BRIT holidaymakers could see their summer saved as many nations are starting to reopen to tourists.
However, the UK still has a 14-day quarantine in place for anyone returning home – so you will have take an extra two weeks off work if you want to go on holiday.
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France have been the strictest on resuming overseas travel, but domestic tourism hopes to restart by July and August.
Brits are unlikely to be welcomed back any time soon, however, with the 14-day quarantine in place for Brits from June 8.
Despite previous suggestions the UK and France could form a "travel corridor" to allow visitors to avoid the checks, this has since been quashed.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French president Emmanuel Macron are understood to have discussed travel during a meeting on June 18.
The government hopes to come to an agreement to allow Brits to freely travel across the English Channel again soon.
Local hoteliers and tour agencies are fearing tourism won't be able to return until 2021.
Chateaux owner Stéphanie Gombert told Forbes: "I doubt for the whole year we will have any international tourists."
President of the Departmental Tourism Committee, Sylvie Chevallier added: “We know that foreigners will not return in 2020.”
Spain has announced it will allow the entry of visitors from the European Union and Britain from June 21 without a quarantine.
Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya said :"We will allow British visitors to enter Spain just like the rest of the European Union as from June 21 freely and without the need for a quarantine.
"We're discussing with the UK authorities to see if they would do the same on their side, we nevertheless are doing this out of respect for the 400,000 British citizens that have a second residence in Spain and are dying to benefit from their homes in our country.
"We do hope they (the UK Government) will be sensitive to the 250,000 Spaniards that are also living in the UK and would like to enter the UK without a quarantine."
However she added all visitors will be subject to a “triple check” to look for coronavirus symptoms on arrival at the country’s airports, and will have to register “so we know we have a contact point to trace them.”
She said: “We want to make sure that we welcome visitors, but we want to do this in safety and security for them, as well as for the Spaniards."
Spain closed its borders on March 14 in a bid to slow the spread of the virus.
The nation has been hopeful of using tourism to help kick-start its post-Covid-19 economy.
It held a pilot scheme of German tourists earlier in June, who have already raved about how quiet it is without the Brits.
What about flights to Europe?
Some airlines are beginning to resume flights to Europe, while others are remaining grounded for the upcoming months.
Here are the airlines which have announced plans to restart routes – and those which are yet to come.
- British Airways – to resume 50 per cent of flights by July
- Wizz Air – flying current limited schedule to Europe
- Ryanair – to resume flights by July
- EasyJet – to resume flights by June 15
- Jet2 – to resume flights by July 1
- TUI – flights grounded until mid-June
Portugal has managed to keep its number of coronavirus cases much lower than many of its European neighbours.
This has meant it has already opened up parts of its tourism industry.
Lisbon announced it is "open for business" and will start accepting international visitors again.
João Fernandes, President of Algarve Tourism added: "The Algarve is one of the least affected regions in Portugal, and so we are now in a position to carefully plan a gradual reopening of its economic and social activity”.
More than a third of the Algarve region's hotels are already open, with plans to have 75 per cent up and running by June and 100 per cent by July.
Italy were initially one of the hardest hit countries by coronavirus, but have reduced their lockdown measures.
UK holidaymakers will be able return this summer, with borders opening to EU tourists from June 3 and no two-week quarantines for Schengen area countries.
Britain is also included in this group as Italy looks to use tourism to boost its economy as it accounts to 13 per cent of its GDP.
Italy is also believed to be a priority location for the proposed air bridges – so tourists will not face a two-week quarantine when they return to the UK.
"We hope that at the end of June quarantine will be abolished", a source told the Telegraph.
Greece is the most positive that tourists will return by the end of June, as long as flights resume from the UK.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said the domestic tourism season will start on 15 June, with the first international holidaymakers allowed in 16 days later.
In the wake of the news, easyJet has started re-selling flights from London Gatwick to Athens.
But Brits are not expected to be on a list of those allowed back in when Greece opens its doors to overseas holidaymakers from July 1.
A list of countries from which visitors will be able to arrive in Greece will be announced before the end of June.
The selection will be based on “epidemiological criteria” as determined by Greece’s committee of pandemic experts.
But the Greek tourism minister Haris Theoharis told ITV News that the UK's record on coronavirus is not good enough at the moment for Brits to be allowed to return.
“I think that the UK has a big difference in terms of the current medical status of the country with Greece, so I don’t think it’s likely it will be there,” he said.
Cyprus hope to welcome back tourists by July, which includes British visitors, with airports and hotels opening at beginning of June primarily for domestic tourism.
Cyprus’ deputy minister of tourism Savvas Perdios told an online conference: "On 9 June we will open our airports again for business as usual and that’s very, very important."
However the UK might not be the first to be welcomed back.
Scientists advising the Cyprus government believe the UK has not made enough headway in containing the virus yet.
Zacharias Ioannides who heads the Cyprus Hotels Association in Nicosia, the island’s capital said: “The UK is definitely our prime market, the bread and butter of Cyprus tourism whose importance is undisputed.
"But right now health safety is of prime concern and everything depends on what epidemiologists say.”
Brits could return to Bulgaria's Sunny Beach as soon as July as the country reduces its lockdown measures.
A state of emergency was declared on March 13 with travel bans, the closure of educational establishments and many businesses, as well allowing the police to intervene against those breaking the rules.
Bulgaria’s government had declared an epidemic emergency until June 14.
However, there are plans to open resorts in the next few months starting from July 1.
Finance Minister Vladislav Goranov announced last week: “We are moving towards actions related to the gradual restoration of social and economic life, with a focus on measures that will remain in place."
To encourage tourists, beaches will also offer free loungers, sun beds and tables when they open again for business.
National Front for the Salvation of Bulgaria leader Valeri Simeonov warned that even worst cases scenarios could see tourists again by August.
He explained: "We all very much want the tourist season to open as soon as possible. If things turn out to be worse, it may be August."
Turkey – August
Tourists might just miss out on returning to Turkey for the summer season.
Culture minister Mehmet Ersoy explained that Turkey expected to begin domestic tourism at the end of May with beaches opening jin June.
International tourists however will have to wait longer.
He added that while some tourists may be welcomed back by the end of June, other countries, including those in Europe, may not be able to enter the country until the end of July at the earliest.
This could also change at the last minute depending on the spread of the virus across Europe.
Dubai – July
Dubai want to start letting tourists back into the UAE by July, according to the tourism director general.
The UAE halted all incoming flights on March 24, with thousands left stranded after the date was moved 48 hours earlier at short notice.
Helal Al Marri, director general of Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, told Bloomberg TV: "Many countries remain closed and it’s more about the bilateral discussions.
"Is it going to be July when things start slowly opening up? Is it going to be September? We just need to make sure we’re ready if things come earlier than expected."
Hotels are already slashing prices by 60 per cent to encourage tourists to return, but no plans have been put in place for the arrival of international visitors as of yet.
Brits are instead looking to the future, and are booking holidays in 2021 instead due to uncertainty surrounding travel this year.
Thankfully, tour operators are already putting flights and package holidays on sale, with easyJet, On The Beach and Love Holidays selling trips.
Here are some of the best travel deals if heading to Spain, Greece or Florida next year.
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