June 11, 2021


The pandemic has destroyed economies throughout the world, but things are starting to reopen. The United States seemed to turn the corner a while ago, but this has not been the case for countries throughout Europe. However, Europe is beginning to reopen for tourism and hospitality. This is positive news for residents and people looking to visit the continent.

Examples of Europe Reopening Updates


France had significant travel bans in place during the pandemic. The country underwent multiple severe lockdowns. The primary travel bans have been in place since January 31, 2021, but the country is starting to loosen restrictions.

France has lifted the travel ban for people in the United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, Israel, New Zealand, Singapore, and South Korea. If the United States citizens want to venture to France, they must show proof that they are visiting the country for an essential purpose.

Whether vaccinated or not, all travelers to France must show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of entering the country. France has implemented a gradual reopening effect which has been in place for two months.


Germany is only allowing European Union residents to visit the nation. The country established a brutal lockdown on December 16, 2020, but things have drastically improved since this date. Although, Americans can still not travel to the country.

The country has loosened restrictions for travelers from Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand. Citizens from these countries can only travel if they have an essential reason.

Germany requires people to wear medical-grade masks on public transportation. The country’s tourism plan is being rolled out, but there is still a lot of development that must occur.


Americans could travel to Italy if they had an essential reason for most of the pandemic. Restrictions started being lifted on April 6, 2021. In late May, Italy began to lift travel restrictions and open the hospitality industry for fully vaccinated visitors.

Prime Minister Mario Draghi established a plan where parts of Italy are judged by the number of infections. Some sections of Italy have opened quicker than others for this reason. As the summer begins, Italy has drastically improved its COVID-19 cases.

Countries in Europe like Italy, France, and Germany rely on summer travel to help recover financially from the COVID-19 pandemic. The trend is revealing that this will be possible during the summer.

The Hospitality Industry

The hospitality industry in Europe has been devastated by COVID-19. The hotel sector of the hospitality industry declined by 70% in 2020. The swift reopening plans this summer have the goal of helping this industry gain momentum.

Summer is when the continent receives the most visitors, so the state must allow visitors. When people visit Europe, they will likely be required to wear masks and show proof of a negative COVID-19 test.

This measure should be intact for most of the summer until the virus is officially a thing of the past. Any reopening is perfect for people in Europe because the COVID-19 cloud has been hovering over the continent for a long time.

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