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Study in Europe (Covid Updates 2021): Get Latest News & Covid related Updates on Education in Europe

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Yocket presents official Covid-19 updates for aspirants planning to study in Europe. Keep checking this page for updates from Universities, Test Organisation, Consulates and Universal Institute. You may contribute any new updates you have in the comments which you’d like us to share! 

(Updated on Monday & Thursday by 11:00 IST)


19th July, 2021

France opens doors to vaccinated travellers.

     France will reinforce restrictions on unvaccinated travellers from a series of countries to counter a rebound in COVID-19 infections, while opening its doors to those who have received all their shots, Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Saturday.

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15th July, 2021

European authorities plan to reopen borders for third world countries.

     Due to the gradual easing of restrictions within the European Union, the fast vaccination rate, the authorities plan to reopen borders for more countries and fully vaccinated travelers.

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12th July, 2021

 Germany to lift restrictions by August 2021. 

     German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Tuesday said that he supported the lifting of all Covid-19 restrictions once a vaccine has been offered to everyone in the country.

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8th July, 2021

Germany to begin easing Covid-19 travel restrictions for India and 4 other countries.

     Germany has begun easing strict Covid-19-related restrictions on travellers from India, Nepal, Portugal, Russia and the UK after the country’s public health institute declared these five nations are no longer areas of “variant of concern”.

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5th July, 2021

France warns about the Delta Variant.

     French authorities warn citizens about the approaching Delta Variant of Covid-19 and a possible lockdown due to the same. 

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1st July, 2021

France delays regional reopening.

     France decided on Wednesday to delay the unwinding of COVID-19 restrictions in a southwestern region of the country and some other parts due to the rising concerns over the Delta Variant of Covid-19.

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28th June, 2021

European countries might face lockdown again.

     Due to the spread of the Delta variant of Covid-19 across the European countries, the authorities might extend the lockdown against the Delta variant of Covid-19.

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24th June, 2021

European Union vaccine passports issued in 17 countries.

     European Union Digital COVID certificates (EUDCC) have now been issued to citizens in 17 countries. The "EU Digital COVID Certificate" is due to officially launch on 1 July.

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21st June, 2021

Germany to allow fully vaccinated travelers from June 25, 2021.

     Travelers from non-European Union countries who are fully vaccinated will face no Covid-19 restrictions while traveling to Germany unless the country is designated a virus variant area. Effective June 25, 2021.

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17th June, 2021

Europe to add America in ‘safe travel list’.

     European authorities have agreed to allow American travelers into European countries as they reopen. 

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16th June, 2021

Italy to lift Covid restrictions.

     Italy has designated 6 more regions which will be facing ease of lockdown. So far 12 of the country’s 20 regions have been classified as ‘low-risk’ regions.

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15th June, 2021

Germany to lift travel restrictions.

     Germany is planning to lift travel warning for most countries from July 1, 2021 as all European countries except UK gear up to lift Covid restrictions & lockdown.

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14th June, 2021

Covid restrictions ease across Europe except in the UK.

     As the EU countries have been recording a fall in infection rate, many of them have eased Covid-19 restrictions for travelers except the UK.

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11th June, 2021

European countries to open one-by-one for visitors.

     Many of the EU countries plan to take in vaccinated visitors as they open one-by-one according to the calculated risks possessed by the outside world.

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10th June, 2021

Germany to whitelist the majority of EU countries.

     Germany exempts some travel restrictions & adds most of the EU countries in the ‘low-risk’ areas list.

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9th June, 2021

France to launch health pass as lockdown eases.

     France resumes indoor dinings & other restricted businesses as the next phase of easing lockdown begins. 

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8th June, 2021

Switzerland to launch EU Covid passport. 

     As informed earlier, Switzerland has launched its EU Covid-19 Passports yesterday, June 7.

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7th June, 2021

European countries to open borders for visitors.

     The European Union states that 7 countries are open to take in travelers for summer vacation, 2021. Many see a possibility of more reopening. allowing students & other Visa holders to enter. 

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4th June, 2021

Netherlands lifts ban from several countries. 

     Netherlands has lifted ban from over 25 ‘high-risk’ countries. However, the authorities will impose a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all travelers.

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3rd June, 2021

Air Canada to initiate flights to Italy.

