Berlin (dpa) - The federal government wants to lift the worldwide travel warning for tourists from June 15 for around 30 European countries if the further development of the corona pandemic allows. This emerges from a key point paper that has now been decided by the cabinet.
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.
Entry into 26 partner countries possible
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. The cabinet has not yet made the final decision on the lifting. It should take place at an as yet undetermined point in the next two weeks.
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. A few days ago, the government in Oslo announced that at least Danes could enter the country from June 15th. It is now to be examined whether the borders can be opened to travelers from "individual other nearby European countries".
Federal government reserves «protective measures»
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.
If this is exceeded, the federal government reserves the right to take “protective measures”. "This may include 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. "The Federal Government will not pick up German nationals during a quarantine that may have been imposed abroad," 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.
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