Spain, Portugal, France and Turkey update on when you can go on holiday again

Spain, Portugal, France and Turkey update on when you can go on holiday again

If you booked a summer holiday long before lockdown was announced in March, then you may be wondering whether you will be permitted to go or not. Many holidays currently hang in the balance, following lockdown rules and measures. Last week, Ryanair (which has regular flights to Spain), said it plans to restore 40 per cent of flight programmes from July, although Health Secretary Matt Hancock said foreign holidays are unlikely for Brits this summer. However, there have been indications from European governments that they intend to welcome holidaymakers from England and Wales. Here, the Liverpool Echo looks at the timescale of when it is likely countries such as Spain, Portugal, France and Turkey will restart their tourism trade. Holidaymakers will be welcomed back to Spain "as soon as possible", but only when safe to do so, the country's foreign minister has said. Spain, like the UK, was among the European countries worst affected by the coronavirus outbreak, and introduced lockdown measures on March 14, more than a week ahead of the UK. Spain has now begun lifting those restrictions in various regions, with plans to end lockdown next month. Foreign minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya said cities with high concentrations of Covid-19 infection - such as Madrid and Barcelona - remain under stricter rules than more rural areas, but that the country will reopen to visitors at the earliest possible opportunity. However, she was unable to say whether Spain could welcome UK tourists by the summer. On May 11, France announced that it will very gradually ...
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