Europe brings in new rules for tourists as the EU thinks of ways to take in travellers safely.
With individual lockdowns becoming less strict across Europe, Brussels are putting heads together with other European leaders to think of new rules in the light of the pandemic crisis.
A long with safety is the actual process of advertising travel to people as the stricter regimes and fear of the spread of coronavirus may keep people from leaving home at all.
Europe was at one point the epicentre of the COVID-19 outbreak, with more than 1.3 million cases and 156,000 recorded deaths across the continent and these figures aswell as images of coffins in the streets still remain large in people’s minds.
In Spain, people have been told they can only have a maximum amount of hours on the beach with social distancing a priority and strict overseeing of rules and regulations by local police. Travellers to the country will also have to self-isolate for 14 days once a date is confirmed to receive tourism.
Greece are opening up to tourists in only a few weeks time at the start of June with Greece’s tourism minister stating: “If we are to think of the possibility of travelling this year it has to be under specific new rules.
“We have to have new rules for hotels, new rules for beaches, new rules for pools, new rules for breakfast buffets, new rules for tour buses.
“We need them if we are to start moving people from one country to another by road, air or sea. Temporary rules that will have to make economic sense. If, for example, you can only fly with 10 people on a plane to be deemed safe then obviously there will be no flight.”
Some parts of Greece are off limits whilst those who arrive in the country will have to self-isolate for 14 days.
Each individual country looks set to have their own rules. One such country, Cyprus,is considering asking tourists to take a COVID-19 test prior to their arrival. Travellers could also be asked to disinfect their luggage and reception desks may be put behind screens, while cleaning staff could be dressed in full protective gear their deputy tourism minister, Savvas Perdios, stated.
Tourism to Italy remains shut indefinitely to outsiders bar people there for the upmost importance, whilst France remains shut to travellers until July 24th at the earliest.
France and the UK are, however, trying to work out a crossing agreement with each other in time for this date.