Those who do not get vaccinated in France will no longer be able to go to restaurants, cafes (from the beginning of August), cinemas and museums (from 21 July) or get on planes or trains (from August). Alternatively you will have to show a negative test, which he will perform at his own expense. The measure, announced by President Macron on July 12, serves to incentivize vaccinations: and it works, with a boom in bookings on the dedicated app. But France is not the only European country to reserve entry to restaurants, closed public places and means of transport for those who show a vaccination pass.
Denmark and the Baltic Republics
Denmark was among the first countries to introduce a compulsory Covid certificate last spring. Restaurants, museums, cinemas, theaters, hairdressers are accessible only to those who show the Coronapas app, which certifies the vaccination or tampon. The app born before the European certification, and the purpose – before traveling abroad – was to make internal movements safe. Opposite is the parable of the Estonian app, which was also born very early but only for expatriation purposes: the Tallinn government has always said it is against profiling citizens. By contrast, in Lithuania and Latvia only vaccinated people can eat meals in restaurants, go to the gym, cinema and theater. The others sit outside, with strict rules of distancing and limits on the number of diners and participants.
Germany and Austria
In Germany the CovPass Check app records, like our Immuni, the vaccination status and the most recent swab performed. Restaurateurs and hoteliers can – but not mandatory, and the rules vary from Land to Land and even from company to company – ask visitors to show it, and to decide whether or not to grant entry. The rule is more binding in Austria, where hotels and restaurants are open, but a vaccination certificate or proof of recovery is required at the entrance, or a negative swab result. Registration with name and surname follows. But whoever enters can then be without a mask. The hotels offer guest tests every 48 hours. These rules also apply to night clubs – which can run at 75% capacity – and are in effect until July 23, after which they will be updated.
Netherlands and Ireland
In the Netherlands you can easily enter almost everywhere and you do not need passes: in restaurants there is the obligation of self-certification, by answering a medical questionnaire – not anonymous – at the entrance. Only restaurants that apply this rule can operate at full capacity. Ireland has introduced temporary legislation, currently valid for the next three months, for indoor services, such as restaurants without outdoor seating. At this stage, access to restaurants and hotels is allowed only to those who are fully vaccinated or cured of Covid, and in possession of a Covid cert. Only at a later time access will also be allowed to unvaccinated people in possession of a recent negative swab. Allowed exceptions: teenagers with parents and staff who do not want to get vaccinated. Anyone who uses falsified certs will receive a fine of two thousand euros.
On the other hand, Hungary has greatly relaxed the restrictions since 3 July. End of the obligation to wear a mask, end of the request of restaurants and bars to show the vaccination certificate. Event attendees can now be up to 100, and up to 400 for weddings. Above all, the vaccination certificate remains mandatory, in some public places, only for minors.
Cyprus and Portugal
Like France, Cyprus and Luxembourg also allow entry into bars, pubs, hotels and restaurants only to those who are vaccinated and show a pass – in Cyprus it is called SafePass – to try it. Cyprus also allows entry to the restaurant for anyone who shows a negative swab, and the island littered with points to perform it for free. In Portugal, from Saturday 10 July, there is the obligation to ask all tourists and residents for a vaccination certificate, in restaurants, to give a seat. The restaurateurs, already tried by the pandemic and by still restricted opening hours, protest: at the moment only two million Portuguese have a pass, that is one in five. And tourists are still few due to travel restrictions. But the country is alarmed by the rise of cases, more than three thousand a day last weekend.
In Greece, premier Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced on Monday evening at the same time as Macron, stricter rules will come into force soon: places of culture as well as restaurants and bars will no longer be accessible to those who are not vaccinated. Obligation to be vaccinated will soon also be introduced for health professionals: We will no longer close the country for the benefit of a few, the president said.