Two weeks after Italy opened its borders for tourists from the European Union (EU) and the Schengen Area, some other European nations joined suit today.
The European Union home affairs commissioner, Ylva Johansson, had advised member nations last week to “open up as soon as possible” and had recommended June 15 as a good date.
Germany, France, Greece, parts of Spain, and other places have removed border checks for most Europeans while some others will open by the beginning of next month, as the summer holiday season starts.
French President Emmanuel Macron said it was time to “rediscover our taste for freedom” as he announced the border openings in Paris.
However, he did tell people to stay on guard because cases were still being recorded.
The EU region has had more than 2 million confirmed infections with over 182,000 deaths.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez also made a similar comment as he said the country will be opening on June 21. “We have got the pandemic under control, [but] the reopening of our frontiers is a critical moment.”
“The threat is still real. The virus is still out there.”
Some nations are foregoing the quarantine and subjecting visitors to random virus testing.
As Britain, which has left the EU, imposed a 14-day quarantine requirement on arrivals, France has asked British people to self-isolate too. Some other nations are not allowing British tourists to enter right now.
Other countries, such as Austria and Belgium, have opened limited borders with select EU members.