For many of us, the idea of a “escape” has never been more appealing! After months of quarantine and travel cancellations, some countries have begun welcoming international visitors back to their shores.
Traveling abroad is still a long way off for the people of the UK. Although the prime minister announced that he hopes to reopen hotels, holiday parks and tourist trips from July 4th.
However, there are signs of hope from other countries as well, an indication that life will return to normal, from Italy and Greece to Portugal and Iceland.
We may not be able to travel abroad yet, but it is a pleasure to know that some of our favorite destinations will be ready to welcome us when the time comes.
Anyone who prefers “La dolce vita” will be happy to know that the venue will be open to international visitors from June 3rd. After this date, which depends on whether or not there will be other new cases of coronavirus, tourists will not be required to quarantine upon arrival. Restaurants, cafes and bars are gradually opening up with the social distancing measures that still exist. Sicily is encouraging visitors to choose this fantastic destination by lowering hotel accommodation prices, especially during the fall and onwards.
The Icelandic government has announced that it expects to begin easing restrictions on the arrival of international tourists, no later than June 15! The exact details of the decisions are expected to be made public in the future, while tourists are being given the option of choosing whether to take a test for the virus as soon as they arrive or a two-week quarantine.
Greece will reopen its doors to international visitors from June 15. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said tourists would not need to take a coronavirus test, nor would they need to be quarantined upon arrival. The first airport to open will be Athens International Airport, and from July 1, all Greek airports will be open for flights from abroad. Tourism accounts for 20 percent of Greece's GDP, so enterprise measures are expected to strengthen employment and the economy.
Portugal has begun opening hotels, bars, nightclubs and restaurants in recent weeks, but there is still no date for international arrivals to arrive in the country. The beaches will reopen on June 6 and people will be required to socialize, about 1.5 meters away. Locals can check in advance if their nearest beach has space using a new app, which determines how many people are on the beaches at any hour of the day.
The beautiful Belize is currently without Covid-19, one of only 12 countries in the world that thanks to a strict tracking and reporting platform and a quick government response to the virus outbreak, is today one of the least affected countries. The country recorded only 18 cases to date and two deaths. Belize authorities hope to reopen Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA) on July 1.
Spain began tightening blockade restrictions in early May, and hopes to welcome international visitors in June. The Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands will be the first to open to tourists and anyone arriving in the country will have to make a 14-day mandatory quarantine. Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha González Laya insisted that such measures are temporary, adding that quarantine could be replaced by temperature checks and health certificates indicating that the tourist is not affected by the virus.
Cypriot Deputy Tourism Minister Savvas Perdios has confirmed that the island will reopen airports on June 9 after it managed to control and prevent the mass spread of the virus. So far, the country has only one new case of Covid-19 and 918 cases in total.