Europe has announced plans to reopen its borders, albeit gradually and partially, with effect from 1st July 2020. This will happen after the current ban on non-essential travel to the European Union ends on 15th June.
As Bloomberg reports, the move seeks to revive domestic economies as the tourist season inches closer.
However, Germany is still extending its travel restrictions until 31st August 2020 for nations outside Europe. It is also urging its citizens to avoid non-essential travel to the U.K.
Elsewhere, as of 3rd June, Italy reopened its borders to people arriving from the European Union (E.U.) member countries, countries within the Schengen Zone, as well as the United Kingdom (U.K.) and Northern Ireland. They are also seeking to revive the country’s tourism industry, which contributes close to 13% of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
The European Commission estimates Italy’s economy will shrink by 9.5% this year, with the country’s debt rising to over 150% of gross domestic product (GDP).