Travel warnings should be replaced by information

by Thorsten Koch

The German Federal Government wants to partially cancel its worldwide travel warning. Travel is to be made possible to 31 Schengen countries and to Great Britain from June 15 if the infection situation in the wake of the Corona pandemic permitted such.

According to the key points paper “Criteria for enabling intra-European tourism”, which could be approved in the Federal Cabinet tomorrow, Wednesday, individual travel tips should replace the travel warning. The overall draft may be adopted in the Federal Cabinet the same day.

240,000 stranded tourists have been returned

Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas announced the worldwide travel warning on March 17. So far, there is no precedent to such a step. Travel warnings were otherwise only issued in case of risks to life and limb, particularly with regard to the situation in war zones. Since the travel warning came into force, over 240,000 stranded tourists have been returned to Germany due to the fact that many flight and ferry connections have been discontinued.

There are said to be a number of common criteria in the EU. The Federal Government would like to propose to the other EU countries that a limit of 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within a week be the standard. It is also proposed that each country adopt a “sustainable concept” for hygiene and maintain sufficient medical capacities. The EU Commission is to develop modes for evaluating the individual protective measures.

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