First foreign vacation destinations before the new start

First foreign vacation destinations before the new start

The planned opening of the borders in europe in mid-june gives rise to hopes that, contrary to expectations, people will be able to spend their summer vacations abroad. Some countries are preparing – others still have high hurdles to clear. An overview:

Austria: relief is great in the alpine republic. Many vacationers had already booked their summer stay in the land of mountains and lakes before the corona crisis. There is much to suggest that they will now be allowed to travel to the country. Germans are by far the most important group of guests. You will meet a country with currently extremely low corona figures. Major tourist facilities such as museums, mountain railroads and amusement parks are expected to reopen in the next few weeks. As of friday, this will include the schonbrunn palace in vienna, once inhabited by empress sisi. But visitors must wear mouth-nose protection. The cultural scene is still in the air. Theaters, concerts and festivals do not yet know exactly if, when and under what conditions they will be allowed to play in front of an audience again.

ITALY: italy's prime minister giuseppe conte has given his own countrymen hope for a summer vacation on the beach. But if and when tourists from abroad will be allowed back into italy is still up in the air. Sudtirol has already made headway and will be opening hotels again at the end of may – and is wooing german tourists. Meanwhile, the country is lost in sometimes absurd discussions about distance rules on the beach, in the sea and for children digging in the sand. Beach operators oppose proposals that rows of sun umbrellas be placed up to five meters apart or that sun loungers be disinfected after each change. Access should only be possible with advance bookings. At the moment, however, this is still a long way off: even the italians are not allowed to travel from one region to another at the moment.

SPAIN: any spain plans are still shaky for the summer of 2020 for international vacationers. Until now the borders have been closed. Even the spanish are still forbidden to travel to other regions of their country. In addition, from 15. May arriving to spain from abroad two weeks in quarantane. The mabnahme is to apply until the corona alert ends. However, there are gradual relaxations, although it is not yet clear what this means for tourism. So at least in parts of the country the hotels were allowed to reopen under strict conditions. "The impact of covid-19 on tourism is simply brutal," wrote the newspaper "el periodico". But at least: from june, lufthansa and its subsidiary eurowings want to send holidaymaker jets to the balearic island of mallorca, which has been less affected by the virus, again.

GREECE: ATHENS WANTS 18 AND ABOVE. May allow all movement within the country. Tourism is to be boosted from 1. July to start up again. In the seaside resorts, the sunbeds and umbrellas at the pool or on the beach should be placed about three to five meters away from each other. Rough discussion on whether meals should be served buffet-style or at the table. In order to prevent the spread of the virus, the beds in the rooms should not be made daily. Tourism is extremely important for the country, which has emerged from its economic crisis. Last year, 33 million tourists came to the city. For 2020, the industry expects more than 22 billion euros in sales. Now it was not allowed to exceed two billion euros. Around 65 percent of hoteliers fear they will not open at all this summer.

FRANCE: for two months, the french were only allowed to view their often beautiful beaches from afar. With the easing of exit restrictions, this is now changing. Regional authorities will decide which beaches on the mediterranean, atlantic and north seas will be open again. On the atlantic coast, several beaches have already opened for swimming and fishing; others are to follow in the north and south of the country. The mediterranean island of corsica is still under a travel ban – no tourists are welcome there for the time being. Cafes and restaurants could be open from 2. June reopening in regions where the virus is less widespread. Summer vacation, the government hopes, will be possible for the french in the country from july onwards. For landmarks like the eiffel tower, it's unclear when tourists will be able to visit again. Rough museums like the louvre in paris will probably not open their doors before september. Smaller museums already allowed to receive visitors again.

Turkey: turkey gradually relaxes corona restrictions and prepares for an opening in tourism. Travel restrictions now in place in only 15 cities and provinces instead of 31. At the end of may, the country plans to start domestic travel, and in june it hopes to welcome international holidaymakers. Strict corona requirements to apply to hotels and restaurants. Distance and hygiene rules must be observed, and staff will receive pandemic training. Turkey has developed a certification program for this purpose. After the opening for international flights, corona tests will be carried out at the border crossings, for example at antalya airport. The semi-public airline turkish airlines had last extended its flight stop until 28 july. May extended.

Croatia: the adriatic country with its long, bay-rich coastline and many islands, which is heavily dependent on tourism, is pushing hard for the european borders to be opened. Since 9. May relaxed entry requirements apply. Foreigners are allowed to cross the border without a corona test and without quarantine requirements for three reasons: if they own property or a boat in croatia, if they are traveling for a funeral, or if they have an invitation from a company and there is an economic interest in their entry. An informal instruction of the ministry of interior states that the last regulation is also to be applied to vacationers who have booked accommodation in croatia. The authorities are also working on new rules to prevent too large gatherings of people on the beaches.

The netherlands: the holland vacation is possible again. Already now bungalow parks are gradually opening their doors and vacation apartments are being rented again. From 1. July, all campsites and vacation parks will be fully open again. Previously, this applied only to a limited extent. For example, on campsites showers and wcs had to remain closed. Sanitary facilities will start welcoming visitors again. July also reopened on beaches and in natural parks. Museums allowed from 1. June – provided they register online beforehand. Restaurants, cafes, beach pavilions and pubs may also serve a maximum of 30 guests at a time. From july up to 100 guests are allowed.

POLAND: the country stops until 12. June to maintain controls at borders with other EU countries. Foreigners are not allowed in. So far, exceptions apply to people with permanent residence permits, truck drivers and diplomats. Since 4. May, hotels and shopping malls will be open again. In a further step to end the lockdown, restaurants and cafes will be allowed to serve a maximum of 30 guests at a time from next monday (may 18).05.) open again. However, a minimum distance of two meters between tables must be maintained. Also, cooks and cellarers are obliged to wear mouth-nose protection. Hairdressing salons and beauty salons will also be allowed to open next monday.

Egypt: it remains unclear when normality will return to popular resorts such as hurghada and sharm el sheikh. Hotels are now allowed to reopen to domestic tourists at 25 percent occupancy, and from 1 january onwards they will be open to the public. June at 50 percent occupancy. Hotels must, among other things, provide disinfectant at the entrance and disinfect the guests' packing on arrival and departure. When the borders open again, it should also be ensured at airports that travelers can keep a minimum distance from each other. Experts estimate that the agyptian tourism industry is losing a billion u.S. Dollars a month because of the pandemic.

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