Date of reopening of the borders : Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Tunisia... Where can we from this summer ?

The european Union will re-open completely its internal borders by the end of June and is expected to start in early July to lift restrictions of travel to or f

Date of reopening of the borders : Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Tunisia... Where can we from this summer ?

The european Union will re-open completely its internal borders by the end of June and is expected to start in early July to lift restrictions of travel to or from outside of the EU. Follow the latest news and dates of reopening of the borders country by country.

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[updated on June 8, 2020 10: 12] An announcement that will revive slowly but surely the tourism sector in Europe and outside the European Union. On Friday, the Commissioner for internal Affairs, announced at a press briefing after a video conference between the Interior ministers of the Twenty-Seven that the european Union (EU) is due to reopen fully its internal borders by the end of June and is expected to start in early July to lift restrictions of travel to or from outside of the EU. She said that most of the EU countries (including France) would by June 15, the border controls between member countries, but that some (such as Spain) would nevertheless the end of the month. "This means, therefore, that the internal controls at the borders will be lifted by the end of June, I guess. We should consider the gradual lifting of travel restrictions to be non-essential to the EU at the beginning of July".

Several questions arise about the course of the holiday season : where will it be possible to leave this summer ? Travel in Europe and in the Mediterranean is it ok ? Several countries have already announced the reopening of their borders in the coming weeks. Hard hit by the coronavirus in and out progressively from the confinement, Spain has announced that it will reopen its borders for tourists this summer. Pedro Sanchez, the Spanish Prime minister, has said on this subject : "I announce to you that from the month of July, the entry of foreign tourists in Spain will be resumed safely. The foreign tourists can therefore plan now for their vacation in our country. We will ensure that tourists are not at risk and that they do not risk to our country". Good news, as Spain has for many years been the preferred destination of the French, for the holidays. According to the daily newspaper EL PAÍS, negotiations would be underway to establish corridors for safe between countries. The iberian peninsula grows also to a recovery of coordinated movement in Europe on the 15th June, which could become the "D-Day" of tourism.

To boost tourism, the Italian government has reopened its borders to european citizens on 3 June last. It has also cancelled the mandatory quarantine for foreign visitors in the peninsula, according to official sources. These measures apply "in respect of the ties deriving from the legal order of the european Union", states the press release. Austria and Germany have already made plans to recover from the 15 June to the free movement across the common border. This flexibility will allow the business trips and family visits. While Spain has just announced the reopening of its borders for this summer, the United Kingdom has announced this weekend the introduction of a quatorzaine required for travelers arriving from overseas from 8 June. This measure, which will be reviewed "every three weeks" , must accompany the déconfinement progressive in the United kingdom. Travellers in quarantine, at their home or hotel, will be subject to random checks, and violators risk a fine of £ 1,000 according to the british press.

In Greece, tourism will resume after the June 15, with flights allowed in from several EU countries including France. Travellers flying to the european Union will not be subject to strict measures of quarantine, with the exception of passengers from the regions most affected by the coronavirus : the Ile-de-France, four Italian regions, the other four in Spain... "It will now depend on the airport of origin, not the country (of origin)," explained a government official to the AFP. For its part, the Greek national tourism Office has published a press release in which it gives more indications on the resumption of flights to Greece. Until 15 June, the international flights are allowed to the only international airport of Athens. "All visitors are subject to a test of their arrival and must spend a night in a hotel designed in the expectation of their result". From 15 to 30 June, international flights are allowed to the airports of Athens and Thessaloniki. The passenger who takes off from an airport in the list EASA of the areas affected by the coronavirus, such as the Île-de-France, will accept an isolation of 7 or 14 days. From 1 July, the international flights will be allowed to all the airports of Greece. Visitors will eventually be required to pass "a test of random sampling on arrival," says the tourist office.

Belgium will re-open starting June 15, its borders with other countries of the european Union, the United Kingdom and the four countries of the Schengen area non-EU member states, announced on Wednesday the First minister. Sophie Wilmès has, however, recommended to the votravellers ensure that their move was possible because "each country will decide on its own to open its borders to" its own terms. Furthermore cafes, bars and restaurants will reopen in Belgium under the conditions from the June 8, she said during a press conference.

In a statement, the tunisian authorities have announced the reopening of borders, maritime, air and land of Tunisia for 27 June. The French position set out on the 28th of may at the presentation of the plan of déconfinement is not important compared to the statements from the beginning of may. Earlier in the month, Jean-Yves Le Drian was in effect confirmed by the words of Emmanuel Macron and Edouard Philippe, saying that the French could not go on vacation to the international this summer and should stay in france or Europeans in function of the progressive reopening of the borders. Today, the Schengen border are closed to non-Europeans and the access to the French territory is subject to restrictions. "Those are closed and will remain closed. [...] A country outside Europe may not return". The position could change very soon.

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What are the restrictions of travel in the world ?

According to the latest report of the world tourism Organization (UNWTO), united Nations, countries all over the world have put in place restrictions on travel. "This is the most severe limitation of international travel ever observed in the history and, to this day, no country has lifted restrictions imposed in response to the crisis," says the UNWTO. For the moment, therefore, it is not possible to go on holiday, by train or by car in a border country such as in an airplane thousands of miles away. According to the report dated 29 April 2020, of 217 destinations in the world, 45 % were closed, in whole or in part, their borders to tourists, 30 % were suspended, in whole or in part, international flights, 18 % ban entry to travellers from specific countries or having been in transit in specific travel destinations and 7 % will apply various measures, such as quarantine measures or self-isolation for 14 days, or measures related to visas.

Christophe Castaner has announced that the borders will be closed until June 15, within Europe, between european countries, except for the cross-border workers. The external borders of the Union will remain closed until further notice. According to the information of BFMTV, Emmanuel Macron has raised the issue of a closure of the borders of the Schengen area until at least September during a video conference with the social partners. An inter-ministerial committee has been scheduled on the 14th of may next, concerning the question of the revival of the tourism facilities in the country. In the meantime, the government encourages the French to plan their vacation over the national territory. In a press release, the European Commission has invited member States of the Schengen area and the associated countries to the Schengen to extend the temporary restriction on travel of non-essential to the EU an additional 30 days, until June 15 : "The lifting of restrictions on the movement should be gradual : as highlighted in the european roadmap common on the lifting of the containment measures, the internal border controls will have to be stopped in a phased manner and coordinated before the restrictions at the external borders may be relaxed, in a second phase."

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Date Of Update: 08 June 2020, 04:57

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