The Federal Government’s Tourism Commissioner, Bareiß, has stated that traveling will probably only be possible again without problems after Whitsun. The government is currently working on a step-by-step plan for returnees from risk areas.
From the perspective of the Federal Government’s Tourism Commissioner, Thomas Bareiß, vacation trips during the Easter holidays will continue to be only possible to a very limited extent due to Corona. “I think that traveling is something that the next two or three months will be very difficult to imagine,” he said on RTL.
Hope for the summer
He does not expect improvement until the second quarter. “It will get better again from the Whitsun holidays. And I hope that summer will be a really big travel period.” For the summer, Bareiß reckons that holidays could not only be possible in Germany, but – depending on the location – even in distant countries. “If we have really vaccinated most of the people in Germany in the second quarter, there will be security for traveling in the summer,” he told the broadcaster.
According to Bareiß, the government is initially planning to tighten the entry rules for returnees from areas with particularly high numbers of cases or coronavirus mutations. The cabinet could decide to change the relevant regulation on Wednesday, said Bareiß.
New government regulation
The federal government wants to introduce a multi-level system for the test and quarantine regulations for travelers returning. A quarantine obligation continues to apply when returning from countries or regions with more than 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days. There should be an additional test requirement for entry from high-risk areas with more than 200 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants in seven days.
Exceptions for commuters
The Interior Ministry also commented on the issue. There will probably be exceptions for delivery traffic and commuters, said the spokesman for the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Steve Alter, in Berlin. He assumes that the interests of these groups will also be “given special consideration” in the new regulation. The coordination on details has not yet been completed.
Probably no privileges for vaccinated people
Chancellor Angela Merkel and the heads of government of the states agreed on new measures to contain the corona pandemic last Tuesday. This also includes an obligation to have a corona test carried out in the 48 hours before entering Germany from a foreign risk area or immediately after arrival.
It is not yet clear whether people who have already been vaccinated against Covid-19 will be excluded. Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has concerns. “I made it clear what political position the Federal Minister of the Interior has on the subject of privileges for vaccinated people,” said his spokesman.