Holidays are a highlight of the year for many people, with folk greatly excited about jetting off on a summer break. Unfortunately, this year, the travel industry has grounded to a halt as coronavirus sweeps the globe. There is hope though – some countries are starting to ease restrictions. But what about Spain, Turkey and Portugal?
What’s more, the UK government will shortly introduce a 14-day quarantine period for those entering the country by air.
But what about elsewhere? These are the rules for other popular holiday destinations.
What are the travel rules for Spain?
It is currently not known when travellers will be allowed back to Spain.
On April 28, the Spanish government announced a four-stage de-escalation plan.
This aims to gradually ease the current confinement and mobility measures over an estimated period of at least eight weeks.
“While no specific dates have been attributed to each phase, it is estimated that each one will last for an initial period of two weeks from May 4,” said the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).
“As from May 4, Phase 0 of the de-escalation plan will allow for individuals to do exercise outdoors and for members of the same household to take a walk together outside.
“Urban and inter-regional transport services (i.e. coaches and trains) are operating at reduced levels.
“Travel to airports by road or rail to leave Spain is still permitted, but travellers may be asked to provide evidence that they are departing Spain (i.e. plane ticket).”
It’s believed that hotels and other tourist accommodation will re-open (with access restrictions to communal areas) when Phase 1 of the plan is activated.
Spanish tourism minister Reyes Maroto told local newspaper El Pais: “We have to guarantee, when international tourism opens, that the person who comes to Spain is a safe person.”
He continued: ”The issue of borders will be accompanied by the evolution of the health crisis. Therefore, I do not have the solution of when [they will be able to open].”
Spain’s foreign minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya told The Independent: “This year will be tough because we will not be able to welcome the tourists as we have in previous years because of health and safety, not only of tourists but also of Spaniards.”
“As soon as we have coronavirus under control we will be able to gradually open our country.”
What are the travel rules for Turkey?
Turkey has said that European tourists will not be able to come to the country until the end of July.
Turkey’s Culture and Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy said: “The tourism sector itself has a vital role in terms of returning to normal processes.
“The importance of caring for our guests in our culture leads us to be ready for the transition to healthy tourism before everyone.”
Currently in Turkey, the wearing of masks is obligatory in crowded places and specifically in markets and supermarkets as well as on all public transport, including Metro, buses and ferries.
A curfew is in place until May 19 in a number of major cites.
“There are extremely limited international flights,” explained the FCO. “Intercity bus services and domestic flights within Turkey are suspended.”
What are the travel rules for Portugal?
Portugal has begun easing strict coronavirus lockdown restrictions.
“Starting on 4 May, each stage of the plan will last 2 weeks,” explained the FCO.
“Progression through the stages will depend on the continued control of the COVID-19 outbreak in Portugal.”
Hotels will be able to open across the country from June 1, alongside bars, nightclubs, shopping centres and gyms.
The Portuguese tourism board has also created a “Clean and Safe” label for establishments.
This means that hotels and other tourist establishments have to meet government standards on hygiene and cleaning measures.
Campsites and motorhome parks remain closed to tourists and visitors.
If you are a permanent resident of a campsite or motorhome park you will not be affected.
Published at Mon, 18 May 2020 09:47:00 +0000