A safe travel list has been agreed by the EU that includes 15 countries now approved for leisure or business travel from July 1st, although the US, Turkey, Brazil and Russia are still struggling with the containment of the virus, so will have to wait a minimum of two weeks until the list is next updated.
The countries just approved are Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay, Euractiv reports.
The criteria for lifting travel restrictions includes the epidemiological situation and containment measures being implemented by each country, coupled with social distancing and social and economic considerations.
The number of new cases over the last two weeks per 100,000 residents has to be close to or below the average for the EU, with the country seeing either a stable or declining trend of new cases over this timeframe compared to the previous two weeks.
It’s hoped that the move will support Europe’s tourism sector and bring people back to once-buzzing tourist hotspots, especially places in southern Europe, which has been hit hard by the crisis.
Where the UK is concerned, ministers have now confirmed that from July 6th, restrictions on non-essential overseas travel will be relaxed and people will be allowed to go to certain European countries without having to spend 14 days in quarantine when they get back to UK shores.
This has led to an influx of holiday bookings from people eager to get away after spending so long in lockdown. Andrew Flintham, managing director of TUI UK and Ireland, explained to the BBC: “We’ve already seen bookings increase by 50 per cent this week, versus last [week], with holidays to Spain and Greece looking the most popular this summer.”
If you are planning on jetting off for a holiday in the near future, make sure that you check the different rules and travel advice for your chosen destination so there are no nasty surprises for you and you know what to expect from your journey.
Make sure that you take face masks for the whole family with you so that you can use them as and when required, and you may also want to make sure that you carry disposable gloves and hand sanitiser so you can remain confident that you’re doing all you can to reduce transmission of the virus.
Flight booking data has revealed the top ten most booked European cities in the first half of June, with Lisbon in Portugal coming top of the list, followed by Paris, Amsterdam, Athens, Rome, Madrid, Frankfurt, Vienna, Barcelona and London.
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