In the middle of the autumn vacation, the federal government declared other countries and regions to be corona risk areas. From next Saturday, a travel warning will also apply to Poland and Switzerland, almost all of Austria and large parts of Italy.
But there is also a ray of hope for those who want to travel at short notice or – with a bit of luck – want to travel in winter: The Canary Islands will be removed from the risk list on Saturday, as the Robert Koch Institute announced on its website on Thursday. From October 24th there will no longer be a travel warning for Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, La Gomera, La Palma and El Hierro.
TUI welcomes relaxation
The head of the largest German tour operator TUI is delighted: “The Canaries are one of the top holiday destinations for Germans. Now holidaymakers can take off again to the Spanish islands without a travel warning – for some travelers this will save autumn holidays, ”said TUI Germany boss Marek Andryszak to NewsABC.net. Almost 50 return flights from Germany to Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote and Tenerife are planned for the next ten days.
“The summer months have impressively demonstrated that a package tour to other European countries is not subject to a higher risk of infection – there were almost no COVID infections among those returning from the popular package holiday areas in southern Europe”, Andryszak continues.
It is therefore important to TUI that the federal government come to a regional assessment of infection rates – not for the individual islands, but for districts and communities. Andryszak: “It worked well in Austria. Hotels and club facilities for package holidaymakers are often located in secluded bays or in special tourist centers that are far enough away from urban areas ”.
In addition to the Canary Islands, you can currently still vacation in Greece and Cyprus.
From when a region is considered a risk area
The classification as a risk area and the automatically associated travel warnings from the Foreign Office do not mean a travel ban, but should have the greatest possible deterrent effect on tourists. The good thing for vacationers: they can cancel a trip that has already been booked if their destination is declared a risk area. The bad: Returnees from the risk areas currently have to be in quarantine for 14 days, but can be freed from it prematurely with a negative test.
With the new decisions of the federal government, all border areas with Germany except for those in Denmark are on the risk list. In Austria only the southern federal state of Carinthia is excluded. There is also an exception for two small exclaves on the border with Germany.
Several tourist destinations in Italy are affected, including Rome, Milan, Venice, Tuscany and Sardinia. German holidaymakers who are there in the autumn vacation must now be quarantined or “freed” when they return – unless they drive or fly home before Saturday.
The classification as a risk area occurs when a country or region exceeds the limit of 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the past seven days. This now applies entirely to more than 130 countries and partially to a few more. Travel is not recommended for around 50 countries regardless of the infection situation. The reason: There are still entry restrictions, quarantine rules or an exit ban into the EU.