Spain, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus and Italy lay down holiday rules for British tourists

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The travel industry is preparing for several years of chaos due to the global coronavirus crisis, which has already seen economies lose billions of pounds in tourism.

Social distance for the foreseeable future means that beaches, popular tourist spots, and hotels will operate at reduced capacity, allowing fewer – if any – visitors. Several countries have also warned of how stations will implement two-meter guidelines – especially in and around public spaces.

Italian ministers have warned that vacations will never be the same again – with queues outside of its once popular attractions, such as the Colosseum, which should be tightened in accordance with social distancing guidelines.

The country said it had been one of the hardest hit by the pandemic, with 27,967 lives killed to date and billions of dollars having wiped out its economy.

Spain, meanwhile, is still in talks to reopen its borders, but said British travelers would most likely be out of the game.

Staycations also remain banned, with the British facing fines of £ 60 on the spot for “non-essential travel” in the midst of an impending heat wave.

Airlines have also plunged the industry into chaos, with British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Ryanair cutting jobs after placing staff on government leave.

This raises important questions about how travel will pick up once European borders are relaxed.

So what is the last one? We look below.

Italy



The Colosseum in Rome at sunrise
Italy has already warned that mass tourism will never be the same again

The Italian tourist office, Confturismo, has warned that the crisis will cost its economy 22 billion euros, with the country reporting 205,463 coronavirus cases to date.

It is not yet known when the measures, including traffic restrictions, will be lifted. Some medical experts advise maintaining social distance until the end of the year.

Italian tourism secretary Lorenza Bonaccors said: “It will take a year or two to get back to where we were, but 2020 could just as well be canceled.

“It is still impossible to say when Italy … will emerge from the health emergency.

“This may be the time to move away from mass tourism, towards more environmentally friendly tourism.

“You will not see the long queues outside the Coliseum that you used to do. “

The tourism association Corti also believes that the industry will have to change.

They said, “Who will have the guts to get into a high speed Freccia Rossa (train) car filled with 80 passengers or a low cost airline with 270? “

Spain

The death toll in Spain has declined steadily over the past week, but the holidays are still under discussion, said Spanish Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto.

Speaking to the Spanish newspaper El Pais, she said: “We have to guarantee, when international tourism opens, that the person who comes to Spain is a safe person …

“The border issue will be accompanied by the evolution of the health crisis.

“Therefore, I don’t have the solution when [they will be able to open].

“On how you can enjoy our beaches, we define different scenarios.

“It is very important that the health recommendations are maintained, we will have to internalize what we are already doing now, hand washing, social distancing… even on the beaches.

“These models will be in our daily life for a while, you cannot take a step back. “

Greece



Tourism accounts for 20% of the economy in Greece, with one in five Greeks employed in industry

Greek Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis spoke of “new specific rules” for tourism during the coronavirus crisis.

Theoharis, who will meet with his EU counterparts tomorrow, said: “If we are to think about the possibility of traveling this year, it must be subject to new specific rules.

“We have to have new rules for hotels, new rules for beaches, new rules for swimming pools, new rules for breakfast buffets, new rules for tourist buses. “

Regulations could include temperature checks and blood tests when passengers land in the country.

In the same interview, Theoharis said he was seeking to establish a common set of rules for EU countries that would allow people to move from one country to another while having “economic sense”.

He said: “If, for example, you can only fly 10 people on an airplane to be considered safe, then there will obviously be no flight.”

The Greek Confederation of Tourism Institute estimates that the country’s tourism industry will only do 30% of what it did in 2019 due to the pandemic, and there are fears for the effect of training on the economy.

But if the warm weather brings a reprieve, said Greece, Greece could open up to vacationers in July.

While this sounds like good news, it is possible that flights from Central and Eastern Europe will only be available if air routes continue to be suspended.

He said: “Once the measures are relaxed, it will take a good month to prepare the ground [tourism] engine to start.

“The tour operators are waiting and hoping that we can find the right rules so that we can start attracting visitors. We have to find the right balance… be careful, toughen it up and get the most out of it. ”

Greece is expected to lose billions of euros in tourism as the continent and the islands close their borders to visitors, with 65% of hotels bankrupt.

Cyprus



Cyprus Beach
Cypriot tourism players eager to save tourist season – but UK visitors may be off the map

Cyprus may be back on the travel map by July – but not for British visitors.

The popular island, which has seen only 817 confirmed cases of deadly coronavirus, still has strict lock-in measures in place – but the ministers are keen to raise tourism levels again.

Officials say the island will lose 1.5 billion euros in tourism revenue as 60 percent of all vacation bookings are expected to be canceled.

A new order is also to be introduced to allow tour operators to issue vouchers rather than refunds, while prioritizing domestic tourism as a method of bringing short-term money to the tourism industry.

The Cypriot Vice Ministry of Tourism, Savvas Perdios, said: “We hope to know in a few weeks when tourists can come from these countries”.

He added: “The important thing is that travel agencies have Cyprus in mind … there are positive signs from Germany, Switzerland, Austria, the Nordic countries, Greece, Israel and can -being from the Netherlands. “

turkey



Authorities say deadly virus cases in Turkey will continue until April and early May, before numbers drop

Turkey plans to introduce a certificate for the British to prove that they do not have coronavirus in order to be allowed to visit.

Turkish Culture and Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy said the normalization phase in Turkey could start as early as the second week of May.

He told local media that vacationers will need an official document detailing their health while new measures are also to be introduced in the tourism industry.

The certification system will include three pillars covering transport, facilities and passengers using the previous two pillars.

He explained that a certificate of immunity would also be required from international visitors.

“It will probably be an example for the world we have developed. By gradually including all the NGOs in the commission, we aim to quickly finalize this certification system during the first week of May, ”said Ersoy.

What about the UK?



Vacationers will not be able to visit seaside towns or other tourist hotspots in the UK for “some time to come”

Ministers face pressure to provide vacationers with certainty after Foreign Minister updates travel advice to warn against non-essential travel abroad indefinitely.

Consumer group Which one? said the restrictions, which were initially in place for 30 days until April 15, have now been extended for “an indefinite period”, will plunge travelers into “enormous confusion”.

The government has said that essential travel is very simple.

We should only leave home for food or health reasons or to travel to and from work, but only when you cannot work from home. Stays in the UK and stays in second homes are also not allowed.

Vacationers will also be unable to visit seaside towns or other tourist hotspots in the UK for “some time to come” as the coronavirus crisis continues.

Cabinet Minister Michael Gove told MPs last month that “for the time being and for some time to come” the public should not be visiting popular British seaside resorts like Cornwall.

Conservative MP Steve Double (St Austell and Newquay) said, “Would the Secretary of State join me in thanking the Devon and Cornwall police for his proactive approach in preventing people from traveling to Cornwall at non-essential purposes, in particular to visit their second homes and for a holiday.

“One of the biggest concerns of the people of Cornwall is that as we start to ease the lockdown, we will start to see an influx of people coming to Cornwall and risking a new wave.

“So, my honorable friend, can he assure me that, as the government plans to lift the restrictions, there will be clear and enforceable travel restrictions to prevent this from happening?” “

Gove replied: “My honorable friend is right, Cornwall is magnificent, visiting them is a pleasure, but for the moment and for a while, do not do it. “

I have booked a vacation – should I cancel it?

All holidays in the coming weeks will likely be canceled by your supplier, whether it is a package vacation or separate hotel and flight reservations.

You should receive a full refund within 14 days – although many airlines report significant delays due to an increasing volume of requests.

If you were offered a holiday voucher instead, here’s how to exchange it for a cash refund.

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