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Traveling despite the risk: Corona rules and entry regulations in Europe

With the falling number of new infections, more and more federal states are loosening the corona rules for regions where the federal emergency brake of 100 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants no longer applies within seven days. As early as May 15, Baden-Württemberg relaxed the rules in gastronomy, tourism and leisure for districts in which the incidence fell below 100 for five days.
In Schleswig-Holstein, Corona rules are to be relaxed from Monday (May 17), especially in tourism and gastronomy, for contacts outdoors and in leisure time. Lower Saxony has already reopened tourist overnight stays and outdoor catering for residents of the state. In other federal states, easing is planned for Pentecost. In Bavaria, for example, hotels, holiday apartments and campsites should be allowed to open from May 21st with a stable seven-day incidence of less than 100.

Before that, tourism was not possible in Germany, apart from a few model regions. In most federal states, hotels are not yet allowed to offer overnight stays for tourist purposes; tourist visas are only granted in exceptional cases. So you always have to find out about the current regulations of the federal state you want to go to.

In general, Germany has been in a lockdown since December 16, 2020. Distance and hygiene rules apply, so medical masks - surgical masks or FFP2 masks - must be worn in shops as well as on buses and trains; simple cloth masks are not enough.

So that the infection process can be brought under control, the government has decided on a "federal emergency brake". If the seven-day incidence (infection within seven days per 100,000 inhabitants) exceeds the threshold of 100 on three consecutive days, stricter measures should apply there from the day after the next. These are to remain in force until the seven-day incidence falls below the threshold of 100 on five consecutive days - then the extra conditions cease to apply on the day after the next.

The Federal Foreign Office in Berlin is currently not issuing a travel warning for very few regions in Europe. The risk list of the Robert Koch Institute provides an up-to-date overview of the risk areas.

Mallorca has been in effect since March 14th. no longer as a risk area, vacation is possible again without quarantine

New entry regulations

There is a subdivision into risk areas, high incidence and virus variant areas. Returnees from risk areas must register online at www.einreiseanmeldung.de.

In view of the declining number of corona infections across Europe, the federal government has cleared a major hurdle for summer holidays: With a regulation that has been in force since Thursday (May 13th), it lifted the general obligation to quarantine when entering from more than 100 countries. These include some of the most popular holiday destinations for Germans such as Spain, Italy, Greece, Austria and Switzerland. Anyone entering Germany from there can free themselves from quarantine with a negative corona test. This test is mandatory for air travelers anyway.

For those who have recovered and who have been completely vaccinated against corona, the easing goes even further. They only have to be quarantined if they come from an area with new virus variants. Vaccinated and convalescent people who come to Germany from around 190 other countries in the world no longer need to be tested for corona before or after entering the country. The regulation is the most extensive relaxation of entry requirements since the spread of Corona in Germany at the beginning of last year.

Perspective with the EU Corona traffic light

In order to give travelers in Europe a better overview of the corona infection process and possible restrictions, the EU has introduced a corona traffic light. Then the EU is divided into green, orange and red zones. In addition, there is the color gray for regions from which not enough data is available. The color red currently dominates the continent.

If you still have to travel, the EU Commission's 'Re-open EU' app can help. It offers up-to-date information on the health situation, safety precautions and travel restrictions, for all EU countries and the members of the Schengen area, which is free of border controls, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

When are vacation trips possible again?

On February 25, the EU decided to introduce a uniform vaccination certificate for travelers by the summer. The government in Athens and Cyprus have already signed a bilateral agreement with Israel, according to which from April all Israelis can enter the country without any problems if they present the so-called green passport - i.e. proof that they are vaccinated. Israel, on the other hand, is planning to open the country to vaccinated tourists from the end of May, Greece even from mid-May and Malta from June. Sweden and Denmark have announced the creation of electronic vaccination certificates, which are to be used primarily when traveling abroad. In Estonia, on the other hand, travelers are already exempt from the general quarantine rule if they present proof of vaccination.

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    Austria

    On May 19th, restaurants, hotels, stages and sports facilities in Austria are allowed to reopen. Access tests are provided as a protective measure. Events are allowed outside with up to 3000 people and inside with up to 1500 people. With the opening steps, the quarantine for vacationers should also fall. Vaccinated, tested and recovered from COVID-19 are allowed into the country.

