Christmas holidays.

 

In addition to the “Safe and Clean” label implemented by the Portuguese National Tourist Office, the regional authorities of Madeira have set up very rigorous health charters to welcome travellers in the best safety conditions while guaranteeing you dedicated holidays for leisure, discovery and relaxation. 

 

In Madeira, precaution and relaxation make the perfect combination for your winter holiday. No quarantine is required on arrival thanks to the Covid-19 test that you will have carried out before your trip (maximum 72 hours before your departure). Scanning at the airport reinforces these security measures and various devices are put in place (hydroalcoholic gels available, masks in crowded streets). Everything is very simple and very well explained on the madeirasafetodiscover site. A mask is compulsory in some places but not at the beach (discover the most beautiful beaches in Madeira) or for sporting activities in Madeira and walks in nature

 

This winter, treat yourself to a real breath of fresh air and discover the most beautiful tropical destination in Europe. Its Christmas market, awarded the title of ‘Best Sunny Christmas Markets in Europe’, is exactly what you need after these difficult times: sublime illuminations in Funchal (and in the 4 corners of the island), exotic fruits and flowers, local crafts, Madeira wine and 100% local cakes. Let the magic work and leave in complete safety by treating yourself to a winter holiday in Madeira.  

 

Market Night is held on December 23rd, when Madeirans do their last-minute Christmas shopping and it is in this hustle and bustle that the spirit of the “Festivity” can best be felt, the nickname given by the Madeirans to identify Christmas. Do not miss the end of year festivities, Madeira has been awarded several times with the title of "Best New Year's Eve Destination in Europe". Fill up on sun, vitamin C and breathtaking scenery this winter by booking your winter holiday to Madeira Islands.

 

Need a final argument to convince you? A pioneer in the tourism sector, Portugal has also set up tailor-made tourist insurance for Covid-19; for less than 38 euros you can insure your holidays in Madeira. Repatriation, accommodation, cancellation fees, everything will be covered in the event of a problem related to the Coronavirus. Latest information on: www.portugaltravelinsurance.com

 

Opening dates (Christmas market): 1st December 2020 (Market Night is held on December 23rd) to the 10th January 2021. Select the "free cancellation" option and pre-book your stay at the best price for 2020 or 2021.

 

Sanitary measures: Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival. Mask not compulsory for beach, sports activities, nature walks. Form to be completed before your trip.

 

Nearest airport: Book your flights to Funchal as well as your accommodation and activities at the best price.

 

Latest information:  www.madeirasafetodiscover.com

 


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Advent Feast at the Basilica - Budapest

Christmas market cancelled but decoration and lights on.
From 20th November 2020 to 1st January 2021.

 

The Advent Basilica, the most beautiful Christmas fair in Europe, will open on November 20

 

In love, and safety - with this slogan, the Advent Basilica, Budapest's uniquely beautiful Christmas fair, opens its doors. Last year, in the online voting of the European Best Destinations, the series of events chosen as the most beautiful Christmas market in Europe awaits its visitors from November 20 until the first day of the new year in front of St. Stephen's Basilica in one of the most impressive squares of the Hungarian capital.

 

True to the tradition of this year's 10-year-old Advent Basilica, it promises an unparalleled festive atmosphere, quality pastimes, a special gastronomic offer and a more colorful program than ever before - all with safety measures that allow for cloudless celebrations during a coronavirus epidemic.

 

More than 100 artisan and gastronomic vendor offers its portico, the latter in addition to the popular fair food, as well as many delicacies available only here. The spectacularly decorated atmosphere of the fair itself is completed by the highly successful lightshow projected on the Basilica in recent years.

 

In addition to a number of family and children's programs, a free ice rink with skates can be set up for children from 20 November.

 

Organizers place great emphasis on coronavirus epidemic prevention. Mandatory use for hand sanitizers and masks which willbe available at several exhibitors, disposable socks for rink users, a thermal camera to monitor the fair as a whole, and qualified medical staff and a covid tent are planned for a safe stay.

 

Opening dates (Christmas market): Christmas market cancelled in 2020 but decoration and lights on. Select the "free cancellation" option and pre-book your stay at the best price for 2021 (from 19th November 2021 to 2nd January 2022).

