The European Union and all its Member States are planning to re-open their borders safely. While protecting public health remains the priority, the European Union wants everyone to be able to enjoy a holiday, to see their family and friends again, and to travel for any purpose. To safely resume the travelling in Europe after the pandemic, the European Commission launches Re-open EU, a new interactive web platform for their citizens that provides all the necessary information regarding travelling across Europe.
The platform provides real-time information on borders, means of transport, travel restrictions, public health and safety measures such as physical distancing or the wearing of facemasks, available in 24 languages. Moreover, the platform acts as a central point of reference for anyone travelling in the EU as it centralises information gathered both by the European Commission and the Member States. As free movement and cross-border travel are crucial to tourism, an interactive map offers updates on national measures and advice for visitors available for each EU Member State. Europeans are also able to browse country-specific information at their ease.
This will allow the citizens of Member states to take responsible and well-informed decisions on how to manage continuing risks related to Coronavirus while planning their holidays and travels during this summer and beyond. Developed by the Joint Research Centre, ‘Re-open EU’ is part of the European Commission’s Tourism and Transport package to help European tourism resume safely by gradually lifting travel restrictions and allowing businesses to re-open, in the full respect of health precautions.