Coronavirus: practical advice for safe travel in EU

After months of lockdown, travel and tourism have slowly restarted. Discover what the EU recommends to ensure safe journeys. As EU countries gradually lift confinement measures, Europeans may be able to travel this summer.

Europe prepares for summer © European Parliament Images/European Union-EP

 

After months of lockdown, travel and tourism have slowly restarted. Discover what the EU recommends to ensure safe journeys.

As EU countries gradually lift confinement measures, Europeans may be able to travel this summer.

Discover the latest updates on travel conditions and safety measures in the EU on the website re-open.eu

While people will need to take precautions and follow health and safety instructions from national authorities, the European Commission has come up with guidelines and recommendations to help EU countries coordinate the safe lifting of travel restrictions.

10 Commission recommendations for travelling safely in coronavirus times  

  • Book tickets and check-in online to avoid queues, when possible
  • Respect social distancing during luggage drop-off, security checks, boarding and baggage claim
  • Fewer passengers may be allowed on board and you might be asked to sit at a distance from passengers who are not part of your household.
  • When social distancing is difficult to ensure, you might be asked to wear face masks
  • Food, beverages and other goods may not be available on board
  • Transport companies may install protective barriers, for example between passengers and a coach driver. You may be asked to board through the back door
  • Drivers should open doors automatically at every stop, so passengers don’t have to touch buttons or handles
  • Stations, ports and airports should guarantee regular cleaning and disinfection and provide sanitising/disinfecting products, including on board
  • There should be appropriate ventilation on all transport
  • Passengers can choose between refund or rerouting for cancelled tickets. If the transport company offers a voucher, you still have the right to ask for a refund

Parliament has been insisting since March on a strong and coordinated EU action to overcome the crisis in the tourism sector.

 

On 19 June, Parliament adopted a resolution on transport and tourism in 2020 asking for more measures to support small and medium-sized enterprises. MEPs see the crisis as an opportunity to make tourism in the EU more sustainable.

 

Find out more on what the EU is doing to fight coronavirus

Is it safe to stay in hotels?

 

Guests in hotels and other types of accommodation should respect social distancing when in common areas, as well as infection prevention and control measures such as coughing or sneezing into a paper tissue or bent elbow, hand hygiene and face masks.

 

Tourism facilities should provide guests with clear information and guidance prior to arrival and should have an action plan in place in case of infection in the establishment. They should also ensure regular cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched surfaces and good ventilation systems. Hotel staff should be trained in basic infection prevention and control.

 

Check out the timeline of EU measures against Covid-19

Press Release, European Parliament, Press room , July 20, 2020. Source: https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/headlines/priorities/eu-response-to-coronavirus/20200520STO79501/coronavirus-practical-advice-for-safe-travel

 

Republished by Intell News Romania in English on July 31, 2020

 

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My name is GHEORGHIU CLAUDIU VICTOR and I was born in October 1967 in Bucharest. In 1998 I took the master degree at University from Bucharest , the Faculty of History- universal old history section- with theme (CONSTANTIN the GREAT and CHRISTIANITY) at professor LIGIA BARZU. In 1991 I graduated Art School , PAINTING section with TITU DRAGUTESCU. I painted sacred pictures from 1990. I paint in technique tempera or tempera with egg on wood. During the period 1992-1994 I was managership at COLEUS modern art gallery . I am titular member of the Association Branch of Religious Plastic Arts and Restoration : AFAPRR of UAP from Romania: Romanian Fine Arts Union from April 17, 2019, admitted by contest, as well as I was trainee member during the period 2016-2019, admitted by contest. I was member in Plastic Background(FP) belong Romanian Fine Arts Union (UAP) from 7th of December 2000, admitted by contest. From 25th of May 2015 I was elected Media advisor of the Steering Committee of the Association Branch of Religious Plastic Arts and Restoration : AFAPRR of UAP from Romania: Romanian Fine Arts Union. From 2014 I am member VISARTA(from March 31, 2017, I was elected in the Steering Committee of Visarta, during the period 2017-2022), the Romanian Visual Arts Copyright Collecting Society. I have 4th Personal Exhibitions with sacred art organized by UAP from Romania- Romanian Fine Arts Union in Bucharest (2001,2003,2004 at ArTei Gallery, 2007 at Galateea Gallery) and another at Silva Gallery in Busteni(2007-2008). I have also 2 Personal Exhibitions in Italy : I was Honor Guest, representing Romania, with sacred art, June 2003 at Pisa and in October 2006 ”The ICONS, sacred pictures in contemporary world” at Viadana(Mantua). I won some prizes in Italy and I participated, admitted by contest, at some art fairs and international exhibitions around the world, representing Romania: most of them in Italy, but also in France, Greece, Japan, Peru, South Korea, Switzerland. From May 2015 to January 2016 I was Contributing Editor at CULTURE (Fine Arts, Exhibitions, History, Religion) at the newspaper Jurnalul Bucurestiului. From 17th of January 2016 I was advanced Senior Editor at the same newspaper . From 1st of November 2015 to 31st of December 2016 I was Contributing Editor and Thematic Advisor at News Agency Lacasuri Ortodoxe and Press service LO News. From 1st of January 2016 I am Senior Editor at CULTURE at the Intell News: Global news, press and event analysis. From May 3, 2019, I am also publisher commentator at the newspaper Ultima Oră.