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Tourism Minister Angelkova: Bulgaria is a Safe Holiday Destination, Tourist Season Starts on July 1
The active summer tourist season will start on July 1, Bulgaria’s Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova told BNT’s current affairs show “More from the Day” on May 27.

"We have an extremely clear plan and strategy in this difficult situation, which is unpredictable and unexpected both for the tourism sector, which is directly affected, and for...
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Covid-19 in Bulgaria, April 26: Parks partly re-opened,
Mathematical models suggest that Bulgaria experienced a peak of Covid-19 in early April, which was followed by a decline, while the country is approaching a new peak, operational headquarters chief Major-General Ventsislav Mutafchiyski told a briefing on April 26. According to figures released in an update at 5pm on April 26, the number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Bulgaria has...
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Bulgarias Government Proposes Extension of the Coronavirus State of Emergency.
Bulgarias Council of Ministers on April 1 decided to propose to the Parliament to extend the state of emergency to 13 May 2020. The state of emergency was initially introduced for one month. It was approved by Bulgarias Parliament on March 13 as a measure to limit the spread of the new coronavirus. Bulgaria is putting all possible efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 infection, and...
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Travel Quarantine Rules in Bulgaria, Greece, Germany, Spain, France and other Countries

Countries around the world have used quarantine measures to prevent infected travellers spreading coronavirus within their borders.

With infection rates now falling in countries which have suffered thousands of deaths from Covid-19 many of those travel restrictions are set to be lifted, just as Britain is planning to impose its own 14-day quarantine on overseas visitors.

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Spain has confirmed it's lifting the 14-day quarantine rule for foreign tourists in July.

Minister for the Exterior, Arancha González Laya has confirmed the news Brits have been waiting for on her personal Twitter site just an hour ago, with a messages in Spanish, English and French.

She posted: "The worst is behind us. In JULY we will;

* gradually open to international tourists

* lift the quarantine️

* ensure the highest standards of health safety

We look forward 2 welcoming you!

The announcement comes hours after Spain's tourism minister said that foreign tourists can book vacations in Spain from July.

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"We are removing the 14-day quarantine for the arriving Bulgarian and foreign citizens from the European Union, including Serbia and Northern Macedonia.

However, for the eight countries in Europe with the highest number of COVID-19 patients, the imposition of a 14-day quarantine will remain, explained Assoc. Prof. Angel Kunchev from the headquarters.

These are Sweden, Great Britain, Belgium, Ireland, Malta, Italy, Portugal, Spain.


Quarantine of arrivals since March 16, hoping to lift June 15 and at the latest July 1

When Panos flew back home to Athens from Brussels his welcome home was a seat on a coach taking him to one of Greece's quarantine hotels.

It was part of a system imposed by the Greek government from March 18, when it banned all visitors from non-EU/Schengen countries and those deemed too dangerous because of high levels of coronavirus, such as the UK, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands.

Those travellers allowed into the country are tested for Covid-19 and pending a result - usually available within 24 hours - taken from Eleftherios Venizelos airport to specially designated hotels in the capital.

Panos, 40, a private sector employee who had travelled by train from the Netherlands to Belgium before flying to Athens on April 27, said that after a long wait inside the bus and an even longer one in the hotel lobby, they were all given their own room. 

“Smoking rooms were available. None of us were allowed to go out. Staff left our meals outside the door and brought us anything they wanted,” he said. “It was generally OK, apart from the waiting around.”

When the test results came out 24-hours later three people, including Panos, were found to have tested positive and were obliged to stay under quarantine for fourteen days either in the hotel or at an address notified to the authorities. He opted to spend the next two weeks in his hometown of Corinth, in southern Greece.

According to the plan to kickstart the tourist season, announced by the Greek government on Wednesday, international flights will resume on June 15 from countries that the government has deemed safe. Flights from most other countries are expected to resume from July 1. 

Tourists will be allowed to enter the country without taking a coronavirus test or remaining in quarantine, though health officials will conduct spot tests to monitor the situation.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said only tourists from countries with acceptably low rates of virus infection would be permitted.

Although the list of safe countries has not yet been announced, it is thought they will include all Schengen countries, Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Israel and Cyprus.

