European Travel News: Recent Headlines

Wednesday, July 1

Czechs hold 'farewell party' for pandemic (with few precautions) (BBC)

Thousands of vacationing Czechs head to Croatia by train while boosting Croatia's tourism hopes (Reuters, AP)

Amsterdam's red-light district emerges from lockdown (AP)

Europe's coronavirus 'corridor trains' running nonstop to avoid international infection (Independent)

Museum or mosque? Turkey debates iconic Hagia Sofia's status (AP)

Germany's new sculpture garden in Brandenburg: The perfect post-lockdown attraction (Guardian)

Yes, you can travel this summer. But should you? (Vox)

Tuesday, June 30

EU formalizes reopening, barring travelers from US (New York Times)

What Americans need to know about Europe's travel ban (New York Times)

Take a virtual tour of France this summer (Forbes)

Why Basque food tastes so good (BBC)

Ten ancient villages in Portugal that time forgot (Forbes)

This Italian hilltown is covid-free. But as it reopens to visitors, will it lose that status? (Washington Post)

How risky is flying during the coronavirus pandemic? (AP)

Monday, June 29

US visitors set to remain banned from entering EU (Guardian)

Restrictions leave US travelers high and dry (CNN)

Video: The Alhambra reopens to visitors (BBC)

When the Louvre reopens, it's going to be quiet (New York Times)

Finding the real Algarve in Olhão: 'A white-washed village adrift in the kissing sea' (Guardian)

Pubs, restaurants, barbers reopen in Ireland (BBC)

Global Entry, Trusted Traveler programs to reopen enrollment centers July 6 (Travel + Leisure)

Friday, June 26

Pompeo says US, EU working to resume trans-Atlantic travel (AP)

Summer holidays begin in Northern Ireland as caravan parks open (Independent)

Jazz solos: concerts for one in Paris 'generate a kind of magic' (Guardian)

This London bar is using beekeeper suits as protective gear for employees (Travel + Leisure)

Coronavirus, conservation and the wild places we should be traveling to (National Geographic)

As Paris reopens, residents are enjoying a city without tourists (Condé Nast Traveler)

Lake Balaton and the endless summers of Hungary's communist riviera (CNN)

Thursday, June 25

Eiffel Tower reopens, ending 104-day coronavirus shutdown (AP)

What it's like to visit Paris post-lockdown (CNN)

'Very significant' coronavirus resurgences in Europe alarm WHO (BBC)

British pubs will require drinkers to register to buy a pint (Travel + Leisure)

Europe travel ban could hurt US airlines even more during pandemic (Business Insider)

Coastal campsites in the UK that aren't already booked (Guardian)

How to set (and stick to) a vacation budget (Washington Post)

Wednesday, June 24

Back to grindstone for Mona Lisa at post-lockdown Louvre (AP)

US citizens likely to be left out as Europe reopens borders (AP)

EU travel ban for Americans: What this means for travel in France (Forbes)

The haunting beauty of a hut-to-hut hike in the Dolomites (New York Times)

'Go Ape gone Viking' — Denmark's newest treetop attraction (Guardian)

A Willy Wonka-like chocolate factory is coming to Amsterdam — and it has a roller coaster (Travel + Leisure)

Video: A country-by-country guide to Europe's reopening (Travel + Leisure)

Tuesday, June 23

EU may bar American travelers as it reopens borders, citing failures on virus (New York Times)

UK leader lifts wide variety of coronavirus restrictions (New York Times)

Disneyland Paris, Eiffel Tower, Louvre to reopen, with limits (Los Angeles Times)

Books set in Ireland that will take you there (Guardian)

Ancient Rome was teetering, then a volcano erupted 6,000 miles away (New York Times)

From Canary Islands, royals push to save tourism in Spain (Reuters)

Europe travel: How it will soon be possible to from 50 countries (Forbes)

Monday, June 22

Will travel be safer by 2022? (BBC)

What you need to know about your summer holidays (Guardian)

Experts call for regulations after latest botched art restoration in Spain (Guardian)

Neolithic site near Stonehenge yields an 'astonishing discovery' (New York Times)

Italy's remote villages now make an ideal escape (Guardian)

Paddleboarding in Cornwall makes the perfect post-lockdown activity (Guardian)

How can I get a refund on my canceled holiday, flight or cruise? (Independent)

Friday, June 19

Swedish town on Norway border pulls Gotland sign stunt (Local)

Coronavirus already in Italy in December, study finds (BBC)

