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Safe Places to Travel in Europe in Summer 2020

If you’re trying to plan your summer holidays 2020 in Europe, and you’re facing problems in understanding what is happening and what will happen, we’re here to help: in this article, you will find updates on where you can travel this summer 2020, which borders are closed, what are the restrictions in place and what you need to know before you start planning.

Most of the European countries are now reopened so it is now possible to travel within Europe (with certain restrictions still in place) if you’re European; Americans are banned from visiting Europe at the moment, giving the spread of the virus.

If you decide to book a holiday in Europe before you book and plan everything make sure you get all the information you need to avoid problems when entering the country or leaving it. Also, make sure you check on the rules in your own country: some countries may have installed a quarantine period for people returning from abroad, and this certainly can affect your intention to travel.

It is still unclear how and when we get to travel again, but this guide may be a good starting point.

Where to travel in Europe this summer 2020

We’ve selected some of the most touristic places in Europe, to check what’s the situation and whether it will be possible or not to visit this summer. Bear in mind: this article is meant to Europeans traveling within the European Union. If you’re not European, rules are different and there’s no plan at the moment for when it will be possible to travel to Europe.

1. Austria

Austria reopened its borders on June 16 and lifted a quarantine requirement for incoming travelers from within the EU, excluding the United Kingdom, Sweden, Spain, and Portugal. Austria is an amazing place where to spend your summer holidays and also practice social distance: it’s also conveniently located so you may decide to reach the country with a car, to avoid unnecessary hassle.

2. Italy

Starting on June 3rd, citizens of EU countries can travel to Italy. Tourists from the rest of the world have to self-quarantine for 14 days on arrival.
Italy has some amazing beaches where to spend the summer holidays, but also some of the best mountains in Europe; and do not forget the food and the incredible number of Michelin Star restaurants you can visit during your stay.

3. Spain

Spain has already lifted the ban, just in time for summer, and it will welcome European tourists both on the mainland and on the islands.

4. Portugal

Portugal opened its borders to international visitors on July 1. Travellers will have to present negative COVID-19 test results from within 72 hours prior to travel, or be tested on arrival.

5. Croatia

Croatia has opened its borders to citizens of Germany and nine other, mostly Eastern European, EU states. Other EU nationals need to prove a valid reason to enter, such as a tourist booking confirmation. Unlike other nations, Croatia is not requiring a negative COVID-19 test.

6. Greece

Greece opened its borders on June 15, and on July 1, it reopened its regional airports to international flights. Visitors from some countries, including France, Belgium, and Italy, will have to be tested on arrival and go into quarantine, while others will be subject to random tests and no further restrictions.

Greece has some of the best beaches in Europe, and it’s a nice place where to spend some time far fro everything and everyone, practicing social distance, eating well, and also recovering mentally and physically.

7. Slovenia

Slovenia has officially declared the end of the pandemic and its borders have been officially opened on May 15th. Borders are opened not just for Europeans but also for non-EU residents: visitors from these countries will not need to self-quarantine upon arrival. Masks are mandatory in public. 

8. Cyprus

Cyprus allows visitors from countries considered to have dealt with “the pandemic successfully”, and these are divided into two lists. Travelers from the 19 countries in List A face no restrictions, while those coming from countries in List B must provide a health certificate. The UK and Russia remain barred for now.

9. France

France opened its borders to the European Union and Schengen countries on June 15 and 15 non-EU member states at the beginning on July. However, a voluntary quarantine will be required from the travelers from countries that imposed a mandatory 14-day quarantine “in an uncoordinated way.”

France wants to push domestic tourism, allowing people to travel freely within the country while respecting social distance and other measures.

10. Ireland

Ireland is still largely on lockdown and people entering the country have to self-isolate for 14 days.

11. Iceland

Iceland lifted its travel restrictions for passengers from the EU and the Schengen Zone on June 15 The Government of Iceland has announced that as of June 15 all passengers arriving in Iceland can choose to be tested for COVID-19 (free of charge for an initial two-week period) or quarantine for two weeks. From July 1, passengers will be charged approx 100 € for a single test.

12. Malta

Malta opened its borders on July 1 to visitors from several EU and Schengen Area member states, as well as from Sicily and Israel. Tourists will not need to enter self-quarantine if they meet the entry requirements.

Is it safe to travel in Europe this summer?

If the Governments start lifting the travel ban, it means that it is considered safe to travel to Europe this summer, taking into consideration that measures to prevent any kind of problem will be taken. Traveling may not feel comfortable for many, but it will be safe if done correctly.

According to one of the latest case studies released by SkyScanner, people don’t want to wait until 2021, they want to explore as soon as it’s safe in 2020; booking windows will possibly become shorter as people worry flights will continue to be canceled. but people want to travel.

Crowds, adherence to health/social distancing protocols, and public transport are just some of the challenges which face people and destinations. However, if these are addressed, visitors will be able to travel abroad, considering the potential travel restrictions imposed by their own country.

Can I book my summer trip to Europe?

A few airlines have started to sell tickets to European destinations. Flexibility is going to be key in planning a summer trip in Europe: things are changing and can change fast, and this requires caution and flexibility at the same time. If you decide to travel you have to find out what’s happening in your own country and what’s going on in the place you’re going to visit.

The key takeaways

As responsible travelers, we always have to ask ourselves if we are comfortable with the ongoing situation: tourism has a huge impact on people’s lives and the economies of every country, and so is being safe. As we all wait and watch to see how different governments respond to the actual situation, it is important to understand whether we want to travel or not. Local road trips and short breaks to adjacent destinations may be a good option to test the waters before committing to longer ventures.

Summer in Europe: a few resources for you

If you’re planning to book a future giveaway to Europe, these are a few resources we recommend:

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Veruska Anconitano
Veruska is a freelance content marketer and digital strategist. She's an accredited journalist, a member of the British Guild of Travel Writer, and a certified sommelier. She's the co-owner of TheFoodellers and a bunch of other websites.
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