As Coronavirus cases continue to rise, other nations are seeing a silver lining. A number of countries all over the world are now considering opening its arms to travelers starting from the 3rd and 4th quarter of 2020.
Some of the European countries, even the hardest-hit Italy and Spain, are optimistic that they can start reopening their borders by this summer. However, restrictions may apply and vacations would most likely change.
Italy plans to reopen on June 3, both for regional and international travel. Local museums are reopening and Italy looks forward to allowing unrestricted mobility for all visitors unless a region is deemed “high-risk”. A few things to keep in mind is that social distancing will still be strictly enforced and that not all nationalities are allowed to enter the country.
Portugal, on the other hand, are eager to save tourists’ summer plans. The country is currently at the second phase of deconfinement. Establishments are reopening but all outlets only allow 50% capacity. Prime Minister Costa stressed that this limit should only last until the beginning of June. The President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, urges locals to rediscover the beauty of Portugal.
Spain is assessing a way to promote healthy tourism for the summer months. Masks will become mandatory when visiting public spaces. The country plans to highlight the Balearic and Canary Islands for now as these are the places that did not have as many cases as other Spanish cities.
Greece plans to open the country’s tourism on June 15, and Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis stated that visitors don’t need to take a coronavirus test, nor will they have to undergo a 14-day quarantine after arrival. Athens International Airport will be the first airport to open and others will follow starting July 1. Greece will not allow all nationalities to enter. The list of countries will highly depend on the number of cases in each nation.
In Asia, the tropical haven of Bali, Indonesia eyes opening tourism to international travelers in October. The region had lower cases and less fatality rate as compared to other Indonesian cities. The government is also considering cities like Yogyakarta and the Riau islands province to open along with Bali in October.