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    Switzerland

    Anyone flying to Switzerland must submit a negative test. Those who travel overland do not need that. Only travelers from risk areas have to be in quarantine. Hotels are open, as are museums, shops, theaters, cinemas and amusement parks. Eating and drinking is allowed on restaurant terraces. Everywhere there are maximum numbers for visitors, distance rules and mask requirements, but no curfews.

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    Greece

    In Greece, the outdoor areas of cafes, bars and taverns are reopened under certain conditions. However, the catering closes at 10.45 p.m., after 11 p.m. there is an evening exit ban. Vacationers have to enter their data online before entering the country. A full vaccination or a PCR test must then be presented upon entry. There is no longer an obligation to quarantine.

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    Italy

    Italy is gradually easing its measures. Where the corona numbers are moderate, restaurants are also allowed to serve outside at tables in the evening. After 10 p.m. there is still a ban on going out. Museums and cinemas in the so-called yellow zones are open. Italy is aiming for the official start of the summer season on June 2nd - however, the regulations for immigrants have not yet been determined.

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    France

    France is also slowly loosening up. People are again allowed to move more than ten kilometers from their homes for no good reason - travel within the country is possible again. There is a curfew from 7 p.m., which is to be postponed to 9 p.m. from May 19. Then outside areas of restaurants as well as shops and cultural institutions should also be allowed to open.

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    Spain

    The situation in Spain has eased significantly, many measures have been relaxed, but several regions want to maintain the blackout for the time being. The mask requirement outdoors should also continue to apply. Entry to Spain from all EU and Schengen-associated countries is generally possible. The test obligation for entry from a risk area still exists.

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    Portugal

    The state of emergency was not extended on May 1st after around five and a half months. Since then, restaurants as well as cultural and leisure facilities have been allowed to stay open until 10.30 p.m. Previously, there was a curfew from 1 p.m. on the weekends. The border with Spain was also opened. However, tourist trips from countries with a 14-day incidence over 150 are still not allowed.

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    Denmark

    The shops have long been open again - including restaurants, but inside only if the guests can prove a negative test, a complete vaccination or a survived infection via the app. Fully vaccinated people from EU and Schengen countries are allowed to re-enter without a valid reason. The condition is that the country of origin is at least an "orange state", so the situation is not too bad.

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    Croatia

    Hotels are open in Croatia and restaurants are allowed to receive guests outside. Conditions apply. It is compulsory to wear a mask in public indoor areas and outside where no distance can be maintained. For entry, either a negative PCR or antibody test is required, a confirmation that you have survived COVID-19, or proof of a complete vaccination.

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    Poland

    In Poland, hotels are again allowed to accommodate guests - up to an occupancy of 50 percent. From May 15th, the opening of the outdoor catering will be allowed again, inside from May 29th. A quarantine period of ten days applies upon entry. This does not apply to travelers who submit a negative test. Even fully vaccinated and convalescent people do not have to be quarantined. ey / ch (dpa)

    Author: Elisabeth Yorck von Wartenburg


Here is an overview of the regulations in some of the most important travel destinations in Europe:

Austria

The Foreign Office in Berlin has declared the whole of Austria to be a risk area, with the exception of the Kleinwalsertal and the Jungholz community with a total of over 5,000 inhabitants. Both exclaves can only be reached by road from Germany.

On May 19th, restaurants, hotels, stages and sports facilities are allowed to reopen. Access tests are provided as a protective measure. Events are allowed outside with up to 3000 people and inside with up to 1500 people.
With the opening steps, the quarantine for vacationers from Germany should also fall. Vaccinated, tested and recovered from Covid-19 are allowed into the country. The government plans to stop people from having to show tests three weeks after their first vaccination. Because Austria is still a risk area from the German point of view, a test and at least five days of quarantine are due on the return journey.

Spain

Entry to Spain from all EU and Schengen-associated countries is generally possible. The obligation to test for entry from a risk area from abroad (including Germany) still applies.