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Quarantine of new arrivals since April 10, announcement it would be lifted for EU arrivals made on May 15

When Morgan Terry finally made it home to Germany after being stranded in Bulgaria for several weeks, she and her partner were expecting strict quarantine orders.

They already knew that anyone allowed into Germany was subject to two week’s self-isolation at home.

But to their surprise they were waved through Berlin airport and allowed to enter the country without any official mention of the quarantine rules.

“We’d prepared documents to show we had somewhere to stay, but no one wanted to see them,” says the 31-year-old Ms Terry, who is originally from New Zealand but has lived in Berlin since 2014.

“We followed the rules but only because we read them up ourselves on the internet. No one told us anything or came to check on us.”

Ms Terry’s experiences are typical. On paper, Germany’s quarantine rules are strict, but there is little enforcement.

Until May 15, anyone entering Germany was subject to 14 days’ home quarantine. Since then arrivals from the EU, UK and Schengen Area have been exempt.

Fines for non-compliance are as high as €3,000, and repeat offenders can be quarantined in hospital.

But there are no checks at airports and borders and it is the responsibility of travellers to report their own arrival to their local health authority.

“When we got back we emailed the health authority to let them know we’. We got an email back telling us to let them know if we got sick or had any symptoms. But there was nothing about quarantine,” says Ms Terry.

“We’d been warned about spot checks and people getting in big trouble, but it’s been three weeks now. We finished self-isolating a week ago and we never heard anything.”

While a few towns have conducted spot checks, many German municipalities say they simply don’t have the resources to police the rules.

Until May 15, entry to Germany was largely restricted to citizens and long-term residents who were expected to follow the rules.

“I guess that’s pretty typical of the German attitude,” says Ms Terry. “Treat people like responsible adults and trust them.”

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Quarantine since March 28, to be lifted June 3

Travellers to Italy will soon no longer face a mandatory 14-day quarantine as the Government reopens its borders after one of the world’s strictest lockdowns.

Until then visitors have to remain for a fortnight at home or an address of their choice under the supervision of the health authorities. If they have nowhere to stay accommodation is  arranged by the regional civil protection authorities. 

Anyone who violated the quarantine measures could receive a fine of up to 3,000 euros. In addition, anyone who has been quarantined after testing positive for Covid-19, and intentionally violates the order to stay at home, could face a prison sentence between one and five years. 

Quarantine measures will be lifted on June 3, when unrestricted travel between Italy and other EU and Schengen countries -- and within Italy itself -- resumes as the country tries to revive its ailing economy and tourism industry, which contributes about 13% of its gross domestic product. 

However, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has warned he is taking a “calculated risk” and that travel restrictions could be re-introduced if the curve of Italy’s coronavirus infections worsens and there is a second wave. Already more than 32,000 have died of Covid-19.

But the new rules will apply only to travelers arriving from member countries of the European Union, those in the Schengen area, as well as the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, and the tiny states of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, and the Vatican.

Between June 3 and 15, travel to and from all other countries will still be prohibited, except for “determined work needs, of absolute urgency or for health reasons”.

A government decree also states that those who test positive for Covid-19 or have had close contact with people with the virus will still be subject to mandatory quarantine measures. 

But Italian authorities haven’t yet made clear how they would check or confirm travelers’ contacts. 

With hotel occupancy down 99% for foreigners, Italy’s national hotel federation said it has already lost 106,000 jobs and another 500,000 are at risk if travel doesn’t return this summer.

Meanwhile, controversy over the contact tracing technology chosen by the Italian government to keep track of the COVID-19 contagions has delayed the launch of the app. It is now scheduled to be released by the end of May, almost two months after it was announced.

The app, called "Immuni", can tell whether a user has been close to an infected person and then recommend at-risk users what to do.

It was criticized by politicians and privacy experts because it was initially based on a centralized model, meaning that sensitive data would have been stored in a government-controlled system. The use of the app is also voluntary and anonymous, so it’s still unclear if that could prove useful to track foreigners travelling to Italy.

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Quarantine of some arrivals since May 3, restrictions to be "gradually" lifted from mid-June

French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian this week announced that French nationals entering the country from outside Europe will observe a “voluntary” 14-day quarantine “at home” or in a dedicated hotel from May 20.  

Initially, the government wanted to make such quarantine compulsory, but changed tack after being advised by the constitutional council that the move “deprived (the French) of freedom”.

The government has mooted the idea of requisitioning hotels near Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris to allow people to observe quarantine there, or at a pre-specified French address if they have one.

Regarding travel across the "internal borders" of the EU, Schengen and from the UK, only essential travel is allowed and everyone crossing the border needs an international travel certificate.

Beyond French citizens, entry is limited to people whose primary residence is in France or those with essential family reasons.

There are exceptions, including healthcare workers, lorry drivers, cross-border workers and people who have their permanent residency in another European country and are travelling through France to get home.

France will review border controls on June 15th.

The French foreign minister this week said he hoped checks would be relaxed on "internal borders", adding: "We have reciprocity agreements with neighbouring countries and one can imagine that progressively, provided deconfinement works and the pandemic does not resume, we will be able to reconsider these closure measures."

Currently, no incoming travellers from EU countries, including Britain, require quarantine - except Spain.

France’s southern neighbour announced it would quarantine anyone arriving into the country from Europe from May 15, and France pledged to do likewise “on the principle of reciprocity”.

Currently, both sides exempt cross-border workers, aircrew and long-distance truckers.

In practice, it appears no such quarantine has yet been imposed and France said the restrictions  "did not represent the desire" of France.

Regarding the UK, France has not officially responded to the British government’s announcement that it will “soon” begin quarantining travellers, including from France.

A joint British and French working group is looking at this issue.

Interior minister Christophe Castaner this week said: “Regarding internal borders, we always seek coordination on a European level but we won’t hesitate to take the necessary decisions should this coordination fail.”/Telegraph


Augusto Santos Silva, Portugal’s foreign minister, told newspaper Observador Friday that “tourists are welcome in Portugal.” 

He said that tourists flying into Portugal will not be subject to a quarantine period but that there will be health checks in place. 
Although the country’s land border with Spain will remain closed until June 15, travellers arriving by air will not be quarantined. Instead, they will face only ‘minimal health controls’ in accordance with the country’s lockdown rules.

So far 30,788 people have contracted the coronavirus in Portugal, while 1,330 have died from Covid-19, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.


Sweden controversially never actually went into a full lockdown and has kept borders open. The government has imposed a temporary ban on citizens from all countries except European Union member states, the United Kingdom, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland. 

There have been 33,843 confirmed cases of the virus in Sweden so far and 4,029 deaths as a result of Covid-19.


Similarly, the Netherlands has kept borders open for tourists from so-called Schengen countries — the 26 states in mainland Europe which have allowed free movement without a visa. U.K. citizens are also allowed to travel to the country but, reportedly, a full declaration of health is required. 

The Netherlands has confirmed 45,445 cases of the coronavirus and 5,830 deaths. 


Borders in Iceland have also remained open for tourists from Schengen countries but a 14-day quarantine has been required. The Icelandic government expects to ease restrictions no later than June 15, in line with the European Commission’s guidelines. It then plans to start offering testing as an alternative to quarantine to travelers.  

In Iceland, 1,804 people have contracted Covid-19, while 10 people have died from the virus./CNBC


Quarantine since March 14, currently undergoing a trial to see if it can be lifted

Since March, compulsory quarantine for inbound passengers has been a vital first line of defence against the virus in Taiwan, and it appears to have worked.

Despite being located just 80 miles off the coast of China, to date it has only seen 441 cases and seven deaths.

In an interview with The Telegraph, Howard Jyan, the head of the government cyber security department, said the system begins at the airport when passengers fill out a form on their mobile phones and the details are fed into a centralised system. Each case is then assigned a social and health worker and a police officer.

The social worker calls twice a day to check the person doesn’t skip quarantine, leaving their phone at home. If a phone is unanswered every 15 minutes for an hour, it prompts a home visit by the police.

Home isolation is enforced by base station triangulation. It operates through a mobile phone-based “electronic fence” that uses location-tracking to a range of roughly 300 metres. If the phone leaves this area, the user and local officials receive an automated text message alert.

Taiwan has so far resisted using GPS with the view that it is unnecessarily invasive, and the surveillance system is controlled by strict curbs under the Communicable Disease Control Act.

To ensure privacy, only the commander of the central pandemic taskforce has access to the names of the mobile phone users or has a nationwide overview.

