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Government Extends Travel Warning: Free Cancellations Possible

Airports will likely remain very empty.

Airports will likely remain very empty.

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  • The German government wants to extend the current worldwide travel warning to mid-June, reports the “Spiegel”.
  • Travelers can rely on this when canceling bookings and request money back.
  • It is still unclear whether trips can take place during the summer vacation.

The federal government plans to extend the global travel warning about the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report, until mid-June. The “Spiegel” reported on Wednesday, citing a corresponding resolution proposal that the Federal Foreign Office (AA) had voted among the federal ministries shortly before the cabinet meeting. Accordingly, the draft resolution states that the previously valid travel warning applies “until further notice”, but at least until mid-June. Before this date, the situation should be reassessed again, especially to coordinate closely with its EU neighbors. According to “Spiegel”, the extension should be extended by the cabinet this Wednesday, at least until June 14th.

According to the report, however, the paper from the Federal Foreign Office leaves open whether vacation trips will be possible during the summer vacation, which in some federal states will start at the end of June. However, anyone who booked a trip abroad at Pentecost at the end of May can cancel it now and rely on the travel warning.

Travel warnings are also designed to minimize the spread of the virus

The travel warning was justified with the fact that normal trips abroad would not be possible in the next few weeks, it said. According to the AA, drastic restrictions in international air traffic and worldwide entry bans or quarantine regulations can still be expected. The travel warning also aims to minimize the spread of the virus and prevent German holidaymakers from stranding abroad again in large numbers.

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In Germany, the worldwide travel warning for tourists initially applied until May 3. Apart from the movement of goods, the borders to neighboring countries may only be crossed by commuters or people with another urgent reason. Touristic trips abroad are prohibited. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) has made it clear on several occasions that there has been no change in this situation so far: “There will be no normal vacation season with full beach bars and full mountain huts this summer.” Hotels are closed.

toh / dpa

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