When will the holidays resume? A country-by-country guide, including France, Spain and Italy


There is a big and beautiful world there. When can we see him again? Here is our country by country guide

WWhile the UK remains firmly blocked, with social distancing rules in place and only essential stores and services still functioning, many countries around the world are temporarily releasing their lockdown measures.

In Brandenburg, Germany, museums have opened. Texas restaurants are polishing cutlery before reopening this Friday, and beaches in Spain are no longer fenced. All, of course, come with strict social distancing guidelines in place, but they show progress towards a return to some sort of normalcy.

The question is, when will our vacation in these places resume? The British government still warns that British nationals should avoid all but essential travel, and in fact all but eight countries in the world have effectively banned British tourists. So the frank answer is that we will not be going on vacation in the immediate future.

But one day our vacation will resume. Although no country has given a fixed date for restarting inbound tourism, we can see how they are easing the lockdowns and planning for tourism to return in the coming months. Below we give a country by country guide, presenting key destinations like Italy, France, Spain, Germany, the United States, Australia, Portugal, Croatia and Greece, to find out where we will go first.


What reopened?

In mid-April, the country extended the shops that could open (essential stores, such as supermarkets and pharmacies, never closed), allowing bookstores, dry cleaners, stationery stores and stores selling baby clothes to open. It’s on a regional basis. Stores that are not currently open may reopen on May 18, with museums and libraries.

As of May 4, parks will reopen and bars and Restaurants will be allowed to operate takeout services, not just delivery as is currently the case. Food should be eaten at home or inside an office. Catering services in restaurants and bars, as well as hairdressers and beauty salons are expected to resume from June 1.

Italian restaurant and bar owners hold April 28 protest against ongoing foreclosure


Hotels in Italy, it has never been ordered to close, but very few have continued to operate since the travel ban was put in place in March. Marie-Louise Sciò, CEO and Creative Director of Pellicano Hotels, told Telegraph Travel: “I want to be positive and say that in Italy we hope that by the end of May people will be able to travel again. We plan to open our hotels in late May / early June, unless something changes. Like everyone, we see [what happens] day after day, one foot after another. “

Social distancing measures

As of May 4, people will be allowed to visit their loved ones in small numbers. However, there is an ongoing ban on religious services. People are always asked to stand one meter (3 feet) from each other, and are now allowed to travel within their own regions, but not to cross the border between different regions.

Am I allowed to go there?

Not immediately. Travel to Italy is only allowed for emergency purposes. Anyone arriving in Italy from abroad must isolate themselves for 14 days, whether or not they have symptoms. They must also complete a self-declaration form (“autodichiarazione”) stating the reason for their trip and report to the local health authorities immediately upon arrival.

One airport per region remained open during the lockdown. There was only one flight operating from the United Kingdom to Italy today (March 29) – an Alitalia flight from Heathrow to Rome (£ 176). A seat on their next direct flight on Sunday costs £ 322.

Do we know when the trip will resume?

Not yet. If there is an international movement in Italy this summer, it is likely to be at the highest end of the market, according to Sara Magro, editor-in-chief of influential The Travel News. “If you can get to Italy in your private jet, then be helicoptered to a fully equipped luxury villa where you spend two weeks or more by your own pool, a trip to Italy becomes possible. “

On April 24, tourism leaders in Sicily said they would pay half the price of the plane ticket and a third of the accommodation costs for those who vacationed on the island this summer – 50 million euros have been reserved to pay for this program, with vouchers to put online.

Commenting on the plans, however, Telegraph Travel’s Italy expert Anne Hanley said, “This does not get around the fact that no one can enter the country without a two-week quarantine. And Sicily cannot do anything until it has the government moving forward. If there is the slightest increase in numbers after the opening of some stores and factories on May 4, then we are back to square one. Everyone has a lot of great ideas. They are simply not allowed to put them into practice. “

The current Italian foreclosure measures expire on May 4. For FCO advice on traveling to Italy, see here.


What reopened?

On April 28, France announced that it would ease its lockdown, marking the start of a new phase in its pandemic management.

What we do know is that it will be in stages. Small museums, galleries and libraries – which can respect distance rules – will be able to reopen from May 11. Beaches will remain closed at least until June.

