Summer holiday 2020: When, where, and how to travel this holiday season?

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How will traveling look like after Coronavirus? When you be able to travel around Europe? Where will you be able to travel after Coronavirus?

Governments around the world are taking preventive measures for traveling amid the Coronavirus epidemic. But the questions on how will traveling look like after Coronavirus, when will we be able to start traveling and where still remain.

Coronavirus has widely affected our holiday plans for the summer of 2020. Many people are asking their local governments who will travel and where after the Coronavirus pandemic ends? When it will be safe to travel again and how?

Before you start planning your summer holidays make sure to keep track of your desired location on what the situation is with Coronavirus and how safe it actually is for you to book your summer holidays there. We strongly recommend checking the general guidelines fro traveling this summer at the end of the article.

When will it be safe to travel again?

At this point, it is hard to answer this question. However, we are closely monitoring the situation and keeping you updated with the latest news from Slovenia. Borders in the European border are slowly being open amid the Coronavirus epidemic.

It is highly likely that for the rest of 2020 and part of 2021, the United States and Europe will continue to implement social distancing measures and might even remain locked down. 

Many reports say, there is a big chance people will have to spend their summer holidays of 2020 at home or in their home countries in order to minimize the possibility of spreading or getting infected with Coronavirus.

In order to know when will it be safe to travel again after Coronavirus, apart from monitoring the disease itself, check the safe travel website of WHO and the authorities of your home and destination country are offering practical guidance for people traveling and living overseas following the outbreak of Coronavirus in the world. 

Where to travel this summer?

Travel is likely to return first to domestic markets with the so-called staycations; then to a country’s nearest neighbors (like Austria and Croatia) before expanding across the European regions, and then finally across continents (to the USA and Asia) to welcome the return of journeys to long-haul international destinations. International travel will most likely fall out of favor as people stay closer to the safety of home. It is important to avoid Coronavirus hot spots until next year in order to prevent the possible infection with Coronavirus this summer.

Many governments and travel organizations are advising people on visiting less populated places and sights while traveling in their own or foreign countries. There will be more emphasis on visiting the great outdoors and spending our vacations outside in nature.

If you decide to travel to Slovenia for this summer holidays we strongly recommend avoiding more popular places. Check which top destinations in Slovenia we advise you on avoiding due to them being popular here.

Will I be able to take a holiday abroad this summer?

That depends on where you wish to travel this summer for your holidays. Make sure to check if:

  • you can reach the airport, bus station, rail or train station or seaport,
  • you can cross the borders,
  • the travel ban been lifted in your desired destination,
  • there a flight, ferry, train or bus transport to your desired destination,
  • you will be admitted to the desired destination of your summer holidays,
  • you can tolerate and accept the quarantine rules on your return to your home country,
  • you can follow the safety measures at your desired destination,
  • you tested positive for Coronavirus.

Once you will have the answers to the mentioned concerns or questions, you can start or stop planning your summer holidays for 2020, depending on the answers you received.

How to travel this summer?

Both domestic and foreign tourists will have to accept the “new normal” due to Coronavirus. There will be many measures taken into account before we will be able to travel this summer holiday.

New steps will be published and will have to be followed in order to prevent possible infections with Coronavirus. These summer holidays are likely to put emphasis on health precautions, which will include the following:

  • use of hand sanitizer,
  • contactless payment,
  • use of stairs rather then lifts,
  • social distancing,
  • regular Coronavirus testing,
  • certificate of negative Coronavirus testing,
  • using face masks.

Make sure to check what are the preventive measures before embarking on your summer holidays of 2020.

Will it be safe to travel this summer holidays due to Coronavirus? 

With summer holidays fast approaching, many people are wondering just how long coronavirus will remain with us, and will it ever be safe to travel again. More importantly, will it be safe to travel for this summer holidays due to Coronavirus.

Experts say that the situation could be under control in the countries that became first infected: we have seen that China, where everything started, has overcome the Coronavirus crisis in a few months.

A staycation will probably become more of a thing than ever before after the Coronavirus pandemic will be under control. Tourism boards and governments will do everything they need to for making sure people who will travel this summer holiday will be safe.

When can I go on holiday to Slovenia?

Slovenia is going to gradually open its borders with Italy, Austria, and Croatia in May. Austria intends to open on Friday four more checkpoints on the border with Slovenia as it continues to ease measures adopted due to the Coronavirus epidemic.

Croatia will open its borders with Slovenia in the middle of May. However, the border crossing with Croatia will be limited to people who have real estate and campers located in Croatia. The rest of the people will be able to cross the Croatian border at the end of June or the beginning of July, depending on the situation with Coronavirus in Croatia.

Can I book a flight to Slovenia in the summer of 2020?

This week Slovenia opened Ljubljana Airport at Brnik. However, passenger flights from the largest Slovenian airport are not expected to start before June, as most airlines and air carriers have canceled their flights to Slovenia until the end of May. However, Lufthansa, Swiss and Brussels Airlines have already opened bookings on June flights.

Currently, it is possible to book flights connecting Ljubljana with Frankfurt, Munich, Brussels and Zurich by the three carriers, all part of the Lufthansa group, which plans to restart at 20% of capacity as of 1 June, according to the European Union Aviation Safety Agency.

Serbian flag carrier Air Serbia, which will restore flights on 18 May, is also expected to start flying to Ljubljana in June, but in a limited scope at first, writes the web portal Ex-Yu Aviation.

