Making travel and holidays possible

Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas after the video conference Making travel and holidays possible

The worldwide travel warning is to be lifted in the European Union as of 15 June. It will be replaced by country-specific travel information. This is what the EU is working towards, announced Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Heiko Maas.

Loungers on an empty beach

Holidays this year will not be holidays a we know them, said Federal  Minister for Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas

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Germany intends to put in place the conditions that will make travelling and holidays possible – but only where circumstances are such that this is responsible, said Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas at a press conference on Monday. The goal is to move away from the general travel warning to country-specific travel information as of 15 June. At the same time, he warned that it must be stated quite clearly that any holiday at any destination will involve restrictions – on beaches, in restaurants and in city centres.

Earlier in the day the Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs attended a video conference with his European counterparts from Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Croatia, Malta, Austria, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain. They discussed how to gradually return to freedom of movement within the EU and to tourism this summer. Procedures, said Heiko Maas, must be in line with infection trends, meaning that they cannot be identical for every country – at national or regional level.