Record numbers of tourists expected at Black Sea resorts despite virus surge

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Many Romanians are not bothered by a surge in new coronavirus cases if the number of tourists expected to head to the Black Sea and mountains for the Easter weekend are anything to go by.

Tourist operators say that there is almost full occupancy rates at the Romanian coast and at mountain resorts for the first weekend in May when Orthodox Easter falls.

„It’s the first Easter since the pandemic when people can actually go out and many people thought they’d leave home; it’s also the school holidays,” said Gabriela Peșeț, a tourism agent told Digi24.

Romanians are also planning heading abroad for the holidays, she added.

Popular destinations for those with money to spare are  Egypt, the Maldives, the Seychelles or Dubai.

At home, destinations like Craiova, Sibiu and Timisoara were popular she said.

Romanians who would have opted for European destinations for their Easter break have been discouraged by travel restrictions caused by the virus.

„It’s a lottery trying to find places for Egypt this Easter,” she said. “People have been planning this for a long time. “As for people who want to go there now, they’ll find it very difficult.”

Many countries now require travelers to present a negative Covid-19 test on arrival, even for children. Some countries have quarantine restrictions, while others also make travelers do another test during their visit.


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