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Health 12-05-2021

Spain plans to allow Britons to enter without PCR test from 20 May

Spain plans to lift its requirement for Britons to present a negative coronavirus PCR test upon arrival from 20 May, provided that the infection rate in Britain keeps declining, the Spanish tourism minister said on Tuesday (11 May).
Health 05-05-2021

Italy, G20 look to return of tourism

Italy is ready to welcome back travellers, Prime Minister Mario Draghi said Tuesday (4 May) after hosting a G20 meeting that put tourism at the heart of the global post-pandemic recovery.
Health 04-05-2021

EU eyes letting fully vaccinated tourists into bloc

Europe is looking at easing travel restrictions on foreign tourists as early as next month, if they are fully vaccinated or come from a country with Covid under control, officials said Monday (3 May). The European Commission is recommending EU...
Health 15-04-2021

Greece to allow vaccinated tourists in next week

Greece plans to open its borders to vaccinated visitors from several countries from next week, the government said Thursday (15 April), as the country seeks to restart its badly-hit tourism sector.
Economy & Jobs 01-04-2021

Spain’s central bank urges extension of temporary lay-off schemes

Spain's Central Bank has recommended the extension of temporary lay-off schemes known as ERTEs for employees in economic sectors worst-hit by the pandemic, in particular tourism. EURACTIV's partner EFE reports.
Coronavirus 31-03-2021

Spain tightens COVID-19 restrictions, mask wearing rules

Spain will as of Wednesday (31 March) implement a series of new and tougher measures to prevent COVID-19 infections under the so-called New Normality Law, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Coronavirus 25-03-2021

Spain pins hopes on EU health certificate to save summer season

Spain is pinning its hopes on the EU's proposed digital health certificate and on vaccines to save the summer tourism season, after a catastrophic year for the country's hospitality industry, commonly known as HORECA. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Economy & Jobs 09-03-2021

Spanish business leader: EU fiscal rules are not an ‘open bar’

The softening of EU fiscal rules to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on Spanish businesses may lead to a massive deficit in two years time if not responsibly handled by the government, an industry representative has warned in an interview, EURACTIV's partner EuroEFE reports.
Economy & Jobs 08-03-2021

Spain eyes €11 billion rescue package for struggling businesses 

The Spanish government is expected to approve a rescue package worth €11 billion by the end of the month in support of small and medium-sized businesses badly hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.
Health 05-03-2021

Vaccine ‘travel pass’ and French trial over data protection risks

  This week on EURACTIV’s Yellow Room, we are talking about the proposed vaccine “travel pass” and the controversy around it. EU countries whose economies depend on tourism seem to be eager to adopt the proposed solution, while others are...
Coronavirus 05-03-2021

Cyprus to let in Brits with COVID vaccine from May 1

Cyprus will allow British tourists who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 into the country without restrictions from May 1, its tourism minister said on Thursday (4 March).
Coronavirus 04-03-2021

Most Spanish regions intend to maintain lockdowns over Easter

In the latest bid to gain control over the COVID-19 pandemic, almost all Spanish regions have said they aim to keep in place restrictions adopted to reduce mobility between the provinces over the Easter holiday, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.
Economy & Jobs 03-03-2021

Spain records over 4 million unemployed for first time since 2016

Spanish unemployment figures in February reached their highest level since April 2016 as the country reels from the economic impact of the pandemic, EURACTIV's media partner  EuroEFE reported.
Health 28-01-2021

Promoting sustainable tourism in the Alps requires a rethink, NGO director says

The Alps' magnificent mountain landscapes appear idyllic, calm and untouched - as long as you look at them from a certain angle. From another you are confronted by cleared forests for ski slopes, well-trodden paths and destroyed nature for hikers and mountain bikers.

Breton: EU recovery fund should help tourism sector become ‘more resilient’

The EU budget and coronavirus recovery fund should be used to help tourism "emerge more resilient from the crises ahead," the EU's internal market commissioner Thierry Breton said on Thursday (21 January).
Economy & Jobs 15-12-2020

French cycling route receives EU funds for being ’emissions-free’

The ViaRhôna, a green and heritage-filled 815-kilometre long cycling route in southeast France, has received more than €2 million in EU funds during the 2014-2020 budget period  because of its environmental component. EURACTIV France reports.
Coronavirus 27-11-2020

EU countries at odds over Christmas ski season

The ski season is a key part of the Christmas holidays in Europe, but with COVID-19 cases soaring, the idea of hitting the slopes is proving increasingly controversial this year.
Coronavirus 12-11-2020

Spain to demand negative COVID test for air travellers from high-risk countries

Spain will from 23 November demand a negative coronavirus test taken within 72 hours for air travellers arriving from countries with a high risk of contracting COVID-19, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday (11 November).
Aviation 18-09-2020

EU travel industry steps up quarantine pushback

Leaders of Europe's coronavirus-stricken travel and tourism industries have appealed to the EU's chief executive to press governments to end quarantine requirements and instead embrace coordinated restrictions and testing.
Transport 05-08-2020

Italy threatens to ban Ryanair over coronavirus rule-breaking

Italy's national civil aviation authority ENAC threatened on Wednesday to suspend Ryanair's permit to fly in the country over alleged non-compliance with coronavirus safety rules.
Economy & Jobs 05-08-2020

Virus lays waste to Bulgaria’s tourist hotspot

“We need at least 100 charter flights a day,” says Plamen Kopchev, head of the hotel owners’ association in Bulgaria’s mammoth Black Sea resort of Sunny Beach, laid waste by the coronavirus pandemic. But the trouble is, only a fraction...
Coronavirus 28-07-2020

New coronavirus cluster in an Austrian village brings fears of a ‘second Ischgl’

In the picturesque village of St. Wolfgang in Upper Austria, a new coronavirus cluster was identified last week, with 53 new infections confirmed over the weekend, mostly in workers in the tourism sector. This fuels fears of a "second Ischgl." EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 14-07-2020

Have German tourists in Mallorca created a second Ischgl-like ‘hotspot’?

Beer and sangria flowed in abundance in Mallorca as German tourists celebrated at the 'Ballermann' party strip, ignoring coronavirus hygiene rules. Now the island is drawing the consequences, and threatening with penalties. EURACTIV's media partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Economy & Jobs 01-07-2020

From Brussels to Malaga: traveling in times of pandemic

As the summer kicks in and EU countries have been easing travel restriction, I decided to experience what it is like to travel during a pandemic by flying from Brussels to Malaga (Spain).