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Q&A: Will I be able to travel abroad this summer - and what is the status of the tourism industry across Europe?

Holidays are a real possibility as Europe nudges towards a semblance of normality

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Passengers wearing protective face masks practice social distancing as they queue for the customer service at the Helsinki International Airport in Vantaa, Finland May 13, 2020.   Lehtikuva/Vesa Moilanen via REUTERS

Passengers wearing protective face masks practice social distancing as they queue for the customer service at the Helsinki International Airport in Vantaa, Finland May 13, 2020. Lehtikuva/Vesa Moilanen via REUTERS

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Passengers wearing protective face masks practice social distancing as they queue for the customer service at the Helsinki International Airport in Vantaa, Finland May 13, 2020. Lehtikuva/Vesa Moilanen via REUTERS

Europe is slowly moving towards some form of normality. However, the EU is walking a tightrope in its attempts to frame a unified approach in the 27 member states. John Downing explains.

Is there any chance that I can go on a holiday this summer?

When the coronavirus crash-landed upon everyone the EU was slow, disunited and confused in its response. The gradual – and risky – return to normality can show similar confusion and disunity in reverse. That is what the policy-guiding Commission is determined to avoid.

Brussels has now set out plans for a phased restart to some level of travel this summer. Tourism accounts for 10pc of EU states’ economic output and one in eight jobs. It’s not just about dreams of sunshine – millions of jobs are on the line and the 2020 season cannot be entirely written off.