From June 15, Germany will be replacing the existing international travel warning with travel advice. In addition to the 26 European countries, travel warnings for other countries – the UK, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland – will also be lifted.
As per the German Foreign Minister Heiko Mass, “we decided to lift the global travel warning for the member states of the European Union, for the Schengen-associated states and for the United Kingdom from June 15th and to replace them with individual travel advice”.
Following a Cabinet meeting in Berlin, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has said that the travel warning to these countries will be replaced by more conventional travel advice as long as the concerned countries do not have any large-scale confinement or entry bans.
For travelling to Germany from June 15 for non-essential reasons, there must, nevertheless, be an “essential reason for the entry”.
While the requirement for a valid reason for requesting entry into Germany will be maintained in principle, additional facilities are expected to be provided by Germany for those travelling to the country for personal or family reasons.
With a lessening in the coronavirus infection rate in many countries across the world, there has been an increasing demand for the resumption of tourism.
A coordinated border opening has been urged in the Schengen Area.
The EU Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson wants that the EU get “back to the future” of open borders once the COVID-19 pandemic is under control.
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