The German Ministry of Foreign Affairs has decided to end the current travel warning to all third-countries, to which Germans are strongly discouraged from travelling to, by replacing it with country-specific travel warnings.
The decision has been taken after the relevant German authorities asserted that the epidemiological situation in third-countries was quite different from one country to another; therefore Germans can now travel to some of these places even for non-essential purposes, due to low risks of infections.
“From October 1, 2020, unrestrictedly differentiated travel and safety information for individual countries will apply again,” a press release of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs announces, explaining that the current general warning against travel to all third-countries will end on September 30.
Currently, Germans are discouraged from undertaking unnecessary tourist trips to all world countries, except for:
- The EU Member States
- The four Schengen-associated countries: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland
- The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
- San Marino
- the Vatican State
Often, German citizens encounter difficulties when travelling to the abovementioned destinations as well, as quarantine restrictions and the obligation of being tested upon arrival.
Therefore, the German MFA advises its citizens to check travel advice to each EU/EEA country when undertaking a trip to their territory, in order to be aware of travel restrictions in advance. In addition, the MFA points out that some countries sometimes introduce travel restrictions without prior warning, advising its citizens to always stay informed when travelling through the EU or further abroad.
The German MFA, also advises its citizens to be cautious of the following when travelling outside Germany:
- Every traveller must have travel insurance that covers Coronavirus-related situations.
- Travel Advice published by the German authorities must be consulted before every trip.
- Travellers must be aware of the entry regulations in their destination country, including quarantine measures and testing.
- Citizens are suggested to book flights and accommodations that can be cancelled in case the situation in their destination country worsens.
- Hygiene measures as social distance and face masks must be respected at all times.
The last time Germany updated its advice against travel abroad was in mid-August when the travel advice was extended to September 14.
Since the beginning of 2020, when many German citizens were stranded in their trips abroad, the German authorities have organized several repatriation flights, bringing back home over 240,000 which is the largest repatriation process in the history of Germany.
The travel warning has been reintroduced mainly due to fears of the German authorities that the deterioration of the outbreak would leave many outside Germany, stuck amid a health crisis in foreign countries.