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Staff of the cruise ship “Costa Smeralda” in Savona near Genoa (Italy) at 1it’s a May.

Photo: AFP / VNA / CVN

France

France, the world leader in serving 90 million tourists in 2019, announced a multi-phased recovery schedule between May 19, when shops, museums, theaters, by meters and terraces, will reopen on June 9 at cafes and restaurants. It will be able to reopen indoors and tourists will be welcomed with a health card and a virtual return to normality on June 30th.

This schedule remains subject to a condition that the incidence rate remains below 400 per 100,000. On the other hand, “Emergency brakesSanitary facilities can be activated.

Greece

Greece, which reopened its balconies on May 3, relies on its islands ‘Free of COVID’ The revival of tourism. It has been working hard to complete the grafting of the islands in mid-May to accommodate the millions of tourists who come every year.

Private beaches have reopened since Saturday April 15, museums will continue on May 14, open-air cinemas on May 21 at reduced capacity and theaters on May 28.

Since mid-April, the country has lifted a mandatory seven-day quarantine for travelers permanently residing in member states of the European Union and the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, the United States, Israel, Serbia and the United Arab Emirates.

Cruise passengers are also welcome at the country’s ports, where tourism accounts for more than 20% of GDP, according to World Trade and Tourism Council (WTTC), which brings together major tour operators around the world.

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Outdoor cafés in Greece, as well as here in Athens, reopened on May 10, in preparation for summer.

Photo: AFP / VNA / CVN

Spain

In 2019, Spain welcomed 83.5 million foreigners, making it the second largest tourist destination in the world. In 2020, the country, which has been severely affected by COVID, saw its frequency drop by 77%.

Thanks to the bars, museums, restaurants and theaters that have been open without interruption since June 2020, the Madrid region, the most tolerant in Spain, has been a refuge for European tourists, especially the French, who have managed to enter, as is the case in the whole of Spain, in recent months. . , With the only condition being a negative PCR test of less than 72 hours.

Since Sunday, May 9, Spaniards have also been allowed to leave their area and curfews have been suspended, except for the Balearic Islands or the Valencian Community, which had to get the green light from the courts.

Tourism accounts for 14.1% of GDP, according to the WTTC.

Italy

To return foreign tourists, Italy intends to present the national vaccination passport from the second half of May, one month before the introduction of the European passport announced by the European Commission.

It will be allowed to travel in all regions, and it will be issued according to the same European conditions: vaccination or taking COVID-19, support for serological tests, or presenting a negative test for the virus. This Italian corridor ”It is valid for everyone, and therefore also and especially for tourists outside the European Union, ” Tourism Minister, Massimo Jaravaglia said.

“The United States and Great Britain account for more than 30% of foreign arrivals in Italy, they are tourists who spend a lot“, It is to explain.

Also resumed cruises in Italian ports. Bars and restaurants can now serve their customers outdoors.

Italy welcomed 64.5 million travelers in 2019, according to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

Malta

The island of Malta, which welcomed 2.8 million tourists in 2019 according to the World Tourism Organization, offers a reward of up to 200 euros per person for stays of at least three nights in a star hotel. This amount, which must be spent right away, increases by 10% if you are staying on Gozo. This offer is limited to the first 38,000 reservations.

Depending on the development of the epidemic in your country and focus on the cutting-edge map published by the European Union, Malta may require vaccination or negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test for less than 72 hours.

AFP / VNA / CVN

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