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Germany to greenlight tourist travel to 31 European countries from mid-June

BERLIN — Germany will no longer advise against most non-essential travel within Europe from June 15, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said today.

The country will lift its global travel warning for EU and Schengen zone members as well as the U.K. and instead issue country-by-country guidance. However, travel warnings will remain in place for European countries under lockdown or with entry restrictions in place after that date.

This means that Germany will continue to advise against non-essential travel to Norway and Spain until they lift restrictions on travel, Maas said. Berlin will also recommend its citizens do not travel to the U.K. as long as the countrys 14-day quarantine for arrivals remains in place.

“I know that this decision awakens great hopes and expectations,” said Maas, according to German media, warning: “Travel warnings are not travel bans, and travel advisories are not invitations to travel.” He also ruled out a second repatriation effort for Germans abroad.

Meanwhile, the Austrian government announced today it would end border controls — except on its border with Italy — from Thursday. Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg said the move was “not a decision againsRead More – Source