However, major museums such as the Louvre in Paris, alongside theaters and concert halls will remain closed until June at the earliest. Public parks, which are currently closed nationwide, may open from May 11 but only in “green” areas where the level of infection is considered safe.

Some essential services remain open in France


France will decide at the end of May whether Restaurants, coffees and bars can open from June 2.

Social distancing measures

France’s social distancing policies mirror those of the United Kingdom and many other European countries, allowing travel outside the home only for essential reasons, such as buying food, exercising , go to work, seek medical care and help with child care and help vulnerable loved ones.

Meanwhile major sporting events, concerts and festivals of more than 5,000 participants are banned until September at the earliest – including the best flights of the French football leagues. As part of the latest easing of the lockdown, the cemeteries will be reopened from May 11, but weddings remain postponed. Gatherings in public spaces will be limited to ten people.

Am I allowed to go there?

Not for the moment. Anyone wishing to travel to France must complete an international travel certificate from abroad to mainland France to enter the country. In addition, on April 13, the French government announced that travel between the EU and non-European countries was suspended until further notice.

Permanent residents of EU countries, including France, can cross the border between the United Kingdom and France in France if they have proof of residence. British nationals can enter France if they return to their main residence. However, you must complete the “certificate” necessary to enter France, confirming that your trip is absolutely necessary.

Some flights still run from London Heathrow to Paris Charles de Gaulle. This morning (April 29), there was a British Airways flight (£ 242) and this afternoon Air France operates a flight, with fares starting from £ 414. Eurostar still operates a reduced service between London St Pancras and Paris Gare du Nord.

Do we know when the trip will resume?

No date has been given, but we can see how companies are planning for guidance. Guillaume Fonquernie, CEO of luxury hotel company Airelles, said: “We are feeling positive this summer and hope that we can meet the reservations we will have during this period at Airelles Gordes, La Bastide and Château de la Messardière. We think domestic travel will rebound first and we will start by focusing on travel to France, hoping that international travelers will follow soon after. “

To find out more about FCO’s travel advice to France, see here.


What reopened?

The country began lifting the foreclosure measures on April 20, allowing shops with a commercial area of ​​less than 800 m² to reopen, as well as bicycle shops, florists, bookstores and car dealers. This is in addition to supermarkets, pharmacies and essential services that remained open during the lockout.

Some small stores, such as florists, have been allowed to reopen


Bars, Restaurants and coffees remain closed to bettors, although restaurants may offer take-out or delivery services. Body care services, such as hairdressers and manicure salons, remain closed, although medically necessary appointments such as therapeutic massages are allowed.

Museums in some German states, the reopening will begin in the coming weeks. There will be strict safety and health measures in place and restrictions on group visits. On April 22, Brandenburg opened a few small museums – the first of 16 German states to do so. According to The art journal, the museums in Berlin and Saxony will open from May 4.

Since the introduction of lockdowns on March 13, hotels have been reserved for essential use and not for tourism, whether national or international.

Social distancing measures

Gatherings of more than two people are prohibited (until May 3), and all major public events such as festivals and fairs are prohibited until the end of August, while Oktoberfest (which is due to start on 19 September) has been canceled. Restrictions on religious services are still in place. A minimum of 1.5m must be maintained at all times, and in some states it is mandatory to wear a face mask outdoors.

Am I allowed to go there?

No. Germany has stepped up border controls at airports and land borders since the coronavirus epidemic. Unless you can give a compelling reason to travel to Germany, or if you are a border worker traveling to Germany, entry will be refused.

Germans are also not allowed to leave the country. The nationwide travel ban will be extended until mid-June, according to a report by the Spiegel.

Limited flights are still in progress. Today (April 29), Ryanair operated a flight from Stansted to Berlin Schoenefeld (£ 62), Eurowings operated a flight from Heathrow to Düsseldorf (£ 144) and Lufthansa listed two flights from Heathrow to Frankfurt (from £ 174).

Do we know when the trip will resume?

Not yet. Although in all likelihood it will take time. This week, the director of the country’s tourism industry association, Reinhard Meyer, said that a resumption of day trips would only be possible at the earliest in late summer, and that ‘there would be strict measures to prevent national beaches from becoming overcrowded.

