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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.

According to the European Union, the 15th of June may be the day where the whole Europe will reopen meaning that it will potentially be easier to travel from one country to another: flights will be resumed, slowly and partially, and measures will be put in place to facilitate travelers interested in traveling in Europe this summer.

Note that every country may decide to act differently, so before you book and plan to 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. The most significant date to watch out for is June 15, when the EU may lift its 3-month long travel ban!

Where to travel in Europe this summer 2020

Although the situation is still not clear, this is what we know so far (very few, and it’s constantly changing): it will maybe all change in June when the whole of Europe will start welcoming Europeans as well. So, let’s assume that on the 15th of June the situation will be clearer for most of the following places. 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

June 15th should be the official date for reopening the country’s inter-EU borders: tourists may be asked to be checked but the instructions have not been released yet. 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 will be allowed to travel to Italy. People will also be free to move within different Italian regions, to facilitate freedom of movements and also tourism activities.
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, but at the moment it imposes a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine regulation on anyone who arrives in the country. The country will reopen fully on the 1st of July, just in time for summer, and it will welcome European tourists both on the mainland and on the islands.

4. Portugal

Portugal will welcome European tourists from June 15th: the Government is working on a plan to ensure people will adhere to social distancing on the beach, and it will possibly introduce a health check to all the people entering the country. The island of Madeira has announced they will reopen to European tourists on July the 1st, and the Covid-19 test will be offered free of charge.

5. Croatia

Croatia has reopened its borders with Slovenia imposing a 14-day quarantine, and it will welcome tourists from Germany first and from the whole of Europe later starting (apparently, no later than June 15th).

6. Greece

International flights are planned to restart on July 1 for all European citizens, and the summer season will resume in full. Bear in mind that only visitors from 29 permitted countries will be able to enter Greece via direct flights to Athens and to Thessaloniki starting June 15. The rest of the travelers will have to wait. 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: the latter will have to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

8. Cyprus

The reopening phase will begin in two phases in Cyprus: June 9th and June 20th. European tourists will be admitted into groups based on their nationality. The first group of countries allowed to enter Cyprus includes Greece, Malta, Bulgaria, Norway, Austria, Finland, Slovenia, Hungary, Israel, Denmark, Germany, Slovakia, and Lithuania. The second group includes Switzerland, Poland, Romania, Croatia, Estonia, and the Czech Republic.

9. France

France has declared they are closed until the 15th of June, but this may change according to the European roadmap. 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. There’s no news about when and if this measure will be loosened. Tourism activities are meant to start again slowly at the end of July. This may change also based on what the rest of Europe will do.

11. Iceland

Iceland will open again to visitors as of June 15th, with some restrictions though. 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

Maltese Authorities have declared that the end of May is the potential date set for borders reopening to all non-essential travel, at least from Europe. This means that the country could welcome tourists starting from June and most likely from the 1st of July, also considering the release of a series of measures to guarantee social distance and checks.

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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