Germany has decided to lift its travel warning for 31 European countries as part of a normalisation process after the coronavirus outbreak.

Heiko Maas, Minister of Foreign Affairs, told a press conference in Berlin that from 15 June onwards that the “travel warning” for 31 European countries will be replaced by a “travel advice” which will be regularly updated to inform travellers on potential risks and restrictions, Anadolu Agency reports.

According to the news agency, Germans will be able to travel to 26 European Union member states, the UK, as well as Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

Asked when Germany will scrap its travel warning for other countries that successfully managed the COVID-19 pandemic, Maas said Germany would wait for the recommendations of the EU Commission.

“The European Commission will decide this week whether or not to extend restrictions for travel from third countries to the EU area. Accordingly, we may discuss this issue again in next week’s cabinet meeting,” he said.

Schengen Visa Info reports the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted in a press release that a warning about unnecessary tourist trips abroad remains into effect until further notice.

Severe drastic restrictions in international air and travel traffic, worldwide entry restrictions, quarantine measures and restrictions in public life in many countries can reportedly still be expected.

As per entry into Germany, the authorities note that an essential reason for entry is still required.

“The requirement of a valid reason for entry will in principle be maintained, but there will be additional facilities for travel for family or personal reasons,” the press release stated.

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