Supporting #LoveIsNotTourism - Love that crosses borders is not tourism

Coronavirus imposed measures around the world have affected not only business and leisure travel, but have also separated families and couples. The latter have intensified their requests to the competent authorities of the country in which they or their partner are located, to open the border to unmarried couples, excluding them from the travel restrictions imposed in an attempt to stop the Coronavirus pandemic.

Recently, the citizens of the European Union are asking that their lovers BE allowed to enter after so many months of separation. The announcementl has been made on social media, where the hashtag #loveisnottourism is thriving, particularly on Twitter.

“We are all willing to get tested, self-quarantine, do whatever it takes, etc. just to see our loved ones, something people take for granted every day! #LiftTheTravelBan, ”said Twitter user Claire Greidanus.

It should be noted that those affected by the ban were not only tourists, but also workers, family members and, in general, couples. Since the international media first shed light on the #LoveIsNotTourism campaign at the end of June this year, the number of followers of the movement has steadily increased, including among EU officials, ministers and MEPs.

A clear example is the German politician Moritz Körner, a member of the Free Democratic Party (FDP) since 2008 and a member of the European Parliament since 2019, who has been one of the movement's biggest supporters.


#LoveisNotTourism is a movement that was born thanks to many couples who came together to raise their voices on social networks and ask for a regrouping norm that allows them to meet and go through confinement together.

The good news is that these voices are being heard and there is already a first list of countries that allow couples to meet even if they are not married.

  • Germany
  • Austria
  • Denmark
  • Spain
  • Finland
  • France
  • Holland
  • Iceland
  • Norway
  • Czech Republic
  • Switzerland

According to the official this is how we can all collaborate::

  • Use the hashtag #LoveIsNotTourism and #LoveIsEssential on social networks, to bring more attention to the problem experienced by thousands of couples around the world. Be part of the movement by contributing your experience in the forums and joining the different groups created on social networks.

On this website you will find photos and stories of separated couples from all over the world and more information about the petition and the whole movement.

Because love is not tourism. It's not just about a summer vacation, it's about the mental health and futures of people around the world.

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