 

Travelling to Hungary: Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is generally not allowed without a special reason. Citizens of Czechia, Poland and Slovakia are allowed to enter Hungary if they show a negative coronavirus test not older than five days.

 

Sanitary measures: Exemption may be granted if entry is for court, administrative, family, health, education or other legitimate reasons and if health screening is negative. 

 

Nearest airport: book your flights to Budapest as well as your accommodationtours and activities

 

Latest information: https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/HUN/7001 

 


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Vienna - Austria

From 18th November to 26th December 2020.

 

Do you want to combine safety and leisure? Vienna is the perfect destination for a Christmas holiday with the family or with a loved one. Renowned as one of the safest destinations in Europe (low crime rate), Vienna has also quickly been recognized among the safest destinations for Covid-19 in Europe. By reacting very quickly and by taking a series of sanitary measures, Austria was up to 10 times less affected than some European countries. Its hospitals have never been overwhelmed and the number of serious cases of Covid-19 has remained far below the capacity of Austrian hospitals. In addition, Austria has put in place a series of measures to control the situation.

 

At Christmas it is not one but a multitude of Christmas markets that appear all over Vienna. You will find the one that suits you among an offer of authentic Christmas markets: for family, foodie lovers, whether sustainable, vegan or terribly romantic. From mid-November to Christmas, Vienna’s prettiest squares transform into magical Christmas markets. The aroma of Christmas bakery items and hot punch create a lovely pre-Christmas atmosphere. The organizers are currently working on COVID-19 safety concepts to make it possible for guests to enjoy a pleasant visit to Vienna's Christmas markets with enough space for everyone.

 

Opening dates (Christmas market): from 1st December to 26th December 2020 (due to Covid-19). Select the "free cancellation" option and pre-book your stay at the best price for 2020 or 2021.

 

Travelling to Austria: Entry from a country with a stable COVID-19 situation is possible without restrictions. The corresponding countries are listed in the Entry Ordinance.

 

Sanitary measures: An entry and transit declaration is required. 

 

Nearest airport: book your flights to Vienna as well as your accommodationtours and activities

 

Latest information: https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/AUT 

 


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Tallinn - Estonia

From 15th November 2020 to 5th January 2021

Awarded the title of Best Christmas Market in Europe in 2019, Tallinn is a favourite destination for travellers for winter holidays. With its family atmosphere, magical illuminations, traditional and artisanal products and delicious local delicacies, Tallinn is also this year one of the safest destinations for Christmas holidays. Estonia has so far recorded 18 times fewer severe cases of Covid-19 per million inhabitants than the most affected European countries. Hospitals here have never been overcrowded and the virus has done much less damage than elsewhere in Europe. More quickly than other countries, Estonia was able to resume a "normal" life while applying measures of social distancing, protection (masks) and the provision of hydro alcoholic gels in public spaces.

 

Opening dates (Christmas market): Christmas market cancelled in 2020 but decoration and lights on. Select the "free cancellation" option and pre-book your stay at the best price for 2021 (from 14th November 2021 to 2nd January 2022). 

 

Travelling to Estonia: An updated list of countries for which entry to Estonia is subject to limitations is available on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

 

Nearest airport: Book your flights to Tallinn as well as your accommodation and tours and activities in Estonia.

 

Latest information:  https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/EST

 

 


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Craiova- Romania

From 28th November 2020 to 1st January 2021

This winter, get off the beaten track and discover Christmas markets that are both safe and authentic. If Craiova has experienced significantly fewer cases of Covid-19 than other European destinations, it is probably thanks to the preventive measures put in place by national authorities but also local authorities. Whether in public transport, in administrations, shops, schools, many health measures have been taken in Craiova to limit the spread of Covid-19. 

 

This destination, which brings together internationally renowned cultural institutions as well as world-renowned artistic events, has been able to put its tourist offers on hold in order to come back better this winter and welcome you in the best conditions of health security. Did you know that Romania has more hospital beds per capita than Norway, the United Kingdom and Ireland? Treat yourself to a stay of discovery, tasting, laughter and joy with family or lovers and discover Craiova these Christmas holidays.

 

Opening dates (Christmas market): 28th November 2020 to 1st January 2021. Select the "free cancellation" option and pre-book your stay at the best price for 2020 or 2021.

