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Travelling in Europe: by country what can and can’t be done this summer

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From 15 June onwards, we are allowed to go back to many countries on holiday in Europe. At least from our cabinet. Because the Dutch are not yet welcome in all Schengen countries, even governments sometimes brood on an official decision. An overview of our correspondents on the ground.

Belgium
Belgium will reopen its borders to residents of Schengen countries from 15 June. This was announced by Prime Minister Sophie Wilmès yesterday at the end of the National Security Council meeting.

Denmark
The border will remain closed for the Dutch tourist until 1 September. The country will relax border measures from 15 June, but only for Germany, Norway and Iceland.

Germany
From 15 June, Germany will be accessible to dutch and other tourists from EU countries, the Schengen area and the United Kingdom. This as long as the corona situation is similar to that in Germany. Hygiene regulations apply everywhere, a distance rule of at least 1.5 metres, contact restrictions and a gait requirement in shops and urban and regional transport. A general scheme for catering, holiday homes, campsites and outdoor swimming pools is lacking. Länder decide for themselves what is allowed.

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania
No restrictions or quarantine on the spot (as long as the number of infections in the Netherlands remains below 15 per 100,000 inhabitants).

Finland
It is not allowed to go on holiday in Finland from a Schengen country. It is unknown until when the borders will remain closed, at least until 15 June.

France
France wants to lift border controls from 15 June. From that day on, foreigners are welcome again. However, the Dutch Cabinet is still waiting for a formal green light for dutch nationals to be admitted. EU citizens do not need to be quarantined unless they come from countries that quarantine French. In France, however, hygiene rules apply. Special protocols have been drawn up for campsites, for example around the swimming pools. In cafes and restaurants there must be 1 meter distance between tables. If you want to go to the bathroom, you have to wear a mask. In Paris and surrounding areas, only the terraces are still open, due to the increased risk of contamination in the capital. For the time being, all rules apply until 21 June.

Greece
According to Greece, aircraft from the Netherlands will be welcome at athens and Thessaloniki airports from 15 June. The Dutch Cabinet still awaits a formal green light on the opening up. Passengers will be tested on arrival. Whoever has the virus must spend 14 days in quarantine. After a negative test, a week of self-isolation follows. If you want to avoid this, you have to fly from Groningen-Eelde, the only Dutch airport not on the European blacklist that the Greeks use. Via Germany is also an option. Moreover, that list is constantly being updated. From 1 July all tourists are welcome at all airports, but Greece can still refuse or quarantine holidaymakers from countries to be determined.

Hungary
The Dutch cannot now go to Hungary, possible easing as of mid-June.

Italy
Since Wednesday, Italy’s borders have been open to tourists, as have the borders between the 20 Italian regions. In principle, Dutch tourists are allowed to go on holiday all over Italy. On arrival at airports, the temperature is measured and in case of fever, passengers can be subjected to a virus test. There are different rules for each region, for example on arrival in Sicily and in Puglia you are obliged to register on a special website. Taking the car to Italy is still a problem at the moment, the only possible route is now via France.

Croatia (not a Schengen country)
Croatia has been open for tourism for several weeks. The first Dutch have already been spotted on the campsites of Istria. For the time being, holidaymakers at the border must show a confirmed booking for accommodation.

Liechtenstein
Unknown.

Luxembourg
Luxembourg’s borders are open, but not for holidaymakers who want to stay in Luxembourg. Only essential movements are permitted, and tourism is not included. It is not clear until when these restrictions apply. Campsites, hotels, restaurants and cafes are only accessible to luxembourgers themselves.

Malta
As of 1 July, the international airport is open again, but not for the Dutch.

Norway
From 15 June only Danish tourists are welcome in Norway. According to local media, the Prime Minister is now talking to Iceland, Sweden and Finland. After that, Norway looks further into other nearby European countries.

Austria
Austria will open its borders to all neighbouring countries except Italy on 15 June. That border will also open as soon as possible, but that depends on the contamination rates of the Italians. Moreover, the Dutch Cabinet is still waiting for a formal green light to ensure that our country is welcome again. Hygiene regulations apply throughout Austria, but from mid-June the gait requirement only applies in urban and regional transport, pharmacies, health facilities and in places where 1.5 metres can’t be kept away. Catering, campsites and outdoor swimming pools are open, but with restrictions.

Poland
Poland does not allow foreign tourists until at least 12 June. The West Polish resorts on the Baltic Sea and the popular German-Polish island of Usedom may be accessible again from that date. The other border crossings with Germany may open on 15 June. Restaurants and campsites in Poland have been open to domestic tourists since last month, but strict rules apply, such as a limit on the number of guests allowed.

Portugal
With open arms, the Portuguese are ready to welcome tourists: the first holiday flight from the Netherlands arrives on Thursday. The restaurants are open, museums and other attractions as well. Through a traffic light system, sun worshippers can see which beach there is, between umbrellas must be three meters away. Everywhere the advice is to keep your distance, in shops, public transport and other enclosed spaces a mouth cap is required.

Slovenia
No restrictions or quarantine on the spot, tourists must be able to show proof that they have booked an overnight stay in Slovenia.

Slovakia
For the time being only necessary travel, situation after 15 June unclear.

Spain
Spain extends the state of emergency for another two weeks, which will be finalised on 21 June. Moreover, the Dutch Cabinet is still waiting for a formal green light to open its borders. Not all regions will have completely come out of lockdown by the end of the 21st. This is in phases, the cities of Madrid and Barcelona, for example, are slightly behind the rest. But in the vast majority of regions there will be no more restrictions. The Canary Islands, the Balearic Islands and most of the Costa’s are already well advanced. Hotels, apartments and campsites are allowed to open again throughout the country.

Czech republic
Possible easing of the overall entry ban as of 15 June.

Turkey (not a Schengen country)
The Government of Turkey has indicated that tourists will be welcome again from 20 June. But for the time being, the Cabinet does not recommend travelling to countries outside the EU/Schengen zone.

Iceland
Until June 15, only necessary travel. After that situation is still unclear: possible extension of the mandatory quarantine on arrival or a Covid-19 test.

Sweden
There is a negative travel advice for the country for the time being. Sweden’s borders are open to foreigners from other EU countries, although tourist travel is also discouraged by the Swedish government. The country has no quarantine requirement for travelers. The beaches, restaurants and also some museums are open.

Switzerland
In Switzerland, the borders open on 15 June. However, the Dutch cabinet is still waiting for a formal green light that dutch people are welcome. The wearing of mouth and nose protection is recommended in train, bus and cable car. Tickets should be purchased online as much as possible. The catering industry has restrictions, for example everyone has to sit (at a table). Hotels may open wellness areas provided that a maximum of one person per square metre is allowed in swimming pool, sauna or steam room.

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