It’s understandable for people to worry about the safety of travelling outside of their own country.  Now that the summer is here, people are looking at their summer holidays and are thinking about beaches and travel. In turn, countries are opening their borders, relaxing their rules, in the hope of generating some much needed revenues for their travel industry. 

The pandemic, along with a series of lockdowns, has caused us all to have the itch to travel. Being stuck at home has made so many people miss the beach, the countryside, or the great outdoors. However, we must still be cautious when traveling, and this extends to a variety of factors, including destination selection and mode of transportation, as well as adherence to local safety rules and regulations.

The COVID-19 pandemic hit Europe heavily, forcing governments to seal all of their external borders in order to safeguard public health by preventing the spread of the Coronavirus inside their territory, just as it did the rest of the globe. But on June 18, 2021, The European Union proposed removing the non-essential travel restriction for tourists from the United States , just in time for the summer season, which is critical to the E.U.’s economy. As the situation both in and out of European countries improved, Member States resolved to eliminate such restrictions and gradually began to relax restraints for EU travelers and many third countries with low infection rates.

The alpha variant generated another Covid surge in the UK at the start of the year, and the delta variant is already causing another surge. COVID-19 variations are on the rise in popular vacation destinations, but the patchwork and last-minute nature of the attempts as the peak season begins threatens to jeopardize another summer. Hence, European travel is still pursuing tourism despite risks with different travel restrictions per state. Like how the visitors to cultural and tourism attractions in France, the world’s most visited country, were greeted this week with a new need for a special COVID-19 permit. Similar to France, Italy is also requiring people with a similar pass to access museums and movie theaters, dine inside restaurants and cafes, and get into pools, casinos and a range of other venues.

If you are thinking of travel, look up the restrictions first. Preparing to travel can keep you safe.