Desire to travel and frustration of waiting — between lockdown and relaxation

After the winter months in lockdown, the longing for a change of scenery is enormous. But the whole issue of travelling is still plagued by hurdles and question marks. In Germany, hotels and holiday flats are as yet not allowed to open for tourism purposes. However, there are exceptions: in Schleswig-Holstein, corona-compliant holidays are being tested in model regions. Under severe restrictions and with scientific support, the opening for tourism purposes has been tested in Eckernförde and the Schlei region since mid-April. Favourable infection figures provided, North Frisia including St. Peter-Ording will follow from 1 May.

The situation abroad

A travel warning is still in effect for most countries. The Federal Foreign Office advises against any unnecessary tourist travel. The risk list of the Robert Koch Institute provides an up-to-date overview of corona risk areas. Currently (as of 28.04.), the Balearic Islands and Galicia in Spain, Lisbon in Portugal, the Kleinwalsertal and the municipality of Jungholz in Austria are no risk areas.  Nevertheless: travelling is not prohibited and most borders are open. Anyone travelling to a risk area should inform themselves in detail about the regulations. In addition to compulsory testing, entry into and also the return from certain countries may be subject to quarantine. Those who travel despite valid travel warnings will certainly look into the happy faces of their hosts! We appeal to all travellers: please respect the rules in force at your destination — despite your holiday spirit!

Looking ahead

Some European countries have announced or already implemented openings. In South Tyrol, for example, hotels have already resumed operations. Austria plans to allow extensive openings from mid-May — also regarding tourism. Greece wants to welcome holidaymakers again from 14.05.21.  

We are confident that there will be far-reaching relaxations in Germany and many other countries by summer and that travelling will become easier again. If you haven’t booked your summer holiday yet, you can find our tips for your holiday planning here.  

Stay healthy when you travel!

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