The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has taken the world back to the days of no travel. The quick spread of the virus has forced governments to implement nation-wide and state-wide bans. Thus, interstate and international travel have both been suspended. Moreover, movement within states with a high number of cases is also restricted or prohibited.
However, countries that were able to deal with the virus without incurring heavy losses are starting to return to their normal way of life. They are preparing to welcome back both domestic and international tourists.
Let’s look at how countries across Europe are opening up.
WHICH EUROPEAN COUNTRIES ARE EASING TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC AND HOW?
Austria will open up borders with countries that have experienced a significant decline in the spread of the virus. Their border with Slovenia could reopen by 1st June, and borders with Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary will be opened on 15th June.
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Cyprus will allow airports and seaports to reopen in stages starting from 9th June. Hotels, open-air cinemas, theatres, and shopping malls will also be allowed to reopen at the same time.
Borders with Austria and Germany due to open by 15th June.
ESTONIA, LATVIA, AND LITHUANIA
These three countries have created a “travel bubble” for their citizens. Latvian citizens are permitted entry to Estonia and Lithuania, and vice versa.
France is due to open its borders with Switzerland and Germany on 15th June.
Borders with Switzerland, France and Austria are due to be opened on 15th June.
International tourists will be allowed into the country from 1st July at the earliest.
Hungary could reopen its border with Austria by 1st June.
Iceland has kept its border open to Schengen countries. They aim to “start easing restrictions on international arrivals no later than 15 June”.
The Irish government allowed travel to and from the UK via some flights and ferry services.
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Borders are due to reopen to tourists on 3 June. Sicily has announced that it will subsidize travel for international and domestic tourists once it is safe to return.
Their border with Germany remains open.
The Netherlands has opened its borders to Schengen tourists and those traveling for essential reasons.
Poland is expected to reopen its border for international tourists from 13th June.
Even though there is no specified date, the tourists board has said –
“return for tourism is not far away.”
Slovenia is expected to reopen its borders to neighboring countries in phases. The border with Hungary could reopen by 1st June.
Tourists from the UK and some EU member states are allowed.
The Swiss border with Germany, France and Austria expected to reopen from 15 June.