A Royal Ascot without the crowds, but hats and frocks on full display (New York Times)

How a climate crisis helped shaped Norse mythology (BBC)

UK quarantine rules for some countries to be relaxed (BBC)

Is it safer to fly or drive this summer? 5 health experts weigh in (Washington Post)

A travel writer contemplates a less mobile future (Washington Post)

Thursday, June 18

How to celebrate the summer solstice virtually (Guardian)

Travel insurance: Is it worth it? (New York Times)

Dutch art detective says he has 'proof of life' of stolen Van Gogh painting (Guardian)

In pandemic, travel pros repurpose their gear to entertain kids, haul groceries, and stay comfy (Washington Post)

Emmanuel Macron marks De Gaulle speech anniversary in London (Guardian)

Airlines are cutting alcohol to prevent the spread of coronavirus (Washington Post)

The Irish island featured in Star Wars is staying closed until 2021 (Lonely Planet)

Wednesday, June 17

The complex origins of beloved churros (BBC)

Van Gogh and Gaugin letter about brothel visit sells for €210,000 (BBC)

DNA of 'Irish pharaoh' sheds light on ancient tomb builders (New York Times)

Spanish opera house reopens with concert for plants (Guardian)

How a disobedient Portuguese diplomat saved Jews in WWII (BBC)

How do you practice social distancing on a plane? (Washington Post)

When will the Mediterranean open up to cruises? (USA Today)

Tuesday, June 16

Why you'll never lose things in Finland (BBC)

11 ways the pandemic will change travel (Washington Post)

Cafe society returns to Paris as bars fill the pavements (Guardian)

Suspected 14th-century statue fished out of river in Spain (BBC)

The only West End show still standing (New York Times)

What it's like to fly on Europe's biggest airline right now (CNN)

Eiffel Tower to reopen after longest closure since WWII (Associated Press)

Monday, June 15

France announces significant lifting of restrictions (BBC)

We rule OK: England's independent island kingdoms (Guardian)

DOT to provide 100M face masks for travelers (USA Today)

Virus delays passports for 1.7 million Americans (New York Times)

Island isolation over as Greece lets tourists back (BBC)

In Bristol, an early benefactor is now 'a toxic brand' (New York Times)

Europe's borders reopen to on-continent travelers (USA Today)

Friday, June 12

A (cancelled) plane, train and automobile: European travel in a pandemic (Reuters)

Why Americans are unlikely to be welcome in Europe in July (Forbes)

15 European destinations that are among the least affected by the coronavirus (Insider)

Norway keeps border with outlier Sweden shut as it opens border to other Nordic countries (Forbes)

World's largest digital arts center opens in a former submarine base in Bordeaux (Guardian)

Pico Iyer: The secret of immersive travel (BBC)

American would-be vacationers approach summer travel cautiously (Washington Post)

Thursday, June 11

Europe resurfaces to find odd mix of the familiar and the alien (New York Times)

They have the city to themselves, but Parisians hope for return of tourists (Reuters)

Switzerland implements new cleaning standards ahead of June 15 border opening (Travel + Leisure)

The Palace of Versailles has reopened with new safety measures (Travel + Leisure)

British fliers urged to check all bags to minimize virus spread (Independent)

Video: Transiting Europe's eerily quiet airports (BBC)

Dreams of Italy: Readers' travel tips (Guardian)

Wednesday, June 10

Europe reopens borders amid worst global recession in memory (AP)

EU welcomes tourists starting July 1: What you need to know (Forbes)

Continually updated interactive map shows current travel restrictions worldwide (IATA)

Scottish tourism sector could reopen 15 July (BBC)

Eiffel Tower's lower levels to reopen June 25 (Travel + Leisure)

As Italy reopens, tour guides plead for more aid, and tourists (New York Times)

Tour guides and museums see a healthy rebound in places that have eased restrictions (Skift)

Tuesday, June 9

Just as air travel is picking up, UK imposes a quarantine (New York Times)

Germans to test out virus tourism in the Balearic Islands (AP)

Germany to extend virus-related travel ban for non-European countries (Reuters)

Cyprus resumes commercial flights after ending 11-week ban (AP)

The future for European museums: Less crowding, more rules (Travel Weekly)

Flying was once routine. During the pandemic, it's a feat (New York Times)

'People are getting in planes': The (domestic) travel business is picking up in the US (New York Times)

Monday, June 8

Mountain railways and lifts reopen as Swiss Alps yearn for the sound of tourists (BBC)

Italy is getting a new hiking trail linking all the country's national parks (Time Out)

The coronavirus is reshaping an old hierarchy: Who can travel where (Washington Post)

The Queen's Trooping of the Colour will look much different this year (Travel + Leisure)

In photos: Magic in the moonlight as Greek open-air cinemas reopen (AP)

Noirmoutier, my desert island paradise in the Vendée (Guardian)

In effort to boost domestic tourism, Belgium gives 10 free train journey to all residents (CNN)

Friday, June 5

Europe's patchwork reopening (New York Times)

EU wants borders free of virus restrictions by end of June (Associated Press)

When will Americans be allowed to travel to Italy again? (Local)

On sad anniversary, few to mourn the D-Day dead in Normandy (Associated Press)

Airlines are flying blind into Europe's sunny summer skies (Bloomberg)

While lockdowns keep others at home, these Londoners are swinging through trees (Washington Post)

Probably the best bar in the world: readers' travel tips (Guardian)

Thursday, June 4

Europeans emerging from coronavirus lockdowns find a conspicuous absence of Americans (Washington Post)

Iceland and other destinations are opening to Americans, but should you go? (Washington Post)

After coronavirus: What your next group tour will look like (LA Times)

Everything has changed for the tiny Austrian village of Hallstatt (BBC)

Venice glimpses a future with fewer tourists, and likes what it sees (New York Times)

Barcelona locals reclaim city from tourists during pandemic (AP)

What will it take to reopen the world to travel? (New York Times)

Wednesday, June 3

'It's an exciting beginning': Venice opens to tourists (Guardian)

No crowds delight art lovers in Italy at re-opened museums (Associated Press)

A massive Raphael exhibit reopens in Rome, six people can enter every five minutes (Washington Post)

'Baby dragons' go on display for the first time in Slovenia (Guardian)

In Photos: Croissants and hand gel as Paris cafés reawaken (Associated Press)

Drive-in disco helps keep nightlife alive in Germany during coronavirus (Travel + Leisure)

Robots dish out the drinks at reopened Dutch restaurant (Reuters)

Tuesday, June 2

How Europe's art world is welcoming back visitors (BBC)

How will the UK's new 14-day coronavirus quarantine work? (Guardian)

Greek tourism minister says all foreign visitors welcome (Associated Press)

Paris cafés, restaurants partially reopen post-lockdown (Associated Press)

The Louvre sets reopening date as France continues to ease lockdown restrictions (Travel + Leisure)

'We can't relax': Europeans face up to life after lockdown (Guardian)

EasyJet to resume flights across most European routes by August (Guardian)

Monday, June 1

Several famed museums reopen across Europe (Associated Press)

Greece clarifies policy, to allow tourists from all nations (Associated Press)

Notre Dame's public plaza reopens over a year after devastating fire (Travel + Leisure)

The show may go on as Portugal's theatres, cinemas reopen warily (Reuters)

'So thankful to be back': Italy, first to lock down in Europe, is slowly reopening (USA Today)

Post-lockdown art exhibitions across Europe (Forbes)

How to visit Rome without leaving home (Independent)

Friday, May 29

Virtual Zoom grandstand allows fans to watch Danish soccer matches (BBC)

Extra legroom and no interval: Germany plans for post-lockdown theatre (Guardian)

Greece welcomes international travelers — except from countries with bad data (Greek City Times)

New monument in Berlin will honor protesters who defied the communist state in 1989 (BBC)

'Things have to change': tourism businesses look to a greener future (Guardian)

In a German restaurant, a sommelier lifts his mask to smell the wine (New York Times)

Europe prepares post-corona, socially-distanced culture-fest (Associated Press)

Thursday, May 28

France to reopen cafes, bars, and restaurants (BBC)

Turkey resumes intercity train service after two-month halt (Associated Press)

A reporter's journey across a resuscitating, and oddly changed, Europe (New York Times)

Czech National Museum exhibits masks made during pandemic (Associated Press)

Patrons under plastic: Europe's restaurants get creative in virus era (Associated Press)

Discover Andrea Bocelli's backyard in the Tuscan countryside (USA Today)

Too sick to fly: Should airlines offer refunds to infectious passengers? (Washington Post)

Wednesday, May 27

Sweden's single-diner restaurant (BBC)

Spanish dig closes in on burial site of Irish lord Red Hugh O'Donnell (Guardian)

Roman mosaic floor found under Italian vineyard (BBC)

Thinking about flying? Here's what you need to know (New York Times)

