After nearly three months of lockdown, the thought of traveling again may feel like a distant dream. But with summer upon us, the wanderlust couldn’t be stronger. Fortunately, seven countries just announced their plans to welcome tourists again.
Fortunately, nine countries just announced their plans to welcome tourists again.
ANTIGUA + ST. LUCIA
With both countries’ economies heavily dependent on tourism, Antigua and St. Lucia are the first Caribbean islands to reopen on June 4th. Other islands, such as Aruba and the Cayman Islands plan to follow suit come July. Eager as they are for the economy boost, we are just as eager to stick our feet in their baby-soft sand.
Greece will reopen Athens International Airport to international visitors on June 15th with plans to open all other Greek airports on July 1st. Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has stated that no visitors will be required to quarantine or take a test upon arrival so you can plan to explore these Mediterranean islands that much faster.
Portugal reopened its borders and is ready to welcome visitors with open arms. The country’s beaches will reopen on June 6th, joining the restaurants, bars and nightclubs that have been gradually reopening for the past month with social distancing measures in place.
Don’t forget to pack that summer swimsuit! A long soak in one of Iceland’s iridescent-blue, geothermal lagoons will melt away all that pandemic stress. There’s never been a better time to check out the stunning landscape of this country, especially with Iceland Air currently offering a free stopover in Reykjavik when you buy a ticket to any other European destination. Just in time: Iceland announced easing quarantine restrictions starting May 15th with full travel starting on June 15th.
Though the country was one of the hardest hit by Covid-19, Italy’s strict lockdown policy has been lifted with plans to reopen its borders to international visitors on June 3rd. We can’t think of a better isolation plan than renting a car and driving through the hills of Tuscany, but if an afternoon in Rome is more your style, you’ll be glad to know restaurants, cafes and bars are gradually opening with social distancing measures in place for guests to still enjoy their aperitivo safely.
Beautiful Belize reopens its Philip Goldson International Airport on July 1st. With its tropical hiking trails, world-renowned scuba diving, and Mayan temples, Belize offers incredible activities for every flavor of Adventurist. Little known fact: Belize borders the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, second in size only to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.
Dreaming of a Spanish Summer? Fortunately travel restrictions have been lifted just in time to make that dream come true. The Balearic and Canary Islands will be the first to welcome visitors again in June, though the rest of the country will continue to open throughout the summer.
With only one new case of the virus this week and a total case count of 918, the island has announced plans to reopen on June 9th. Talks of an abbreviated quarantine are still unconfirmed, but that can’t stop us from dreaming of crystal clear waters and stunning sunsets.
And just in time for longer days, a summer reading list sure to transport you, even if you are stuck at home.