Tourists and coronavirus: What is happening in European countries – Who is allowed to enter

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Few tourists took the risk in the summer of 2020 and traveled abroad for their vacation due to the pandemic coronavirus.

The health crisis is not over yet, however European countries are preparing for tourists by implementing the European certificate, PCR tests, on-site protection measures.

But what about European countries?

Spain

A report by the employer organization Exceltur published at the end of April shows that the activity of the tourism sector this summer is expected to reach 70% compared to the summer of 2019, compared to 30% last year, as broadcast by the French Agency and the Athens Agency. News.

Who is allowed to enter?

In a decision taken at European Union level, the Spain decided to allow the entry, from today, of all vaccinated persons, regardless of their country of origin.

Unvaccinated travelers from the European Union will have a negative PCR or antigen test at least 72 hours before arrival and will complete a questionnaire.

The British, who hold the largest share of the Spanish tourism market, can already enter Spain. But the country is on the British orange list, so the United Kingdom quarantines British citizens on their return from Spain, which prevents them from vacationing under the Spanish sun.

Unvaccinated travelers from the US and most third non-EU countries can only enter Spain for very limited reasons.

China, Japan, South Korea, Thailand and Singapore are the only Asian countries for which Spain allows entry with a negative PCR test.

The protection measures observed on the spot

The mask remains mandatory even outdoors, except on the beach, if bathers “remain in a designated area and observe a minimum distance of 1.5 meters. However, they should wear a mask if they are walking on the beach.

Restrictions, mainly on hotels and restaurants, vary from region to region, as the 17 Spanish regions have full responsibilities in the field of health and are constantly changing the status of protection measures. In the area of ​​Madrid and Catalonia there is no longer a traffic ban, while bars and restaurants are open until 01.00 in the Spanish capital and 24.00 in Catalonia.

Italy

Italy expects 20% more tourists this summer, the Italian Tourism Federation announced. Italy is expected to welcome 6.7 million foreign tourists this year (+ 24%), but 65.8 million fewer tourists than in the summer of 2019, when it exceeded the limit of 100 million tourists.

Who is allowed to enter?

Travelers from the European Union, Britain and Israel must have a negative molecular test or antigen test 48 hours before arrival in Italy. No quarantine is required, but they must complete a questionnaire.

Travelers from Australia, South Korea, Rwanda, Thailand, Canada and the United States require a negative molecular test or a 72-hour antigen test and a 10-day quarantine with a new test at the end.

Travelers from Brazil, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are not allowed to enter Italian territory.

The protection measures observed on the spot

The use of a mask is mandatory indoors and outdoors, but there is talk of lifting the obligation for outdoors from July. There is a traffic ban from midnight until 05.00 in the yellow (moderate risk) zones.

In restaurants and bars there is a limit of four people per table, both inside and outside.

Portugal

British tourists are its main clientele Portugal and the number of bookings and flights, mainly from the United Kingdom has increased significantly since the opening of the tourism on May 17th. However, the large flow of tourists is expected from July. However, Portugal was removed from the British orange list.

Who is allowed to enter?

All tourists must have a negative PCR test of at least 72 hours.

Travelers from the European Union, Schengen countries (Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland) and the United Kingdom are allowed to enter.

Flights from Australia, South Korea, Israel, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, Thailand and China are also allowed.

For other countries, the necessary trips are allowed (business, family, for health reasons.).

The protection measures observed on the spot

Tourists must follow the rules of social distancing and the use of a mask is mandatory. The government has set a set of rules for beaches and public swimming pools. The distance of three meters, for example, should be observed between the umbrellas. An information system for filling the beaches is valid with the use of three colors, depending on the number of bathers.

France

In France, the world’s first tourist destination before the pandemic, revenue (57 billion euros in 2019) doubled last year.

Who is allowed to enter?

For countries that have been designated “green” (European zone, Australia, South Korea, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, New Zealand, Singapore), no relocation is required and a negative PCR or antigen test of at least 72 countries is required only for non-vaccinated people.

For countries that have been marked “orange”, such as the US and the UK, a PCR or antigen test is required if the traveler is vaccinated, otherwise a travel reason, a negative test and a 7-day quarantine are required.

For countries that have been labeled “red”, including South Africa, Brazil or Turkey, there is a need for relocation.

The protection measures observed on the spot

The mask is mandatory outdoors, at least until the end of June. The measure can then be lifted in some areas.

The traffic ban will be valid from June 9 from 23.00 to 06.00 and will be lifted completely from June 30 if conditions allow.

From June 9, the interiors of restaurants and bars open, with the availability of 50% of the tables with a maximum number of six people per table.

United Kingdom

Who is allowed to enter?

The United Kingdom It is de facto almost closed to foreign tourists due to the strict restrictions on arrivals at the border. Most countries (especially European ones) require quarantine and expensive tests. For some countries such as the countries of South America, India, Turkey ραν quarantine is required in a hotel costing 2,000 euros.

There are very few countries that have been classified as “green” except for the quarantine measure. The green list is reviewed every three weeks. Portugal, the only European country included, was removed.

The UK tourism economy is focused on British tourists who are encouraged to stay in their country this summer.

The protection measures observed on the spot

Most of the restrictive measures have been lifted, while the last ones (concentration restriction, standing bars and discos) were to be lifted on June 21, which has remained a meteor due to the increase in cases of the Indian (Delta) variant of the virus and experts’ appeals to the government to maintain them.

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