In this article, luggage shipping specialists My Baggage cover everything you need to know.
From June 15th, France will be opening its doors to tourists from the EU, including the UK. People from other countries will not be permitted to enter France. There are limited flights and Eurosta services available, it’s important to remember that you will be required to wear face coverings on both means of transport.
Similar to France, from the 15th June Germany will allow tourists to enter from the EU, including the UK, Switzerland, Norway and Iceland. From the 31st August Germany will begin to allow international tourists.
Italy was one of the countries in Europe hardest hit by the pandemic, but it has also been one of the quickest to open its doors to tourists. From the 3rd of June Italy allowed both EU and international tourists to visit, however, international tourists are required to undertake 14 days self-isolation. In a bid to attract tourists back to the idyllic Italian island of Sicily tourists are being offered discounted accommodation and travel packages.
Spain is another country that was badly hit by the pandemic. Anyone travelling there is required to self-isolate themselves for 14 days. It is slowly planning to reopen allowing domestic tourism from June 22nd. From the 1st July however, the country is planning to open its doors and once again allow international tourism. The Canary Islands, located off the coast of Northern Africa will be the first destination in the world to trial health certificates.
From June 15th regulations will be relaxed, however, travel to The Netherlands is currently permitted to allow only a few countries in the EU access to travel, with The UK and Sweden currently only being allowed to travel for essential reasons. For those travelling from countries with high infection rates you will have to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. In The Netherlands outdoor restaurants and bars are open, museums and cinemas are open and caravan and campsites have also opened their doors. Flights are expected to increase and the Eurostar should have its first trains scheduled by June 28th.
From June 15th there will be limited EU and international flights into Portugal. Some airports will be carrying out health checks, but will not have to self-isolate for 14 days unless they are travelling to The Azores. The popular island of Madeira is hoping to open up for international tourists from July 1st, it will require visitors to submit a negative test result from 72 hours prior to travel or you will need to be tested when you arrive.
From the 15th of June Greece is opening up and allowing a select number of countries to visit as tourists. Currently people from the UK and Ireland are not permitted to visit. Prior to opening up Greece released a list of high risk destinations which included the UK, Spain, Italy and Sweden. Anyone travelling to Greece from a high risk destination will be required to undergo a test for Covid- 19 and to self-quarantine for 14 days.
From the 8th June anyone visiting or returning to the UK will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. When arriving you will need to give information of your accommodation and where you plan to ride out your quarantine. Some visitors may have to undergo testing. These rules do not apply to anyone travelling from Ireland or Northern Ireland.
From the 15th June Croatia will reopen its borders to all visitors from the EU, including the UK. You will not have to self-quarantine upon arrival, but before you travel you will need to fill out an online form which will include your accommodation information. You will need to have accommodation booked before you travel. In Croatia shops, restaurants, bars and museums are open, so tourists will have plenty to see and do throughout their stay.
Cyprus is opening slowly, with the first phase beginning on June 9th and the second on June 20th. However, citizens from the UK, Russia, USA, Italy, France and Spain will not be allowed to travel to enter the country. Cyprus has not provided information as to when this will be lifted.
Ireland is slowly starting to open up again, with hotels the hospitality industry set to reopen from July 20th. There are limited flights and ferry services available, but anyone who enters the country will be required to self-isolate for 14 days and provide Irish authorities with their accommodation information. This is applicable to anyone coming into the country after being abroad. It is not applicable to anyone entering Ireland from Northern Ireland.
Malta is a popular destination for holiday makers, but for anyone travelling to the country they will be required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Malta has confirmed that they will be reopening their borders from July 1st but only to a select number of countries including Germany, Switzerland, Ireland, Israel, Denmark and Norway.
Sweden took a completely different route to Covid-19 than most countries, being one of the few to not initiate any lockdown. Borders have been closed to international tourists and EU tourists throughout the pandemic, but from June 15th this is due to be lifted. Throughout the outbreak in Sweden shops, museums, restaurants, bars, clubs and hotels have remained open. Due to this, some countries including Norway and Denmark will not allow you entry if you have travelled to or from Sweden.
Entry is still prohibited for foreign travellers, although the government has hinted that this is due to be lifted sometime in June. As it stands, you cannot go on holiday to Turkey and there is no set date for this to be lifted.