Monday 29 March 2021
After the Mallorca debacle
Federal government withdraws travel ban plan
Vacation trips abroad will in principle still be possible despite the corona pandemic. At the request of the German Press Agency, a government spokesman referred to the applicable regulations for travelers. “A further legal regulation is not planned at the moment,” he added. An inspection order issued by Chancellor Angela Merkel to possibly prevent tourist travel is currently formally concluded.
In view of the dispute over holidays in Mallorca, the federal government had considered temporarily prohibiting trips to popular holiday areas abroad. Chancellor Angela Merkel had said during her consultations with the Prime Minister that it could not be that one was unable to prevent people from flying to Mallorca, but that a 15-kilometer radius of movement could be enforced in Flensburg. The responsible departments were asked to examine the legal possibilities. In Belgium and Great Britain there are travel bans for tourist purposes.
Mallorca trips booked a thousand times
After Mallorca was removed from the list of corona risk areas on March 14, holiday bookings for the Balearic island are booming. The Foreign Office’s travel warning was lifted because the number of new infections there had fallen below 50 per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days. This made it possible to vacation on Mallorca again without quarantine and mandatory testing upon return.
“The federal government continues to ask all citizens to refrain from traveling at home and abroad in view of the increasing number of infections and the associated risks,” said the government spokesman. “Reference is made to the existing entry regulations, in particular the new test verification requirement for air transport from abroad as well as the test and quarantine requirements when returning from risk areas.”
The general obligation to test remains
At least one general compulsory corona test for all passengers flying to Germany has now been introduced and will apply from March 30th. To do this, you have to do a test in the country of departure before you take off. Those who cannot provide the airline with evidence of a negative result are not allowed to board the aircraft. The stricter requirements decided by the federal and state governments are initially to apply up to and including May 12th.
According to the federal government, this is a precautionary measure to prevent the virus from spreading through vacation travel. It is also intended to protect passengers on the aircraft. If the corona test turns out positive, you have to go into quarantine at your own risk in accordance with local regulations.
There have already been test obligations for travelers – but only when returning from certain countries with a high risk of infection, as determined by a classification by the federal government. So you have to show a negative test before entering the country if you come from “high incidence areas” with a particularly high number of infections and from areas with new virus variants.