Federal Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner has made noises that suggest summer vacation in the countryside could be allowed – although, most likely, for German residents at first.

“Many small vacation apartments can offer a farm vacation with your own living space,” she told Funke Media Group. “There is also room for sufficient social distance in many country inns with large outdoor spaces. “

German leaders are scheduled to meet again on April 30 to assess what to do after May 3. For FCO advice on traveling to Germany, see here.


What reopened?

On April 28, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez presented a “transition to normality plan” in four phases, each lasting approximately two weeks.

Beaches are still closed, although the Spanish government plans to reopen some for parents and their children under the age of 15 – as long as they live no more than one kilometer away. This applies to regions like Marbella and Mijas.

Malagueta Beach reopened to parents of young children


Restaurants and bars remain closed, although the rules have been relaxed to allow pick-up at restaurants. No specific date has been given for the reopening of bars and restaurants. Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, however, said that most coronavirus cases were concentrated in cities, so restrictions would first be relaxed in rural areas.

What will it look like? Initially, some bars and restaurants with outdoor terraces will be allowed to open 30 percent of their outdoor tables, and hotels will be allowed to fill 30% of their rooms. Cinemas and theaters will also open to a third of their capacity. No specific date has been given for when this will happen.

Social distancing measures

Spain has experienced some of the strictest rules on social distancing in Europe, with armed state servants, including Spanish Marines, who patrol the streets to enforce the rules. However, the Spanish government announced this week a “gradual de-escalation” of its social distancing measures. Since April 26, children under the age of 14 have been allowed to spend an hour each day exercising outdoors. From May 2, all Spanish citizens will be allowed to walk and practice outdoor sports.

Am I allowed to go there?

Not immediately. You can only enter Spain if you can prove that you have an essential reason for visiting. Only ecological residence certificates will be accepted as proof of residence – UK travelers will not be able to use utility bills or deeds of ownership as proof of residence. Travel to Spain via Gibraltar is not allowed.

There are very few flights between the UK and Spain. On April 30, Iberia operated a flight from Heathrow to Madrid (£ 599).

Do we know when the trip will resume?

Not yet. In the Balearic Islands, the most optimistic forecast currently concerns a summer occupation of only 30% – largely thanks to domestic tourism – which would not be financially viable in many cases. Hotel groups are already considering the spring of 2021 for all kinds of normal operations, rather than the fall of this year.

Some companies are still listing packages at resorts in mainland Spain, the Balearics and the Canaries for the last week of May. Jet2 is a little more cautious, with offers starting June 17. Our expert in Spain, Annie Bennett, warns against being attracted by these offers, saying: “I would certainly not advise booking a vacation for May or June, as there is more than a good chance that it will be canceled and you will simply let yourself go for a stressful moment trying to get a refund. “

For FCO travel advice on Spain, see here.

United States

What reopened?

Non-core businesses have been closed since the US foreclosure from mid-March to the end of March. National parks have been closed for weeks, although Donald Trump has announced that he hopes they will reopen soon – as a result of the closings, some parks like Yosemite have seen the return of species such as bobcats and bears.

Some states are beginning to end home support measures and are paving the way for the reopening of businesses. In Texas, for example, Governor Greg Abbott plans to start phasing out social distancing on Thursday and allow businesses like retail stores, Restaurants, theaters and shopping centers are expected to open with capacities limited to 25%. The ordinance will also allow the opening of libraries and museums.

While New York City remains under strict lockdown, Governor Andrew Cuomo has begun to define the exit strategy for New York State, paving the way for the reopening of manufacturing and construction businesses.

Diners Eat In Front Of Mexican Restaurant Before Texas Businesses Official Reopening This Week


Social distancing measures

In an 18-page document outlining the United States’ plans to lift the lockout restrictions, President Trump said that people would always be advised to stay home when sick, maintain social distance by audience and continue to wash their hands often with soap. The announcement marked a watershed in the US battle against the coronavirus, with Trump now focusing on improving the US economy and tackling the epidemic.

Am I allowed to go there?

No. Since March 16, British nationals have been unable to enter the United States if they have been in the United Kingdom within 14 days.

There are some exceptions to the rule. US citizens and permanent residents of the United States, United Nations personnel and diplomats are exempt and may enter. Those arriving from the UK will have to self-isolate for 14 days.

