‘Reopen Europa’ – Online Guide to Post-Coronavirus Travel in the EU

Can’t wait to reunite with friends and family abroad? Do you want to plan your summer holidays? Just yesterday, on Monday June 15, the European Commission announced launching reopen.europa.eu a website in all EU languages that provides real-time essential travel information so you can start exploring Europe safely again.

Czech Rep. / EU, Jun 16 (JS) – The European Union member states are planning for a safe re-opening of Europe. “While protecting the public health remains our priority, we want everyone to enjoy their holidays, to reunite with family and friends, and to be able to travel for any purpose. This interactive tool provides you with the information that you need to confidently plan your European travel and holidays, while staying healthy and safe,” EU has announced on the website launch.

According to European Commission, the EU tourism is one of the sectors most affected by the coronavirus pandemic, as normally Tourism generates some 10% of EU GDP.

Travel information on Czechia. Source: Re-open EU.

Travel information on Croatia. Source: Re-open EU.

The information on reopen.europa.eu is frequently updated and is available in 24 languages.

The EU website comes with a mobile-friendly version – a web-based app.

Tourism is at the centre of a huge ecosystem of businesses that contribute to prosperity and jobs across the whole European Union (12% of jobs in the EU, 23 million direct and indirect jobs). To support its recovery and enable a more sustainable tourism in the future, the European Commission has proposed a coordinated approach to gradually restore mobility respecting strict health and safety protocols.

Key facts on Tourism Industry in the EU.

Contributes 10% of EU GDP
2.4 million businesses, over 90% of which SMEs
Global leader with 40% of international arrivals
85% of Europeans spend summer holidays in the EU
€ 0.56 of added value for every €1 generated in tourism

Source: European Commission. June 2020.

On Friday, June 12, the Czech Ministry of Health also published a new “traffic light map”, detailing countries that Czech residents can safely travel to and from without needing to undergo a Covid test or 14 days of quarantine.

Source: The Czech Ministry of Health.