It is unlikely that a VACATION abroad will occur for a few months, and the pandemic is spreading across Europe.
However, some countries are starting to lift their strict blocking measures, which could be good news for British tourists.
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The current UK advice remains to avoid non-essential travel, with similar feelings in EU countries.
However, even the most affected, including Italy and Spain, are easing some of the severe restrictions set six weeks ago.
Even Greece and Cyprus remain optimistic about the return of British tourists for the summer.
While there is still hope for a summer vacation, there is no guarantee that this will happen again, and the advice changes in the short term due to the unpredictable nature of the virus.
Some countries also refuse to give an estimated return date, and France and Egypt say it is too early to know.
No country also knows for sure when tourists can return; Here are the latest popular holiday destination predictions regarding the return of the British.
France – 2021
France has been the strictest in resuming overseas travel, and even domestic tourism seems unlikely this summer
Hoteliers and local travel agencies fear that tourism will not return until 2021.
Chateau owner Stéphanie Gombert said Forbes: "I doubt that throughout the year we have international tourists."
The president of the Departmental Tourism Committee, Sylvie Chevallier, added: "We know that foreigners will not return in 2020".
It was recently announced that the British would be exempt from the 14-day quarantine rule upon entry into France, but no date has been given for the relaxation of international visitors.
Spain – August
Spain has imposed one of the strictest blockades, prohibiting people from leaving unless they are close to their homes.
The restrictions have started to be lifted and the beaches will open next month for locals, but opinions differ as to when the British can return.
The islands, which depend on British tourism, are calling on tourists to return for next month.
However, Mallorca should only see German tourists in July at the earliest, and the British should arrive in August.
The Canary Islands are less positive: the president of the island, Angel Victor Torres, told the Spanish newspaper El Mundo: "In October, November or December, which are good months in the Canary Islands, we can start to receive tourists from other countries "
However, the country has not yet given specific dates, with current speculation from ministers and tourism officials.
And the flights to Europe?
Some airlines are starting to resume flights to Europe, while others will remain on the ground in the coming months.
Here are the airlines that have announced their intention to restart the routes, and those that remain to come.
- British Airways: resume 50% of flights in July
- Wizz Air – fly to Europe in limited hours
- Ryanair – ground flights until mid-June
- EasyJet – flights to land indefinitely
- Jet2 – ground flights until mid-June
- TUI – ground flights until mid-June
Portugal – 2021
Despite the fact that Portugal avoids the same large number of coronaviruses compared to Spain, they are also the most pessimistic about the return of tourists.
The Algarve fears that tourists will not return before 2021.
Eliderico Viegas, head of the Algarve Hotel and Tourism Association, warned that "many hotels will not open this year".
I explain to Bloomberg that even though the country is handling the pandemic well, it does not expect tourists to return to the region before April of next year.
Until then, the industry will have to rely on national holidays with local reserves, although it fears that it will be "insufficient" to keep them open.
Italy – July
Italy was initially one of the countries most affected by the coronavirus, but it is also starting to reduce its blocking measures.
Britons can return for the summer holidays, with bars and cafes opening before June 1.
Giorgio Palmucci, President of the Italian National Tourist Board, said local media: "We will only leave (with tourists) from the European Union, and at the earliest, only in July or August.
"The problem is that, unlike other sectors, tourism is dependent on reserves, so the window of time open to operators will be very tight."
However, if coronavirus cases increase, tourism will not be able to return.
Greece – July
Greece is the most positive thing that British tourists will come back in June.
Greek Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis said: "Our aim is to start the season in July and perhaps until October or November.
"The tour operators are full of hope and are just waiting to see what the health guarantees, the new rules will be."
The blockade is slowly being lifted across the country, including the opening of hotels next month.
Although the forecast is positive news for tourists, governments have yet to confirm the return of tourists.
Cyprus – June
Cyprus hopes to welcome tourists in June, including British tourists.
Initially, the Cypriot Deputy Minister of Tourism, Savvas Perdios, said: "The important thing is that travel agencies have Cyprus in mind … there are positive signs from Germany, from Switzerland, Austria, Nordic countries, Greece, Israel and possibly Low countries. "
However, he later told Sun Online Travel that the UK was also included: "We like to take care of the British."
"There are a lot of British people living here. When others are ready to visit our island, we will welcome them with open arms."
Although optimistic, this has not been confirmed by either the British government or Cyprus, as new measures have to be introduced before Brit can safely return.
Bulgaria – July
The British could return to Sunny Beach in Bulgaria in July, while the country reduces its blockade measures.
A state of emergency was declared on March 13 with a travel ban, the closure of schools and many businesses, in addition to allowing the police to respond to those who break the laws. rules.
It will now expire on May 13 and plans to open stations in the coming months starting July 1.
Finance Minister Vladislav Goranov announced yesterday: "We are moving towards actions related to the progressive restoration of social and economic life, focusing on the measures that will remain in place".
To encourage tourists, the beaches will also offer free lounge chairs, hammocks and tables when they reopen for business.
The head of the National Front for Salvation of Bulgaria, Valeri Simeonov, has warned that even in the worst case, tourists may see tourists again in August.
He explained: "We all want the tourist season to start as soon as possible. If things get worse, it could be August."
Turkey – August
Tourists could miss the return to Turkey for the summer season.
Ersoy said Turkey is expected to resume normal life in the second week of May, but tourists will have to wait longer.
The Minister of Tourism added that if certain tourists could be received at the end of June, other countries, including those of Europe, will not be able to enter the country until the end of July at most early.
It could also change at the last minute depending on the spread of the virus in Europe.
Dubai – july
Dubai wants to start allowing tourists to return to the United Arab Emirates in July, according to the director general of tourism.
The United Arab Emirates stopped all incoming flights on March 24, and thousands of people were stranded after the date was postponed 48 hours earlier within a short time.
Helal Al Marri, CEO of the Dubai Tourism and Trade Marketing Department, said Bloomberg TV
"Will it be July when things start to open slowly? Will it be September? We just need to make sure we are ready if things happen sooner than expected."
Hotels are already cutting prices by 60% to encourage tourists to return, but no plans have yet been made for the arrival of international visitors.
The British can return to Sunny Beach in Bulgaria in July and will receive free sunbeds.
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Instead, the British are looking to the future and booking vacations in 2021 due to travel uncertainty this year.
Fortunately, tour operators already sell flights and tour packages, easyJet, On The Beach and Love Holidays selling trips.
Here are some of the best travel deals if you are going to Spain, Greece or Florida next year.