Germany will partially lift the travel ban on 15 June, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Wednesday. The relaxation applies to the EU Member States, the Schengen countries and the United Kingdom.

Travel is only possible if there is no entry ban or complete lockdown in place in other countries. At present, only Spain and Norway do not meet these requirements.

Furthermore, unnecessary trips to the UK are not recommended due to the mandatory quarantine for incoming travelers. No decision will be taken on other countries until the European Union has made its statements.

Maas emphasizes that strict rules may come again if the number of infections with the corona virus increases in Germany. He also warns that no citizens will be repatriated from abroad this summer.

No free movement due to pandemic

A few months ago, due to the pandemic, Germany decided to temporarily end free movement within the EU and introduce strict border controls in Switzerland, Denmark, France and Luxembourg. No intensive checks took place at the border with the Netherlands.

Anyone who wanted to cross the border had to have good reason to do so. Border controls have now been relaxed. Maas announced in May the media that it would like to allow free movement within the European Union, but only if the situation surrounding the coronavirus would remain under control.

In Germany, 182,370 people tested positive for the virus. 8,551 of this group died.

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