 

Travelling to Romania: Entry from EU+ countries is allowed without restrictions, with the exception of Luxembourg, Malta and some regions in Spain (Aragon, Catalonia, Navarra, Community of Madrid, Balearic Islands, Basque Country).

 

Sanitary measures: Travellers coming from countries with an incidence rate of new cases of COVID-19 in the last 14 days less than or equal to the one registered in Romania are allowed to enter without restrictions.

Citizens coming from countries with a high incidence of COVID-19 infection should self-isolate at home or quarantine for 14 days.

 

Nearest airport:  Book your flights for Craiova as well as your accommodation.

 

Latest information: https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/ROU

 

 


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Gdansk - Poland

From 23rd November 2020 to 1st January 2021.

With 13 times fewer severe cases of Covid-19 than the most affected European countries, Poland is among the safest countries in Europe. As a result of the pandemic, we all want to travel less and make the trips we want unforgettable by discovering exceptional places and a unique atmosphere. Gdansk is the perfect mix of safety and leisure, relaxation and  discovery for this winter holiday.

 

Situated in the historical centre of Gdańsk, the Christmas Fair is like a fairy tale and captivates both visitors and locals who are most happy to spend their winter time here.

 

The remarkable ambience of the Gdańsk Christmas Fair is mostly created by the unique and mood-setting scenery. Here you will find streets marked out only for this special time of year: Chocolate, Cinnamon, Angel or Christmas Eve Street.

 

Opening dates (Christmas market): Christmas market cancelled in 2020 but decoration and lights on. Select the "free cancellation" option and pre-book your stay at the best price for 2021 (from 14th November 2021 to 2nd January 2022).

 

Travelling to Poland: Citizens of EU+ countries, as well as their spouses and children, are allowed to enter Poland without restrictions.

 

Sanitary measures: A Passenger Locator Form and a Public Health Self Declaration are requested on flights.

 

Nearest airport: Book your flights to Gdansk as well as your accommodation and your tours and activities (select the "free cancellation" option). 

 

Latest information: https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/POL

 

 


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Dresden - Germany

 From 26th November to 24th December 2020

Considered one of the most beautiful and authentic Christmas markets in Germany, the Dresden Christmas market will also be one of the safest in Europe this year. Saxony is one of the least affected regions by the Coronavirus in Europe with up to 15 times fewer deaths of Covid-19 than other European regions. Given the coronavirus pandemic, there is naturally a particularly strong focus on the Striezelmarkt, as Germany’s oldest Christmas market. 

 

The City of Dresden is currently working on concepts to find ways of enabling the market to go ahead with relevant restrictions. Glittering lights, twinkling stars, beaming children’s faces, the scent of gingerbread, and Christmas carols, Dresden’s Striezelmarkt again this year, will boast a unique character, despite being in its 586th year. Regional specialties, such as Ore Mountain wood crafts, Lusatian blue-printed fabrics and Moravian stars, are particularly popular.

 

Opening dates (Christmas market): Christmas market cancelled in 2020 but decoration and lights on. Select the "free cancellation" option and pre-book your stay at the best price for 2021 (from  26th November to 24th December 2021). 

 

Travelling to Germany: According to the Federal Ministry of Health's Testing Obligation Ordinance, anyone having spent time in a risk area up to 14 days before their entry into Germany, if requested by the competent health office or a different authority designated, must either provide proof of having tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 or get tested within 14 days of their entry into Germany. A country or an area is defined as "high-risk" when there are more than 50 new infections per 100,000 people over the last period of seven days.

 

Sanitary measures: No special documentation is required.

 

Nearest airport: Book your flights to Dresden as well as your accommodation and tours & activities.

 

Latest information:  https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/DEU

 


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Zagreb - Croatia

From 28th November 2020 to 1st January 2021

With 13 times fewer Covid-19 deaths per million inhabitants than some European countries, Croatia is seen as a safe destination for your winter holiday. Beyond the sanitary measures put in place very quickly by the authorities, Croatia has many advantages for travellers looking for safe Christmas holidays, including an incredible offer of tourist apartments, private villas, boutique hotels and small accommodations. This is exactly what travellers are looking for this winter. 

