By Cathy Elelman • 04 June 2020 • 10:17
GERMANY will lift its travel ban on 31 European countries on June 15, but has warned against going to the UK while the quarantine requirement remains in place, and going to Spain’s holiday destinations will have to wait until the Spanish government lifts its own travel prohibition.
Speaking after a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, German Foreign Minister Heiko Mass told press that travelling to other EU-member states, Britain, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland will be allowed from mid-month, “as long as there are no entry bans and no large-scale confinement” in the countries.
Instead the German government will issue information and travel recommendations for individual nations, pointing out specific risks.
Berlin could issue new warnings if a country registers more than 50 new Covid-19 infections per 100,000 people over a week, Maas explained.
The Foreign Minister cautioned that “travel advice is not an invitation to travel.
“For example, we do not recommend non-essential travel to the UK while they have a 14-day quarantine period in place,” he said.
The UK government is planning to implement a two-week compulsory quarantine requirement for international travellers next week, despite strong opposition from the travel sector.
Spain’s Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya has meanwhile tweeted that Germany will allow its nationals to go to Spain once the Spanish restriction on foreign travellers entering the country is removed in a reciprocal agreement. As it stands this is likely to be the beginning of July.
Norway will also be excluded from the list of countries Germans will be able to go to from June 15 due to its own travel ban.
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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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