EUROPE SUMMER TRAVELS VIA PRIVATE JET : As the world slowly reopens to tourism, we are seeing a rise in demand for private jet charters in Europe this summer. The European Union has lifted many internal borders and additional waves are expected later this summer.
With private aviation, you will avoid the typical airline travel. Private jet travel already allows much greater social-distancing than airlines, both in the air and at the airport. And additional measures are in place to protect passengers even further, including deep cleaning and disinfecting before every flight, and new service protocols such as avoiding handshakes with crew.
Here are some of the most popular countries and summer destinations for European private jet travel, along with the latest news on their border restrictions.
SPAIN: As of June 21st, Spain’s borders are now open with most of the rest of Europe for tourism (the exception being Portugal which is due to reopen on July 1st) and quarantine requirements have been lifted, including for travelers from the UK.
CROATIA: The country is now allowing EU nationals (including UK citizens until the end of 2020) to enter and leave Croatia for tourism. Travelers from some countries are being asked for documents proving the purpose of their visit, such as hotel reservations.
ITALY: The borders have now opened in Italy to EU tourists as of June 3rd, with no quarantine requirements for those from Schengen area countries.
FRANCE: As of June 21st, the French borders have opened to most of Europe, after already opening to Germany since June 15th. Most travelers to France will not be required to quarantine on arrival, the exception being those from the UK who must currently stay in place for 14 days if they decide to enter the country.
GREECE: Greece is another country that has reopened its borders to many other Europeans, as from June 21st. With hotels starting to open, domestic travel within the islands is also open to tourism. Currently travelers from EASA’s list of high risk countries will be required to be tested and to quarantine on arrival, with international flights landing first at Athens and Thessaloniki for screening. Direct flights to regional airports are due to resume from July 1st.
PORTUGAL: As of June 21st, Portugal is allowing entry for most travelers from European countries with the exception being Spain – with which it is delaying travel until July 1st. Testing for COVID-19 is required on arrival for those entering Madeira or The Azores.
THE UK: While it has no bans on travelers from other countries, the United Kingdom is currently requiring a 14-day quarantine for all those entering (other than from the Republic of Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands) – including its own citizens. However the government has indicated that they hope to form quarantine-free ‘air bridges’ with some other countries to allow tourism this summer. Internal restrictions mean that restaurants, most hotels and tourist attractions are currently closed, with domestic travel restricted only to day trips.
SWITZERLAND: As of June 21st Switzerland is now allowing quarantine-free entry to all Schengen countries. It has previously opened with its neighbors: France, Germany and Austria on June 15th.