Easyjet is also expected to gradually start flying again in June but its plan to launch a new route between Ljubljana and the Luton airport this summer has been abandoned.

Turkish Airlines, which was one of the most active foreign carriers at Ljubljana airport, will also start flying again in June and then gradually increase operations until October.

Finish Finnair and British Airways have suspended their plans for summer flights to Helsinki and Heathrow for the time being.

Where to go to Slovenia this summer holidays?

It is a bit hard to answer this question at the moment. We are monitoring the situation and updating you with the latest news from Slovenia. Hotels will probably open their doors in Slovenia, so will outdoor camps, however, the capacities in both Slovenian hotels, motels, glamping resorts, hostels, and camps will probably be smaller in order to prevent possible infections with Coronavirua of guests while staying in Slovenia.

There will also be more precautions and distancing rules in Slovenia to make sure you can spend your summer holidays in Slovenia safe and sound without contracting Coronavirus in Slovenia.

First government indications say the opening of more hotels and camps will follow in June. Make sure to check before planning your summer holidays in Slovenia, where you can actually stay overnight and book your stay in advance.

We do recommend opting for more active summer holidays in Slovenia. Outdoors will likely be a safer option for your summer holidays amid the Coronavirus epidemic this summer holiday in Slovenia.

How to spend summer holidays in Slovenia after Coronavirus?

There will probably be a wide array of outdoor activities that will be available this summer holidays in Slovenia. From cycling, hiking, strolling around beautiful nature parks, kayaking, canyoning, and much, much more. We would also recommend avoiding public pools this summer holidays and opting to go swimming in the sea, lakes, and rivers, where this is allowed.

We strongly recommend opting for less popular places to visit in Slovenia this summer holiday. Make sure you will be following all the safety measures this summer holiday season in order to prevent contracting Coronavirus in Slovenia.

Can I travel to Europe this summer?

Yes, if the European Commission persuades governments to abide by its request to open borders in time for holidays to happen from late June onwards. Some European countries have started to reopen their borders.

Germany is to open some of its borders – including Austria and Luxembourg imminently. Slovenia, Croatia and Italy will also slowly begin to open their borders, however, not everyone will be able to cross the borders.

Make sure to check if you can cross the borders before planning your summer holidays in Europe amid the Coronavirus epidemic.

Travel by rail could be problematic, depending on social-distancing measures. A road trip should present few problems.

Travel guidelines for summer holidays of 2020 amid Coronavirus epidemic

GENERAL GUIDELINES:

* Passengers will be encouraged to buy tickets online, book seats and check-in.

* Passengers should wear protective masks, especially where physical distance measures cannot be fully respected at all times. Masks do not have to be medical.

* Physical distance should be provided at security checkpoints and baggage check-in and check-out points.

* Special lanes should be established to separate passengers at ports, airports, railway stations, bus stations, ferry ports and public transport stops.

* Benches, tables and anything that encourages gatherings should be removed or placed in such a way as to ensure that physical space is maintained.

* Fewer passengers may be allowed on buses, trains or ferries, and passengers who do not live in the same household may be separated.

* Traffic staff should have appropriate protective equipment.

* Disinfectants should be available and vehicles should be cleaned and disinfected regularly.

* Food, beverages and other goods may no longer be sold in means of transport.

* Duty-free shops and other shops should control the movement of passengers by means of floor markings and limit the number of customers, and intensify cleaning and install protective barriers at the checkout in order to physically separate customers from sellers.

* Mobile applications with monitoring and warning measures for coming into contact with an infected person can be used on a voluntary basis. Such applications should function cross-border.

AIR TRAFFIC:

Regulators will adopt protocols in the next few weeks that should include the following:

* Air ventilation should be enhanced, air filtration such as in hospitals and vertical airflow.

* Movement in the aircraft should be limited, reduce interaction with the crew.

* Passenger flow management: earlier arrival of passengers at the airport; use of electronic check-in or its performance on vending machines; reduction of contact during baggage check-in, security screening and document checking, boarding and during baggage retrieval.

* Pre-ordering of services and meals should be done, when possible, at the time of booking.

ROAD TRANSPORTATION:

* High levels of hygiene should be maintained at terminals, rest areas along highways, car parks and petrol stations.

* Passenger flow should be managed at stations.

* Where adequate levels of public health cannot be ensured, closure of stations should be considered.

BUSES AND MINIBUSES:

* Rear doors should be used for passenger entry, and ventilation is done by opening windows instead of turning on the air conditioning.

* Seating should be arranged so that families sit together when possible, while people who do not travel together should sit separately.

* In minibuses, passengers should not sit next to the driver if physical separation is not possible.

* If possible, passengers should take care of their luggage themselves.

RAIL/TRAIN:

* The frequency and capacity of trains should be increased if passenger density needs to be reduced.

* Railway undertakings should introduce mandatory seat reservations on intercity and regional trains.

* On short journeys, passengers should leave empty seats between themselves, except those from the same households.

* Railway undertakings should use passenger counting systems, especially on suburban trains, to manage capacity.

* The flow of passengers at stations should be managed if adequate levels of public health cannot be ensured.

* Travel should be encouraged at times when it is not crowded by introducing incentives such as price adjustments or flexible working hours to avoid large crowds of passengers.

* Doors should open automatically at each station or be opened manually by the driver.

Source: STA & Index.hr