The Federal Foreign Office’s travel warning is to remain in place for more than 160 countries. The German government wants to establish rules for any exceptions.
Travelers at an airport in Madrid Photo: dpa
The German government wants to extend the travel warning for more than 160 countries outside the European Union until August 31. According to information from the Deutsche Presse-Agentur, however, exceptions are to be made, if necessary, for individual countries that meet certain criteria. The federal cabinet plans to pass a resolution to that effect this Wednesday. Earlier, Der Spiegel had reported.
Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) had issued a travel warning for all around 200 countries in the world on March 17 after the outbreak of the Corona pandemic – an unprecedented step. Until then, travel warnings were only issued in the event of a threat to life and limb, for example in war zones – thus enabling free cancellation.
Main travel countries also affected
Last week, the German cabinet decided to lift the travel warning for 31 European countries on June 15. These include Germany’s 26 partner countries in the European Union, the United Kingdom, which has just left the EU, and the four states of the border-free Schengen area that are not members of the EU: Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. For 29 countries, the lifting will take place on June 15; for Spain and Norway, it will take place later because these two countries still have entry bans in place.
For the other more than 160 countries, the travel warning is now to be extended initially across the board until August 31. At the same time, however, exceptions are to be made possible. Criteria are to be established for this. This will take into account the development of infection figures, the performance of healthcare systems, testing capacities, hygiene rules and entry restrictions.
Affected countries outside the European Union include major travel destinations, most notably Turkey as the third most popular vacation destination for Germans.