By Cathy Elelman • 30 April 2020 • 9:25
WORRYING: German tourists are major markets for regions of Spain like Mallorca
CREDIT: es.wikipedia.org Liilia Moroz
GERMANY has extended its strict worldwide travel warning to mid-June due to the coronavirus crisis, a move which comes as a major blow to Spain’s tourism sector.
The government warning for all non-essential travel abroad, issued on March 17, was due to expire on May 3. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said it has now been extended to June 14 because the serious risk from the Covid-19 pandemic remains unchanged.
“We have not yet reached the point where we can recommend carefree travel,” he said on Wednesday.
“Naturally we all hope we won’t need this travel warning after June 14,” the Foreign Minister added.
But adding to concerns of countries like Spain, which in normal times receives millions of German tourists every year, Maas did not specify whether travel would be allowed during the summer holiday season.
He had already cautioned that holidaymakers could not expect to take summer breaks as normal.
In some parts of Germany the summer holidays begin at the end of June.
The minister said the situation would be reviewed with other European Union nations in the coming weeks.
The warning means that Germans who have booked holidays for the next month and a half will be able to get refunds.
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.
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