Europe gears up for return of international tourism in June

The European Union is preparing to restart international tourism, with European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen tweeting it was “time to revive EU tourism industry… safely”.

Under the plans, European Union member countries could begin to allow vaccinated tourists to visit from the beginning of June with a caveat that an “emergency break” could be applied by individual countries to restrict access for visitors from high-risk countries at short notice.

“The Commission proposes to allow entry to the EU for non-essential reasons not only for all persons coming from countries with a good epidemiological situation but also all people who have received the last recommended dose of an EU-authorised vaccine,” the commission said in a statement.

The proposals will have to be approved by all 27 EU member states. If the proposal goes ahead, EU countries would review the situation every two weeks.