European countries gradually reopen borders to tourists
The epidemiological situation in a number of countries is gradually improving, so they start resuming international flights. Germany will open its borders to 26 member states of the European Union starting June 15.
According to two ratings, Germany is on the ninth place in the world in terms of the highest number of COVID-19 cases and deaths. According to Johns Hopkins University, reported cases of coronavirus infection in Germany stand at 184,472. The deadly virus killed 8,635 people in the country.
In total, Italy’s recorded coronavirus cases and death toll are higher than in Germany. The COVID-19 infected more than 234,000 and killed more than 33,000 people in the country. However, this didn’t stop Italy’s authorities from lifting the travel restrictions in the middle of this week. The local authorities didn’t stop there and even lifted the required 14-day quarantine rule for the foreign travelers.
Italy takes this risk mainly in order to provide the speedy recovery of the country’s economy, which was affected by the global pandemic. In particular, these measures are aimed at supporting the tourism industry, which provides 14 percent of the country’s GDP.
Switzerland is more careful in terms of reopening its borders amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Tourists from 22 EU member states, as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway will be able to travel to the Swiss Alps starting July 6.
Switzerland intends to completely restore the international tourism no earlier than by 2024. According to recent data, the COVID-19 infected more than 30,000 people and killed more than 1,900 patients in the country.
According to Johns Hopkins University, reported cases of COVID-19 infection worldwide stand at nearly 6.6 million. The novel coronavirus killed more than 390,000 people in the world. Nearly 3 million global COVID-19 patients reported to have recovered.