Italians who intend to spend their summer holidays abroad will have to settle for a few destinations because tourists from Italy are currently not welcome in more than one European country, even within the Schengen area where, almost all, they are ready to reopen the borders.
Countries off limits
Among the most sensational no is that of Greece which, last Friday, announced the list of 29 states whose tourists will be able to visit the country from June 15th. The list could be updated on July 1st and therefore we can still hope. Another 21 European states also close their doors to Italian tourists. At the top of the list is Austria, which from June 15 will allow free movement without any control at the borders with Germany, Switzerland and Liechtenstein but not with Italy, still considered an outbreak. The governments of Vienna and Rome, however, are talking and not saying that the situation will change next week. Switzerland too does not want Italians despite being ready to allow free movement from 15 June and to reopen campsites, zoos, swimming pools, cinemas and theaters. From 20 June the island of Cyprus will open to international tourism with its wonderful beaches and its fascinating, albeit sad, history of divisions. There is no list of 19 countries for Italy. The other countries we cannot go to are: Denmark, Germany, Malta, Finland, Poland, Romania, Hungary, Sweden, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Bosnia, Poland, Norway, Montenegro, Ukraine and Russia. But one should not despair. Brussels, it being understood that the prohibitions never apply to nationality but to the countries of origin, pushes for a common line that is in any case inspired by epidemiological criteria. And, in the next few days, some nations, such as Germany, may retrace their steps.
The possible destinations
So what are the destinations to consider for the coveted post-quarantine holidays? Definitely France where border controls will be abolished from 15 June. To enter, simply present a self-certification of good health. Even Holland opens unconditionally to EU citizens and from 1 July promises to restart campsites and tourist villages. Following the slogan Clean & Safe (clean and safe), Portugal welcomes foreign tourism, also because it represents 15% of its economic production. But for the national hotel association, most hotels are expected to reopen in mid-July. The same goes for Spain that in a month will revoke the mandatory quarantine for all travelers, while the airlines should reactivate the connections with the most popular destinations in early June: Majorca, Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca. Turkey also does not want to renounce foreigners and will reopen its borders in mid-June. The Ministry of Culture and Tourism has published a catalog of hygiene instructions which, for example, provides for minimum distances in hotels between poolside loungers or individually packaged towels. After many delays, Croatia, another nation that depends heavily on tourism, will also allow Italians to enjoy its wonderful sea but you need to have a reservation in hand. The same line of Slovenia that from 26 May will allow citizens of the European Union to enter without a document certifying the negativity of the coronavirus but holding the address of a hotel. If you want to go to the cold you can think of Latvia which, among the Baltic States, is the only one to have decided to welcome foreigners. Doors open from June 1 also in Albania while Serbia has already removed the seals on the borders on May 22. Kosovo, on the other hand, will allow tourists to enter from mid-June.
Then there are a number of countries that, while not closing the borders, have decided to impose a quarantine on visitors. A choice that would discourage even the most motivated tourist. Among these, the United Kingdom stands out, where from 8 June anyone who enters from abroad will have to remain locked in a room for two weeks. Those who do not join the self-isolation will have to pay a fine of 1,000 pounds (about 1,100 euros). the same line chosen by Ireland, Bulgaria and Northern Macedonia which only imposes quarantine on those coming from some at-risk nations including Italy. The situation in Iceland is more uncertain. The island, which is heavily dependent on tourism, plans to ease restrictions on foreign travelers starting June 15, but for now, those entering will be quarantined for two weeks. The government, however, is considering offering the alternative of buffering visitors. then, it is likely that tourists will have to download and use the tracking application.
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