To a question that concerns many people, the answer is more and more: can I go abroad on holiday this summer? Yesterday, the European Parliament approved the use of a coronapas gate; several European countries are already saying they want to open the doors to tourists.
Spain, France, Greece and Austria have already announced their opening strategy, but other countries are already well known.
We made an overview of the countries and their rules, but first: our own rules.
It is not the intention to go on holiday in the near future. The Dutch government currently does not recommend foreign holidays. This opinion is valid until at least 15 May. It may be possible to learn more about how to proceed next week.
In addition, all countries have orange travel advice, which means that it is not recommended to travel to these countries, except when it is really necessary. Travelers coming back from such a country must be quarantined in the Netherlands.
Yesterday, the Coronapas Gate was green: a free certificate that shows the cardholder that he or she has been vaccinated against corona, has recently been tested negative or recovered from the virus, and therefore has sufficient antibodies. The pass will be valid throughout the EU and should allow free travel again. The aim is for all Member States to have such a certificate available by July.
EU countries are allowed to explain how they intend to implement the coronapas gate. Southern European countries, in particular, are using the approval of the only now in order to make public eases for tourists. Like Spain:
In Spain, tourists with a coronapas gate are welcome again in June, if it is up to the Ministry of Tourism. Quarantine would not be necessary upon arrival – as it looks today.
In May, Spain is already taking part in a test with such a coronapas gate, said the Spanish State Secretary for Tourism earlier.
Currently, inside and outside are mandatory in Spain. Shops, restaurants and cultural institutions are open. Discotheques and cinemas are still closed. It is unclear whether the nightlife is also closed during the summer.
The French government wants to re-enter foreign tourists from 9 June, provided they have been vaccinated or tested negatively. They need to be able to prove that with a health certificate, like a coronapas gate.
The plan is part of easing in France. It seems that at least the terraces, museums, cinemas, theatres, stadiums and concert halls are open again in the summer. Curfew should also be completely gone on 30 June.
“ There are no details available yet,” says correspondent Frank Renout. But one thing is clear. “The French tourism industry is eager for (Dutch) visitors.”
Greece, too, already seems to be pre-sorting for the coronapas gate. The quarantine obligation previously applied was lifted for many countries on 19 April. Travelers who have been vaccinated or who can show a negative PCR test are therefore welcome again. Whether they arrive by plane, by car or by ferry.
For tourism, Greece opens step by step from 14 May, says correspondent Conny Keessen. “Its one of the first countries to do this.”
also expected that most of the restrictions still in force will be lifted in mid-May.
On April 12, 200 Dutch people left for Rhodes for a test holiday:
There is still little talk about summer holidays in Germany. Chancellor Merkel does not yet want to speculate on a possible opening date for tourism; first the number of infections must be reduced. “Hotels and holiday homes are now closed, even for the Germans themselves,” says correspondent Judith van de Hulsbeek.
People coming to Germany from high-risk areas are currently required to quarantine for five days, including Dutch people. However, a number of tourism projects are starting this weekend, among other things, on the coast, where hotels and holiday homes are allowed to receive guests again.
Austria intends to reopen on 19 May, with a comprehensive testing strategy. But here the Netherlands is currently one of the high-risk countries and travellers have to quarantine for five days after arrival.
“ It is possible, of course, that in the summer the number of infections is much lower,” says Van de Hulsbeek. “Then the situation will look very different.”
For Belgium much is still unclear about the summer. “The terraces are not even open here yet, then feels foreign tourists on a large scale allow still far away”, says correspondent Aïda Brands.
Belgium is also going to work with the coronapas gate, but from when is still unclear.
Currently you are allowed as a foreign tourist without any conditionsto be in Belgium for a maximum of 48 hours. If you go to Belgium for more than two days, you have to quarantine.
In Italy there is still much uncertainty about the summer. Currently, foreign tourists should be quarantined when visiting the country for five days. That still applies until 15 May, before that nothing has been published.
Preparations are also being made outside the EU. Much is still unclear in Morocco. “For example, it is not certain that the large-scale operation Marhaba, which will take care of the Moroccans travelling to Morocco by car, will continue this year,” says correspondent Samira Jadir. Preparations are being made in several ports.
Currently, a flight ban applies to 54 countries, including the Netherlands. This measure will expire on 21 May. Before this date, it will be announced whether the flight bans will be renewed, says Jadir.
In Turkey, tourists are already welcome, if they can show a negative test result. However, a new strict lockdown has just started in Turkey, where many places are closed and alcohol sales are prohibited. These lockdown rules do not apply to foreign tourists, says correspondent Mitra Nazar.
That was already the case in December during the previous lockdown, can be seen in this report by Nazar: