Where can I travel to now?
For a while, Cyprus and Croatia were being discussed as two of the safer countries to visit during a pandemic.
However, Cyprus’ infection rate is at 24 cases per 100,000, and Croatia’s is at 20 per 100,000.
This means both countries are at risk of being moved from the safe list to the quarantine list.
The safest places to visit right now are countries with an infection rate below 20 per 100,000.
We’ve compiled a list of some of these countries and explained the basics about the rules you’ll need to follow.
Italy was the first European country to really suffer from the coronavirus pandemic, with a staggering 6,557 cases reported on March 21.
However, the country has managed to keep its infection rates vey low since lockdown was eased in June.
As of August 13, the country’s infection rate is 8.4 per 100,000.
Rules vary from region to region, but masks must be worn in all enclosed public spaces. In some areas, you must wear a mask in even outdoor public spaces.
Across the country, social distancing has been reduced to one metre.
Some of the safer regions with less rules include Sardinia, Calabria, Molise, Basilicata.
Rates are improving in Veneto, and even Italy’s iconic cities such as Rome and Florence could be good choices.
Northern Italy’s coronavirus hotspot, Lombardy, as well as Piedmont and Emilia-Romagna may be places to avoid due to stricter guidelines for tourists and citizens.
You will need to complete a self-declaration form before you travel to Italy and provide this to your airline or to the border police if you are stopped for checks.