The European Commission has published a guide to restoring tourism in Europe this summer after the coronavirus pandemic. Relevant documents are presented on the commission's website.
According to the plan, in order to open up for tourists, states should gradually and coordinatedly launch a free movement and remove internal border control вЂ” primarily between countries with a similar epidemiological situation.
In addition, taking into account the new security principles, it is necessary to resume transport services вЂ” passenger transportation by air, rail, road and water transport вЂ” and the operation of tourist infrastructure facilities вЂ” hotels, hotels, and other accommodation options, as well as beaches, recreation centers, restaurants, bars, and cafes.
In addition, states are encouraged to develop special applications for travelers based on anonymous data that allow you to monitor the potential risks of coronavirus infection and warn about it in time. Finally, the European Commission recommends making travel vouchers the most attractive alternative to refunding clients for canceled trips.
It is noted that the documents are advisory in nature for the EU countries, the final decisions of the authorities will be made independently. At the same time, the commission provided for a number of measures to support the tourism industry, including financial.
On May 13, European Commissioner for Economics Paolo Gentiloni announced that European countries are waiting for the opening of the summer tourist season in spite of the outbreak of coronavirus. He noted that, according to estimates, the level of tourist activity in the current year fell by 40 percent, but in the coming months it will gradually recover.
The decision to close the entry into Europe by the heads of state and government of the EU was taken in mid-March in connection with the worsening situation with coronavirus infection. Previously, the ban was supposed to last a month. Currently, some EU countries have begun to open borders on a bilateral basis, focusing on the number of infected in certain neighboring states.