Travelling is about opening up to other cultures, ideas, and perspectives. It keeps us connected: reuniting family and friends across borders. Freedom of movement is a right, not a privilege. Travel means learning and growing through education and exchange programmes. It helps create a multi-cultural, tolerant, and accepting European society. It also reconnects with nature for a much-needed dose of vitamin D.
Since the closure of borders, more than 30% of Europeans report they have been negatively impacted by missing a key moment in their lives. A timely restart for air travel and tourism means finally being able to reconnect with our families, embrace different cultures and reunite with friends across our continent.
Countless studies have shown that travel positively affects our health & wellbeing thanks to its ability to reconnect us with nature, loved ones, and most importantly, ourselves. Travel relieves our stress and anxiety while enhancing our energy and creativity.
Borders have been completely open between most European countries since 1985: no passports, visas, and border inspections are required. Europeans have enjoyed the freedom to move, work and travel freely anywhere in Europe for years. As a result, many Europeans have family and friends who live abroad. 38% report that travel restrictions making them unable to see family was what had impacted them the most.
Help us spread the word. Safe travel and tourism in Europe is both vital and possible this summer!
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