Berlin. All flight passengers who want to travel to Germany must have a negative corona test from Tuesday morning. This applies regardless of whether you were in a foreign risk area or in a region with low incidence figures. Health Minister Jens Spahn described the result of the new regulation as follows: “If you don’t have a negative test, you won’t be taken.”
Exceptions required: “Otherwise passengers will be left abroad”
The aviation industry warns that passengers abroad could be left behind. Industry circles said on Friday that this could be, for example, Cuba, the Maldives and the Dominican Republic. The Federal Association of the German Aviation Industry stated that not all global destinations had sufficient test capacities and test infrastructures. That is why exceptional options urgently need to be regulated for these destinations. “Otherwise passengers will be left abroad.”
The association had suggested to the federal government that the problem could be solved without compromising on protection against infection, in that in these exceptional cases travelers can be tested immediately after arriving in Germany at the destination airport. “We ask politicians to take up this constructive proposal in order to prevent passengers from stranding in countries with inadequate test infrastructure.”
The companies are determined to support the implementation of the extended test obligation on global flights and to inform passengers that they have to present a negative test result before departure, it said. The implementation of the test obligation and the information of the passengers worldwide required “considerable operational precautions”.
Association: Obligation to test for non-risk countries must remain a temporary exception
The association welcomed the fact that the federal government had extended the lead time for the new regulation by several days compared to earlier drafts – the obligation to test is now to come into force in the night from Monday to Tuesday. Nevertheless, the lead time remains “extremely short”, it said.
The association also advocated that travel restrictions in non-risk countries remain a very temporary exception. With the new entry regulation, the federal government is deviating from the sensible and proven differentiation between risk areas and non-risk areas. “It is all the more urgent that, after the temporary lockdown phase, we return to more differentiated travel regulations that are based on the actual risk of infection.