Countries reopening their borders to international visitors

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All around the world countries are reopening their borders for visitors. It has been more than three months that tourism all over the world was a halt because of the coronavirus outbreak. 

But, as the situation in some countries is getting better and the number of cases is reducing those countries are starting to reopen their borders for tourism. 

Tourism plays a vital role in boosting the economy of a country. However, due to coronavirus pandemic, many countries are suffering and want to recover as soon as possible. This is also a reason that countries which earn mostly from tourism have started to reopen. 

Some of the countries that have reopened their borders are 

Italy 

The country is open to international tourists. Italy reopened its borders on 3 June. However, travelers arriving in Italy will not have to quarantine irrespective of a spike of new cases or no cases in the country. Restaurants, cafes, and bars are starting to reopen with social distancing measures. Many restaurants are operating with reduced capacity to follow social distancing. 

Turkey 

International visitors can now visit Turkey. People from the UK can also visit Turkey. Moreover, for the first time, British tourists will have a visa-free entry. The country has also launched the Safe Tourism Certification Programme to ensure that it upholds the highest hygiene and health standards both for staff dealing with tourists and the tourists themselves. 

Iceland 

The government of Iceland eased its restrictions from 15 June. However, for 15 May some professionals such as scientists, filmmakers, and athletes were arriving in the country and had to quarantine. However, travelers arriving in the country will be given a choice between taking a test for the virus or a 14-day quarantine. 

Greece 

Greece is open for international visitors, but British visitors will be allowed entry from July 1. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said visitors arriving in Greece will mot have to take a coronavirus test on arrival neither they will have to quarantine. The first airport to open is the Athens International Airport. However, from July 1 all Greek airports will be open to flights from abroad. Moreover, the tourism sector contributes 20% to Greece’s GDP, so reopening the borders will boost employment and the economy. 

Portugal 

Portugal has started reopening its hotel, bars, nightclubs, and restaurants over the past few weeks. However, international travel is now open in the country. There will be some health checks at the airport but there will be no compulsory quarantine for those arriving in Portugal. The public is required to maintain a distance from the other of about 1.5 meters. 

Spain 

Spain is the second most visited country after France. The country started to ease its lockdown restrictions at the start of May. However, borders for international visitors reopened from 21 June. The Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya tweeted, “The worst is behind us. In July we will gradually open Spain to international tourists, lift the quarantine, ensure the highest standards of health safety. We look forward to welcoming you!”

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