Monitoring is carried out county by county, and no names are given to the police. All data is then deleted at the end of the 14-day period.

Quarantine violations can, however, result in hefty fines of up to ,000 – a maximum penalty that was slapped on one partygoer when he visited a nightclub and got caught in a police spot check.

Mr Jyan said there had been near universal compliance. “Our citizens believe they should stay at home and not hurt other people. I think that is part of the culture,” he said.

Local authorities have been giving out gift packs, containing face masks, a thermometer, sanitiser and instant noodles, to people obliged to isolate at home.

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Finnair: Half of Our Customers Planning Leisure Trips by Air, Flights within Europe First Choice

As Finnair prepares to ramp ups it operations, with focus on continuing to connect Europe and Asia, the airline asked its customers how they feel about traveling by air again.

Over 3 000 Finnair Plus Loyalty program customers responded to Finnair’s customer survey, including all tier levels. Half of the respondents were already thinking about leisure trips by air, and almost nine out of ten customers surveyed by Finnair said they expected to fly at least once within the next year.

“We expect air travel to start gradually recovering from July onwards, and our customer survey supports this – customers are clearly looking forward to future travels”, says Ole Orvér, Finnair Chief Commercial Officer. “We start operating to some 40 European and Asian destinations in July and will gradually increase frequencies and routes as demand recovers.”

50% of customers planning leisure trips by air

According to the survey, half of the respondents were eager to travel by air for leisure, while 36% had a neutral attitude towards air travel for leisure. Almost 90% of customers expect to fly at least once over the next 12 months.

Travel restrictions were – quite naturally – the largest concern for travel: 77 % mentioned removing travel restrictions to be a prerequisite for their air travel. Many European countries are easing or removing travel restrictions during the summer.

People are already planning both leisure and business trips: 61% of the respondents planned to take leisure trip to a European destination, while 45% planned to travel within Europe for business. Germany and Spain were named most often as the destinations for the next trip. Asia was named as leisure destination by over one fifth of the respondents, and over one fifth of the respondents were planning a business trip to Asia. In Asia, China, Japan and Thailand were the most popular Asian destinations. Finnair’s domestic destinations were mentioned as leisure and business destinations by 17% and 18% of the respondents respectively.

Hand hygiene and aircraft cleaning important for travelers

The survey showed that the corona pandemic has brought new criteria for choosing an airline. The top three drivers for choosing an airline included the airline’s ability to ensure customer wellbeing and health during the trip, ticket prices, and flight schedules.

Aircraft cleaning and the possibility to ensure good hand hygiene were mentioned as the most important means for easing the concerns of travel safety. Also, some 65% of the respondents said that a requirement to wear a mask would ease their concerns either a moderate amount, a lot or a great deal. Finnair has introduced several measures to safeguard customer health and safety during the corona pandemic. “We have further intensified aircraft cleaning, hand sanitizers are available at Helsinki Airport, and we distribute sanitizing wipes to all passengers”, says Orvér. “By wearing face masks, we protect each other from possible droplet transmission, and masks are a requirement for both customers and crew.”

Altogether 76% of the respondents were either somewhat satisfied or extremely satisfied with how Finnair has communicated to its customers during the coronavirus pandemic. “We are extremely grateful for this positive feedback and the trust our customers place on us – 93% of the respondents were confident in Finnair’s ability to meet their needs in this time of uncertainty”, said Orvér. “This survey also helps us to further develop our customer service and offering.”

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Tourism Minister Angelkova: Bulgaria is a Safe Holiday Destination, Tourist Season Starts on July 1

The active summer tourist season will start on July 1, Bulgaria’s Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova told BNT’s current affairs show “More from the Day” on May 27.

"We have an extremely clear plan and strategy in this difficult situation, which is unpredictable and unexpected both for the tourism sector, which is directly affected, and for everyone. No one could have predicted in any way that this would happen and we have to deal with it," Tourism Minister said.

Minister Angelkova thanked the Prime Minister and MPs for their support for the changes in the Health Act. "This allows us on the threshold of the summer season to have 50% reduced prices for umbrellas and sunbeds, which is very important to promote domestic tourism and visits to our Black Sea coast. There are 23 free-of-charge beaches at the moment, she explained.

At the same time, a communication campaign was launched both in relation to the country’s domestic market and to target markets.

