Germany has opposed replacing self-isolation with coronavirus tests. The country, which is currently the chairman of the European Commission, according to media reports, proposed to withdraw this proposal from consideration. This was reported on October 6 by the TTG portal with reference to the EU representative.
The European Tourism Commission and the World Travel and Tourism Council have come up with a proposal to remove the mandatory quarantine in the EU for travelers from abroad and replace it with tests upon arrival at an affordable cost. Their joint appeal indicated that mandatory self-isolation negatively affects international business, which operates in several countries, and also “kills the recovery of the tourism sector.”
Meanwhile, the German tourist industry is also against quarantine. Tour operator Bentour is preparing a lawsuit against the German government for the introduction of mandatory quarantine in the country for tourists returning from Turkey. Company representatives believe that the authorities are using double standards: domestically, it is not required for visitors from regions with a high risk of infection, but it is mandatory for tourists arriving from abroad, even if they have a negative test for coronavirus.
However, at the time of this writing, this injustice has been removed. The incidence situation in Germany itself continues to deteriorate – more than 300 thousand infected people have been identified in the country, and the daily increase has exceeded 4 thousand people. In response, four federal states have introduced a two-week quarantine obligation for visitors from risk areas inside Germany: Berlin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Rhineland-Palatinate and Schleswig-Holstein. Over the weekend, these regions have recorded more than 50 new infections per 100,000 residents over the past seven days.
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