The seven-day incidence is significantly lower than in Germany, most recently it was only a good 87. In some holiday regions such as Valencia (around 17) or the Balearic Islands (just under 28) with Mallorca, the situation is even more relaxed.

In the various regions (May 6th) some strict restrictions still apply, but almost all of them will come to an end on May 9th with the end of the six-month Corona emergency. Several regions meanwhile want to maintain the night-time lockdown. In addition, the mask requirement should also continue to apply outdoors for the time being.

The current regulations can be requested by telephone from the corona hotlines of the regions.

Portugal

The situation in Portugal has improved. Only the Algarve, the Azores and Madeira are considered risk areas. Unnecessary tourist trips to the other regions are still not recommended.

Portugal has relaxed its entry requirements for travelers from most EU countries. People from EU countries in which the corona infection rate is less than 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in a period of 14 days are also allowed to re-enter for "unnecessary" purposes. However, there is a strict obligation to test for travelers.

On May 1, the state of emergency corona was not extended for the first time after around five and a half months. Restaurants, cafés and bars as well as cinemas, theaters and other cultural and leisure facilities have since been allowed to stay open until 10.30 p.m. on weekends.
 

Madeira, which is still a safe travel destination for a long time, has been a risk area since January 9th

France

The situation in France is still tense, the country is still considered a high incidence area.

Nevertheless, the measures in the country have been relaxed. People are now allowed to move more than ten kilometers away from their homes for no good reason - travel within the country is now possible again. There is a nightly curfew from 7 p.m., which is to be postponed to 9 p.m. from May 19. Then outside areas of restaurants as well as shops and cultural institutions should be allowed to reopen.
When entering France, a negative PCR test must be presented, which must not be older than 72 hours. Travelers must also fill out a declaration on which they assure, for example, that they have no Covid-19 symptoms. According to the Interior Ministry, travelers from Europe are allowed to enter France without "compelling reasons".

The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs provides detailed information on the applicable measures and entry requirements.

Greece

Since May 3rd, cafes, bars and taverns have been allowed to open their outdoor areas in Greece under certain conditions - for all guests, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or not. However, the catering closes at 10.45 p.m., after 11.00 p.m. there is an evening exit ban.
From a German perspective, Greece is currently still a risk area, but the infection situation is easing. Visitors must enter their data online before entering the country.

A complete vaccination or a PCR test that is not more than 72 hours old must then be presented upon entry. Fully vaccinated here means that the second vaccination was at least 14 days ago. There is no longer an obligation to quarantine. However, tourists should always find out about their exact travel destination. For example, a local lockdown was recently imposed again on the island of Kalimnos due to the high number of cases.
Greece has been reopened for holidaymakers from EU countries as well as from some other states such as Great Britain and Serbia since May 14th. You can enter the country and go on vacation without the obligation to quarantine.

All important information is summarized on Visit Greece.

Empty dream beaches: that could perhaps change in May

Italy

The Foreign Office classifies Italy as a risk area and warns against unnecessary tourist trips. However, the country is on a gradual easing path. Where the corona numbers are moderate, restaurants and bars are also allowed to serve outside at tables in the evening. After 10 p.m. there is still an exit ban.

Museums and cinemas in the so-called yellow zones are already open. From June 1st, people should be able to sit inside again in pubs. Italy is targeting June 2nd for the official start of the summer season. It is not yet entirely clear how exactly the regulations for immigrants, including those who have been vaccinated, will look like in June.
In principle, holidays in Italy are possible, but the country still requires a quarantine of five days upon entry. In addition, multiple tests apply - with a PCR test or a rapid antigen test before and after entry. This regulation runs until mid-May. Then a national "green vaccination pass" will be introduced so that people can travel freely within the country.

The Colosseum in Rome had to be closed in the meantime, but has been open since April 26th. opened again

Switzerland

The Federal Foreign Office has declared Switzerland a risk area and advises against unnecessary tourist trips to the neighboring country. Anyone flying to Switzerland must present a negative corona test that is no older than 72 hours. If you arrive by car, bus or train, you don't need that. Only travelers from risk areas have to be in quarantine. Germany is not one of them, except for Saxony and Thuringia.

