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FOR MEMBERSCOMPARE: What are the Covid test requirements around Europe for child travellers
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14 June 2021
15 June 2021
Travel is opening up around Europe, but most countries still have testing requirements in place for adults. When it comes to under 18s, however, the rules vary widely on who is exempt and who needs a test.
For those who are not fully vaccinated, or those travelling from outside the Bloc, testing will remain a part of crossing borders for some time to come.
But while the rules on tests for adults are fairly standard, the age at which children require tests varies from newborn babies and two-year-olds to 18.
Austria has strict testing requirements for entry from most countries
, but children under the age of 10 are exempt.
Belgium has an exemption to its testing requirements for some residents, but otherwise testing is required. The age exemption for children is 6, the same as in neighbouring Germany.
Children under 7 who arrive in Croatia will be exempt from testing requirements.
The rules on testing depend on which country you arrive from but in general children under 5 are exempt.
Denmark has recently relaxed its requirement for travellers from certain countries
so that they no longer need a 'worthy purpose' to enter the country. However entries from certain countries still need a negative test, and the cut-off age for children is 15.
Children aged under 12 are exempt in Finland.
The exemption age for children arriving into France is 11. Under 11s are exempt from the testing requirements, all other non-vaccinated travellers or arrivals from countries not on the green list
, must present a negative PCR test taken within the previous 72 hours, or an antigen test taken within the previous 48 hours.
In Germany under 6s are exempt from testing requirements, as well as fully-vaccinated adults from certain countries
Children under 5 are exempt from testing requirements on arrivals.
Children under 5 are not required to show a negative Covid test to enter Ireland, but most other travellers are.
Pretty much everyone entering Italy needs a negative Covid test with only children aged two or under are exempt.
Children under 13 years age are exempt from testing requirements when arriving in the Netherlands.
Entry to Norway is still tightly restricted for non-Norwegians with tests required for most people, but children under the age of 12 are exempt from pre-travel tests, although under most circumstances they must be tested at the border
The Polish rules have no formal exemption for children, meaning that in theory even newborn babies would have to be tested in order to enter the country.
Only children aged two or under are exempt from the testing requirements in Portugal.
Children under 13 travelling with their families are exempt from testing.
Sweden's testing requirement is only for adults
, so all under 18s are exempt from having to provide a test.
Most entries to the UK require a test, but children under the age of 11 are exempt.
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