European Commission unveils ‘Reopen EU’ website

Platform for real-time European border information

The European Commission has debuted a new web platform to support a safe relaunch of travelling and tourism across Europe. ‘Re-open EU‘ features real-time information on borders and available transport options and tourism services in member states.

Reopen EU will also include practical information provided by the Member States on travel restrictions, public health and safety measures such as on physical distancing or wearing of facemasks. The goal of the platform is to enable travellers 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.

The Reopen EU platform is part of the Commission’s Tourism and Transport package of 13 May 2020, launched to rebuild confidence among travellers in the EU and help European tourism resume safely, in line with the necessary health precautions.

Site users can browse country-specific information, updates and advice for each EU Member State through an interactive map. It will be easily accessible via app or website and be available in the 24 official EU languages.

On 11 June 2020, the Commission presented its recommendations for a partial and gradual lifting of travel restrictions to the EU after 30 June and called on the Member States to remove restrictions to free movement and lift internal border controls by 15 June, considering the improving health situation in the EU and the implementation of physical distancing and other health-related measures by the Member States.

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