Corona: Government paper sets criteria for vacation in EU

A waiter with a protective mask cleans tables in a restaurant in Athens.

A waiter with a protective mask cleans tables in a restaurant in Athens.

Angelos Tzortzinis / dpa

The Federal Government has undertaken to ensure a safe summer vacation in Europe even in the Corona crisis. The Federal Foreign Office wants to lift the general travel warnings for EU member states, Schengen-associated states and the United Kingdom on June 15.

A preliminary draft of a key point document from the Federal Foreign Office, which is available to, now shows the criteria used by the ministry to assess the corona situation in the corresponding countries from mid-June. “All necessary precautions should be taken to protect the health of the German population, travelers and residents of the target countries as best as possible.”

The most important criterion – as with the corona limit for German counties – will be the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants over the course of a week. It should not be over 50 if a travel warning is to be avoided.

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Other key points listed are “Measures for physical distancing as well as for the prevention and containment of infections (airway labels, hand hygiene, masks, ventilation, disinfection).” In addition, there should be established procedures for corona cases as well as sufficient test capacities and treatment and quarantine options for locals and tourists.

Hospitality, hotels and other accommodations should also keep health records to protect guests and make contact persons understandable. Hygiene regulations such as distance rules between passengers, wearing masks and information in several languages ​​should also be observed in means of transport.

Noteworthy here is a note from the Federal Ministry of Economics attached to the draft from the Federal Foreign Office. In this, it is suggested to check whether “temporarily current evidence of (negative results from) Covid 19 rapid tests for travelers should be provided when they leave their home country.” In the end, this could mean that only those who test negative beforehand can go on vacation or fly.

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