European countries ease Coronavirus travel restrictions

Brussels Airlines operated its first post-lockdown flight with an A320 wearing the "Red Devils" special livery. Photo: © Phillip Rohmberger / IFN

Several European countries have significantly eased temporary Coronavirus-related travel restrictions on Monday, June 15th.

France, Germany and Greece, among other countries, have completely let go of entry restrictions for travellers coming from most EU nations (warnings typically remain in place for the UK, Spain, Sweden and Italy’s Lombardy region). Spain is following on June 21st but is already allowing entry for holidaymakers from Germany.

This gives many airlines across the continent the go-ahead to increase regular passenger flight schedules. Some carriers that had temporarily suspended operations are now resuming flights. This includes Brussels Airlines and Austrian Airlines of the Lufthansa Group, which were among the first major airlines worldwide to halt operations in March.

Meanwhile, primarily low-cost and leisure carriers, including Ryanair, EasyJet and TUI, are ramping up their networks to holiday destinations.

However, travel between EU and non-EU countries is still subject to restrictions in most places. The European Union recommends a gradual lifting of restrictions affecting non-EU travellers after June 30.