Countries to reopen for tourism

Staff Correspondent

29 May, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Countries to reopen for tourism

As European countries begin lifting COVID-19 restrictions, many countries are planning to reopen their borders for tourists.

Many countries around the world are going to allow tourists from the next summer on a limited scale.

Cyprus has outlined plans for the phased resumption next month of commercial flights from a select number of countries with low COVID-19 infection rates to jump-start its vital tourism sector.

Spain, one of the most corona hit countries, is opening up to welcome travellers from July 1 with no quarantine mandate.

Each member state of the European Union (EU) is approaching the end of its coronavirus lockdown and border closures a bit differently.

Germany has set June 15 as the date to fully relax borders and restrictions on inter-EU travel while Austria also set the same date to ease the border for EU citizens.

France and Italy are planning to open its door for foreigners from August 1 while another top tourist destination, Portugal’s tourism board has said that the country’s beaches and hotels will be ready to welcome tourists by mid-June. Greece has said it aims to open its borders to European tourists by June 15, along with several other EU countries like Bulgaria from June 10, Denmark by June 22, Netherland by June 20, Poland by June 16, Lithuania, Romania and Hungary by June 15, The United States and the United Kingdom are thinking to reopen their borders from September 1 and July 15 respectively.

Apart from these countries, Russia would open border by mid-July, Brazil by the first week of August, Iran, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Tunisia and Armenia by August 1, Switzerland by June 15 and Japan by mid-June.