COVID-19: New safe travel EU platform, is a new interactive platform launched by the European Commission, today 15 June 2020, with information that enables European travellers to plan and safely avail of their holidays in the EU and the EEA.

The new platform, a mobile-friendly web-based app available in 24 languages, will be useful to anyone travelling within the EU in the next while and over the summer 2020, as it centralises up-to-date information from the European Commission and the Member States in relation to border closures, travel restrictions, quarantine requirements and local tourism operators.

EU Tourism Ministers helped support the creation of the platform, developed by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC), and offers real-time information covering transport, public health and tourism, as provided by Member States and supplemented by data from European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

What does it do?

It will allow people to browse country-specific information, as well as the latest updates and advice for each EU Member State through an interactive map.

How is this useful to travellers and consumers?

Before you plan your holiday or if you have a holiday booked for the next while, you can check the safe travel conditions in the country of your destination, or review the cancellation policy of your holiday, in case the country or region of destination have Coronavirus-related travel restrictions or quarantine requirements that may make it impossible or difficult for you to travel there.

By clicking on the respective icons, as seen below, it gives information on international, national and regional transport links that will enable the informed traveller to anticipate or ascertain the details of their transit journey and entire route to destination. It also provides information on the state of tourism facilities and operations in each EU country.

How does it help local tourism industries?

The platform includes information on patronage voucher schemes that allow consumers to show support for their favourite hotels or restaurants by buying vouchers for a future stay or meal once they reopen. The amount paid by the customer goes directly to the service provider.


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