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A holiday in Spain despite the continuing corona pandemic is becoming something for the fearless.
Germany advises against traveling to Catalonia with the tourist metropolis Barcelona due to the regionally increasing number of infected people like France before, and also added the regions Aragón and Navarra further west. The Balearic Islands with the popular holiday island of Mallorca or the Canary Islands, where the infection rate is low as in many other parts of the country, are spared.
summer vacation 2020: what do travelers have to prepare for?
© davide bonaldo / Shutterstock.com The protective mask could also be a constant companion during summer vacation 2020. Summer vacation 2020 should be possible despite the ongoing corona pandemic. However, tourists have to expect restrictions. The corona pandemic continues to limit life in Germany and the world - including the opportunity to travel. The Federal Foreign Office has just extended the worldwide travel warning up to and including June 14. Nevertheless, there are bright spots.
The British government even ordered a two-week quarantine at the weekend for all returnees from the sunny south. Norway also sends returnees from Spain to quarantine.
If you still venture into the south, you will not only find miles of sandy beaches under blue skies, sangria and paella, but apart from the Canary Islands, you will also have to wear a mask outdoors, restricted access to many restaurants and sights, and reduced cultural programs. There is a sometimes ghostly silence in cities like Barcelona, which are usually overrun by holidaymakers, many pubs and shops are closed. And anyone returning home from a corona risk area will have to be tested for the virus in the future. This has not yet been the case for Spain.
Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn (CDU) announced on Monday that it would impose a test requirement for travelers from high-risk areas, which is expected to come into force in the coming week. According to a list by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), this currently includes countries such as Egypt, the USA, Russia and Turkey. Luxembourg comes from the EU. Popular holiday destinations such as Italy, Spain or Austria are currently not on the list. The central criterion is in which states or regions there have been more than 50 newly infected people per 100,000 inhabitants in the past seven days. Spahn confirmed on Tuesday that the tests should be free of charge for travelers.
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Countries like Spain and Italy are heavily dependent on tourism. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas had to perform a difficult tightrope walk on Monday. © Photo: imago images / photothek Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in Berlin on Monday. If you hear the announcements of politicians from other EU countries at the beginning of the summer tourist season, you occasionally feel reminded of an advertising event.
The Federal Foreign Office justified the advice against tourist trips to Catalonia, Aragón and Navarra on Tuesday in its travel advice for Spain with the "high infection rate and local barriers". More than 4800 new infections have been registered in Catalonia in the past seven days, more than 3700 in the Barcelona area since July 18 alone. The newspaper "La Vanguardia" described the news from Berlin as a new "heavy blow" for the already tumbling tourism industry in the country.
Great Britain's decision last weekend to issue a two-week quarantine for all returnees from Spain. Desperate attempts by the government in Madrid to exempt at least the Balearic and Canary Islands ended in disaster. Not only did London remain tough on quarantine requirements, it also issued a travel warning for all of Spain and the islands. This "gave the rest to the Spanish tourism industry", wrote the newspaper "El País". More than twelve percent of the Spanish gross domestic product is generated in tourism in normal times.
Tui is ready for summer vacation
After the cancellation of the travel warning for 29 European countries, the travel group Tui wants to start south again in the second half of June. © Photo: Clara Margais / dpa The travel group Tui wants to go on trips to different destinations in just a few weeks - including to Mallorca. After a three-month break, the first flights to Faro from Düsseldorf and Frankfurt are on the schedule on June 17, as the industry leader announced on request.
The Federal Foreign Office did not reactivate the formal travel warning for the heavily affected regions. Such a step would have enabled vacationers to cancel bookings free of charge. The advising against traveling is almost an alarm level below. The Federal Foreign Office only lifted the travel warning for Spain, which was hit particularly hard by the corona pandemic, on June 21.
The obligation to test at the airports is now to limit the spread of the virus during peak travel times when millions of German citizens are on the move again at home and abroad. The tourism industry welcomed the measure. "Health has top priority," said the President of the German Travel Association, Norbert Fiebig. The Federal Association of the German Aviation Industry sees the decision for free tests as a strong incentive to actually take a test and thus avoid quarantine.
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