Where do politicians go on vacation?

Summer has arrived. The nights are hot and the drinks cold. The Assembly of the Republic ceases its functions. You finally get the courage to pick up on the romance we’ve avoided during the year. The bodies dive into the sea and the eyes dive into new people. The beaches, the rivers, the terraces, the houses fill up – the new filling. The Portuguese see the sun and throw themselves out the door; and politicians, of course, are no exception. Gone are the days when these joined at Praia dos Tomates and Falésia or were divided between Meia-Praia and Manta Rota in Vila Real Santo António. There is also the fashion for holidays abroad. In times of pandemic, Portuguese politicians choose, above all, to spend holidays in the country – from Vila Pouca de Aguiar to the Azores. There are, however, those who look for more cosmopolitan places and there are still those who refuse to answer, saying that it is “a private moment”.

Marcelo, on his way, will be to the Algarve or Douro

If there is something that distinguishes Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa from other politicians, it is his proximity to the people. Every summer we see their strokes in the sea or rivers and their tête-à-tête or their selfies on the beach, on the street, wherever. This, incidentally, is cause for international astonishment.

To the Sunrise, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa guarantees that he still hasn’t decided anything about his summer vacation. He explains that because it has “very busy July” and “commitments until mid-August that run together” he will only decide “at the last minute” . If you unlock them, it will be “in the last week of August: from 22 or 23 until no later than 28 or 29,” he says. As for the location, it could be Lisbon – “if I have to do things in the capital” – or, in case there is more time, in the Douro – “to harvest” – or Algarve.

Iron in Height, environmentalists in the North

With Marcelo in Portugal, he does not need to hand over his duties to the President of the Assembly of the Republic, who usually spends his holidays at Praia da Altura, in Monte Gordo. Eduardo Ferro Rodrigues, by the way, was seen there precisely on the weekend when Portugal faced Belgium in Seville – where he ‘summoned’ the Portuguese ‘en masse’ in the middle of the pandemic.

And the deputies?

Interestingly, the two main environmentalists of the Assembly of the Republic will start their vacation in the dark green of the north, and then jump to the yellowish coast of the southwest.

Inês Sousa Real, a PAN deputy, explains that her vacation will begin in August in the Peneda-Gerês National Park, where she goes “hoping to be able to observe some Iberian wolves and their cubs in their natural habitat”. adds to Sunrise that her holidays are always spent with the family, and this does not only include her husband but also her “companion animals (the cat and the dog), who are never left behind”. He also welcomes the existence of “pet-friendly destinations and accommodation”, noting that this time is marked, “year after year, by the increase in the rate of abandonment of pets”.

José Luís Ferreira, leader of the PEV, also told the Sunrise who will take his holidays in August, when he will head to his homeland – Vila Pouca de Aguiar – «to be with his family, take hikes in the mountains and drink water from the fountains». Then, he heads to Setúbal, where, for two weeks, “he will fulfill some political agenda, as he is a candidate for the Presidency of the Municipal Assembly of Barreiro”. Finally, he will spend a week in the Algarve «to go to the beach, read and write».

Further along the center, other Members will walk.

João Oliveira, leader of the PCP parliamentary bench, will spend his holidays at home, where he will “finish works” and “take a few dips in the beaches of Arrábida”.

Sérgio Sousa Pinto, on the other hand, will visit the land of his ancestors, Cinfães do Douro, and will go to New York “if covid permits”. The rest of the vacation will be at home, in Fontanelas, where he likes to spend time «reading and gardening», he told the Sunrise.

On the right in the Parliament, André Coelho Lima explains that his vacation will start «from the second week of August», something designed to be able to go to the festivities in his city, in Guimarães, which take place in the first week of the month. “The parties are over and I’m going on vacation,” he explained to Sunrise. He then heads to the Algarve – more precisely to Praia do Gigi, where he has been “for more than twenty years with his family”. Returning to the north, try to enjoy a few days at Praia de Ofir. He prioritizes, «without exception», family time, confessing that «working 350km away» from his four children means that he doesn’t have many moments «to be with the family for a longer period».

