The Re-open EU website, launched when the covid-19 outbreak is stabilizing in Europe, aiming then to support the safe relaunch of travel and tourism, by providing real-time information on borders and means transport and tourist services available in the Member States.
Based on practical information provided by the countries of the European Union (EU), this ‘website’ then addresses questions about travel restrictions, public health and safety measures, such as physical distance or wearing masks, and other useful information on the tourist offer at national and European level.
Clicking on Portugal, for example, the question arises whether “it is possible to enter or leave this country for tourism” within the EU, appearing as an answer “yes, with limitation“, taking into account the information given by the Portuguese authorities.
Given the Government’s decision to extend the ban on flights to and from countries outside the European Union until the end of the month, as part of the measures to contain the spread of covid-19, it is then indicated on the platform that entries into Portugal for tourism are only permitted for nationals of EU27 countries, of the Schengen area and their family members, passengers on flights from the United Kingdom, Brazil and CPLP, United States, Canada, Venezuela and South Africa, thus maintaining the suspension of visa processing for other countries.
In mid-May, and after suspending national and EU travel for more than two months to try to contain covid-19, the European Commission proposed to Member States criteria for the gradual reopening of the EU’s internal borders in the current context the covid-19 pandemic, including health conditions, stressing that the principle of non-discrimination must be respected.
With the pandemic stabilizing in Europe, Brussels considers the resumption of free movement and cross-border travel as essential for tourism, so it advised countries, as they manage to contain the circulation of the new coronavirus, to replace general restrictions on free movement more specific and targeted measures.