Germany tries to move its de-escalated tourism, and therefore the Foreign Minister, Heiko Maas, yesterday held a video conference with their counterparts from Spain, Italy, Austria, Greece, Croatia, Portugal, Malta, Slovenia, Cyprus and Bulgaria, that is, the ten favorite tourist destinations in Europe for the Germans.
The videoconference was held at the request of Germany, because the government of coalition of conservatives and social democrats of the chancellor Angela Merkel hopes to lift the current general warning to German citizens of do not travel abroad, and replace it with specific travel instructions as tips. That general warning still in force, despite not being a prohibition, highly discourages travel, also due to the lack of flights due to inactivity of most airlines.
The Bavarian President advises domestic tourism in Germany instead of going to Spain, Italy or France
But the next tourism will not be “a quick return to business as usual "German Minister Maas alerted at a press conference in Berlin after the videoconference of foreign ministers. "Definitely, this year's vacation will have little to do with the vacation we had last year," warned the social democrat Maas, who clarified that June 15 should not be considered "the start day of vacations outside the country" but the time in which there may be concrete indications to the Germans about where they can travel and under what conditions.
In a joint statement after their telematic meeting, the eleven foreign ministers stated that "the best way to achieve the gradual normalization of cross-border movements is a gradual, coordinated and consensual approach among the EU member states." Therefore, they said, they celebrate the guidelines on tourism and transport published by the European Commission on May 13. The plan is to hold another virtual meeting of the eleven ministers within 15 days, to agree on new measures.
Heiko Maas spoke of the possibility of a summer vacation, but that it should be done in a responsible way
In Berlin, Heiko Maas assured that the videoconference abounded not only in a resumption of tourism in phases, but also in its agreed and coordinated approach. "We don't want to see a competition between countries to attract tourists," said Maas.
For now, and as we already knew, on June 15 the border between Germany and Austria will be open. In addition, Italy has announced that it will reopen its borders to tourism on June 3, and it will be possible to enter the country and travel between regions without quarantining. In Spain, as reported The vanguard Last Sunday, the Balearic and Canary Islands already prepared "sanitary corridors" with European regions where the coronavirus has little incidence, to bring tourists to Spain in a controlled way this summer.
In fact, the eleven foreign ministers indicate in their communiqué that they see it possible to progressively reestablish free cross-border movement "as long as current positive trends continue to lead to comparable epidemiological situations in countries of origin and destination."
Yesterday in Germany, Bavarian President Social Christian Markus Söder was less optimistic than Maas about cross-border travel in Europe any time soon, and called for the promotion of domestic tourism. "I don't think like Heiko Maas that it will be so easy to present plans for us to return to Italy, Spain or France in a month," Söder said at a press conference in Munich. And he riveted: “I would advise against taking hasty measures; all over Germany there are wonderful places. ”
Heiko Maas spoke of the possibility of a summer vacation, but that this should be done in a responsible way, for the protection of the health of both tourists and employees of the sector in the destination country. Travelers should expect that there will be restrictions on bars, restaurants, beaches and old town centers. "It should not be ruled out that restrictions be reimposed if there is a second wave of infections," warned the head of German diplomacy.
"Although, at this time, the situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic still differs from country to country," said the eleven ministers in their statement, "our common goal is to coordinate as closely as possible the approaches of European partners, in order to restore freedom of movement and security on the move in the near future ”.
Furthermore, the German Interior Ministry announced last week that from June 15 people arriving in Germany from EU countries, the United Kingdom and countries from the Schengen area should not be quarantined, as is still the case. the case.