Mayan will race in the Azores

Tiago Mayan from IL has a fun vacation planned. He will go to the Azores for ten days, traveling “between islands with friends”, and then “be part of the crew in a regatta”. Returning to Porto, he will start «working the campaign ahead».

Marques Mendes, on the other hand, will go “to the Algarve with his family”, where he spends time with friends, does “a lot of beach”, “a lot of reading” and comments on political activity: “I can’t fail to comment”, he said.

Miguel Pinto Luz will sail in the first half of August to Óbidos, to celebrate his mother’s birthday, from where he will set sail for the north of Spain, where he will spend four days with his wife – herself Spanish – and their children.

Also at the PSD, MEP Lídia Pereira admits that the fact that there are “some doubts” about how the summer will be meant that her plans “did not remain indifferent”. Despite spending most of his holidays in Portugal, “as usual”, he will “spend a few days in Southern Europe”.

Carlos Guimarães Pinto is sure he won’t have them: to Sunrise, the professor and former leader of the Liberal Initiative explained that he will spend the month of August “working for September”, namely for the Instituto + Liberdade, which he directs. He admits, however, taking a vacation in November.

The prime minister’s office refused to divulge when and where António Costa will spend his vacation, saying it is a private matter.


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Only those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered are allowed to travel to the hotel

The travel company Alltours is tightening the rules. From the end of October only those who have been vaccinated or recovered will be able to stay in the Allsun Hotels.

Due to the delta variant, the number of infections is rising again in Europe and spoiling the holiday mood in some countries. The first measures are already following.

Several countries tighten rules

Malta has reacted strictly to the increasing number of infections, only vaccinated people are allowed to enter, “Today” reported. Night catering in the Netherlands has been closed again, restaurants are only allowed to open until midnight. Social life was also restricted again in Spanish Catalonia.

Now the first travel company is also tightening the rules. As the tourism group Alltours announced, only fully immunized adults will be admitted to its Allsun hotels from October. This includes people who have been vaccinated or who have recovered.

“Since there is now enough vaccine available, all adults can be vaccinated by then,” the company said in a press release. Children and adolescents need a negative corona test.

Many of the Allsun hotels are located on Mallorca, so the regulation affects many German tourists. It is now feared that other tour operators will follow suit.

TUI is sticking to the 3G rule

At TUI, however, nothing is planned in this direction, as the German group told the “Bild” newspaper: “The package travelers were never the drivers of the pandemic. We are not planning exclusive hotels for vaccinated people, but will continue to receive vaccinated, recovered or tested guests in let our hotels travel. In doing so, we are following the requirements of the local authorities, “emphasized TUI boss Marek Andryszak.

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These travel destinations are particularly popular

Even if the number of infections is rising again in many places, many people have already planned a summer vacation. Some areas even benefited from the crisis while others are now less popular. An overview.

Spain, Croatia, Greece: some travel destinations have always been popular with German holidaymakers for decades. Due to the Corona crisis, however, some preferences have shifted – with sometimes surprising results and consequences for prices and availability. t-online shows where a particularly large number of people are going this summer, where prices are rising and where you now have the chance of spontaneous vacations.

Surveys show travel trends for summer 2021

The travel company “Hometogo” commissioned a survey to assess the travel behavior of Germans in the summer. The data is based on several million search queries that were received on “Hometogo” in 2019 and 2021 for various check-in dates. The results not only show which countries are particularly popular.

Other studies show similar results. The marketing consultancy “Simon-Kucher & Partners”, for example, carried out the international study “Travel Trends 2021”, in which more than 7,000 people from 7 countries were surveyed. And “Holidaypirates GmbH” asked more than 1,000 people how they want to travel after the pandemic.

These are the most popular summer destinations

About 80 percent more travel destinations were searched for in Germany for summer 2021 than in 2020, compared to summer 2019 it is 58 percent more. After Germany, Croatia and Italy are still the most popular travel destinations. However, both suffered losses compared to 2019.