 

Once upon a time, one of Croatia’s best kept secrets was that her capital city Zagreb had one of the best Advent scenes in Europe. This Croatian secret is out now: against very strong competition, Zagreb was voted “Best Christmas Market in Europe “ by European Best Destinations ’online poll three times in the row. 

 

Known worldwide as one of the best Christmas markets in Europe with Vienna, Budapest, Strasbourg, Zagreb will welcome travellers this year with sanitary standards adapted to the situation (dispensers of hydroalcoholic gel throughout the market, disinfection of rides, ice skates, masks for vendors and protective plexi for those offering food, etc.). The market is very large throughout the city and you will find the atmosphere that suits you for a safe and relaxed holiday in the Croatian capital.

 

Opening dates (Christmas market): From 28th November 2020 to 1st January 2021. 

 

Sanitary measures: It is mandatory for passengers to wear masks on public transport, taxis, shops and other commercial premises. There are currently no requirements for travellers to produce a negative COVID test or self-isolate on arrival in Croatia. Screening on arrival. 

 

Travelling to Croatia: Citizens of EU+ countries, as well as their family members, are allowed to enter Croatia without restrictions. Before entering the country, all travellers must complete the EnterCroatia form.

 

Nearest airport: Book your flights to Zagreb as well as your accommodation and activities (choose the option "free cancellation without charge").

 

Latest information:  https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/HRV 

 


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Baden-Baden - Germany

From 26th November 2020 to 6th January 2021

With a population equivalent to Belgium but 5 times fewer deaths linked to Covid- 19, the Baden-Württemberg region is one of the safest destinations for your winter holidays.

 

Renowned as one of the best Christmas markets in Germany, the Baden-Baden Christmas market is implementing a series of health measures this year to combine safety and leisure.

 

In the pre-Christmas season, Baden-Baden invites guests to visit its beautiful Christmas Market (“Christkindelsmarkt”). Situated at the entrance of Baden-Baden’s splendid parks and gardens “Lichtentaler Allee”, the Christmas Market will draw all visitors into a romantic winter fairy tale. From November 26th 2020 to 6th January 2021 visitors will encounter an entertaining live-music program and small streets of festive huts, where thousands of shimmering Christmas lights will create a festive atmosphere. The organizer: "We are currently assuming that our Christmas Market 2020 – although not in its usual form – can take place from 26 November 2020. We are currently planning to develop a Corona-compatible market concept". 

 

Opening dates (Christmas market): Christmas market cancelled in 2020 but decoration and lights on. Select the "free cancellation" option and pre-book your stay at the best price for 2021 (26th November 2021 to 2nd January 2022).

 

Travelling to Germany: According to the Federal Ministry of Health's Testing Obligation Ordinance, anyone having spent time in a risk area up to 14 days before their entry into Germany, if requested by the competent health office or a different authority designated, must either provide proof of having tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 or get tested within 14 days of their entry into Germany. A country or an area is defined as "high-risk" when there are more than 50 new infections per 100,000 people over the last period of seven days.

 

Sanitary measures: No special documentation is required.

 

Nearest airports:  Book your flights to Stuttgart Airport (1h20) or Frankfurt Airport (2h) as well as your accommodation and your tours and activities in Germany.

 

Latest information: https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/DEU 

 


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Bratislava - Slovakia 

From 23rd November to 23rd December 2020

Slovakia with Hungary and Austria but also Poland and the Czech Republic are destinations seen as safe with far fewer cases of Covid-19 than elsewhere in Europe. Slovakia has so far recorded 75 times fewer deaths linked to Covid-19 per million inhabitants than the most affected European countries. 

 

Thanks to these excellent figures and stringent sanitary measures, Slovakia is seen as a safe destination this winter.

Pre-Christmas time in Bratislava is connected with glowing streets, Christmas trees and stands full of goodies and craft products. Welcome to the Bratislava Christmas Market!

 

Bratislava Christmas market is located at the Main Square and Hviezdoslav Square in the city centre until the 23rd of December. In recent years, the Christmas Market has migrated to other locations of the city centre as well, such as Bratislava castle or the square in front of the Eurovea shopping center. Whatever the location, irresistible aroma and a unique atmosphere will get you for sure.

