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Going on vacation at the time of the coronavirus: inventory of measures in Europe

PCR tests, health passes, barrier measures, masks: the countries are organizing themselves to welcome tourists as well as possible. State of play.

SPAIN

The summer of 2021 should be much brighter for the sector in Spain, the second world tourist destination, which hopes to welcome 45 million tourists in 2021, according to the objective set by the authorities.

– Who can enter?

Travelers from a number of countries are completely exempt from restrictions and can enter Spain without even needing to present a negative test or vaccination certificate.

These are Albania, Australia, South Korea, the United States, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Rwanda, Serbia, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, China as well as Hong Kong and Macao.

Since June 7, Spain has also opened its borders to fully vaccinated tourists from all over the world.

Unvaccinated Europeans can come if they present a negative test (antigen or PCR) within 48 hours.

These obligations also apply to arrivals by land (for example from the border with France) for all travelers over 12 years of age.

Since Monday, Spain has reinstated the obligation to present a negative PCR test for the British, the first contingent of tourists in the country in normal times, who have been exempt since the end of May.

But Spain is still considered at risk by the United Kingdom, which imposes a quarantine on return to its nationals, enough to dissuade them from coming to enjoy the Spanish sun.

Only the Balearic Islands have been included in the UK’s green list, meaning Britons will be exempt from quarantine upon returning from the archipelago.

The latest information on the government website. https://www.mscbs.gob.es/profesionales/saludPublica/ccayes/alertasActual/nCov/spth.htm

– Measures to be observed on site

Since June 26, wearing a mask is no longer compulsory in the open air in the country.

There is no longer a curfew or a ban on moving from one region to another.

The restaurants are open indoors and outdoors but with a limited number of guests and the capacity of the establishments, restrictions which vary according to the regions, competent in terms of health and management of the health crisis.

In parts of Spain, including the capital Madrid and Barcelona, ​​the country’s second largest city, nightclubs have reopened since June 21, although they remain subject to crowding and opening hours restrictions. , again set by the regions.

ITALY

The peninsula should welcome 6.7 million more foreign tourists this summer (+ 24.1%), but 65.8 million less than in 2019 when the 100 million mark was crossed.

– Who can enter?

Travelers from the EU are no longer obliged to respect quarantine provided they present the famous European health pass proving complete vaccination, recovery or the negativity of an anti-Covid test of less than 48 hours.

These conditions also apply to travelers from the United States, Canada, Japan, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Rwanda, Singapore and Thailand.

Tourists from the United Kingdom will have to quarantine for five days after presenting a negative test. A second test after this quarantine will be required.

Finally, Italy is prohibited to tourists from Brazil, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

The latest information on the government website.

– Measures to be observed on site

Wearing a mask is no longer compulsory outside, only in enclosed public places.

The whole country is considered a “white zone”, i.e. with a low risk of infection and there is no longer a night curfew or restrictions in restaurants and bars. Only the tables must be spaced one meter apart.

PORTUGAL

The Algarve, very popular with the British, is one of the most sought-after regions. The main influx of tourists is expected from July.

– Who can enter?

Passengers traveling to Portugal by plane, with the exception of children under 12, must present a certificate of complete vaccination or a PCR (less than 72 hours) or antigen (less than 48 hours) test before departure. baording.

Passengers from South Africa, Brazil, India and Nepal can only travel to Portugal for essential reasons, and must observe a 14-day quarantine.

Britons who have not been fully vaccinated must also observe quarantine.

With the exception of EU member countries, countries associated with the Schengen area and certain countries such as the United States or Australia, passengers from third countries can only travel to Portugal for essential reasons. .

The latest information on the government website.

– Measures to be observed on site

Tourists will have to respect the rules of distancing and the wearing of the compulsory mask in particular.

The government has also defined a set of rules for beaches and public swimming pools. For example, it will be necessary to respect a distance of at least three meters between the parasols. A beach occupancy information system has also been launched with three colors depending on the level of occupancy.

GREECE

According to Tourism Minister Haris Theocharis, around 150,000 tourists have arrived in Greece since the start of the season on May 14. The objective is to reach in 2021 around 40-50% of the revenues of 2019 (i.e. 18.2 billion euros). In 2020, revenues were only 4.28 billion euros.

– Who can enter?

Citizens of the European area, Schengen and similar, as well as permanent residents of around twenty countries including Canada, the United States, Israel, China, Thailand, Russia, Saudi Arabia… are subject to certain regulations:

– complete an online locator form at least the day before their arrival in Greece

– present at boarding either a complete vaccination certificate completed at least 14 days before the trip, or the result of a PCR test or a negative test for coronavirus less than 72 hours or a negative antigen test maximum 48 hours before arrival in Greece, or a certificate of reinstatement.

– Visitors may be subject to random antigen testing upon arrival at Greek airports.

– Travelers coming from Russia from June 30 even if they are vaccinated must have done PCR or antigen tests to enter Greece.

The latest information on the government website.

– Measures to be observed on site

Wearing a mask is only compulsory indoors. There has been no curfew since June 28. To visit the islands, travelers must present a negative PCR or antigen test, a self-test, or a vaccination certificate.

Cinemas reopen on July 1 while other closed venues such as nightclubs, restaurants and indoor cafes will reopen on July 15 with several restrictions.

In closed concert halls or nightclubs, it will be necessary in particular to have done an antigenic test before going there.

In the restaurant, the number of people around a table is limited to 10.

FRANCE

In France, the world’s leading tourist destination before the pandemic, revenues (57 billion euros in 2019) were halved last summer.

– Who can enter?

For countries classified as “green” (European area, United States, Australia, South Korea, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, New Zealand, Singapore…), no compelling reason is required and a PCR or antigen test of less than 72 hours is requested only from non-vaccinated people.

For countries classified as “orange”, such as Great Britain, a PCR or antigen test is required if the traveler is vaccinated, otherwise he needs a compelling reason, a negative test and he will be in self-isolation for 7 days.

For countries classified as “red”, including South Africa, Brazil or Turkey, a compelling reason is necessary to come to France and if the traveler is not vaccinated he is subject to a compulsory quarantine of 10 days controlled by the security forces.

The latest information on the government website.

– Measures to be observed on site

The mask is compulsory only in closed places and there is no longer a curfew.

Bars and restaurants have reopened and can since Wednesday use their maximum capacity, indoors and on the terrace, with the exception of certain regions particularly affected by the Delta variant.

UK

– Who can enter?

The United Kingdom is de facto almost closed to foreign tourists given the strict restrictions imposed at the borders for arrivals, with for most countries (especially European countries such as France or Italy) quarantine and costly tests to be carried out or even for some (including South America, Tunisia, India, Turkey?) quarantine at the hotel at the expense of the traveler, costing 1,750 pounds (2,000 euros) per person.

Travelers from countries classified as “green” are exempt from quarantine. Sixteen countries or territories joined this list on Wednesday, including the Balearic Islands, Malta, and Madeira.

The latest information on the government website.

– Measures to be observed on site

Much of it has been lifted, the last ones (limits on gatherings, standing service in pubs, nightclubs) are due on July 19, after being pushed back by several weeks due to the recent surge of the Indian variant.

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