Hotels are open, as are museums, shops, theaters, cinemas and zoos and amusement parks. Eating and drinking is allowed on restaurant terraces. There are maximum numbers for visitors, distance rules and mask requirements apply everywhere. There are no curfews. There are no special concessions for vaccinated people.

In order to decide whether there is an increased risk of infection in a country or region, the number of new infections per 100,000 people in the last 14 days is viewed in Switzerland. If this incidence in a country is at least 60 higher than the incidence in Switzerland, the country is put on the list.

Netherlands

Due to the sharp rise in the number of corona infections, the Netherlands has been in effect since April 6th. from a German perspective as a high incidence area. This means that you have to have a negative test result when entering Germany. The Dutch government is asking not to travel to the Netherlands and is recommending that its own residents refrain from unnecessary travel by May 15th.

If you still want to travel to the Netherlands, you have to show a negative corona test and go into quarantine for ten days. If a second test is negative again, the quarantine ends.

At the end of April, the first measures since the strict lockdown were relaxed again - despite the persistently high corona numbers. The curfew has been abolished, shops can again receive customers without an appointment and restaurants serve guests - subject to conditions and only outside. All events with an audience are still prohibited. Museums, cinemas and theaters remain closed.

Because the burden on hospitals has decreased due to progressive vaccinations, the Netherlands is planning further relief. Amusement parks and zoos can reopen on Wednesday (May 19), and outdoor dining is allowed to open two hours longer until 8 p.m. Further lifts of corona restrictions should occur in the next three weeks
consequences.

The coffee shops have to close at 8 p.m.

Great Britain and northern Ireland

Basically, a negative COVID-19 test (PCR, LAMP or antigen test) is mandatory for entry, which must not be older than three days upon entry. This regulation also applies to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The situation in Great Britain has improved. The Federal Foreign Office no longer warns, but advises against traveling to the United Kingdom. Tourist trips are still prohibited. This does not apply to trips with a valid reason.

Mainland Britain is easing restrictions with the aim of ending all restrictions on public life by June 21st.

Despite the spread of the more contagious Indian coronavirus variant, the UK took a big step towards returning to normal on Monday (May 17). In England, Wales and large parts of Scotland, cafes, pubs and restaurants were allowed to serve guests indoors for the first time after a long break. Cinemas, theaters and sports facilities were allowed to reopen.

In England, according to reports, a traffic light system will be introduced in the next few months to set the rules for traveling abroad. For example, a travel ban should continue to apply to countries classified in red, while people should be able to travel to green countries without barriers. When traveling to countries classified in yellow, strict test and quarantine rules should continue to apply. According to current plans, mid-May is the earliest date for a change to the current regime.

A photo from better days: The pubs are still closed in London too, and meals are only allowed outside

In Scotland there is a lockdown with significant restrictions on movement that go beyond the level of recommendations and have the force of law. Entry into Scotland is only allowed in urgent cases.

Denmark

You are warned against unnecessary tourist trips to Denmark due to the high number of infections, and trips to Greenland and the Faroe Islands are not recommended.

Germans who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and many other people from EU and Schengen countries - including tourists - have been allowed to return to Denmark since May 1st. In contrast to other travelers, they do not have to show any negative corona tests or reasons for entry such as visiting partners, and they do not have to test and quarantine after arrival.
The condition is that the country of the travelers is at least an “orange state”, so the corona situation there is not too bad and there are no worrying variants of the corona virus rampant. Germany is currently considered orange.

Shops are open again in Denmark. Cafes, restaurants and bars are allowed to serve customers again - inside, however, only if the guests can prove a negative corona test, a complete vaccination or a survived infection via the app.

Czech Republic

The Federal Foreign Office classifies the country as a risk area, the number of new infections exceeds 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over seven days. Travel to the Czech Republic for tourist reasons is prohibited.

After more than six months, all retail stores are allowed to reopen on May 10th. The masks may then be removed outdoors if a distance of two meters can be maintained. Restaurants and hotels are still closed. Since May 17th
the outdoor catering is open again, but only for tested, vaccinated and
Recovered with a certificate.

