Berlin – Due to the corona pandemic, the Federal Foreign Office is now warning against travel to the Spanish capital Madrid and the Spanish Basque country. The ministry justified this in Berlin by “still a high number of infections”.
A warning against travel to three other Spanish regions, including Catalonia with the tourist metropolis of Barcelona and the beaches of the Costa Brava, has been in effect since the end of July. The popular resort island of Mallorca and the Canary Islands are still unaffected.
A travel warning is not a ban, but is intended to have a significant deterrent effect. However, it also has a positive side for consumers: it allows travelers to cancel reservations for free. After the outbreak of the corona pandemic, the Federal Foreign Office issued a worldwide travel warning for tourist travel for the first time on March 17. It was initially lifted again in mid-June for more than 30 European countries.
However, it has now been fully or partially reactivated for five EU partners. This usually happens when the number of new corona infections exceeds the mark of 50 cases per 100,000 population in seven days. In addition to the regions of Spain, Luxembourg, the Belgian province of Antwerp and the regions of Bulgaria and Romania are also concerned.
Regarding the reclassification of Madrid and the Spanish Basque Country, it is now indicated on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that Spain is seriously affected by Covid-19. There are currently “new regional sources of infection in Aragon, Catalonia, Navarre, the Basque Country and the capital region of Madrid”. In the south of the country and on the islands, the numbers of infections are still at a low to medium level.
Anyone returning to Germany from a risk area must have been tested for Corona since Saturday. There is currently a travel advisory for more than 160 countries, but only 130 of them are classified as risk areas.
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