Germany to Extend Travel Warning for Non-European Countries Until August 31

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NOTE: An earlier version of this article based on a report circulated by Reuters stated that the German government intended to extend a travel “ban”, however more accurately, it is a Reisewarnung (travel warning) that is being extended. The following article has been amended to reflect this difference.

Those looking to travel outside of Europe may have a while longer to wait. According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Germany will be extending the current travel warning for “non-essential tourist trips” to non-European countries until August 31.

The decision was discussed and finalized at a federal government meeting earlier today.

In their statement, the government also cautioned against cruise vacations, which are known to be especially dangerous in terms of viral spreading.

Not all hope is lost for eager travellers however – the travel warning on EU member states (in addition to the UK, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland) is set to lift on June 15th (provided that said countries do not have entry bans of their own or strict lockdowns in place).

The statement did also note that the travel warning for non-European countries could potentially be lifted earlier for countries showing “positive pandemic development, a stable health system, coherent security measures for tourism and reliable outbound/return travel options.”

For more information, you can read the official statement here.

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