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Find here the TOP 100 list of COVID-Free tourism destinations to save 2020 Summer Holidays. In December 2019, the coronavirus was seemingly confined to China. But, a few weeks later, the virus, which causes the illness known as COVID-19, became a global pandemic.

The coronavirus outbreak is a serious threat to public health. Lockdowns and other coordinated restrictive measures are necessary to save lives. However, these measures may also severely slow down our economies and can delay the deliveries of critical goods and services.

Travelling to COVID-Free tourism destinations

The first step to make this possible is that the domestic epidemiological situation allows relaxation of domestic free movement restrictions. Travelling abroad will depend on the evolution of the public health situation in Member States. While a generalised lifting of restrictions would be desirable if the health situation were sufficiently positive across the Union, the Commission anticipates that a staged and coordinated approach is likely to be necessary.

This would start by lifting restrictions and controls between regions and Member States with sufficiently similar epidemiological situations. The approach must also be flexible, including the possibility to reintroduce certain measures if the health situation requires.

TOP 100 COVID-Free travel destinations

The principle of non-discrimination must be respected. But which are the COVID-free countries arounf the world? Here are the top 100 countries by COVID-19 safety, according to the Deep Knowledge Group:

  1. Switzerland
  2. Germany
  3. Israel
  4. Singapore
  5. Japan
  6. Austria
  7. China
  8. Australia
  9. New Zealand
  10. South Korea
  11. United Arab Emirates
  12. Canada
  13. Hong Kong
  14. Norway
  15. Denmark
  16. Taiwan
  17. Saudi Arabia
  18. Hungary
  19. Netherlands
  20. Vietnam
  21. Kuwait
  22. Iceland
  23. Bahrain
  24. Finland
  25. Luxembourg
  26. Qatar
  27. Liechtenstein
  28. Poland
  29. Lithuania
  30. Malaysia
  31. Latvia
  32. Slovenia
  33. Oman
  34. Greece
  35. Estonia
  36. Croatia
  37. Turkey
  38. Ireland
  39. Georgia
  40. Cyprus
  41. Chile
  42. Montenegro
  43. Czech Republic
  44. Malta
  45. Spain
  46. Portugal
  47. Thailand
  48. Bulgaria
  49. Greenland
  50. Mexico
  51. Uruguay
  52. Vatican City
  53. Italy
  54. Serbia
  55. Philippines
  56. India
  57. Romania
  58. USA
  59. Slovak Republic
  60. France
  61. Russia
  62. Argentina
  63. Belarus
  64. Monaco
  65. Sweden
  66. Ukraine
  67. Gibraltar
  68. United Kingdom
  69. South Africa
  70. San Marino
  71. Kazakhstan
  72. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  73. Iran
  74. Ecuador
  75. Azerbaijan
  76. Mongolia
  77. Lebanon
  78. Belgium
  79. Andorra
  80. Cayman Islands
  81. Armenia
  82. Moldova
  83. Myanmar
  84. Bangladesh
  85. Sri Lanka
  86. Egypt
  87. Tunisia
  88. Albania
  89. Jordan
  90. Panama
  91. Brazil
  92. Morocco
  93. Algeria
  94. Honduras
  95. Paraguay
  96. Peru
  97. Indonesia
  98. Cambodia
  99. Laos
  100. Bahamas

EU “blacklist” of airports to save Safe Summer holidays

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) published a list of airports located in affected areas with high risk of transmission of the CoViD-19 infection. This “blacklist” of airports has 35 countries, cities and airports where the coronavirus pandemic remains out of control. EASA determined this blacklist of airports to support aircraft and aerodrome operators to put in place an extra layer of protection for the passengers and crew members.

Find here the 34 high-risk transmission countries

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has launched a programme to monitor the implementation of its COVID-19 operational guidelines in real-life situations. The Agency is inviting European airports and airlines with their national authorities to apply the new standards in practice and report back on their experience, with the objective of fine-tuning the guidelines and developing best practices.

Airlines follow new Health protocol of measures – EASA Regulations

The guidelines, developed by EASA and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) on the basis of scientific evidence and expert opinion, were published last week. The aim is to allow air travel to restart in safe conditions from both an operational and public health point of view. Member states and industry stakeholders provided extensive input through consultation.

Best practices for Air travel and Airports operation

RESTORING COVID-FREE SAFE TRANSPORT

The Commission package on tourism and transport in 2020 and beyond is composed of three guidelines and a recommendation to help EU countries gradually lift travel restrictions, allow businesses to reopen and ensure that people in Europe can benefit from a safe and relaxing summer after months of confinement while respecting necessary health precautions.

The package includes:

  • A chapeau communication on tourism and transport in 2020 and beyond;
  • A common approach to lifting restrictions of free movement at EU internal borders in a gradual and coordinated way, mirroring the progressive lifting of domestic restrictions;
  • A common framework to support the gradual re-establishment of transport whilst ensuring the safety of passengers and personnel;
  • A recommendation to make travel vouchers an attractive alternative to cash reimbursement;
  • Common criteria and principles for gradually and safely restoring tourism activities, in particular for health protocols for hospitality (hotels, etc.).

European Commission presented guidelines and recommendations to help Member States gradually lift travel restrictions, with all the necessary safety and precautionary means in place.

June 15 will be the re-Open Borders Day of Schengen Area

Safely restoring freedom of movement and lifting internal border controls

If a generalised lifting of restrictions is not justified by the health situation, the Commission proposes a phased and coordinated approach that starts by lifting restrictions between areas or Member States with sufficiently similar epidemiological situations. The approach must also be flexible, including the possibility to reintroduce certain measures if the epidemiological situation requires. Member States should act on the basis of the following criteria: epidemiological situation, ability to apply containment measures throughout the journey, and economic and social considerations.

Restoring transport COVID-Free services across the EU

The guidelines represent general principles for the safe and gradual restoration of passenger transportation by air, rail, road and waterways. They also contain practical recommendations on, for example, limiting contacts between passengers and transport workers, and the passengers themselves, and on the use of personal protective equipment while travelling. Dedicated recommendations are given for each mode of transport.

EU open borders for outside travellers and tourists by July 1st

Safely resuming COVID-Free tourism services

The Commission set out a common framework which provides criteria for a safe and gradual restoration of tourism activities and the development of health protocols for hotels and other forms of accommodation, to protect the health of both guests and employees. These criteria include epidemiological evidence; sufficient health system capacity being in place for local people and tourists; robust surveillance and monitoring, testing capacity and contact tracing.

Ensuring cross-border interoperability of tracing apps

On 13 May, the EU Member States, supported by the Commission, agreed on a protocol to ensure cross-border interoperability of voluntary contact tracing apps, so that citizens can be warned of a potential infection with coronavirus when they travel in the EU.

Coronavirus “free” – Safe Travel Summer destinations in Europe

EU open borders for outside travellers and tourists by July 1st

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