US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — More and more countries are introducing exemptions to the self-isolation regime in order to restart the economy in a difficult situation. Those countries that were among the popular tourist destinations before the epidemic reopen borders and invite tourists from all over the world. CNBC experts have compiled a list of European countries where you can relax this summer.
The European Commission has published recommendations for opening the tourism industry, which will work this summer.
At the same time, the European Commission recommended limiting its own short-term trips to June 15, if there is no urgent need for such a trip.
However, experts note that after people spent several months in isolation, they will want to go on a trip.
Undoubtedly, some people are still afraid to book a trip because of the fear of contracting a coronavirus, but there are also those who are in a hurry to take this opportunity.
Below we will talk about those European countries where you can relax this summer.
Augusto Santos Silva, Portuguese Prime Minister, told Observador Friday that tourists are waiting in Portugal. He also noted that all tourists arriving in Portugal would not be quarantined, however, upon arrival, health checks would be carried out. Anyone planning in staying in Portugal long-term, however, will still be required to have a D7 visa Portugal or something similar.
To date, 30 788 people have been infected with coronavirus in Portugal. 1,330 died due to COVID-19 according to data provided by experts at the Johns Hopkins Institute.
In a televised address, the Greek Prime Minister said that the tourist season in the country will begin on June 15, and international flights to and from the country will gradually resume from July 1.
Greece was one of the first countries in the region to introduce tough self-isolation measures, which helped the country avoid serious infection rates. Currently, the country is relaxing restrictions – more than 500 beaches are open. You can travel around by avoiding crowds and public transports. Tourists are renting scooters and motorbikes to avoid taking public transport. So, if you are a traveler who is interested in bike tours, you can do this in attica, Athens, and Crete.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced that tourists will not be allowed to enter the country until July.
Sanchez also supported travel companies that began preparations for the tourist season. He also urged all Spaniards to plan a vacation in the country, which can start at the end of June.
In addition, the Spanish government announced that starting July 1, foreign visitors to the country will not need to comply with the 14-day quarantine immediately after arriving in the country.
Last week, the Italian Minister of Transport announced that the country will gradually open airports, and interregional and international flights will resume from June 3.
Earlier, the Italian Prime Minister also announced that Italy will open borders for citizens of EU countries starting from June 3. However, further actions will depend on how the virus behaves and what the epidemiological situation in the country will be.
Having caused a lot of controversy and controversy, Sweden, in fact, never imposed full-fledged quarantine, and its borders remained open. The government imposed a temporary ban on entry into the country of citizens of foreign countries, with the exception of citizens of the EU, Britain, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland.
There are currently 33 843 confirmed cases of infection and 4,029 deaths due to COVID-19 in the country, according to a CNBC article.
The Netherlands also left borders open to citizens from Schengen states – 26 countries whose citizens are entitled to free movement without a visa.
UK citizens are also allowed to enter the country, but their health status must be reported.
There are currently 45,445 confirmed cases of coronavirus infection in the Netherlands and 5,830 deaths.
Iceland’s borders also remained open to citizens of Schengen countries, but when entering the country they had to comply with 14-day quarantine. The Icelandic government plans to ease restrictions starting June 15th. When travel is back to relative normality, vacationers may want to know what to do when visiting the land of fire and ice, if so, they can check out websites such as ctocadventures to get as much information as possible for their trip.
In Iceland, 1,804 people became infected with coronavirus, 10 people died from COVID-19.
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