Germany to lift travel warning for most countries from July 1 – The New Indian Express
BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany will lift its pandemic travel warning for most countries from July 1, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Friday, bringing more normalcy as citizens are increasingly vaccinated against COVID-19.
Countries with infection rates of 50-200 cases per 100,000 population in seven days would no longer be considered a “risk area”. However, restrictions remain in place for countries with higher infection levels, or where viral variants are circulating, such as Great Britain or India.
“With the summer, hope and confidence returns to Germany. In many places the number of infections is declining and more and more citizens are vaccinated. After long months of confinement, we can expect more normality, and this also applies to travel, ”Maas said.
At the same time, the minister stressed that lifting the warning should not be seen as an “invitation to recklessness”. With an eye out for variants of the virus, he warned that “in the summer of 2021, no one can claim to be surprised by the pandemic while on vacation.”
With an incidence rate of just 19 per 100,000 people on Friday, Germany has eased most restrictions in recent weeks, including allowing stores and restaurants to reopen. However, the rules on wearing masks in shops, regular testing for schoolchildren and employees working from home remain in place.