Incredible interactive coronavirus map helps you plan your summer holiday safely

A website launched by the European Commission offers travellers real-time information about travel restrictions and coronavirus rules across Europe.

As lockdown eases across many countries, many restless Brits are desperate to travel but are concerned about safety.

The risk of catching the virus abroad, what to expect if you travel and what restrictions you face may be enough for some people to choose a staycation instead.

But for many others, they are either determined to travel abroad as soon as possible – or face losing thousands if official government advice changes and their holidays go ahead.



This map includes the latest flight restrictions

Now this website can help ease concerns as it’s helpfully pulled together everything you need to know for travel across the EU.

The interactive map shows how easy it is to travel to various countries and what restrictions are currently in place due to recent infection rates.



The map offers the latest guidance for travellers

The platform also offers information on whether attractions such as bars, museums, shops and restaurants are open.

Detailed explanations give clear guidance on what to expect – with strict social distancing measures in place across Europe.

And it includes advice on local rules such as whether visitors should expect tests, will have to wear face masks and the limits on gatherings.



The project hopes to restart tourism across Europe

The data project, called Re-open EU, is designed to help reboot the travel industry as lockdown lifts.

It answers many questions on people’s minds – including what protocols are being put in place to keep tourists safe.

Holiday hotspots such as Greece, Spain and France are included.



Lockdown is being eased across Europe

Sadly Brits haven’t been included on the map, leaving UK tourists looking for advice in the dark slightly.

A European Commission spokesman said the UK had not applied to be part of the scheme.

This will be a blow to domestic tourism businesses hoping to welcome a flock of European tourists.

A UK government spokesperson said: “The UK is no longer part of the EU, and therefore we would not expect to be included in a map representing member states.

“The UK regularly shares information on our travel, border and health measures with key partners, including the European Commission, as part of our ongoing international cooperation during the Coronavirus crisis.”

Thierry Breton, commissioner for the internal market said: “After weeks of confinement, EU internal borders are reopening.




“The Re-open EU website will provide travellers with easy access to information to help them confidently make their travel plans and stay safe during their trip. 

“It will also help small restaurant and hotel owners, as well as towns across Europe, draw inspiration from innovative solutions developed by others.”

A commission spokesman told the Guardian the UK government had not asked to be controlled.



It breaks down where travellers will be expected to wear face masks

He said: “No information was provided by the UK. The information was based on questionnaires and I don’t believe we have received information from the UK.

“We are open to the participation by [non-EU countries], provided they make the request and, secondly, they commit to providing updated and regular information to the website … The UK has not made such a request to participate.”

Visit the website here.

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