Emmanuel Macron, in his fourth televised address to the nation since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic announced France’s EU (Schengen) borders would be open as of 15th June and its non-EU borders from 1st July. UK and Spanish visitors to France will be however asked to self-quarantine.
Therefore, we can finally look at welcoming our overseas guests into the country from the 1st July. This is great timing for trekking this summer as most of the trails will be open.
After imposing unprecedented restrictions on public life to contain the pandemic, Switzerland has already eased its measures and re-opened its land borders. Switzerland has said that all countries with “free movement” are allowed to cross its land borders, with the exception of Spain, which is not expected to re-open before June 21st.
They are not making an announcement on international travel until the beginning of July. However, we expect their announcement to fall in-line with Europe who have largely announced openings between 1st and 3rd of July.
The government still urges the population to follow social distancing and hygiene recommendations, however there is no obligation to wear face masks in public. And the “extraordinary situation” will be officially lifted on June 19.
Most of Italy's travel restrictions were dropped from June 3rd, meaning that residents and visitors alike can move freely throughout the country.
For international tourists, the rules depend on which country you're travelling from: There is no quarantine when entering Italy, but unless you are from a country listed as safe, you will still not be allowed to enter.
Tourists arriving from “safe” countries will not face any restrictions upon entering Italy, though depending on their own country's rules they may be required to quarantine when they return home.
**Please get in touch if you have any questions regarding trekking in the mountains. We will ensure that we keep you posted on what it's like over here and here are some updated resources to help you make informed decisions about future travel plans.
We recommend your own government’s travel advisory service information for your destination country:
UK, the FCO Travel Advice
Ireland, the Department of Foreign Affairs
USA, the State Department Travel Advisory
Canada, use Travel Advice & Advisories
Australia, the Smart Traveller Information Service
New Zealand, it’s SafeTravel.
Further details of our how we are protecting you and your booking see here: Coronavirus Client Protection
As ever, if you have any questions about your trip or our treks in general, we are here to help. Please give us a call or email us.
Jane at Mont Blanc Treks
UK: +44 (0)161 408 1222
FRANCE: +33 (0)7 81 58 69 03
USA: +1 303 800 5866
AUSTRALIA: +61 75660 6258