Covid travel restrictions eased in the EU! Where to go first?


Let’s pack your bags! After the long period of bans necessary to preserve our health and stop the Covid-19 pandemic, travel restrictions in Europe are gradually loosening. In many areas you can finally go back to the beach, to restaurants and to visit museums: choose where to organize your 2021 holidays!

The updated map of the health situation in Europe allows us to be optimistic for the future and to start planning the next summer holidays. Travel restrictions have in fact been very relaxed and in countries like Portugal, as well as in some regions of Spain and Italy, there are all the conditions for safe holidays. Here are in detail what are the travel restrictions in some cities of art and seaside resorts in these countries.
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Map produced on 20 May 2021, based on data from the
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

Remember: you must not travel if you have recent-onset COVID-19 compatible symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath), if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or if you have had close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days.

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Travel restrictions in Portugal

You can enter Portugal without particular travel restrictions from any EU Member State or Schengen Associated country. From 1 May, road traffic between Portugal and Spain is possible again without restrictions. All travelers, with the exemption of children aged 2 and under, are subject to the requirement for a negative PCR test., which must be taken within 72 hours prior to departure.

Since May 1, restaurants and shows can open until 10,30 pm. Also, heritage sites and museums can open with safety measures in place.

The use of face masks is mandatory in public transport, shops and supermarkets, and all other public indoor spaces. It is also mandatory in outdoor spaces and workplaces where it is not possible to keep 2 meters distance. Children under 10 years old are exempted.

Nautical activities and surf lessons are allowed also for more than 2 people, while in outdoor areas and beaches occupancy is limited. Distancing of 1.5 meters between groups of people, and 3 meters between sun umbrellas, is required.

Monitoring of the occupancy status on the beaches is performed through the “Info Praia” app and on the website of the Portuguese Environment Association.

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Your safe holiday in Porto, dedicated to art and solidarity

Take advantage of the few travel restrictions and book a vacation rental in Porto’s Lower Town, characterized by narrow cobbled streets full of colors, to have restaurants for all tastes and numerous typical shops within easy reach. By staying in the Upper Town you will be a few steps from the splendid Romanesque Cathedral and most of the historical monuments.

In Porto, supports two projects: PELE, a space for dialogue and collective artistic creation, and Gasporto, which aspires to give the elderly the opportunity to age at home with quality of life and dignity.

In order to prevent the spread of the virus and the possibility of contagion, all tourist services have taken hygiene and sanitization measures according to the indications of the Directorate-General for Health. The “Clean & Safe” seal, defined by Turismo de Portugal, was implemented, which allows tourists to have greater security and confidence in the use of accommodation establishments and tourist attractions.

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Travel restrictions in Spain and the Valencian Community

There is no need for quarantine for all travelers arriving in Spain by air or sea transport from countries of the European Economic Area:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, The Netherlands.

Third countries and areas included in these few travel restrictions:

Australia, China, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Travelers from these countries are only subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative COVID-19 test (PCR, TMA, or other molecular techniques), which must be taken within 72 hours prior to arrival. As of 30 March, the same requirement is imposed on travelers crossing the land border between France and Spain. Children aged 5 and under are exempted.

Since May 24, you can enter the region of the Valencian Community without any travel restrictions and there is a curfew only at night, from 1 to 6 am.

Restaurants and bars are open until  00.30, up to 10 people can sit at the same table. The use of a mask will be necessary only when you are not consuming. The pools and spas are open, they only have to respect the 75% limit of their capacity with regard to access. Museums, exhibition halls, art galleries, monuments, and other cultural facilities are also open. Guided tours are allowed for groups of up to 20 people in open spaces and up to 10 people in closed areas.

Access to the beaches is allowed, maintaining physical distancing measures.

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Experience a fair and safe holiday in Valencia

The beaches close to the city, the artistic and architectural treasures that it holds, the nightlife that animates the evenings, the rich gastronomic tradition, naturalistic sanctuaries like the Columbretes Islands just off the coast…  all ingredients that make a stay in Valencia one of those holidays that everyone appreciates: take advantage of the few travel restrictions!

By booking a room or apartment here, you can contribute to the financing of the activities of Orriols Convive, a community project that promotes a model of intercultural coexistence and social integration.

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Travel restrictions in Italy

In Italy, Regions and Autonomous Provinces are classified into 4 categories. Each category corresponds to different epidemiological risk scenarios and levels. Some Regions are now in the yellow area, where there are only general travel restrictions. Here the curfew will be phased out according to the following schedule:

  • from 19 May to 6 June: between 11 pm and 05 am;
  • from 7 to 20 June: between midnight and 05 am;
  • from 21 June: no curfew.