"Thanks to the initiative of the Bulgarian Prime Minister with the Prime Ministers of Greece and Romania and the President of Serbia, our border will be opened for tourists on June 1. Romania is an extremely important market for us," Angelkova added.

She pointed out that active talks are being held with Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Belgium, France, the Scandinavian countries to open our borders for tourism.

Our biggest advantage is that Bulgaria is one of the countries with the lowest percentage of coronavirus infections and one of the countries that is considered a safe destination, Angelkova added.

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Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria: Movement within EU to be Restored on June 15

"I hope and expect that in a coordinated manner and in accordance with the specifics of each of the countries, the movement within the European Union and within neighboring countries, which have a similar epidemiological risk, will be restored on June 15. This was what Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ekaterina Zaharieva said in response to a question by journalist.

The Minister added that the requirement for social distance will probably be maintained throughout most of the summer. Zaharieva once again called on Bulgarians who go for seasonal work abroad to be carefully informed about the requirements of the country they are traveling to.

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Dr. Kunchev: Bulgaria and our Black Sea Coast Will be the Safest Places in Europe

"Bulgaria and our Black Sea coast will be one of the safest places in Europe. We will take advantage of this, but we must continue to comply with the measures, such as conscious lifestyle, personal hygiene and distance, "said Dr. Angel Kunchev, a member of the National Operational Headquarters for Coronavirus at his regular morning briefing.

He also gave details about the spread of the disease around the world. "Today, the United States is likely to reach 100,000 deaths from COVID-19, a very sad statistic, but also a fact," Kunchev said.

"In the Balkans, Turkey, as the country with the largest population, continues to lead in morbidity. In Serbia we have 34 new cases and 1 deceased. In Romania there are 213 new cases, 20 deaths. In Greece - 4 new cases, 1 deceased. Bosnia and Herzegovina - 5, two died. But in general, the situation in the Balkans is very good and optimistic", said Dr. Kunchev.

"Last week gave us an example that even in an organized country like Germany - a private gathering and a religious gathering led to two outbreaks with a large number of infected people", the expert reminded. 

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Bulgaria's Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova: The Indoor Restaurants will Open on June 1

The indoor restaurants will open on June 1, this was said to bTV by the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova.

Angelkova assured that the control will be extremely strict. Currently, the Ministry of Tourism is in talks with the headquarters and the Minister of Health about the measures to be taken to operate restaurants, cafes and discos.

For weeks, cafes and restaurants in Bulgaria have been closed due to the epidemic. On May 6, they partially opened their doors.

They were allowed to work, but only in compliance with strict rules, including: providing a distance of 1.5 meters between tables, disinfectants at the entrance, as well as mandatory wearing of protective masks or helmets by staff.

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17 Beaches on the Black Sea Coast in Bulgaria Will Be Free This Summer

A total of 17 beaches on the Black Sea coast will have free umbrellas and sunbeds. This was announced by the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova in Sunny Beach.

"We are already fully prepared for the prices offered by the concessionaires and tenants. Of the 132 beaches that have signed lease and concession agreements, 17 will be free. The rest's peices vary from 1 lev to 5 levs ", explained Angelkova.  

By May 30, the minister will send a notification to the concessionaires, based on their proposals, about the reciprocal reduction of their fees.  


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Japan Ends Coronavirus State of Emergency

The likelihood of the Japanese government lifting a state of emergency in Tokyo and nearby prefectures, as well as Hokkaido, altogether next Monday is growing, as the number of new coronavirus cases continues to decline, officials have said.

After observing the situation over the weekend and hearing opinions from health experts, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will formally decide what to do with the emergency for Tokyo and Hokkaido, as well as Kanagawa, Chiba and Saitama prefectures, the last remaining areas under the measure among the country’s 47 prefectures, officials said Friday.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government reported three new cases in the capital on Friday, the lowest since Abe first declared a monthlong state of emergency for urban areas on April 7.

“This is a number that sets the direction of decision-making,” a senior government official said.

The emergency requesting people to refrain from nonessential outings was expanded to cover the entire nation on April 16 and later its expiry was extended until the end of this month.

But amid a downtrend in daily infections, the emergency has already ended in 42 prefectures, with Abe on Thursday lifting the measure in Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo prefectures — all home to large urban populations.

