The UK’s death toll has soared to almost 30,000 making it the worst affected country in Europe. The EU has closed all cross-border travel in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus until the middle of May. Although lockdowns are slowly being eased across the globe as governments are desperate for economies to restart again, there is likely to be restricted travel across Europe this summer.
Most countries in the EU have imposed a two week quarantine for people arriving into their countries to curb the spread of the virus.
The UK has launched its app to trace COVID-19 but has been warned a failure to join an international system could result in Britons not being allowed to holiday abroad.
French president Emmanuel Macron has warned that international travel trips are unlikely this summer.
The prime ministers of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia have announced that they will have an open border policy within their own countries.
Lithuania’s Prime Minister Saauliua Skvernlis said: “We have agreed that all three Baltic states have properly contained the spread of the coronavirus, and we trust each others’ health systems.
“So, starting from May 15, we are removing all restrictions for citizens of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia traveling between the Baltic states.”
Germany’s tourism chief Thomas Bareiss has said Germans may be able to enjoy a summer holiday abroad.
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Mr Negueruela said: “There are countries like the United Kingdom that have taken too long to adopt containment measures. That also puts us in a different situation with respect to them.”
Tourist boards across the UK are setting out plans for a reopening of attractions.
Chief executive of Cumbria Tourism, Gill Haigh, said to The Telegraph: “We can’t afford to wait until lockdown’s over and find we’ve not got the plans in place.”
The Foreign Office has advised against all international travel for the foreseeable future.