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10 new bans in 2020 that you need to know about in order not to get into an awkward situation abroad

Nowadays, the tourist season is open year round. In summer, you can relax in the resorts of the Mediterranean Sea, and in winter - go to bask in Thailand or Bali. But just before the trip it will not be amiss to find out what problems tourists may face in a particular country. writes that in 2020 the list of restrictions for travelers has replenished again.

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Therefore, we advise you to familiarize yourself with these innovations so as not to spoil your honestly earned vacation.

  1. At the airport in Istanbul, it has become more difficult to find your tour operator

At one of the airports in Turkey will have to independently look for your tour operator. This restriction will affect travelers who fly to Istanbul Airport. Earlier, agency representatives met tourists immediately after the customs control zone and led to their buses.

This practice ended successfully on January 1, 2020. Representatives of the tourist industry can no longer be in this zone and keep signs with the name of their company or the name of the tourist. Similar actions began to be equated with illegal advertising.

Now only relatives and friends of travelers are allowed to enter the meeting zone of Istanbul Airport. Tour operators are creative as they can: pretend to be ordinary meeting people and put on t-shirts with company logos or warn customers in advance that they will keep folders of a certain color. But, despite all the tricks, the fees of tourists began to stretch to 1,5–2 hours.

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  1. Venice may not have enough tickets for the famous San Marco

In Venice, they figured out how to adjust the flow of fans to walk around the square where St. Mark's Cathedral is located. Now it is one of the most popular attractions in Italy, which literally drowns in the flow of tourists. About 15 thousand people visit San Marco every day.

To preserve the unique historical heritage, they are trying to arrange access to the square and the cathedral only by tickets. Since April 2020, tourists plan to offer 2 options: pay for admission online by choosing the date of visit, or try to get a free ticket in the city terminal. True, in the latter case no one guarantees that you will be able to see the sights. In high season, the daily limit of visits will be limited.

And yes, swimming in the canals is still prohibited here. The fine is several hundred euros.

  1. In Thailand, you have to remember about baskets and string bags

A ban on the use of household plastic in this country is planned to be introduced in 2021. But now dozens of shopping centers and pharmacies have ceased to offer plastic bags at the checkout.

Local residents were at first dissatisfied with this innovation and even turned on the trolling mode: they used everything that came to hand to transport purchases, from wicker baskets to buckets and baby baths. Tourists who also lacked the usual packaging also joined the flash mob in social networks.

But one way or another, the decision has been made, we will have to forget about the packages. For tourists, a way out of this situation may be to purchase a regular string bag or switch to remote services and deliver food and other purchases directly to the hotel.

  1. At the resorts of the Red Sea banned disposable dishes

One of the first places where this innovation was tested was the Egyptian Dahab. And in 2020, dishes made of non-degradable material were removed from sale in Sharm El Sheikh. The ban on plastic even extends to serving tourists on excursions. Now no one will offer you to take a container with food or drink tea from plastic cups.

In Israeli Eilat, such bans are only valid on the beaches. They don’t lay out food on disposable plates and do not serve cocktails with plastic straws. So the authorities are struggling with the irresponsibility of tourists who leave mountains of garbage behind them, and also try to preserve the beauty of the unique coral reefs that die because of plastic washed off into the sea.

  1. In Ibiza, they fight with lovers of free alcohol and "balconying"

The Spanish resorts of Ibiza and Magaluf entered the fight against uncontrolled drinking. These places have always been a magnet for young tourists who came off to the fullest. Such behavior often led to accidents and damage to hotel property.

All-inclusive hotels decided to remove free alcohol. Vending machines with liquors and bars began to disappear, where everyone was offered a “warm-up” cocktail. Noisy parties on yachts and advertising of alcoholic beverages were banned.

Fines also threaten for another tourist fun - “balcony”. Violators who try to jump from the balcony to the pool or climb into the room through a window can even be evicted from hotels.

  1. You won’t swim past Barcelona for free

Since 2020, tourist taxes will increase in Catalonia. One of the reasons is the need to bring beaches and other infrastructure in order after the next invasion of vacationers. Barcelona, ​​the capital of this resort area of ​​Spain, is called one of the busiest ports in Europe: 2,9 million cruise passengers visit the city every year.

Now, when spending the night in Barcelona in a 4-star hotel, you will have to pay an additional € 1,70 per day (it used to be € 1,10), and when staying at a 5-star hotel - € 3,5 (before raising the tax rate - € 2,25 , XNUMX).

The new rules will apply to cruise passengers. Tourists whose plans include a short stay in Barcelona (less than 12 hours) will pay a tax of € 3.

  1. In Europe they will no longer be allowed with their apple and cucumber

From December 14, 2019, new phytosanitary legislation begins to apply in the countries of the European Union. Now in Italy, Finland, Greece and other EU countries it will be possible to import fruits, berries and vegetables only with a special certificate. The reason is called the fight against the spread of plant pests.

Even saplings, cut branches, seeds, tubers and plant cuttings will be pulled out from tourists from luggage. Control awaits at all points of entry: from customs posts on roads to checkpoints at seaports and international airports. They will even take an apple taken as a snack (as an option, they will make them eat at customs).

Pleasant news: fruits in deep freeze and canned vegetables did not fall under the sanctions. So, it’s quite possible to transport a jar of salted tomatoes as a gift to foreign friends across the border.

  1. Overnight in Amsterdam will become more expensive.

On a trip to the capital of the Netherlands, you now have to save a little longer: from January 1, 2020, a new tax for tourists was introduced here. So the city is struggling with the influx of travelers. Amsterdam, with just over 1 million citizens, hosts over 17 million tourists annually.

Now everyone who wants to visit the city will have to pay an additional € 3 for each night of their stay. And this despite the fact that Amsterdam already has a tourist tax - 7% of the cost of housing (and when booking through the Airbnb service - 10% at all).

This is not the first attempt to restrain the pressure of tourists. So, in December 2018, on the Museum Square, the famous sign “I Amsterdam” was dismantled, which became a real place of pilgrimage for lovers of beautiful photos. Previously, more than 6 thousand selfies were taken here per day.

  1. In Europe, tickets for € 10 may disappear

In 2020, Germany plans to introduce an environmental tax on air travel. The fee for flights by domestic flights or to European destinations will increase significantly and will amount to € 13,03 instead of the previous € 7,5. This means that cheap tickets beloved by many tourists will finally disappear from the sale for € 10-15.

They want to direct the received tax revenues to the development of rail transportation. Thus, it is expected that travel on high-speed trains in Germany will be cheaper by about 10%.

France is also preparing for such innovations in 2020, and since 2021, the Netherlands authorities have announced an increase in the air tax.

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  1. Turkish hotels will have to wait longer to check in

Since 2020, they promise to tightly monitor the implementation of the law on the protection of personal data. He began to operate in Turkey already in 2016 and forbade hotel workers to make photocopies of guest passports, asking them for a bank card or mobile phone number.

Earlier in the high season, hotels successfully ignored this ban in order to quickly populate tourists. It was much easier to make copies and scans of documents, and then fill out the necessary accounting forms in free time. But now, for non-compliance with the law, hoteliers face serious fines: fraud cases involving the use of such personal data have become more frequent in the country.

This means that the guest registration process will take more time, especially in the budget “triples” and “fours”, many of which are designed for several hundred rooms. Typically, these hotels are populated by large groups of 20-50 people.

Therefore, tourists will have to be patient and understand the possible expectation of the treasured room keys.

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