Continent on Earth, mainly on the northeastern quadrant, i.e. north-western Eurasia
|COVID-19 information: Rules such as mandatory wearing of facemasks in public and bans on large gatherings are still in effect but vary from country to country.
Most EU and Schengen countries have opened their borders for citizens of other EU and Schengen countries and travellers coming from a handful of other countries. EU member states can still implement restrictions, and countries that are on the permitted list may still have their own travel restrictions in place. The EU maintains a website providing up to date information about movement restrictions into and around individual EU countries, and into Norway and Switzerland.
Traffic between countries is stopped from time to time with short notice, such as when a new COVID-19 strain was found in England before Christmas 2020.
|(Information last updated 15 Sep 2020)|
Europe attracts more tourists than any other continent: over 600 million international visitors annually, more than half of the global market. Out of Earth's ten most visited countries, seven are in Europe, with good reason.
Although Europe is not one country, the ease of crossing borders might make you think otherwise, and transport infrastructure is generally efficient and well-maintained. At the other end of a short ride on a starkly modern high speed train, a brief flight, or an easy drive, you will likely be able to delve into a new phrasebook and culture.
Europe has cultural heritage dating back more than three millennia: the continent has seen the rise and fall of Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire, and birthed the Renaissance and the Industrial Revolution. Countless kingdoms, republics and empires have left archaeological sites and old towns galore, and the most magnificent cathedrals in the world for you to explore. Aside from history, Europe is the home of high culture, is renowned for its diverse cuisines, and is justly celebrated for its exciting and romantic cities.
Europe stretches from the shivering Arctic Ocean in the north, to the pleasantly warm subtropical Mediterranean Sea in the south, and contains a vast array of temperate climates and variety of landscapes in between. The east of the continent is connected to Asia, and for historical reasons a boundary is usually drawn from the Ural mountains via the Caucasus to the Aegean Sea, while the continent's western extremities jut bracingly into the Atlantic Ocean.