 

Opening dates (Christmas market): Christmas market cancelled in 2020 but decoration and lights on. Select the "free cancellation" option and pre-book your stay at the best price for 2021 (from 23rd November to 23rd December 2021). 

 

Travelling to Slovakia: Entry from EU+ countries is allowed without restrictions from countries classified as "low risk" from the epidemiological point of view.

 

Sanitary measures: Mandatory Travel Documentation: No

 

Nearest airport:  book your flights to Bratislava as well as your accommodation, tours and activities

  

Latest information:  https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/SVK

 


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Dusseldorf - Germany

 From 23rd November to 30th December 2020

As well as being one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Germany, Düsseldorf's Christmas market will be one of the safest this year. Düsseldorf is the capital of the North Rhine-Westphalia region and the second largest city in this region after Cologne. With 10 times fewer severe cases (deaths) of Covid-19 per million inhabitants than some European regions, it can be seen as one of the safest destinations for your winter holidays. Different Christmas markets await you in Düsseldorf, a destination that will suit families, lovers, foodies.

 

Opening dates (Christmas market): Christmas market cancelled in 2020 but decoration and lights on. Select the "free cancellation" option and pre-book your stay at the best price for 2021 (from 22nd November to 30th December 2021). 

 

Travelling to Germany: According to the Federal Ministry of Health's Testing Obligation Ordinance, anyone having spent time in a risk area up to 14 days before their entry into Germany, if requested by the competent health office or a different authority designated, must either provide proof of having tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 or get tested within 14 days of their entry into Germany. A country or an area is defined as "high-risk" when there are more than 50 new infections per 100,000 people over the last period of seven days.

 

Sanitary measures: No special documentation is required.

 

Nearest airport: Book your flights to Düsseldorf as well as your accommodation at the best price and your activities and tours in Germany.

 

Latest information: https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/DEU

 


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Ljubljana - Slovenia

From 27th November 2020 to 2nd January 2021

With 12 times fewer severe cases of Covid-19 per million inhabitants than the most affected countries in Europe, Slovenia is positioned as one of the safest destinations this winter. Perfect for a break far from stress in the middle of nature, Slovenia is the European destination most awarded by the European Commission for its commitment to sustainable tourism. 

 

More than ever, we want to breathe clean fresh air and enjoy timeless moments with those we love. Treat yourself to unforgettable memories in Slovenia, the country for you during these difficult times. You can rent a car and discover different places in the country such as Bohinj voted best hidden gem in Europe or Soca Valley, Radolca, awarded by the European Commission. 

 

You can also treat yourself to a moment of pure relaxation and wonder as you walk through the illuminated streets of Ljubljana. This terribly romantic destination is home to a Christmas market considered to be one of the most beautiful in Europe. Small hotels, boutique hotels, guesthouses or tourist apartments as well as hotels from large chains applying sanitary measures will welcome you this winter.

 

Opening dates (Christmas market):  Christmas market cancelled in 2020 but decoration and lights on. Select the "free cancellation" option and pre-book your stay at the best price for 2021 (from 26th November 2021 to 2nd January 2022).

  

Travelling to Slovenia: Entry from EU+ countries is, in general, allowed without restrictions.

Depending on their epidemiological situation, Slovenia divides countries in three categories (green, yellow and red). For each category, a different set of entry rules applies. Travellers can enter Slovenia without any restrictions from countries belonging to the green category.

 

Sanitary measures: It is not allowed to enter indoor public spaces and public transport vehicles without wearing a face mask. Quarantine for travellers from the red and yellow list. No quarantine is required for travellers from the green list. No additional documentation is required.

 

Nearest airport:  Book your flights to Ljubljana as well as your accommodation and tours and activities at the best price (choose the cancellation option at no cost).

 

Latest information: https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/SVN

 

 


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Warsaw - Poland

From 29th November to 24th December 2020

Poland is one of the European countries least affected by Coronavirus, along with Portugal and Greece. There are up to 13 times less deaths linked to Covid-19 per million inhabitants in Poland than in the most affected countries of Western Europe. No hospital has ever been overloaded and Poland has more hospital beds per inhabitant than the Netherlands or Switzerland.

