Vineyards like those in Modena, Italy are currently considered a safer bet to visit … [+] Fall rather than summer. getty While there are promising signs in the right direction, the current epidemiological situation in Europe is far from certain. So while President Biden may have booked May to revoke the EU travel ban, and the EU president has advised European countries to accept travelers vaccinated this summer, many people hedge their bets and book later in the season for ‘delays’. So where are they booking and for when? Here is an overview of the current situation of people wishing to travel to European destinations. Interest in Europe Definitely Grows As The New York Times reports, searches and bookings for flights in Europe are increasing, reflecting future demand. Hopper is a travel booking app that predicts flight and hotel prices and reports that searches for round-trip flights in Europe jumped 86% in the month-to-month period in March. Unsurprisingly, interest is growing as each country opens up: Iceland saw a 93% peak in searches after announcing its full reopening to all vaccinated travelers (including US travelers) on March 17. . borders with the UK in mid-May. There was a 42% increase in round-trip searches from the United States to Greece on April 20, after the announcement of the reopening on April 19. Searches for flights to Athens have also increased by 75% since early March. Southern Europe leads the pack in bookings Hopper reports that Lisbon and Athens are the top two European destinations booked for summer 2021, which is not surprising given announcements of Portugal’s reopening and Greece (Greece is currently one of the few EU destinations open to travelers outside the EU). Paris, surprisingly enough, is in third place, a sign of optimism given France’s Covid-19 figures and the fact that it is still on lockdown. London is in fourth place and one of the most likely European destinations to open first, given its impressive vaccine rollout and rumors that it plans to reopen air corridors between the United States and the United States soon. UK. Dublin and Porto currently occupy the fifth and sixth places. Vineyards in the Douro River region in Portugal. Getty experts believe ‘summer’ will start later and last longer Due to uncertainty, experts believe the travel season will be lengthened this year, with many taking trips later in the year. year, thus avoiding the risk or potential panic if countries do not open up to international travelers or have to close quickly. The Telegraph reported that British holidaymakers are booking so-called ‘delaycations’ which will run until autumn. Likewise, Tom Jenkins, CEO of the European Tourism Association, told Travel Weekly: “I don’t see anything happening in Europe as a whole. [opening] before the end of July. It is possible that July will pay off something, but most people look to August, September. “Reservations follow this late summer trend. It is an image that plays out with reservations. The Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni – a five star hotel on the shores of Lake Como in the north of the Italy – reports that while May and June are open, they have seen a 110% increase in bookings in the last 30 days for stays from July to October, with occupancy between 70 and 95%. They see more direct bookings that usually and interest in late summer comes from the US, UK and EU countries (but not Asia or Russia – the latter previously accounted for a significant number of Most river cruises to European countries are on hold, but a large number of cruise lines will soon be departing from countries that are opening up, such as Iceland (Viking and Crystal Expedition cruises) or Greece (Seabourn will depart from Athens from 3 June). be on b at the start but that s will be joined by Americans from August. A spokesperson for vacation company Tui told The Telegraph that they “see late summer bookings in September and October becoming more and more popular with guests. Our most popular destinations are Greece, Turkey and the Spanish Islands. Dublin in autumn getty Borders may not fully reopen until October 2021 The International Air Transport Association (IATA), a group that represents 290 airlines and includes industry experts from around the world, has postponed its annual meeting of June to October, because – as reported by Reuters – this is the month he believes everyone will be able to travel again and the borders will be fully open. Of course, this date will be strongly dependent on the appearance of new variants of Covid-19. Many medical experts suggest travelers stay closer to home for now. Keri Althoff, associate professor of epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, told Condé Nast Traveler that “above all, what really concerns us, of course, and continues to be concerned, are the variants and the dissemination of variants. Staying local, even in the United States, but certainly also from a global perspective, really helps slow the spread of variants. How to do your research when booking in the EU First of all, keep an eye out for the current travel restrictions (which are a touching feast). Tech company Sherpa has a convenient reopening card, providing a list of all countries open to travelers by country of origin, organized by restriction level, and clearly detailing where vaccinated travelers can go. The technology company Sherpa has an easily accessible map to find out which countries are open and to whom … [+] and how sherpa Second, another way to analyze the probability that a trip will occur is to look at the number of flights available to the preferred destination. Airlines will respond to demand and timetables will be a key indicator. In April, as reported by The New York Times, according to PlaneStats, the number of flights to Europe from the United States was 26% of the number of flights during the same period in 2019. However, for May, those numbers are expected to rise to 35%. (April and May 2020 were at 5% of starting 2019 levels). Make sure that whatever is booked is protected with refunds, or at the very least, that there is the option to change dates if the borders don’t open as planned or if they need to be closed quickly. July rebound will make a much bigger difference The World Tourism Organization has announced that international arrivals are down 85% in the first four months of 2021 compared to 2019, bringing a staggering 260 million international landings. What is clear is that the industry wants a rebound sooner rather than later. If a rebound in international travel occurs in July, that would increase arrivals by 66% from 2020 (but still 55% below 2019, pre-pandemic levels). A September rebound would allow a 22% increase from 2020 levels.