France came in fourth, but compared to 2019, 33 percent fewer searches were made for our neighboring country, and the Netherlands and Spain were hit even harder in fifth and sixth place: the two travel destinations lost around 45 percent. Clear winners, however, are Denmark (7th place) and Austria (8th place) with a plus of 63 and even 186 percent.

Sweden and Poland, on the other hand, also had to cope with fewer searches, but ended up in 9th and 10th place in the “Hometogo” ranking.

This is what tourists want when booking

As “Hometogo” reports, there were six times more inquiries about “flexible travel dates” than was the case before the pandemic. So vacationers want more flexibility when planning their vacation in 2021. This is also confirmed by the fact that there are now an average of only 74 days between booking and check-in: Previously it was an average of 108 days. So the trend is towards spontaneous and flexible booking.

The international study “Travel Trends 2021” also shows that only 29 percent of Germans have already booked their summer vacation this year, while 35 percent are still planning to do so.

What type of travel is preferred in 2021?

According to “Hometogo”, around 70 percent of those surveyed would most likely spend their vacation in a holiday home in 2021. In comparison, 32 percent plan to spend the night in a hotel. 77 percent want to travel by car or camper van, camping holiday on the other hand, 28 percent are still planning.

In the travel year 2021, beaches and natural destinations are also in demand. Only 13 percent of those surveyed are planning one city ​​trip, on the other hand, more than half want to go to the sea. National parks and forests are attractive for 18 percent of those surveyed, mountains still for 17 percent.

The international study by the marketing consultancy “Simon-Kucher & Partners” also shows that although the price is still an important criterion for holidaymakers, the pandemic situation at the travel destination or trust in the local health system now also play a major role. For 27 percent, the most important thing is that the trip can be canceled. According to the survey, 49 percent travel by car, 30 percent by plane and only 10 percent want to use the bus or train. Lisa Remmelberger, partner in “Simon-Kucher’s Competence Center for Travel, Tourism & Leisure”, explains: “Consumers’ needs have changed. Travelers want to have the certainty, without restrictions or the risk of one quarantine To be able to go on vacation. “The providers would therefore have to offer flexibility in booking conditions and take precautions to ensure a safe and pleasant stay.

As the survey by “Holidaypirates” also shows, many also want to travel more sustainably in the future. A quarter of those surveyed said they wanted to travel more responsibly in the future, 16 percent said they had already paid attention to this before the pandemic.

When do most Germans travel?

According to the “Hometogo” survey, the most popular travel months for 60 percent of those surveyed are July or August. However, 46 percent can also imagine a vacation in September or October, 30 percent have already traveled in May or June and only 11 percent are planning winter for their vacation.

What influence will the vaccinations have on trips in summer 2021?

More and more countries are restricting their entry options only for those who have not yet been vaccinated against the coronavirus. Those who have been vaccinated or recovered often no longer need to be in quarantine or no longer need to be in quarantine when entering the country Covid-19 get tested.

More than half of the “Hometogo” respondents are of the opinion that those who have been vaccinated are allowed to travel freely again earlier, while 28 percent are against earlier advantages for those who have been vaccinated. In the meantime, there is the European one to make travel easier for those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered Vaccination certificate. 62 percent of those surveyed rated this option positively.

How did the corona crisis change prices?

“Hometogo” examined, among other things, how the prices developed in June for example weeks in July and August. The travel agent points out, however, that there are holiday accommodations everywhere that differ from the average prices. That always depends on the location, size or equipment.

“The price developments from 2019 to 2021 do not mean that individual holiday accommodations have become more expensive or cheaper”, explains “Hometogo”, “Rather, the price development provides information about how much more or less a holidaymaker has to pay on average for one night in a holiday home Comparison at the same point in time in 2019. The differences result primarily from a different selection of available accommodations in the comparison period. “

The calculation shows, for example, that the price of an overnight stay in Germany has increased by 26 percent from 96 to 116 euros compared to 2019. In Croatia 132 euros are due, in Italy 126 euros. The difference is particularly large in Denmark, for example: in 2019 the average price for an overnight stay was 90 euros, in 2021 149 euros will be charged. The most expensive, however, is Mallorca with an average price of 254 euros per night.