 

Warsaw is one of the most incredible cities in Europe. Its history is that of a people capable of facing any situation, of recovering and moving forward. Facing Coronavirus, the Polish message has always been very clear: “Warsaw survived two world wars. We will get through this one too. See you very soon!” 

 

Discover Warsaw's two main Christmas markets in complete safety thanks to measures taken by local authorities such as dispensed hydroalcoholic gel, signposted routes to ensure social distancing in the market and contactless payment on this Christmas market.

 

Opening dates (Christmas market): Christmas market cancelled in 2020 but decoration and lights on. Select the "free cancellation" option and pre-book your stay at the best price for 2021 (from 28th November to 24th December 2021). 

 

Travelling to Poland: Citizens of EU+ countries, as well as their spouses and children, are allowed to enter Poland without restrictions.

 

Sanitary measures: A Passenger Locator Form and a Public Health Self Declaration are requested on flights.

 

Nearest airport: Book your flights to Warsaw as well as your accommodation and activities and tours in Warsaw.

  

Latest information: https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/POL

 

 


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Rothenburg ob der Tauber  - Germany

From 23rd November to 23rd December 2020

With nearly 5 times fewer severe cases of Covid-19 per million inhabitants than in other parts of Europe, Bavaria is one of the safest destinations in Europe. This year, more than ever, you want to be careful not to travel too much but you want to travel to places that make sense and will leave you with memories for a lifetime. Rothenburg ob der Tauber is probably the most magical destination at Christmas. The city appears to have been built to serve as the backdrop for one of Germany's finest Christmas markets.

 

With preventive measures but also many well-equipped hospitals, Germany has not experienced a critical situation during the pandemic. While measures are still in place for now, Germany is more open to travellers than many European countries. Social distancing and wearing a mask are mandatory but not the Covid-19 test (except for travellers from countries at risk).   

 

Opening dates (Christmas market): Christmas market cancelled in 2020 but decoration and lights on. Select the "free cancellation" option and pre-book your stay at the best price for 2021 (from 23rd November to 23rd December 2021). 

 

Travelling to Germany: According to the Federal Ministry of Health's Testing Obligation Ordinance, anyone having spent time in a risk area up to 14 days before their entry into Germany, if requested by the competent health office or a different authority designated, must either provide proof of having tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 or get tested within 14 days of their entry into Germany. A country or an area is defined as "high-risk" when there are more than 50 new infections per 100,000 people over the last period of seven days.

 

Sanitary measures: No special documentation is required.

 

Nearest airports: book your flights to Stuttgart Airport (1h30 by car) as well as your accommodation (choose the "free cancellation" option).

 

Latest information: https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/DEU

 

 


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Graz - Austria

From 20th November to 24th December 2020

 

Austria has remained a safe destination throughout this pandemic thanks to preventive and health measures taken early by the authorities. With up to 10 times fewer deaths per million inhabitants than the most affected countries, Austria has been able to cope and is seen as a safe destination for your winter holidays in Europe.

 

Beyond this favourable health situation, Austria is also one of the safest countries in Europe with a very low crime rate. A privileged destination for families, Austria welcomes travellers this winter with the highest health and safety standards while doing everything to guarantee you wonderful moments with those you love. Graz, the capital of Styria, is a must-see for a safe and unforgettable Christmas vacation.

 

Discover Graz and its numerous Christmas markets, conveniently located within walking distance!, The oldest Christmas market takes place around the Franciscan church. You will enjoy Styrian arts and crafts and regional farm products. Close by is the Christmas market in front of the City Hall with the giant Christmas tree and the old-fashioned merry-go-round for children. Watch out for the huge advent calendar on the façade of the City Hall. If you want to combine your Christmas shopping with a good cause and some good entertainment, you’re in the right place at Eiserne Tor. This market is run exclusively by local charity organizations and the proceeds go to selected charity projects.

 

Opening dates (Christmas market): from 1st December to 24th December 2020 (due to Covid-19). 

 

Travelling to Austria: Entry from a country with a stable COVID-19 situation is possible without restrictions. The corresponding countries are listed in the Entry Ordinance.

 

Sanitary measures: An entry and transit declaration is required.

 

Nearest airport: Book your flights to Graz as well as your accommodation and activities in Austria.

 

Latest information: https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/AUT

 


 

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