EU proposes $825 billion coronavirus rescue plan. Some are calling it Europe's 'Hamiltonian moment' (Washington Post)

Britain's historic ghost villages (Guardian)

Italians flock to beaches, hoping tourists will follow (New York Times)

Tuesday, May 26

Lufthansa agrees to €9b rescue deal with Germany (BBC)

US couple waits 2 1/2 months in lockdown to visit Pompeii (Associated Press)

For some Italians, the future of work looks like the past (New York Times)

?Nature bounces back in Turkey under lockdown (BBC)

Germany set to lift travel warning for 31 European countries (Local)

Italian nightlife comes raging back, and some politicians are alarmed (Washington Post)

In race for tourism, Greece reopens cafes, island ferries (Associated Press)

Friday, May 22

Italy launches new north-south high-speed train route (Local)

Britain orders a 14-day quarantine on arriving travelers (BBC)

Ireland introduces new measures for arriving passengers (BBC)

Denmark reopens museums with plans for further restriction-loosening soon (Local)

Portugal ready to welcome back tourists, says government (Reuters)

Amsterdam mayor urges extreme caution over return of tourism to the city (Guardian)

Turkey hopes 'healthy tourism' scheme will conquer coronavirus slump (Reuters)

Thursday, May 21

Greece to start month-long tourism-resumption plan June 15 (CNN)

Austria plans heavy virus testing of hotel staff to reassure tourists (Reuters)

EasyJet to resume flying on June 15, will require masks (Independent)

Updated country-by-country travel info for European tourism (CNN)

Athens will create new 'Great Walk' pedestrian area (Travel Weekly)

Pantheon's April sinkhole reveals stones from 25 BC(Travel + Leisure)

As Europe's museums reopen, new measures, devices for staying safe (Travel + Leisure)

Wednesday, May 20

Spain's islands will open to tourists next month, ahead of its big cities (Independent)

Direct flights to Greek tourist destinations to begin July 1 (AP)

Handy chart shows what's open where as of this week (Reuters)

Copenhagen turned Tivoli Gardens into a temporary kindergarten (Travel + Leisure)

Uncertain future rattles Italy's famed restaurants (AP)

EasyJet hack: What does it mean for my personal data? (Independent)

Navigating pandemic-era air travel: Here's what it's like to fly internationally right now (Washington Post)

Tuesday, May 19

Venice Biennale postpones next two editions (New York Times)

Beaches, nightclubs? Europe mulls how to get tourists back (AP)

The policies of European countries planning to open for summer travel (Newsweek)

Can Americans travel internationally this summer? (Forbes)

'It feels like we got the city back for ourselves': Bittersweet time for locals in overtouristed cities (New York Times)

Postcard from the future: The Tour de France will have to wait another year (Guardian)

10 of the best novels set in Greece (Guardian)

Monday, May 18

Which European countries are easing travel restrictions? (Guardian)

How lockdown is being lifted across Europe (BBC)

Europe travel: Beaches in Greece, sex in Holland, tourism corridors, traveling bubbles…but not for all (Forbes)

Campione d'Italia: An Italian town surrounded by Switzerland (BBC)

I cycled across Europe to Istanbul — and learned to live in the moment (Guardian)

One of Europe's greatest beach destinations is in…Albania (Thrillist)

Will Nordic countries be first to see fledgling duty-free revival in Europe? (Forbes)

Friday, May 15

UK quarantine for travelers to now include French arrivals (Guardian)

Baltic states open a pandemic 'travel bubble' (BBC)

Stonehenge will livestream the summer solstice this year (Travel + Leisure)

Welcome to Svalbard: a place anyone can call home (BBC)

Under quarantine, we rediscovered our Paris neighborhood (Washington Post)

For tourist destinations during a travel ban, counterprogramming makes perfect sense (Washington Post)

Europe bids adieu to cheek kiss in coronavirus era (Washington post)

Thursday, May 14

Across Europe, countries are taking steps to reopen borders in time for summer (New York times)

Europe's museums begin reopening, cautiously, with new rules (New York Times)

Cacio e pepe: Italy's beloved three-ingredient pasta dish (BBC)

With the pandemic shutting borders, digital nomads find it harder to roam (Washington Post)

London "pub-on-wheels" pulls pints on people's doorsteps (Reuters)

Booking apps and electronic tags? Italy's beaches seek to salvage summer (Reuters)

Hotels vs. Airbnb: Has Covid-19 disrupted the disrupter? (New York Times)