The number of new COVID-19 infections in Tokyo began increasing rapidly in late March and peaked in mid-April.

Tokyo has confirmed more than 5,100 cases so far, the highest in the country. It also reported seven coronavirus-related deaths on Friday, raising the toll in the capital to 263.

At a news conference, Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike laid out a three-step plan to ease virus restrictions in the event the emergency is lifted in Tokyo and the surrounding prefectures.

The first step for reopening of facilities in stages may take effect at midnight that day.

Museums, schools and sports facilities without spectator stands are among facilities that can reopen in the first step. Professional baseball and basketball matches — without spectators — as well as small events with up to 50 people, can also be held.

Restaurants and eateries, which have had operational hours reduced to close by 8 p.m., will be able to stay open until 10 p.m.

“In order to return to a state of regularity as soon as possible, it’s necessary to devise a road map so society can live a ‘new normal,’ while preventing the spread of the virus and revitalizing economic and social activities,” Koike said.

She said schools will begin reopening for students one day a week, and gradually increase the number. They are also to utilize online classes.

The second step of the plan can be implemented about two weeks after the first but can be brought forward depending on the number of confirmed virus cases.

Facilities such as karaoke bars and gyms, which have a history of cluster infections, will continue to be asked to close even in the final phase. For these kinds of businesses, restarting operations will depend on policy set by the central government./JapanTimes

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Spain Reopening Foreign Tourism from July

The Spanish government has hinted at a possible reopening to foreign tourism this summer. It comes as a raft of lockdown measures were eased in Madrid and Barcelona on Monday.

Spain's Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto said on Monday that foreign tourists could be allowed to book vacations in Spain starting in July. The ministers comment comes as Spain ramps up its lockdown easing across the country.

The government expects that the two-week quarantine imposed on overseas travelers will be suspended by that time, Maroto said.

"It is perfectly coherent to plan summer vacations to come to Spain in July," Maroto said in an interview with local radio station Onda Cero.

Maroto's comments boosted shares in Spain's tourism-related stocks, including hotel operator Melia Hotels which rose 14% in early trading.

Spain was one of the worst-hit nations in the coronavirus pandemic, with 235,772 infections. The virus has killed more than 28,700 people — one of the highest COVID-19 death tolls in the world.

As such, the country underwent a strict lockdowns for two months, in which citizens were only allowed out for essential business. Only in the past few weeks have Spaniards been able to take their children out for one hour of play time, as the country began to flatten its curve.

The Spanish government crafted a lockdown-easing plan that consisted of several phases and which would apply differently to each region, depending on their status of the epidemic.

Tourism is a critical part of the country's economy. Spain is the world's second-most visited nation and normally draws some 80 million visitors per year.

Beaches reopen

Ahead of a possible tourism reopening, the country began opening access to its beaches for residents starting on Monday.

Beaches on the Atlantic Ocean coast and in much of Andalusia, as well as on the Balearic and Canary Islands, were open for swimming, but under strict safety measures.

Although each region will set its own rules, the Health Ministry has recommended limiting the number of visitors, creating boundaries and spacing beach umbrellas four meters apart.

For now, beaches are only available to local residents, but the next phase would open them up to domestic travelers from different regions.  

Madrid and Barcelona back to life

Residents of the hard-hit capital Madrid were allowed back into its signature Retiro city park on Monday. A few bars and restaurant terraces were also allowed to reopen.

People in both Barcelona and Madrid can now meet in groups of up to 10 people in their homes or on the terraces of reopened bars and restaurants. Major museums will be able to receive a limited number of visitors starting today.

The Madrid and Barcelona regions are the most populated in the country and have been put on a slower deconfinement track, as they bore the brunt of the pandemic in Spain./DW

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Bulgaria, Turkey and Greece with Joint Tourist Packages?
Turkey is keen on increasing its tourist flow through joint tourist packages with Bulgaria and Greece when the land and sea borders fully reopen. 
This was announced by Turkey's Minister of Culture and Tourism Mehmet Ersoy at a meeting with businessmen in Izmir. Air transport between the countries may be resumed in June after the signing of bilateral protocols. 
This was discussed in telephone conversations between the Turkish Minister of Culture and Tourism and his counterparts from the Balkan countries, the BNR correspondent in Istanbul Marian Karagiozov reports./BNR

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