Countries Reopening Their Borders for Summer 2020
Still holding out for a holiday abroad this summer? The good news is that a number of countries are now reopening their borders to international visitors in the next month. The bad news? You may need to quarantine for two weeks once you’re back home to reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus.
However, as long as you’re willing to commit to 14 days in quarantine after, you may be able to escape abroad for a summer holiday. Here are the destinations that will be waiting for us with arms wide open once we can travel again.
Greece has reopened its borders to visitors from 15th June, although British travellers will not be granted access to the country until 1st July at the earliest. The Greek Government has promised that international visitors will not need to have undertaken a COVID-19 test, nor will they have to be in a 14-day quarantine after arriving in the country. All airports in the country are expected to open on 1st July.
Every year, Italy is one of the top European destinations for a summer holiday and luckily, it is one of the countries that are open to international visitors already. At present, holidaymakers are not asked to quarantine upon arrival. Cafes, bars and restaurants have been gradually opening and social-distancing measures are still in place.
International visitors are now permitted into Portugal. Over the past month, the country has slowly started opening its hotels, restaurants, bars and night clubs. Beaches are expected to open on 6th July and a new app, which informs you how busy your nearest beach is, is in the works. Social distancing is still required, and people are advised to stay 1.5 metres apart.
The Portuguese Government is currently in talks about an “air bridge” arrangement with the UK, which would allow British tourists to skip the mandatory two-week quarantine on their return home. Currently, there is no quarantine for visitors arriving in Portugal, except for the Madeira Islands (until the 1st July).
Spain has started slowly lifting its lockdown restrictions since early May and has begun welcoming international holidaymakers from 21st June. In a tweet Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya said: “In July we will gradually open Spain to international tourists, lift the quarantine, ensure the highest standards of health safety. We look forward 2 welcoming you!”.
Turkey has also opened its borders to tourists from across the globe, including the UK. The country has launched a Safe Tourism Certification Programme to ensure the highest hygiene and health standards are upheld but does not require a 14-day self-isolation for people who enter its border.
Cyprus began allowing travel from a number of European countries, including Germany, Greece, Switzerland, Austria and Denmark, on 9th June. Visitors from Israel, Poland and Romania are asked to present a negative COVID-19 test, while people coming from the US and UK are currently not allowed to enter the country.
Airports, seaports, malls and indoor sections of restaurants, bars and coffee shops have opened in the country. Beaches have also reopened.
Those craving a tropical vacation will be thrilled to hear that the Maldives will be open again to holidaymakers from 15th July.
A spokesperson from the tourism board has confirmed that the Indian Ocean destination will be welcoming back travellers of all nationalities without prior testing or a mandatory quarantine period. There are also no new visa requirements or additional fees.
From 22nd June, St Barths is also welcoming travellers but has requested they schedule a COVID-19 test 72 hours before arrival. They are required to present a physical or digital copy of it at passport control, and as long as it’s negative, they are then allowed to enter the country and begin their sun-filled adventure worry-free.