Despite nonessential travel still being discouraged in many places, some tourism-reliant countries are beginning to hatch plans to welcome back tourists. Italy announced plans to allow international travel starting June 3, even though it saw Europe’s deadliest coronavirus outbreak.Saint Lucia expects to become the first Caribbean island to reopen to tourists on June 4.Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.
From Italy to Germany, countries around the world are slowly relaxing their lockdowns, easing into a new normal that’s not quite what it was pre-pandemic, but as close to it as possible.Last week, the European Commission announced a plan to save summer tourism in order to help the struggling travel industry. The plan includes opening borders back up and putting health measures and testing in place.But it’s not just the EU eyeing summer travel. Despite many countries still discouraging nonessential travel — and while questions of COVID-19 infection rates and the possibility of second, and even third waves remain — a lot of tourism-reliant economies around the world are planning to open their doors to travelers as soon as June.
Keep scrolling to see which tourist hotspots hope to welcome visitors this summer.