Germany makes plans to reopen borders, as Europeans eye summer travel
But vacations for Americans to Berlin remain unlikely anytime soon. Seehofer indicated that next month could bring a loosening of restrictions on international flights, currently limited to essential travelers. Yet while he recommended that Germany’s states move now to lift a 14-day quarantine requirement for visitors from within the European Union, he said the measure should remain in place for the time being for countries outside the E.U., including the United States.
European nations are having to weigh the prospect of losing summer tourist cash against the threat of travelers spreading a second wave of coronavirus infections. The tourism sector accounts for about 10 percent of the E.U. economy and an even bigger chunk in countries such as Greece and Italy.
But just as border controls were thrown up haphazardly across Europe two months ago, there remains no consensus on when they should come down.
Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania this week are starting to allow their residents to move freely in a “bubble” within their collective territory.
[Source: Washington Post]