“Travel Trends 2021” also asked about the travel budget of Germans: 27 percent of those surveyed want to spend more money on their upcoming vacation than they did before the pandemic. Anna Krumpen, Senior Consultant and Expert for Travel, Tourism & Leisure at “Simon-Kucher & Partners”, explains: “The long travel restrictions mean that society has a lot of catching up to do, and the desire to travel is high. As many consumers have been able to save money they have a budget that they can and want to spend on travel in 2022. “

What does “workation” mean?

Due to the Corona crisis, it has also become more and more popular to combine work and vacation in a “workation”. As the study “Travel Trends 2021” shows that 42 percent of Germans are open to this model because they can work increasingly flexibly due to the Corona crisis. More than half of Germans would even extend their vacation by two weeks or more if they had a “workation”.

For the selection of the “workation” location, the equipment such as stable internet, a separate work area and electronic equipment is particularly important. “The shift to remote working and hybrid models is good news for the tourism industry. The opportunity to work during the day and relax in a beautiful vacation spot in the evenings and on weekends attracts a lot of people,” explains Lisa Remmelberger.

In the “Holidaypirates” survey, as many as 40 percent state that “Workation” is the perfect way to extend their vacation and “really get to know a new place”. 37 percent can even imagine moving completely to another country.


Malta only allows vaccinated people into the country – corona vaccination

For the Malta vacation you need a corona vaccination from Wednesday.

The small island state of Malta only allows vaccinated people into the country. From Wednesday travelers would have to show proof of vaccination. So far, a negative PCR test was sufficient.

The government in Malta has tightened the regulations for entry after a significant increase in the number of corona infections. From Wednesday next week, travelers would have to show proof of vaccination, said Health Minister Chris Fearne at a press conference on Friday afternoon. Children who are accompanied by their parents need a negative PCR test.

So far, a negative PCR test was sufficient

Malta is currently accepting the digital EU vaccination certificate and corona passport from the UK national health care system NHS, as well as the Maltese corona vaccination certificate for entry. The Maltese government is one of the first in Europe to make vaccination against Covid-19 a prerequisite for entering the country. So far, only holidaymakers from Great Britain had to prove that they were vaccinated. A negative PCR test was sufficient for EU citizens.

Students dragged virus to Malta

The government decided to tighten it after the authorities reported 96 new corona infections within one day. In the previous four days, the number of cases had also increased significantly. Most of the cases could be traced back to foreign travelers, especially students visiting Malta to learn English. From Wednesday, the government wants to close the language schools for the time being.


Spain and Mallorca again risk area: This next step is imminent

The corona numbers in Spain are increasing sharply. Germany is now classifying the entire country with the holiday island of Mallorca as a risk area again. Above all, the possible next consequence is worrisome.

All of Spain with Mallorca as the Germans’ favorite holiday island is again a corona risk area. The federal government reacted with this classification, which will apply from Sunday, to the sharp increase in the number of new corona infections.

Travel is in fact not made more difficult because holidaymakers returning by plane have already had to submit a negative test. But for Spain, which is heavily dependent on tourism, it could turn out to be damaging to the image that the Foreign Office advises against tourist trips to the country again in the middle of the summer holidays. This raises concerns in the tourism industry, which, however, creates a far worse scenario for sleepless nights.

Seven-day incidence over 50

Should the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants rise to over 200 within seven days (seven-day incidence) for a longer period of time, Spain faces the same fate as Cyprus. The also very popular holiday island was classified as a high incidence area because of its particularly high number of infections. Anyone who is on vacation there and has not been vaccinated or recovered will have to be in quarantine for five to ten days when they return – even if the test is negative. Should the same happen to Spain, where the seven-day incidence is now at 199, it would be a hard blow to the tourism industry.

But for now it stays with the risk area, to which countries and regions are declared, in which the seven-day incidence is over 50. In the Balearic Islands, which in addition to Mallorca also includes Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera, the incidence is already three times as high at 153. There were only a few major national restrictions on public life.