In “yellow” regions, from 1 June (outdoors) and from 1 July (indoors) the presence of the public at any sporting event will be possible again. Retail activities are open. The activities of bar and restaurants and catering services with consumption at the table are allowed outdoors, for lunch and dinner, in compliance with the curfew restrictions currently in force. From 26 April, events open to the public in theaters, concert halls, and other venues or spaces, even outdoors, are allowed with pre-assigned seats and provided that the interpersonal distance of at least 1 meter is respected. It is mandatory to wear a facemask in closed spaces, including means of transport and in any situation where it is not possible to guarantee the interpersonal safety distance of at least 1 meter.

The activities of beach resorts are allowed. Amusement and thematic parks will reopen on 15 June.

Movement within and between regions classified as “white” or “yellow” is unrestricted.Those who have obtained a “green certificate” are exempted from travel restrictions and allowed to move, also for tourism, on all the Italian territory. The “green certificate” certifies one of the following 3 conditions:

  • Full vaccination (certificate provided by the vaccination centre. Validity: 6 months);
  • Recovery from Covid-19 (certificate provided by the hospital or by a general practitioner. Validity: 6 months);
  • Negative result to a COVID-19 test (PCR or antigenic, performed by an authorized structure or pharmacy. Validity: 48 hours).

The certifications issued in the Member States of the European Union are recognized as equivalent, as are those issued in a third country following a vaccination recognized in the European Union. Children aged 2 and under are exempted.

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With Venice is even more beautiful

A unique historical and cultural heritage awaits you in Venice, an unmissable destination of every trip to Italy: take advantage of the few travel restrictions and book your holiday home on to find it shining! Half of our platform commission will in fact be donated to the Masegni & Nizioleti Association, whose members have been involved for years in carrying out cleaning operations on buildings and monuments.

The “Cleaning Days” periodically organized by Masegni & Nizioleti in significant places in Venice are an opportunity to rediscover its hidden treasures.

Alternatively, you can choose to support the Squeri San Isepo project, which aims to bring a Squero, the traditional Venetian shipyards, back to its original shape and make it operational, affording it the added function of being a Centre for the study and enhancement of the ancient and traditional maritime crafts in Venice.

The traditions of the shipbuilding squeri are as old as Venice itself, the city being inseparable from its watery environment which requires the use of boats for transport. “Barca xe casa”, a boat is home, as Venetians have said for centuries

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In the Italian Riviera, historic villages surrounded by beautiful beaches await you

From the picturesque villages of the hinterland such as Dolceacqua and Finalborgo to the modern seaside resorts such as Sanremo and Pietra Ligure, the Western Riviera in Liguria offers many perfect destinations for a summer holiday: take advantage of the few travel restrictions to enjoy it!

Book it now to immediately make your contribution to the project of the Community-based Cooperative Terre di Nava: the creation of a “Common path” surrounded by nature, sustainable and accessible to all because it is also equipped for disabled people.

In the Eastern Italian Riviera, you can choose one of the charming villages that make up the famous Cinque Terre, such as Riomaggiore, Corniglia and Monterosso al Mare, or an inland town surrounded by greenery like Riccò del Golfo. If you want to have all the services available you can opt for a b&b in the center of La Spezia, the main city of the eastern Italian Riviera, while holiday homes in Ameglia and Fiumaretta di Ameglia are in a strategic position near the art cities of Tuscany.

Any b&b, agriturismo or holiday lettings in the eastern Italian Riviera you choose, with you can support the Co.Co.Farm 2021 sustainable development project, promoted by the Terre del Magra community cooperative, which aims to recover the timber that accumulates along waterways and beaches to transform it into renewable energy and natural fertilizer.

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Genova, the perfect destination for your family holiday

Are you in doubt about which Riviera to choose while in holiday in Liguria with your family? Choose both and give your children a fairy-tale experience by booking a holiday in one of the Genoa’s coolest neighborhoods: after visiting the famous Aquarium, the pirate galleon “Neptune” docked at the Old Port pier and many other attractions for all seasons and all ages, they will always be grateful to you!

Meanwhile, you will participate in a crowdfunding activity in support of social projects in the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods of the city, such as LabMed, an intercultural laboratory in the historic centre, and C.R.E.A., Italian acronym for Food Surplus Recovery Center.

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