     Air Canada states that they will soon start service to Rome, Italy with government approved negative Covid-tested flights. A negative test result of at least 48 hours prior to the flight is required to continue your travel to Italy without quarantine. 

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2nd June, 2021

Switzerland to start implementing EU Covid-19 Passport System.

     The Swiss government has announced the implementation of Covid-19 certificate system, effective June 7, 2021. This should be up & running by the end of June 2021. 

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Important Update:

The Supreme Court announces suspension of Grade 12 CBSE board final examination.


1st June, 2021 

European Union to launch Covid-19 recovery plan.

     European Union plans to launch the recovery plan in June after all 27 members approved the scheme. European Union should be able to manage social and economical recovery after obtaining the required amount of funds. 

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Important Update:

The Supreme Court on Monday has adjourned its final decision to Thursday, on the plea filed for cancellation of CBSE & ICSE class 12 exams. The Supreme Court should return with a final decision in the next two days.


31st May, 2021

Italy extends border restrictions for India & others.  

     Italy extended its entry ban for India, Sri Lanka & Bangladesh in order to safeguard their citizens from the contagious Indian - dominant variant of coronavirus until further updates for the same. 

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29th May, 2021

Maharashtra government to arrange walk-in vaccination for international students. 

     The Maharashtra government has initiated a vaccination program for international students who have received confirmation of admissions in universities abroad and require vaccines for the same. The walk-in program will be effective from 31st May, 2021 to 2nd June, 2021. 

Vaccination Centres: 

  • Rajawadi 

  • Cooper

  • Kasturba

Requirements to get vaccinated:

  • 1- 20 or DS - 160 form

  • Verified confirmed letter to the university

  • Personal ID documents 

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28th May, 2021

Switzerland to discontinue quarantine requirement. 

     The authorities plan to abolish quarantine requirements & covid restrictions for fully vaccinated international travelers and for those who have recovered from Covid-19.

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27th May, 2021 

France to impose extra restrictions on UK travelers.

     France will be requesting mandatory isolation for all travelers arriving from UK and strict Covid-19 tests. Travelers will need to prove that they’re Covid negative before boarding the flight from the UK. 

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26th May, 2021 

Switzerland removes 5 countries from ‘high-risk’ countries list. 

     In the recent review, Switzerland decided to remove abn from 5 countries and several regions.

The list includes: 

  • France: Région Bretagne and Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine

  • Italy: Region Basilicata

  • Austria: Province of Upper Austria and Province of Salzburg

  • Palestina

  • Qatar

  • Poland

  • Serbia

  • Hungary

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25th May, 2021

Germany updates its ‘high-risk’ countries list. 

Germany’s public health institute has declared the UK a virus variant region and has restricted travel from UK to Germany until exempt. Germany also plans to remove France from its list of Covid-19 risk areas as the number of current Covid-19 cases in Germany drop.  

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24th May, 2021

Europe slowly peeling back border restrictions.

     European authorities plan for an unified opening for international travelers as they slowly push back most of the Covid-19 restrictions. However, travelers who are completely vaccinated but belong to high-risk regions/countries will remain on the ‘ban list’. 

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21st May, 2021

Europe to reopen borders soon.

     EU member states that they’ve been planning to reopen borders for fully vaccinated citizens and remove the current non-essential ban from all 27-member European Union. 

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20th May, 2021

Europe set to ease Covid-19 restrictions soon.

     European authorities plan to ease all general travel restrictions for fully vaccinated people. The ease of restriction will include tourists and general travel. 

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19th May, 2021

Covisheild suspended in 10 European countries over major side effects.  

     Oxford University-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine has been suspended by 10 European countries so far due to the serious cases of blood clot amongst the people who have taken the AstraZeneca vaccine.

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18th May, 2021

There’s light at the end of the tunnel for Germany.

     The German authorities claim that keeping up with the pace and maintaining the stability in vaccinations and regulations might result in greater changes in the Covid-19 cases. This will possibly lead to an ease of restrictions.

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17th May, 2021

France reaches 20 million first Covid-19 vaccines.

     The government of France plans a ‘reopening’ for non-essential businesses and other social places. However, international travel will still be restricted and limited, specially for those who come under ‘red list’/high-risk countries.

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14th May, 2021 

Germany plans to ease restrictions for fully-vaccinated travellers.  

