Despite the majority of European Union/Schengen Area countries lifting or easing some of their COVID-19 restrictions, some still continue to require travellers to complete the Passenger Locator Form.
Austria, Germany, and Spain are currently the only countries that ask certain categories of travellers to fill in the form, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
The authorities of the three countries have explained that not all travellers are subject to such a requirement. Only persons who do not hold the necessary documents, such as COVID-19 proof or another equivalent document as well as those from areas that are highly affected by the virus, are currently subject to the Passenger Locator Form requirement.
Austria currently requires only travellers who do not hold a vaccination, recovery, or test certificate to complete a pre-travel clearance, which is similar to the passenger locator form.
“Travellers entering Austria with “3-G” proof do NOT need pre-travel clearance. Pre-travel clearance is required when entering without “3-G” proof,” the statement of the Austrian authorities reads.
Through this form travellers who do not hold the required documentation need to provide information on the state of departure, day of entry to Austria, means of transport, and the number of plates or the number of flight, ship, train, or bus.
Germany requires travellers from high-risk and virus variant areas to fill out the digital entry form too. However, currently, there are no countries on this list, meaning that travellers do not need to complete this form when travelling to Germany.
“Travelers who have previously stayed in a risk area are obliged to fill out the digital entry registration form at einreiseanmeldung.de and to carry the confirmation they have received with them upon entry,” the German body responsible for disease prevention and control, Robert Koch Institute, explains.
Similar to the countries mentioned above, Spain also requires travellers to complete the Health Control Form. However, the Spanish Ministry of Health has explained that such a requirement applies only to persons who do not hold an EU Digital COVID Certificate or another equivalent document.
“If you do not have the EU Digital COVID Certificate or equivalent, you must complete the SpTH Health Control Form, manually entering the details of your vaccination, recovery, or diagnostic test certificate,” the statement of the Ministry reads.
According to the Ministry, such a requirement applies only to persons over the age of 12.
All the other countries have already dropped the Passenger Locator Form requirement.
It is believed that the Italian Ministry of Health decided to take such a decision after taking into account the vaccination and infection rates in the country and further in the world.
Slovakia also lifted the pre-entry COVID-19 registration earlier in April. The Slovak government said that travellers from other countries are no longer obliged to register at eHranica.