Dream destination Sydney - Germans cannot travel to Australia at the moment

Risk areas worldwide

On October 1, the federal government ended the worldwide travel warning. Each country is now again assessed individually by the Federal Foreign Office, a uniform three-tier system applies:

Travel warning

The travel warning is now based entirely on the number of infections. If there are 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in seven days, a country or region is considered a risk area. A travel warning is then automatically issued.

The travel warning is not a ban, but it should have the greatest possible deterrent effect. The good thing for vacationers: they can cancel a trip that has already been booked if their destination is declared a risk area.

Not warned, but advised against - the weakened travel warning

However, there are countries for which no travel warning is issued but which you still cannot travel to. The reason: there are entry restrictions or restrictions on air traffic. According to the new regulations, the Federal Foreign Office advises all of these countries not to travel.

The weakened travel warning can also enable free cancellations, but the legal situation here is not as clear as with the formal travel warning. The Robert Koch Institute in Berlin is also constantly updating its list of risk areas.

Few exceptions

There are only a few regions left that are not so badly affected by the virus. These include some countries in Africa, for example Rwanda or Uganda, in the Indian Ocean you can vacation on Mauritius or in the South Pacific on Samoa. But everywhere there are a few things to consider for vacationers: As a rule, negative COVID-19 test results must be presented upon entry, quarantine periods must be adhered to, and restrictions on site must always be expected.

dpa / afp / reuters / RKI / Foreign Office (at / ey / ks)

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    Museums and cafes reopened in France

    For the first time in six and a half months, cafes and restaurants in France are allowed to reopen their outdoor areas. Since Wednesday (May 19th) "non-essential" shops and department stores, as well as museums, cinemas and theaters have been reopened. The nocturnal curfew only applies in all of France from 9 p.m., which is two hours later than before.

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    Austria allows entry without quarantine

    Austria allows entry from Germany without quarantine from Wednesday (19 May). However, proof of vaccination, testing or recovery remains mandatory. "In many countries, the number of infections is falling, so we can make it easier for people to enter Austria in parallel with the opening of the country," said Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein.

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    Portugal ends entry restrictions for EU citizens

    Portugal is easing its entry requirements for travelers from most EU countries. People from EU countries in which the corona infection rate is less than 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in a period of 14 days are also allowed to return to the country for "unnecessary" purposes. However, there is a strict obligation to test.

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    No summer party in Mallorca

    The head of government of the Balearic Islands, Francina Armengol, has given a preliminary rejection to a summer party in Mallorca. "Only with a higher vaccination rate can we reopen the nightlife," said Armengol. Responsible tourism now has priority, said the head of government. "The nightlife will follow later, probably not this summer".

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    Oktoberfest canceled again

    Also in 2021 there will be no Oktoberfest due to the corona pandemic. Bavaria's Prime Minister Markus Söder and Munich's Lord Mayor Dieter Reiter justified the decision with the unforeseeable development in the number of infections. A safe implementation of public festivals with hygienic measures such as masks is not realistic, explained Söder. Reiter said: "A little Oktoberfest is not possible."

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    Vatican Museums reopened

    After the end of the third Corona wave in Italy, the Vatican Museums reopened their doors on Monday (May 3rd). Around 1000 visitors had already registered for the first day, said the director of the museums, Barbara Jatta. It is an "immense pleasure" to finally not only preserve the works of art again, but also to be able to share them with other people.

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    The US is tightening global travel advisories due to COVID-19

    The USA has tightened its travel advice because of the corona pandemic and is now warning against traveling to Germany and other EU countries - the red warning level of the US State Department applies. This corresponds to the highest of four levels with the advice not to travel. In the case of the third warning level that has been in effect so far, it was only recommended that planned trips be reconsidered.

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    Israel opens to vaccinated tourists

    Israel wants to allow tourists who have been vaccinated against the corona virus to enter the country from the end of May, proof of vaccination and negative corona tests are a prerequisite. The country had practically sealed itself off after the pandemic began, and foreigners could only travel to the country in exceptional cases. The vaccination campaign in the country is now well advanced.

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    Greece opens to tourism from May 14th

    Greece plans to open to holidaymakers from EU countries as well as from some other states such as Great Britain and Serbia from May 14th in order to save the domestic tourism sector. You can therefore enter the country and go on vacation without the obligation to quarantine. But there will be prerequisites: You either have to be vaccinated or show a PCR corona test.