     For fully-vaccinated travellers, the German government plans to ease out lockdown/Covid-19 restrictions. However, these changes do not apply for travellers coming from high-risk regions/countries.   

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13th May, 2021 

France to follow a traffic light system for international travelers outside the EU. 

     The traffic light system categorises countries in three zones (i.e. red, yellow, green) which follows high risk - low risk. The categorisation will decide if the traveler from that specific country will be permitted to enter France or not, effective end of May, 2021.

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12th May, 2021

Sweden prompts out Covid-19 guidelines for international travel. 

     Sweden government has published Covid-19 guidelines which refer to a mandatory quarantine. The government also advises that travelers need to get themselves vaccinated before traveling to Sweden from EU countries. However, all other countries outside the EU will be following a temporary travel ban until 31st May. 

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11th May, 2021

Europe lists out exceptions for ‘Red-List’ countries.     

     Permanent European residents, citizens, international students, and essential personalities will be allowed in the European countries with proper regulations to be followed, including a negative report in a Covid-19 test, vaccinated and a mandatory quarantine post entry. 

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10th May, 2021

European countries make additional changes to the ‘Red list’ travel ban.  

     The European government has added 3 additional countries in the ‘Red list’ travel ban and 12 countries listed in the ‘green list’ for the citizens to travel. 

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7th May, 2021 

Lockdown in France eased with less restrictions.

     The French government eased lockdown to help schools and travel as the universities and schools work with in-person classes. However, international travel restrictions are still in place.

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6th May, 2021

Germany to ease restrictions for vaccinated people.

     The government of Germany suggests that people who are Covid-19 vaccinated won’t be facing any restrictions related to Covid-19. This will allow restaurants, shops, cinemas and probably universities to function according to the local situation.

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5th May, 2021 

European countries might allow vaccinated travelers into the country.

     The EU suggests that citizens who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and originate from a low-risk country might be able to enter the European countries.

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4th May, 2021

Switzerland on mandatory quarantine for Indian travelers.

     The government of Switzerland still prohibits entry for passengers arriving from ‘high-risk’ countries. However, if any Indian passenger visits the country, they are expected to follow a 14-day mandatory quarantine and Covid-19 test. 

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3rd May, 2021 

France might restrict travels after discovering the ‘Indian variant’ Covid-19.

     France records the ‘Indian variant’ Covid-19. Incase of spread, the nation might put up restrictions for international students. The government also imposes strict quarantine for passengers traveling from ‘high-risk’ countries.

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30th April, 2021

France imposes a 10-day quarantine for Indian travelers.

     Travel Industry Operators confirm a mandatory 10-day quarantine and reduced flights for Indian travelers as Air India cancels majority of it’s flights scheduled April 24, 2021 - April 30, 2021.

Article Link: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/covid-france-imposes-10-day-quarantine-for-indian-flyers-air-india-cuts-london-flights/articleshow/82181283.cms 


29th April, 2021

Germany classifies India as ‘area of variant of concern’ and restricts immigrants from India.

     Due to the current circumstances, Germany restricts all kinds of transport services classifying India as a high risk ‘area of variant of concern’. This is an update on the previous amendment and considers exceptions only for emergency purposes and German citizens, effective April 26, 2021.

Article Link: https://india.diplo.de/in-en/vertretungen/gkmumbai


28th April, 2021

France expected to ease the travel & visa restrictions

     Emmanuel Jean-Michel Frédéric Macron expected to announce the plans to ease out Covid-19 restrictions following European Government plans to tone down the restrictions for the European Union countries.

Article Link: https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/frances-macron-expected-announce-easing-covid-rules-coming-days-minister-2021-04-27/


27th April, 2021

Rapid spread of Covid-19 in European Territories led to strict regulations

     The new phase of Covid-19 has led to several restrictions in European Territories, imposing strict measures against international travels. However, European authorities consider to lift restrictions from the below mentioned countries: 

  • Australia

  • New Zealand

  • Rwanda

  • Singapore

  • South Korea

  • Thailand

  • China (Selected regions) 

Vaccinated Americans might be able to travel to European Territories based on the situation.

Article Link: 

1. https://reopen.europa.eu/en

2. For American news: https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/news/2021/04/25/report-european-union-accept-vaccinated-americans-summer/7377054002/