Only 13 airports are open to flights from the UK, including JFK in New York and LAX in Los Angeles. On April 29, American Airlines flew from Heathrow to Miami (£ 336 with BA code sharing), British Airways flew from Heathrow to JFK in New York (£ 372). On April 30, Austrian Airlines listed a flight from Heathrow to Denver (£ 558).

Do we know when the trip will resume?

It’s hard to say, even though an LA Times report on when vacation will resume for Americans concluded that the majority of experts believe that domestic travel by car will be possible by summer and breaks in addition -Sea by fall. However, he predicts that travel demand will slow to recover.

As for when international tourists can enter, President Donald Trump was quick to ban travel from Europe and the United Kingdom and imposed a 60-day ban on immigrants applying for status permanent in the United States. However, the president insisted on reviving the economy of the troubled country by paving the way for reopening. No timetable has been given for the resumption of inbound tourism.

The Trump administration has given states the ability to manage their own reopening rules. The three phases are listed below. For FCO travel advice on the United States, see here.


What reopened?

The prohibited list is similar to that of the United Kingdom. Pubs, cinemas, museums, the libraries remain closed. however, Restaurants and coffees can offer delivery and takeout food. Essential stores, such as supermarkets, pharmacies and medical centers, remain open.

Although there was no ban beaches, many have been closed. Sydney’s Bondi Beach has now reopened to local swimmers and surfers after a month’s closure.

Bondi Beach surfers are invited to “Surf and Go”


Social distancing measures

Only essential travel is permitted between most of the states and territories of Australia. Only NSW, ACT and Victoria have no restrictions on interstate travel. Social distancing measures are in place in public, including a physical distance of 1.5 meters, avoiding public gatherings, staying at home unless absolutely necessary and using contactless payment instead of cash.

However, after a successful effort to limit the spread of the virus (Australia reported 12 new cases on Tuesday), they began to ease restrictions, reopen some schools and allow people to drive longer distances.

In New South Wales, two adults (under the age of 70) with their children will now be able to visit friends at home. New Zealand has also started to relax its foreclosure measures.

Am I allowed to go there?

No. Only returning Australian citizens and permanent residents and their immediate family members can enter Australia without exemption.

If you have a compassionate or compelling reason to participate, you can apply online. All travelers arriving in Australia must undertake a mandatory quarantine of 14 days after a health check upon arrival. This is free, except in the Northern Territory where mandatory quarantine will cost between 2,500 and 5,000 Australian dollars.

There are currently no flights operating between the UK and Australia.

Do we know when the trip will resume?

Australia has not given a timetable for when international travel can enter the country. For FCO travel advice on Australia, see here.

The view from other flagship destinations


The Prime Minister of Greece announced a relaxation of the coronavirus locking rules starting on May 4. About 10% of closed businesses will be able to reopen, including hair salons, electronics stores, bookstores and vehicle control centers. All direct commercial flights between the UK and Greece were suspended until May 15. However, tourism is keen to start again. Greek Tourism Minister Harry Theocharis has urged Europe to reopen its borders as soon as possible – the travel industry accounts for about a quarter of Greece’s GPD.

Things seemed more or less normal on the New Thessaloniki Promenade this week, which reopened after a month of closure.

Crowds returned to Thessaloniki this week



There are signs that the hotel chains in Portugal are hoping to recover something this summer. Reuters reports that Vila Gale, Portugal’s second largest hotel chain, “sources disinfectants, gloves, masks and thermometers, rearranges dining tables to keep customers at least 1.5 meters apart and creates menus à la carte to replace the buffets “” before the reopening in June. “We have to endure the situation and generate income this summer,” said Goncalo Rebelo de Almeida, member of the board. “I hope … it will at least allow us to pay a fixed fee. And then we bet it will return to normal in 2021. “


There have been rumors of promising news from Croatia from a holidaymaker’s perspective. The Croatian national airline, Croatia Airlines, announced its intention to resume connections between Zagreb and Dubrovnik, Split and Frankfurt on May 11. Meanwhile, Istria, a peninsula in northern Croatia valued for its food scene, is said to be ready to reopen from May 11. that border restrictions be lifted.


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