Australia Announces Plans To Revive Tourism

The First Signs of Travel’s Return?

As Australia announces plans to revive tourism, we look at 10 top travel destinations and their timetables for reopening. The challenge: balancing safety with the need to reboot.

The Amalfi coast in Italy. The country, devastated by Covid-19, is starting to think about how to open up to tourism.
The Amalfi coast in Italy. The country, devastated by Covid-19, is starting to think about how to open up to tourism.

Covid-19 has upended daily life in much of the world for so long that the idea of traveling to another country or state seems like the stuff of dreams. But in the last week or so, as the idea of opening up to travelers has gained traction, some countries are taking concrete steps. Yesterday, Australia announced a three-stage plan to reopen the economy, which includes a focus on tourism. And some countries are forming regional alliances designed to minimize the risk of the virus, including an Australia-New Zealand travel “bubble,” and, in Europe, a travel “corridor” shared by Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

But for many places, international flights carrying leisure travelers remain on hold or are banned outright, and the process of reopening remains speculative. The focus, instead, is on internal tourism, to be followed at some point by foreign tourism.

Here is a look at 10 top tourist destinations and the beginnings of their plans for reopening in the weeks and months

Credit…Susan Wright for The New York Times

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