2020 holidays abroad: where we can go to Europe. The country by country guide


Rome, 31 May 2020 – What will happen at the borders of Europe in this phase 2 of the pandemic Coronavirus (in Europe 176 thousand dead and more than 2 million infected)? How they will be starting from June 3rd travel outside Italy is you arrive in our country from European countries? Where can we go on holiday abroad? For now we still go in scattered order. Here she is guide Country by country.

Stop quarantine for those arriving from the Shengen area

In Italy go-ahead from June 3

Austria – From 15 June it will allow free movement without any control at the borders with Germany, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. As for Italy, a country considered by Vienna to still be an ‘outbreak’, there is an intention on both the Austrian and Italian sides to open the borders: an update of the situation is expected not earlier than Wednesday.

Switzerland – It keeps the borders with Italy closed, from June 15 it will open to tourists. From the same day, campsites, zoos, swimming pools, cinemas and theaters will also be open again. On June 24 it will be decided whether events with a maximum of 1,000 people can be organized again. Tickets for cable cars, buses or trains should be purchased, if possible, online. The hotels are open but in swimming pools and saunas the rule is one person every four square meters.

France – Border controls will be abolished from 15 June. From June 2 in most of the country – in Paris from the end of June – accommodation facilities, campsites and holiday homes will be able to reopen. From
restaurants will also open on Monday but in the capital, heavily affected by the virus, you can drink and eat on the terraces or in outdoor places.

Spain – From 1 July the mandatory quarantine for all travelers will be revoked. From early June some European airlines are expected to reactivate the connections for classic summer tourism destinations, Majorca, Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca. There appear to be ‘corridors’ with Germany, France, Great Britain and Portugal.

Portugal – Following the slogan ‘Clean & Safe’ (clean and safe), it wants to gradually reopen to foreign tourism. According to the national hotel association, most hotels are expected to reopen in mid-July. The nation on the western borders of the EU depends heavily on tourism, which is about 15 percent of economic production.

Greece – On 15 June it will reopen its borders and the capital’s ‘Eleftherios Venizelos’ international airport. Athens has announced that travelers from 29 countries – Italy is excluded – can enter without being quarantined. The government said it will update the list on July 1st. On 1 July all regional airports (including those on the islands) will also be reopened for flights from abroad.

Netherlands – The reopening will be gradual. The restrictions for non-urgent travel apply until June 15 but only to people from non-EU countries. From 1 June the museums will reopen but after registering online. From 1 July all campsites and tourist villages will have to be reopened.

Belgium – Any entry is forbidden except for ‘absolutely necessary’ reasons but restrictions are diminishing. Reopenings will be discussed with neighboring nations after discussion on the evolution of the pandemic. Passenger flights are allowed between 7 am and 9 pm.

Luxembourg – Checks on the German border ended mutually on May 15.

UK – It is also not accessible because the government plans to introduce a two-week quarantine for all travelers entering the country starting June 8. those who do not join the self-isolation will have to pay a fine of 1,000 pounds (about 1,100 euros). Only travelers from Ireland, Isle of Man and Channel Islands are exempted from the limitation. Within the United Kingdom – i.e. England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – local rules apply. Allow day trips to the coast or to nature parks.

Denmark – It was one of the first European nations to close borders. from March 14 foreigners cannot enter the country without a specific reason. for the moment only those who own a house – thousands of Germans – can enter or for family reunification. only access point is the ferry from the german island of sylt.

Sweden – Until June 15 temporary travel ban but not for eu citizens. to reach the Scandinavian nation the option is via denmark or by sea from germany: the ferries from kiel, rostock and travemuende are operational.

Norway – It closed its borders. Norwegians and foreigners with a residence permit can return to enter but must be quarantined for ten days. from Monday the citizens
from other Nordic countries will be able to enter freely. The entry ban for tourists will most likely continue until August 20.

Iceland – Island heavily dependent on tourism, plans to ease restrictions on foreign travelers starting June 15. For the moment, those entering will be quarantined for two weeks. The government should offer the alternative of buffering visitors. Possible that tourists will have to download and use the tracking application.

Turkey – Aims to reopen borders to tourists from mid-June. It is not yet clear whether there will be an obligation to wear a mask. It is safe, however, that only travelers can enter the airports while the companions will have to stop or wait outside. From 10 June the international flights of the flag carrier will be available again (from 4 those on domestic routes). The Ministry of Culture and Tourism has published a catalog of ‘hygienic instructions’ which provides, for example, in the hotels minimum distances between poolside loungers or individually packed towels.

Cyprus – From June 20 opens to international tourism. However, Italy is not on the list of 19 countries. Tourists from Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Croatia, Estonia, Great Britain and Russia will have to present a medical certificate of coronavirus negativity.

Croatia – Another nation that depends heavily on tourism, again allows citizens to enter the country without justification. Previously, the reason was required at the borders or confirmation of the existence of a property (apartment or boat). Italy is not yet on the list of countries benefiting from the easing. Air connections will resume in early June.

slovenia – From 26 May it allows citizens of the European Union to enter with a booking confirmation and without a document certifying the negativity of the coronavirus. In addition, citizens
of the EU can cross the country. The accommodation facilities will reopen from June 1st. It is forbidden to lie on the beach.

Czech Republic – The borders with Germany and Austria are reopened. Reopening possible on 15 June with neighboring Slovakia and Poland. Prague, a magnet for tourists from all over the world, is currently almost deserted. Some hostels and hotels have temporarily hosted homeless people.

Slovakia – From 13 March entry is allowed only to Slovaks and foreign residents.

Bulgaria – From 1 June, the borders to tourists from many EU countries reopen. From 22 May the borders for business travel only from the Schengen area have been reopened. For Italian tourists, the 14-day quarantine requirement will apply. Green light for the Germans. Sofia’s intention is to open freely to tourism from July 1st. The smaller hotels are already accepting domestic tourists. There is still uncertainty about the arrival of flights from abroad.

Hungary – From mid-June, a relaxation of border controls is planned, which for the time being will remain closed.

Romania – Access borders remain closed for the time being.

Poland – It will maintain border controls with other EU countries until 12 June but foreigners are still not admitted except people with permanent residence permits, truck drivers and
diplomats. Hotels and shopping centers were reopened on May 4th. Restaurants and bars have also reopened.

Albania – From 1 June the land borders will be reopened again.

Bosnia – Access is allowed only to citizens of Serbia, Croatia and Montenegro while other foreigners can only enter for reasons.

Serbia – From 22 May the borders are open for residents and foreigners and there is no obligation to carry out quarantine or buffer.

Kosovo – From mid-June, tourists will be able to return without limitations.

North Macedonia – The authorities have ordered the mandatory 14-day quarantine for all those arriving from countries considered to be high and medium risk.

montenegro – Re-opened borders for citizens with a similar epidemiological situation, namely Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Albania and Greece. Italy is not on the list.

Ukraine – Until 22 June there is a ban on entry both by land and by sky. Only residents and citizens with residence permits are admitted.

Russia – In the great Russian Federation there is a temporary entry ban for foreign citizens. The flag carrier allows reservations to and from Italy from August 1st.

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