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    Croatia allows foreigners entry with corona vaccination

    From April 1st, foreigners are allowed to return to Croatia with proof of a corona vaccination. In addition, anyone who has a negative PCR test or antigen test or who can provide evidence of having survived a Covid 19 disease in the past six months is allowed to cross the border. Previously, you had to show a current negative PCR test or be in quarantine for ten days.

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    Malta wants to reopen to tourists from June

    Malta is making rapid progress with the corona vaccinations and therefore wants to open it up to tourists on a large scale from June. The island mainly relies on outdoor activities such as scuba diving. 20 million euros are to be invested in the opening program. Vaccinated flight and ship passengers are then allowed to enter the country with proof, while all others continue to have to submit a negative test.

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    Germany is introducing general compulsory tests for travelers

    On March 22nd the entry rules in Germany were tightened again. Since tourist trips to Germany are already not possible due to the corona pandemic, in future all those returning to Germany should be tested for the corona virus before departure - regardless of the infection rate in the country of departure. The Infection Protection Act is to be changed accordingly.

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    Vacation in Mallorca possible again without quarantine

    The Foreign Office lifted the travel warning for Mallorca on Sunday (March 14th). Thus, vacation is possible again without quarantine and test obligation when returning to Germany. Since then, bookings have increased significantly and the range of flights has been expanded. The other Balearic Islands as well as parts of the Spanish mainland are no longer corona risk areas.

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    The tourism industry is pushing for an opening perspective in Europe

    It is "time for a joint and coordinated departure in order to restore safe mobility", demands the President of the German Travel Association (DRV). He relies on vaccination records and rapid tests - strategies that are also being promoted by politics. The EU decided on Thursday (February 25th) to introduce a uniform vaccination certificate for travelers by the summer.

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    Discussion about easier travel for vaccinated people

    Greece and Israel signed a tourism agreement on Monday (February 9th) that should enable vaccinated people to go on vacation in the other country without restrictions. In Europe, the question of whether vaccinated people are allowed to travel again first is a controversial issue. While Germany is still reluctant, some countries are already facilitating entry with a vaccination certificate, including Estonia, Poland and Iceland.

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    Tourism collapses by 74% worldwide

    How catastrophic the travel year 2020 was becomes clear in the latest survey by the UN tourism organization UNWTO: 74% decline in global tourism worldwide, linked to over a hundred million jobs. In view of the travel restrictions, the forecasts for 2021 remain cautious. Holidays at home, nature vacations and more interest in sustainable travel are emerging as a trend.

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    Beijing cancels flights and trains for the New Year celebrations

    Hundreds of millions of Chinese are currently seeing their travel plans for the Chinese New Year celebrations on February 12 being stopped: At the beginning of the most important travel time of the year, flights and train connections will be canceled on Thursday, especially in Beijing. Across the country, the population is appealed to not to travel in order to prevent a major outbreak that could lead to "massive lockdowns".

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    Israel suspends international flights

    Due to the latest Corona mutation, Israel will largely suspend its international flight connections for almost a week. The flight ban will come into effect on Tuesday (January 26th) at 00.00 a.m. local time and will be valid until Sunday. The measure is intended to prevent further coronavirus mutants from entering the country. Up to 40 percent of new cases in Israel can be traced back to the British mutation.

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    Tourists are allowed to return to Sri Lanka - subject to conditions

    Ten months after the border was closed, international tourists can travel to Sri Lanka again. As was confirmed by official bodies on Monday (January 18th), travelers can return to the island from January 21st if they comply with strict safety regulations, show a negative PCR test and stay in a quarantine hotel for 14 days.

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    Pompeii reopened to visitors

    Despite extended Corona restrictions in Italy, museums and exhibitions in some regions can open again from Monday to Friday from Monday (January 18). This rule applies to the so-called yellow zones, in which the corona situation is less tense. Among other things, the archeology park in Pompeii can welcome visitors again because it is located in the yellow region of Campania.

