How Europe Opens up to Tourists: Country Guide

Top 10 health resorts in Europe - which one to choose? Part I

On Monday, June 15, the deadline expires, until which the European Commission recommended that countries open internal borders after the coronavirus pandemic. Her recommendations are not binding - as a result, each country has developed its own rules and restrictions on the entry of the first tourists. For example, Denmark has so far decided to allow only tourists from three countries, while banning them from spending the night in Copenhagen. And Spain accepts a test group of German tourists, but for most of the Schengen countries it will open only in a week.

By July 1, the EU authorities plan to develop a plan to open external borders with countries outside the union. However, when the Russians will again be able to go on vacation to Europe is not yet clear - now it is allowed to leave the country only for treatment, caring for relatives, study and work.

Forbes has compiled everything there is to know about opening borders to tourists in Europe.


Since June 4, Austria has opened borders with Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic and Hungary. People from these countries do not need to provide a coronavirus-free medical certificate or quarantine upon arrival to enter Austria. From June 16, free entry will be available to tourists from all other EU countries, except for residents of Sweden, Spain and Portugal, as well as the UK - for them, the requirement for a certificate or quarantine remains. For citizens of other countries, Austria is still closed.

Restaurants and museums in Austria opened on 15 May. Hotels are open from May 29.


Belgium from June 15 will allow entry to people from other EU countries, the UK and four other Schengen countries (Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland and Norway) that are not EU members. But many of the restrictions on the travel industry will continue to apply. For example, hotels are required to close at 1 am, bars and restaurants have strict social distancing requirements, and nightclubs will not reopen until late summer.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

So far, only residents of neighboring countries can enter Bosnia and Herzegovina. Other foreigners are prohibited from entering, unless we are talking about truck drivers, businessmen, residents and diplomats. The government said it is ready to follow the instructions of the European Commission, but considers it premature to talk about a "real opening" before the end of June.


Residents of the European Union and the United Kingdom, non-EU Schengen countries, and Serbia and North Macedonia can enter Bulgaria from 1 June. Residents of Sweden, United Kingdom, Ireland, Belgium, Portugal, Spain, Malta and Italy must be quarantined for 14 days upon arrival.

Restaurants, museums, and shopping centers were allowed to operate subject to restrictions in May. Nightclubs will be open from June 15th.

How Europe Opens up to Tourists: Country Guide

Getting to know Europe, one of the seven parts of the world, for any traveler is a dream seasoned with their own expectations and experiences, images drawn from films and literary works, paintings by great artists and musical compositions, simply expectations of a miracle and unforgettable impressions. Just think, it is here, on the territory of about 10.5 million km², that more than 732.4 million people live!

Popular routes and directions

About 30 countries are located in Europe. Excursion, health, group tours are offered by hundreds of travel companies.

Many people associate Austria with great winter tourism in Central Europe. During the season, tour operators offer package tours to Austria with flights and transfers.

Great Britain is the birthplace of modern sports, comfort, ancient traditions and an aristocratic lifestyle. People who have visited the shores of Foggy Albion will forever fall in love with this beautiful country.

North Caucasus - only experienced accompanying guides.

Tours to Germany remain one of the most popular. The picturesque Rhine Valley with dozens of monasteries and medieval castles, the picturesque Black Forest, the ancient culture of Bavaria, the calm Baltic coast, mountain resorts in the foothills of the Alps, winemaking and hundreds of historical monuments.

Greece is an ancient country, home of legends, generals, myths and philosophers. Famous for its seaside resorts and the Olympic Games, it is here that antiquity remains relevant along with the present.

Mysterious and multifaceted Spain beckons with passionate flamenco dance, incomparable wine and delicious national cuisine. In addition, this country is the birthplace of Picasso, Dali and Cervantes.

The visiting card of Holland is huge flower plantations: almost the whole country is covered with a multicolored carpet of plants, and it is very beautiful! Masterpieces of medieval architecture, churches, town halls, cathedrals - everyone should see this at least once in his life.

Poland - rest surrounded by picturesque nature on the Masurian lakes, the beaches of the Baltic Sea, the Polish Tatras with healing mountain air for those who prefer active rest and unforgettable excursions to the dunes.

European countries are starting to open up to tourists after the pandemic. Despite the general recommendations of Brussels to open all internal borders by June 15, states are in no hurry to lift restrictions completely. Who are already admitted by European countries and how will the entry rules change in the coming weeks?

Here, the treasures of nature and the wonders of medicine cast doubt on the veracity of the expression that health cannot be bought.

When you want to spend a long-awaited vacation with health benefits, health resorts with healing waters, mud baths and massage come to mind. These thoughts were still shared by the inhabitants of the ancient world, so old Europe knows perfectly well where the richest waters and air saturated with iodine are.

Montecatini Terme, Italy

The largest and most famous resort in Tuscany, which in the 18th century was very popular among the European nobility. The local thermal springs of sodium chloride-sulfate waters are indicated for the treatment of diseases of the musculoskeletal system, upper respiratory tract, as well as digestive problems. A number of centers offer massages, rehabilitation courses and therapeutic gymnastics, and there is also an unusual solarium in which one can sunbathe in a bath with thermal water. Several spas are located right on the main street of the town, strolling along which you can admire the architecture in the Art Nouveau style. On a day free from procedures, it is worth going to the historical part of the city, located on a hill, from which you can admire the surrounding villages and fields.

Rogaska Slatina, Slovenia

This town among low but beautiful mountains has become one of the most popular European resorts due to its wonderful nature, mild climate and unique Donat Mg mineral water, which is rich in magnesium and other elements important for humans. In addition to drinking mineral water, the treatment is based on balneotherapy and dietary nutrition. These measures are especially successful in helping to fight gastroenterological diseases and metabolic disorders. Rogaška Slatina is chosen by lovers of quiet, peaceful places for family or solo holidays. There is little nightlife here, but good opportunities for useful physical activity: sports grounds, mini golf, tennis courts, bike rental.

Széchenyi Bath in Budapest, Hungary

This place bears several epithets at once, starting with "the most", and absolutely deservedly: the largest balneological complex in Europe, the most popular in Hungary, with the hottest spring in Europe (+77 °). Hydrocarbonate-sulphate-calcium-magnesium water with sodium ions, as well as microcomponents of fluorine and boron helps in the treatment of diseases of the joints, digestive tract, kidneys and respiratory organs. The modern converted Szechenyi complex is a huge territory with beautiful architecture, including 11 baths and 5 swimming pools. Vacationers are offered mud poultices, visits to Turkish and Finnish steam rooms, salt and contrast baths, as well as all kinds of massage.

Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic

Once upon a time, Johann Bach, Niccolo Paganini, Karl Marx, Ivan Turgenev and other famous personalities rested on the 13 famous springs of Carlsbad. And the discoverer of the resort for our compatriots was Peter I himself, who was very fond of “treatment on the waters”. The pride of Karlovy Vary is thermal springs containing compounds of calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, lithium, bromine and other useful substances. Local specialists successfully fight diseases of the stomach and intestines, liver and biliary tract, as well as metabolic disorders. To services of visitors - physiotherapy exercises, various types of massages, electric and phototherapy, mud baths and many other procedures. However, people come here not only for health, but also for the special atmosphere of the 19th century, which emanates from the external decoration and measured lifestyle.

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