From June 3 Italy opens its borders to those coming from the countries of the Schengen area. No quarantine and no self-certifications. The movements between the different regions are also resumed freely and it will again be possible to sail along the Italian coast. Borders are the exclusive competence of States and at this stage the European Commission can only limit itself to recommendations, such as those contained in the Tourism package of 13 May in which States are invited to a total exit from the coordinated and at the same time secure lockdown to avoid risk of a second wave of infections. Some states are about to make leaks forward. Greece has already made it known that from 15 June it will reopen to foreigners from 29 countries (including New Zealanders) but not to Italians. And the other tourist destinations?
June 15 a watershed date. Until that day, European borders will be closed to those coming from non-EU countries. Therefore a decision must also be made on that front. As for internal borders, the capitals are working to ensure that most countries reopen for that date, thus allowing the resumption of the free movement of people and therefore tourism, one of the sectors most affected by the lockdown. On June 5 there is an Internal Affairs Council in which EU ministers will have another opportunity to discuss each other and with the Commission. The Brussels objective is to avoid subjective criteria that could discriminate between European citizens. For this reason, it has indicated three criteria to be taken into consideration: epidemiological (the European Agency that monitors the epidemiological trend of ECDC will update a list of areas with low virus circulation); containment and tracking capabilities through apps.
Doors open in Greece for tourists from 29 countries: Albania, Australia, Austria, North Macedonia, Bulgaria, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Estonia, Japan, Israel, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malta, Montenegro, New Zealand, Norway, South Korea, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic and Finland. Italy, France and Spain remained off the list, which compiled – explains the newspaper Khatimerini – after examining the epidemiological data of each country, and considering the announcements of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (Easa) and the recommendations of the National Committee on infectious diseases. The entry ban does not apply to the nationality of tourists, but to the country of origin of the flight that lands on Greek soil, the government said. Athens said it would update the list on July 1st.
Croatia and Slovenia
The Italians can go on vacation to Croatia but on condition that they show the hotel reservation. Last Thursday Zagreb listed the ten states to which it opens its doors: Austria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. Italy was initially excluded, then the change of position and the decision to allow Italians to enter the country for work and economic reasons, including tourist ones. You need to have a reservation. In addition there is the problem that at the moment it is not possible to cross Slovenia, which after having opened to all EU citizens on May 14 last, the first country to come out of the emergency, then retraced its steps allowing entry only to the Croats.
Austria and Switzerland
Austria’s concern for us continues. Vienna on 15 June will definitively open the borders with Germany, Liechtenstein and Switzerland, and is also looking for agreements with other states to allow the Austrians to return without the 14 days of quarantine. Diplomacies are at work, explained Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, who will lift the reservation on us on June 3: The situation in Italy is the most difficult – he said -. However, we are looking for a solution soon. Details will not be presented before Wednesday. Meanwhile you can go to Austria for work reasons (with quarantine) and freight traffic is allowed. Switzerland also remains closed, with the exception of cross-border workers. From 15 June, Germans, Austrians and French will be able to enter freely while for citizens of other Schengen countries and for Italians, all postponed to 6 July.
Spain, France and Great Britain
Italians will also have to wait for holidays in Spain: air and sea borders closed until 6 June, with the exception of cross-border workers, residents, diplomats, all with 14-day quarantine obligations. France, on the other hand, has never closed its borders to Italy: you can go there freely on condition that you have a self-certification and declaration of absence of symptoms from Covid-19. Not even Britain provides for restrictions for Italians even if starting from 8 June a two-week quarantine will be mandatory for those coming from abroad.