Holidays 2020. Traveling in Europe is it safe in the era of the coronavirus?

Holiday abroad 2020?

On June 13, Poland lifted the quarantine and opened its borders. We have waited a long time for this day. However, this did not mean that all other countries of the European community would welcome us with open arms. Along with the increase in the number of daily illnesses in Poland, other countries closed their borders to Poland.

The “zero day” was coming and we had a long time to decide which country to visit, where to fly to, so as not to be stuck in a two week quarantine and not return from the border. In the end, the choice fell on Italy, which is slowly returning to normal† Transit through Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Traveling through Europe in times of coronavirus

At the height of the epidemic in Poland, we reported closing the borders. We were in Terespol, where on the first day there was a traffic jam of several kilometers of trucks, in Cieszyn, Poland, when our neighbors introduced the mandatory wearing of masks. We looked at how large funds were used to fend off the virus from outside Poland. The closed borders of the countries of the European Union seemed like a distant memory, overnight they became a new reality. Fortunately we left Poland without any problems, we crossed the next border without any checks† Before the epidemic, everything seemed to be back to normal.


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Austrian border

The 15-hour journey from Warsaw to Italy is definitely more demanding than the two-hour flight† Unfortunately, the restrictions resulting from the regulation of the Minister of Health, which refer to free seats between passengers, have significantly affected the prices of air connections.

Travel trough Europe. Not all hotels are open

Not all hotels are open and receiving guests anymore. This applies not only to Italy, but also to Germany and Austria. Overnight in Chemnitz, Germany, we had a problem finding accommodation. Despite the availability of a particular object in Google Maps, it turned out to be closed on site. Both large hotel chains and local amenities are struggling with the new opening. This naturally raises the prices of the competitionwho, knowing we are doomed to stay with them, is unwilling to negotiate.

Closed hotel, Chemnitz

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Closed hotel, Chemnitz

In hotels we are obliged to disinfect your hands, sometimes the staff will ask you to put on a mouth mask. It is also different with meals. There are no more Swedish tables† In Italy breakfast could not be prepared by yourself. We indicated the products the waiters put on our tray. For example, in another facility we couldn’t use the communal kitchen when more guests came† A set of plates, glasses and cutlery was delivered to our room by the host during our absence. We only contacted him by phone.

Safety precautions

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Safety precautions

Safety during your holiday in Italy

torbole. A charming town on Lake Garda. In restaurants or on the beach, information on how to keep a safe distance and take care of hygiene† We enter the pub through one door, we leave the other, stickers and distance markings everywhere, tables banned from use, mandatory hand disinfection and wearing masks, very often measuring the temperature. So much for the theory.

Security measures in restaurants

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Security measures in restaurants

In practice, the new sanitation regime looks best in the morning: people keep their distance, try to avoid direct, close contact, put on masks. The rules seem to lose importance every hour. In the evenings, bars and restaurants are packed with real crowds, especially on weekends.

Busy bars and restaurants

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Busy bars and restaurants

Milan is a little better in terms of sanitary compliance (Lombardy, where nearly 100,000 people became ill and more than 16,000 died). Here, the vast majority of residents wear face masks and try to keep their distance where possible. Especially on the subway.

In the subway

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In the subway

In stores, security counts customers and reminds people without masks, often checks temperature before entering† Of course, in the evening, in places like the Navigli Canal (hipster neighborhood with pubs), we can forget about social distancing.

Holidays 2020. Is it worth going abroad?

Definitely yes. Tourist traffic is slowly returning, but the road to pre-epidemic status will be very long† Attractions, museums, galleries, where there were long queues, today we will visit by entering from the street.

Victor Emmanuel II Gallery, Milan

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Victor Emmanuel II Gallery, Milan

Square in front of the Cathedral of the Nativity of St. Mary in Milan is empty (for this place). Most hotels, which are usually crowded in the summer, now have a lot of empty rooms on offer

Ligurian coast

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Ligurian coast

On the Ligurian coast you can easily find a free sun bed or a large stretch of beach to yourself. Prices similar to those before the epidemic, there are no promotions, but the Italians are not trying to make up for the losses caused by violence lockdown

Certainly, traveling after the borders open is calmer, you can avoid the crowds of tourists from Europe and Asia. Despite all the limitations of the COVID-19 pandemic, you can really relax

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