In Summer vacation is in full swing in Germany – but the corona virus has mixed up vacation plans for many. A trend that should intensify: travel by car. “Where flights travel far away, the means of transport that are often chosen in any case could find further encouragement,” said the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis).
In 2019, the proportion of those who traveled abroad by car was 42 percent. Almost as many travelers chose the plane (41 percent) while only four percent took the train.
Even if some of them will spend their free time in Germany, European countries remain popular. But how are the Corona case numbers developing in the popular holiday destinations?
vacation in Croatia
The numbers in Croatia have been low for several weeks – but recently the infections have increased significantly. According to the Federal Foreign Office, regional priorities have so far been the capital and the surrounding area of Zagreb, Slavonia and the Split-Dalmatia County. So far, a total of 114 people have died from the virus.
Since the country relies on tourism, it accounts for around a quarter of its economic output, Nedo Pinezic, coordinator of the Glass Poduzetnika trade association, emphasizes the typical places to stay: private accommodation, small hotels or campsites. This would reduce contacts with other people to a minimum.
holiday in Italy
Italy has been particularly hard hit by the Corona pandemic and has a total of around 35,000 deaths. The slight increase in new infections in numerous regions is causing concern across the country. However, the new infections are limited to smaller, local sources of fire. Masks are mandatory in shops, trains or other closed rooms. Distance rules must be adhered to on beaches – but this is sometimes not possible.
Vacation in France
In France, the number of new infections found is falling. According to the health authorities, it is 475 and is therefore significantly below the average of the past seven days of 573. In June, however, the average was lower at 435. The authorities also report 13 new deaths. The total number rises to 29,933.
Masks are mandatory on public transport. Shops and other facilities decide whether to wear a mask. Museums and sights have reopened in Paris – tickets usually have to be booked online beforehand. The beaches in the country are open again. Many restaurants in Paris, for example, have enlarged their terraces so that people can keep enough distance.
vacation in Spain
With almost 28,400 deaths and 250,000 infected, Spain is one of the countries most affected by the pandemic. Nationwide, however, the numbers have fallen sharply since mid-May. At worst, there were 950 deaths a day, recently there were only four.
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Vacation in Portugal
Around 44,400 infected people and just over 1,600 fatalities have been registered in Portugal so far. However, as the Federal Foreign Office reports, the country is currently experiencing an increase in new infections. The regional focus is the greater Lisbon area. There are currently no restrictions on entry, but travelers must provide personal information about their destination, the reason for their journey and their accessibility upon arrival.
vacation in Austria
On Monday in Austria, for the first time since May, more than 1000 people were acutely infected with the coronavirus. 347 active cases were reported from the capital Vienna. The country reported 56 new infections on Tuesday. In most of Austria’s holiday regions there are hardly any corona-related restrictions. The minimum distance, not least when swimming and hiking, must be observed. In some places in Carinthia, a mask requirement applies from Friday evenings. The only federal state with a general mask requirement in public spaces is Upper Austria – due to an infection source in the Linz area.
Vacation in Switzerland
The number of infections reported has risen sharply in Switzerland recently. The “Tages-Anzeiger” compared the number of new infections in seven countries over the weekend to the previous week. Among the countries with the most striking increase, Switzerland was in fifth place behind Luxembourg, Paraguay, Australia and Serbia, with an increase of 134 percent.
For the first time since the onset of the Corona crisis, Switzerland has had to wear a mask in public transport nationwide since Monday. This also applies to Swiss flights. Until now, authorities and transport companies had only recommended wearing masks during peak times. Important for tourists: mouth-and-nose protection is also mandatory in cable cars, but not in shops.
Since Monday, immigrants from 29 high-risk countries in Switzerland have had to quarantine for ten days. These include, for example, Russia, Serbia, Sweden and the USA.
Vacation in the Netherlands
After months of the Corona crisis, the Netherlands has taken a big step towards normal everyday life: Since July 1st, there has been extensive relaxation for schools, transport, culture and leisure. On Thursday, the number of new infections was 52. There is a mask requirement in local public transport and on ferries, as well as the usual hygiene rules in Germany.
Vacation in Belgium
The neighboring country had 62,210 infections among 11 million inhabitants, more infections than Germany. The number of new cases has been declining for weeks. Mouth-nose protection must be worn in local public transport. Restaurants, cafes, hotels and museums are now open again. Additional rules sometimes apply on the North Sea coasts: holidaymakers and locals must register for visits to the beach at certain sections, such as in the popular Ostend.
Vacation in Sweden
So far, Sweden has had significantly more corona infections and deaths related to Covid 19 diseases than Germany or the rest of Scandinavia. More than 73,000 infections have been confirmed so far, and almost 5500 people with Covid 19 disease have died in the Scandinavian EU country.
Sweden has responded to the pandemic with less stringent measures than most other European countries. Shops, restaurants and schools, for example, remained permanently open. However, the number of deaths and serious Covid 19 diseases has recently decreased.
EU citizens can easily enter Sweden, but the Foreign Office’s travel warning still persists, as the country exceeds 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in one week. Conversely, Swedes are not allowed to travel so freely.
Vacation in Norway
From July 15, Norway wants to allow people from the European Economic and Schengen area to enter again, provided the country’s corona numbers allow it. Until then, the Norwegian health authority should draw up a list of countries and regions. As the German numbers are stable and low, the route to the Norwegian fjord is likely to be open to German citizens soon without quarantine. However, this is not quite certain – which is why the Foreign Office’s travel warning currently still exists.
Vacation in Denmark
Anyone who can show a booking confirmation of at least six nights can enter Denmark. Exceptions to this apply, for example, to Germans who own a Danish summer house, want to visit their partners in the country or are residents of Schleswig-Holstein. There is no mask requirement in public spaces. So far, there have been just under 12,900 people infected with corona, and 609 people have died.
Vacation in Iceland
The island in the North Atlantic, which is heavily dependent on tourism, has been giving holidaymakers the opportunity to be tested directly on arrival in Corona since mid-June. With this, the Icelandic government wants to give international tourists an alternative to the 14-day quarantine after arrival, which has been mandatory since April, without the almost zero corona numbers rising again. In the country, nothing stands in the way of a vacation between glaciers and geysers: restaurants and hotels are open, masks are not mandatory.
Holidays in Greece
Travelers from Germany, Austria and Switzerland as well as most EU countries can freely enter Greece. However, everyone must register electronically at least 48 hours before arrival, indicating where they were before and where they will be in Greece. An algorithm then calculates whether and which travelers have to take a corona test after their arrival. If you test positive, you have to spend 14 days in specially designed isolation accommodations in hotels. Greece will cover the costs.
Greece has closed its borders to travelers from this Balkan country since Monday morning due to increased coronavirus infections in Serbia. 27 new infections were reported on Tuesday. Masks are mandatory in all public transport and hospitals. It is also advised everywhere to keep a distance of at least 1.5 meters from other people.
Vacation in Cyprus
The island has reported few corona infections from travelers or locals since tourism opened. Anyone traveling to Cyprus must register electronically before starting. If a person is tested positive, they have to spend 14 days in specially designed isolation accommodations in hotels. Cyprus will cover the costs. A mask requirement applies to all public transport and hospitals. The holiday island has a very low infection rate compared to other European countries.
holidays in Turkey
For Turkey and about 160 other countries, the travel warning currently applies until August 31. Turkey is particularly hard hit as the third most popular holiday destination for Germans after Spain and Italy. The Federal Government has also classified Turkey, along with 125 other countries, as a corona risk area. More than 1,000 new infections were reported on Tuesday.