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EU remains strict entry rules
While the travel warning has been lifted for most EU countries, Turkey continues to be considered a “corona risk area”. Now two Turkish politicians are traveling to Berlin.
Update from June 29, 4:51 p.m.: The Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Cavusoglu and tourism minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy want to come to Germany later this week to come with the Federal government about the Travel warning for Turkey to speak. According to a report by the Turkish newspaper Milliyet are meeting the Federal Foreign Minister at the visit planned for Thursday Heiko Maas (SPD) and Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier (CDU) planned. The Federal Foreign Office did not want to officially confirm the visit on Monday, but signaled that the report was correct.
The EU countries, however, want those imposed because of the corona pandemic Entry restrictions for people from the United States and numerous others Third countries maintained for the time being. Only people from 14 countries are said to be from July 1 allowed to enter normally again, like that dpa after initiating a corresponding decision-making process by EU diplomats.
Specifically, these are Algeria, Australia, Georgia, Japan, Canada, Morocco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay. China should only be taken into account if, in return, it also removes entry restrictions for Europeans.
An official announcement of the decision is expected on Tuesday. It is certain that the required majority of the EU countries will come together, otherwise the written procedure for the decision would not have been initiated.
Update from June 23, 5:19 p.m .: Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) during a visit to Valencia appealed to German holidaymakers in Spain to apply the local ones Corona protection measures to keep. After the opening of the Spanish borders, German tourists would have to show “reason and responsibility” to prevent it from rising again Infection numbers come, said Maas after meeting his Spanish colleague Arancha González Laya. Both politicians also campaigned for a quick adoption of the reconstruction fund for Europe’s economic recovery.
Update June 20, 4:46 p.m .: The Turkey is considered a corona risk area. The Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Cavusoglu was disappointed with this assessment by the federal government and the continuing travel warning. There is “no objective and scientific reason for this,” Cavusoglu said on Saturday at a joint press conference Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy in the resort of Antalya.
“Of course we are disappointed, but I don’t think that affects our bilateral relations, ”said Cavusoglu. He wanted to continue stay in dialogue with Germany and the Federal government convince them to change their position. It is not a confrontation. The Turkish ambassador in Berlin had already criticized his country’s classification as a corona risk area on Wednesday.
The federal government had that Turkey on Monday (June 15th) together with 130 other countries also classified as a corona risk area. People entering Germany from a risk area have to expect a 14-day quarantine. However, holidaymakers from Turkey can be exempted from the quarantine regulation if they have one when entering Germany negative corona test can show that is no older than 48 hours.
Turkey could conduct corona tests, according to Cavusoglu. The capacities for this are given. If you apply objective criteria such as the number of cases, Turkey has come through the corona crisis better than many other countries. Turkey, like Germany, has “one of the best health systems in the world”. Tourism Minister Ersoy also rejected criticism that the official number of cases was wrong. The data, which the Ministry of Health announced, are “absolutely correct”.
In the holiday resort Antalya, which is particularly popular with Germans, has so far been 472 Coronavirus infected registered of which 366 recovered are, as has now been announced. Tourism is one of the most important economic sectors in the country. According to official information, last year did more than five million German vacation in Turkey.
Update from June 15, 1:35 p.m .: It was true that today at 0 a.m. Travel warning for 27 European countries removed – for all other countries, however, the warning from the Federal Foreign Office continues to apply until the end of August. This was again emphasized in the government press conference on Monday. Foreign minister Heiko Maas (SPD) but thinks it is possiblethat travel warnings for non-EU countries also eased in the coming weeks become.
in the ZDF-Morgenmagazin said on Monday: “I would not rule out now that there are also other countries where we will lift the travel warning and give travel advice in the next few weeks.” According to him, the decision will always depend on how the Situation in the respective countries is. In line with this, the government press conference also said that talks with countries outside the EU were already being held to find out whether travel warnings could be lifted before the end of August in individual cases.
in the ZDF Maas also announced that no federal government aircraft for return campaigns from German vacationers more used would. German holidaymakers would still be supported in the event of curfews and entry restrictions in the respective holiday country to return to Germany with normal flights and at their own expense.