Federal government to lift travel warning from June 15 - page 1

The Federal Government wants to make travel within Europe possible again from June 15, as far as the infection in the target countries allows. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) said that this should apply to the EU states, other member states of the Schengen Agreement and Great Britain. However, this does not automatically mean that tourist trips to the named countries are then possible again in all cases.

The cabinet decided on a key paper on Wednesday. After that, the blanket warning about tourist trips for all 200 countries around the world will be replaced by individual travel advice. It then provides information about the country-specific risks.

The travel warning for Germany's 26 partner countries in the European Union, the United Kingdom that has just left the EU and the four countries in the Schengen area that are not subject to border controls that are not members of the EU are to be lifted: Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

Spain does not want to open borders until July

For some of the 31 countries, the step may be delayed. For countries in which "large exit restrictions" or entry bans still apply on June 15, the travel warning should initially remain. According to the current status, this could affect Norway and the number one holiday destination for Germans: Spain. The government in Madrid does not want to reopen the borders to foreign tourists until July 1st. Then the two-week forced quarantine should also be lifted for all travelers.

The Norwegian government is considering maintaining the existing entry ban until August 20. However, the government in Oslo announced on Friday that at least Danes can enter the country from June 15th. It is now to be checked whether the borders can be opened to travelers from "individual other nearby European countries".

In the key point paper, the Federal Government makes it clear that the travel warning for certain countries or regions can be reactivated if the number of new infections increases drastically again. In doing so, it intends to orient itself to the upper limit applicable in Germany from 50 new infections to 100,000 inhabitants within seven days.

No new return campaign

If this is exceeded, the Federal Government reserves the "protective measures". "This can include, for example, country or region-specific travel warnings," the paper says. This also applies in the event that individual countries do not take the necessary measures to protect against infection in the tourism business sufficiently. The basis will be the guidelines drawn up by the EU Commission.

The return campaign for 240,000 German tourists after the outbreak of the corona pandemic should definitely not be repeated. "A pickup of German citizens by the federal government during a quarantine that may be imposed abroad remains excluded," the paper said.

The federal government has not yet decided how it wants to deal with countries outside the EU. Maas had been reluctant to do so on Tuesday. "It may take some time," he said. Turkey in particular, the number three among the most popular holiday destinations for Germans, hopes that the travel warning will also be lifted for them.