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Post-Covid-19 tourism: 10 tourist hotspots plan to reopen for visitors in June 

15:56 | 26/05/2020

As coronavirus still be uncontrollable in some part of the world and nonessential travel still being discouraged, some countries including the virus-severely-hit Italia, Spain among others have started to ease its lockdowns and begin the new normal status and hatch plan to reopen tourism this June. 

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The Florida 

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The Florida Keys are a string of islands. iStock

According to Florida Keys officials, the Keys are hoping to be open to visitors on June 1 after around two months of closing since March 22.

Disinfecting and social-distancing guidelines will be put in place, and the first phase of reopening calls for lodging to be limited to 50% occupancy, which will be reevaluated in late June.

Cancun, Tulum, and Riviera Maya (Mexico)

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Cancun, Mexico, is typically a popular spot with American tourists. Edgard Garrido/Reuters

Some of Mexico's most well-known tourist hotspots, Cancun, Tulum, and Riviera Maya, aim to welcome international travelers by early June, according to Riviera Maya News.

The Quintana Roo tourism board (the state in which the destinations are located) told Riviera Maya News that this reopening will coincide with the resuming of flights from the US, Canada, and Europe to the area and that it expects to travel to initially center around weddings and conventions. It says that new hygiene protocols will be put in place.

According to Travel + Leisure, Los Cabos similarly announced a phased reopening plan, which includes putting in place a "Clean Point" quality certification for cleaning measures that hotels, restaurants, and tour providers must obtain. Phase 1, starting June 1, will allow for limited travel while these new health and safety protocols are enforced, while phase 2, which is the opening of the airport's international terminal, is targeted for July.

Iceland 

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The Blue Lagoon is Iceland's most popular tourist attraction. Getty Images

Iceland's prime minister said that the island nation aims to be open to tourists by June 15. The country plans to test all arrivals for COVID-19, thereby allowing travelers who test negative to bypass quarantine. Anyone testing positive, however, will have to self-isolate for 14 days.

Iceland's population of about 364,000 has seen 1,803 confirmed cases of COVID-19,  and 10 related deaths, according to Johns Hopkins' coronavirus resource center.

Greece

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Santorini is known for its whitewashed houses and beautiful sunsets. emicristea / Getty

Greece went on lockdown early, which it credits with having a relatively low number of coronavirus cases and related deaths. According to Johns Hopkins data, Greece, which has a population of 10.72 million, has seen 2,836 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 165 deaths.

According to a previous article by Business Insider, Greece's prime minister added that COVID-19 testing will be in place at airports, and temperature checks will be implemented in hotels and restaurants.

Italy 

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Sicily's Cefalu beach is usually full of tourists. Shutterstock/Anna Lurye

Home to Europe's deadliest coronavirus outbreak, Italy has also seen the continent's longest lockdown, with its 62 million residents self-isolating at home from March 10 to May 4.

According to Italy's La Repubblica newspaper, Italy's government announced that it plans to allow international travel starting June 3 and that this date will also mean the end of requiring arriving visitors to quarantine themselves for 14 days. Business Insider's Kieran Corcoran notes that initially it may be possible that only Europeans are able to visit, as the EU requires member states to keep borders closed to non-Europeans until June 15.

Following the plan, the Italian island of Sicily has offered to reduce half of visitors' flight costs and a third of hotel expenses should they visit later this year.

Virgin Islands (The U.S. )

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The main U.S. Virgin Islands are St. Croix, St. Thomas, St. John, and Water Island. JulieHewitt/ iStock

According to a press conference, Governor Albert Bryan Jr. has been working with the Department of Tourism, the Department of Health, and the U.S. Virgin Islands Tourism Association on a plan to welcome tourists back by June 1. Further details haven't yet been shared.

The same conference shared that the U.S. Virgin Islands saw 69 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and six deaths. Currently, there is one patient hospitalized with the virus.

Saint Lucia (Caribean)

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Saint Lucia is an Eastern Caribbean island nation. Shutterstock

Saint Lucia's government announced a phased reopening to tourists beginning June 4, when it is expected to allow international flights and tourists. Visitors will have to present a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival, and should expect temperature checks at the airport, hotels, and in restaurants, as well as mask and social-distancing requirements.

Saint Lucia has had 18 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and no deaths, according to Johns Hopkins data.

Antigua and Barbuda (Caribbean)

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The Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda consists of two major islands. SL-Photography/Shutterstock

Caribbean National Weekly reports that Antigua and Barbuda's tourism minister Charles Fernandez said in a virtual meeting on reopening the country that an American Airlines flight from Miami scheduled for June 4 will mark the Caribbean country's return to tourism. The paper notes that this will be the first international passenger flight to the country in 10 weeks, and that this will be a daily flight.

Antigua and Barbuda saw 25 COVID-19 cases, and 3 deaths, per Johns Hopkins.

Spain

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Beachgoers in Valencia, Spain, wore masks. Reuters

According to its transportation minister, Spain aims to welcome back tourists in late June.

According to Reuters, José Luis Ábalos, Spain's transportation minister, told broadcaster TVE that he hopes for tourists to be able to visit from late June. 

However, no further details have been given. While a mandatory 14-day quarantine was implemented for arriving visitors in Spain last week, Ábalos says that this, as well as travel restrictions, will be gradually lifted. "We must make Spain an attractive country from the health point of view," he said.

Aruba (Dutch)

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Oranjestad is the Dutch island's capital. Shutterstock/byvalet

Aruba announced that it will welcome back visitors sometime between June 15 and July 1. Its visitors' bureau says that this is subject to change, however, as they "may consider additional precautionary measures as needed." 

Aruba has had 101 COVID-19 cases and three related deaths, according to Johns Hopkins data.

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