Europe opens borders but tourists from the Middle East will have to wait
After a long lockdown, Europe has decided to open its borders to welcome summer tourists in 2020. With the UAE announcing the news that select residents will be allowed to travel overseas from June 23, most residents and citizens have already started planning their holidays. However, not everyone is welcome as tourists in Europe just yet.
The border situation remains different for each country across Europe, with its own rules and its own timetable for re-opening.
This month, Germany and France dropped border checks and nearly Italy opened its doors to travellers two weeks ago. This week also saw Greece welcome its first passengers on flights from other European countries. Cyprus resumed tourist travel on June 9 after closing its borders for almost three months.
However, Americans, Asians and Middle East tourists are not allowed on the continent just yet. RUmour has it, things won't change anytime soon either.
The European Union’s 27 nations, as well as those in the Schengen passport-free travel area, which includes a few non-EU nations such as Switzerland, aren’t likely to open to visitors from outside the continent until at least the beginning of next month, or possibly later.
Britain has imposed a 14-day quarantine requirement last week for most arrivals and as a result most of the EU has also asked British tourists to quarantine on arrival. Some aren't allowing British travellers to the country altogether.
However, while UAE airlines have started operating more services, residents re-entering the country will have to apple for a permit to enter.