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    Despite Corona: rush to German ski areas

    It's snowing in the Alps and the German low mountain ranges. Despite all the appeals, people are drawn outside. In many places, the perfect winter sports conditions lead to miles of traffic jams, overcrowded parking lots and full slopes, like here in Winterberg. Many municipalities can no longer control the onslaught and are starting to seal off their ski areas.

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    South Korea closes ski resorts

    For fear of a third wave of infections from the corona virus, all ski slopes and winter travel destinations in South Korea will be closed from December 24th to January 3rd. In addition, meetings of more than four people are prohibited, as Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said on Tuesday (December 22nd).

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    Australians will be able to travel to New Zealand again from 2021

    New Zealand is setting up a "travel bubble" with neighboring Australia. After months of border closings due to the corona pandemic, New Zealand is again allowing tourists from Australia to enter the country without quarantine. New Zealanders have been able to travel to Australia again since October without having to be quarantined there.

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    After an eight-month break: start of the season for Aida Cruises

    On Saturday (December 5th), the AidaPerla, the first ship of the Aida fleet, is to set off on a one-week trip to the Canary Islands. The ship, designed for 3,300 passengers, was 50 percent occupied, it said.All passengers would need a negative, maximum 72 hours old corona test. There were strict hygiene and distance rules on board, and only guided shore excursions were possible.

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    Hong Kong and Singapore start Corona travel corridor

    Hong Kong and Singapore (photo) want to get their tourism going again with a travel corridor. As both sides announced on Wednesday (November 11th), travelers should be able to fly back and forth between the two locations from November 22nd. Tourists have to show a negative corona test for each route. First of all, there should be one flight per day in each direction.

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    Machu Picchu is open again

    Machu Picchu, the ancient Inca city in Peru's Andes, has reopened almost eight months after it closed due to the pandemic. The Peruvian authorities organized an Inca ritual on the occasion of the reopening. In order to allow a distance, a maximum of 675 tourists are allowed into the old Inca city per day. That is less than a third of the normal number allowed.

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    Rio cancels world famous carnival

    With seven million people celebrating, the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is one of the largest festivals in the world. Because of the corona pandemic, the Brazilian metropolis has now canceled the 2021 Carnival. At the end of September, Rio had already postponed the parades in the Sambadrome. Brazil has the second highest death rate in the world after the United States and India - nearly 160,000 fatalities.

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    Cruise association decides on corona test for everyone

    The cruise industry has decided that all guests and crew members on board the ships must have Covid-19 testing. "Access to the ship is only granted with a negative test result", announced the Clia, the largest association of the cruise industry on Thursday (October 8th). All member shipping companies should comply with this global test obligation with immediate effect.

  • Tourism: The corona crisis and its far-reaching consequences

    Taj Mahal reopens to tourists

    India's most famous building was closed for six months, and it has been open to the public again since Monday (September 21), subject to strict conditions. Only 5000 online tickets are issued per day. There are fever checks at the entrance. Selfies are allowed, group photos are prohibited. The Taj Mahal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is normally visited by 8 million people each year.

  • Tourism: The corona crisis and its far-reaching consequences

    UN: Historical revenue losses in global tourism

    Because of the corona pandemic, the tourism industry posted a loss of 460 billion dollars (388 billion euros) from January to June, said the World Tourism Organization in Madrid. The loss of sales was five times higher than during the international financial and economic crisis in 2009. Overall, the number of worldwide tourists decreased by 65 percent in the first half of the year.

  • Tourism: The corona crisis and its far-reaching consequences

    Australia's borders will remain tight until December

    Australia has extended the international corona travel ban for a further three months. The borders will remain closed to visitors from abroad until at least December 17th. In contrast, the government announced that citizens will soon be able to travel within the country again. The state of Victoria with the metropolis Melbourne, in which a new lockdown has been in effect since the beginning of July, remains an exception.

  • Tourism: The corona crisis and its far-reaching consequences

    Corona tests are mandatory upon entry

    Anyone entering Germany from a risk area must do a corona test from Saturday (August 8th). Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn ordered this. Numerous countries are currently classified as risk areas, including the USA and Brazil. In the EU, Luxembourg, the Belgian region of Antwerp and the Spanish regions of Aragón, Catalonia and Navarra have been declared risk areas.

    Author: Andreas Kirchhoff, Susan Bonney-Cox