Spain, Portugal, France and Turkey travel updates

 

If you’ve booked a summer vacation long before the closing was announced in March, you may be wondering whether or not you can go.

Many holidays are currently at stake, according to the rules and measures of locking.

Last week, Ryanair (with regular flights to Spain) said it plans to restore 40 percent of its flight programs from July, although health secretary Matt Hancock said foreign holidays are unlikely for Brits this summer.

However, there is evidence from European governments that they intend to welcome holidaymakers from England and Wales.

here the Liverpool Echo looks at the timescale on which countries such as Spain, Portugal, France and Turkey are likely to resume their tourist trade.

Spain

Holidaymakers are welcomed back to Spain ‘as soon as possible’, but only if that is safe, the country’s foreign minister has said.

Spain, like the UK, was one of the European countries hardest hit by the coronavirus outbreak, and introduced spatial measures on March 14, just over a week before the UK.

Spain has now started to lift those restrictions in several regions, with plans to end the lockdown next month.

Secretary of State Arancha Gonzalez Laya said that cities with high concentrations of Covid-19 infection – such as Madrid and Barcelona – remain under stricter rules than more rural areas, but the country will reopen to visitors as soon as possible.

However, she couldn’t say whether Spain could welcome British tourists by summer.

France

On May 11, France announced it will begin lifting lockdown measures very gradually, Chronicle Live reports.

There is currently no change for French people living in the UK. Travel to France is only permitted if strictly necessary.

Checks will be carried out at stations, airport terminals and on roads and highways.

Masks must be worn on public transport in France.

Anyone who does not follow these rules can be fined € 135.

France has not yet specified exactly when foreign travel to their country will be allowed.

The country has seen 179,927 recorded cases of coronavirus and has 28,239 deaths. Like the UK, it will take every precaution until it is safe to welcome holidaymakers.

There is currently no specific indication when Britons can come on vacation.

Look for this updates and more information.

Turkey

Last year, 2.5 million British tourists visited Turkey. It is important for both holidaymakers and the Turkish economy that the country can welcome people from the UK as soon as it is safe.

Flights from the UK to Turkey have been suspended due to the pandemic from March 17, 2020.

Now, two months later, the Turkish Embassy in London confirmed that “Turkey is expected to return to normal shortly.”

A spokesperson added, “We hope to start the holiday season in June by gradually resuming international flights to Turkey.

“Of course, the resumption of flights will depend on the progress of the pandemic, the quarantine measures taken worldwide and the general outlook.

“Nevertheless, arrangements have been made to receive guests during their visit to Turkey under reliable, healthy and hygienic conditions.”

Portugal

The European Council adopted a temporary 30-day restriction on non-essential travel to the European Union and subsequently, on 8 April, the European Commission asked the Schengen Member States to extend the temporary restriction until 15 May.

Portugal subsequently suspended flights from outside the EU until May 14.

If you are traveling to Portugal, their official advice states that you should definitely contact your airline or travel company for the latest information.

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Ministry stated that Portugal is slowly coming out of quarantine, with a plan launched on May 4 to phase out the blockage.

Restaurants, cafes and bars are open with strict social distance rules. Public gatherings of more than 10 people are not allowed.

Campsites and camper pitches are allowed to open again, as long as they comply with hygiene and capacity measures. Anyone traveling to the Azores must be able to show evidence of a negative Covid-19 test, agree to take a test, or voluntarily quarantine on arrival.

As mentioned, this does not apply to British people who want to go on holiday yet as they cannot travel unless absolutely necessary.

But it suggests that once UK lockdowns begin to ease and non-essential foreign travel is allowed again, Portugal will be ready to welcome British.

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