Two out of three European residents travel abroad for vacation at least once a year and Finns do their fair share of summer travelling too. Many are hoping to do the same this year, despite the current pandemic. On Wednesday the European Commission published a list of recommendations aimed at ensuring safety as travel restrictions within the bloc ease up. Here's a compilation of some of them.
- Travellers are being encouraged to purchase tickets, make reservations and check in for flights online.
- Airline passengers should wear masks at all times, especially in locations where it is difficult to maintain a safety distance.
- At check-in counters, baggage drops and pickup points, passengers are advised to avoid queuing or crowds.
- Passengers should be closely controlled at harbours, airports, train and bus stations and ferry quays as well as at urban transport centres.
- Waiting area seating should either be removed or spread out.
- Passengers travelling in the same group may be asked to sit separately as seating on buses and trains will be limited
- No food, drinks or other refreshments will be allowed on public transport.
- Tax-free sales outlets will be required to control the number of customers and to ensure they maintain a safe distance from each other.
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- Airlines will need to improve air conditioning on planes and install hospital-grade air filters.
- There should be less movement during flights, so hand luggage restrictions may be introduced.
- Passengers should check in electronically.
- Passengers should arrive at airports in good time to avoid queues at security checks.
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Road and rail travel
- Service stations and rest areas should pay greater attention to hygiene. Rest stops or service stations will be shut down if they cannot guarantee public health.
- Bus passengers should use the back doors and ventilation should come through windows rather than air conditioning.
- Passengers travelling together should not sit next to each other.
- Passengers should load their luggage on buses themselves.
- Rail service providers should increase trains or carriages to ensure enough space between passengers.
- Seat allocations should be compulsory on all trains.
- Service providers should encourage passenger to travel during off-peak hours, for example by offering cheaper fares.
- Tourists should watch football matches on giant screens.
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- Customers should observe a safety distance in public areas where people gather for more than 15 minutes.
- The use of masks is recommended in public areas.
- Hoteliers should create a timetable for breakfast and other meals as well as for the pool to ensure that all occupants do not gather at the same time.
- There should be a safety distance of at least 1.5 to two metres between people at pools, on the beach, at coffee shops, bars and at restaurants.
- Large public events such as concerts are prohibited.