Tourism minister questions orientation based on infection numbers

The corona hotspot Barcelona, ​​for example, initially severely restricted nightlife over the weekend. At the same time, however, a music festival with up to 18,000 spectators took place in the tourist metropolis – with test and mask, but without any distance. German vacationers in Mallorca said they would feel at least as safe as at home on the island.

Spain’s Minister of Tourism María Reyes Maroto, meanwhile, raised the question of whether orientation based on the number of infections was still the right way to go. The incidence as a measure of risk is becoming less important in view of the high vaccination rate and the low number of corona patients in hospitals, the minister said. The high numbers of infections are registered primarily in young people who either developed no or only mild symptoms of the disease. The authorities are closely monitoring the situation. Holidays in Spain are definitely safe.


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A new travel trap when returning from Croatia has already cost some Austrians considerable sums of money. A victim tells.

Terrifying news for all Croatia fans on Tuesday. The ÖAMTC traffic experts warned of a new criminal case between Croatia and Slovenia. Several Austrians have already tapped into it on their return from the Adriatic country – and that was expensive.

A person affected told the mobility club how he got caught in the trap: In order to avoid the inevitable traffic jam on the main travel routes on the way home, he had driven his car on a country road to Slovenia.

There the Austrian was stopped directly by the police – and immediately punished. The accusation: “illegal entry” across the Schengen external border.

Heavy penalty

As it turned out later, the returnee actually crossed the “Goričak 1” border crossing near Varaždin.

This is currently only open to Slovenes, which was not apparent to the punished person according to his own statement. The border crossing was neither cordoned off nor signposted accordingly.

“The penalty is high at 400 euros per person traveling”, reports the ÖAMTC. Up to 1,200 euros can be due by law. Per person in the car!

No handle

Especially bitter. Austrians have no choice but to pay the fine. “In retrospect, you can no longer take action against it,” explains ÖAMTC lawyer Verena Pronebner.

“Even if you understandably want to avoid the classic border crossings because of the risk of congestion, you should definitely make sure to use an international border crossing from Croatia to Slovenia.”

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Corona in holiday countries: In these cases, holidaymakers get money back

Dhe trend of the past few days does not bode well for many vacation countries. In Spain, for example, the seven-day incidence (new infections in seven days per 100,000 inhabitants) has more than doubled within a week – and the trend is rising. On Monday the value was 158.

New travel warnings, requirements for returnees, restrictions at the holiday destination – anyone who has already booked their trip cannot be sure which regulations will ultimately be in force. If you don’t want to start your trip because of Corona, you can get your money back under certain conditions. WELT explains what consumers can do now.


Traveling despite Corona: Where a carefree vacation is possible

The summer vacation has started or is just around the corner. And with rising temperatures, many people yearn for the beach, sea, mountains and lakes. But where is a carefree vacation possible this year? Many popular holiday countries relax their entry rules in time for the main travel season. In others, the incidence is rising rapidly. On-site restrictions still apply everywhere. An overview.

Spain and the Balearic Islands

The most popular travel destination for Germans has been one of the hardest hit countries since the beginning of the pandemic. In the meantime, Spain had the corona situation well under control. Currently, however, the delta variant is on the advance and the seven-day incidence is over 100 on both the mainland and the Balearic Islands – and the trend is rising. The Federal Foreign Office has not issued a general travel warning so far. Only the autonomous communities of Andalusia, Cantabria, Catalonia, Navarra, La Rioja, the Basque Country and the exclave of Ceuta are classified as risk areas.

Anyone entering Spain does not need a PCR or antigen test or proof of vaccination. Travelers by plane or ship must fill out a digital form in advance and present the QR code generated with it upon entry. A negative corona test is required for the return flight from Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera to Germany.

The corona restrictions on the Spanish mainland and the Balearic Islands have been greatly relaxed in recent weeks and there are no longer any nationwide uniform rules. In general, however, the following applies: The contact restrictions have been lifted and mouth and nose protection only needs to be worn outdoors if a distance of 1.5 meters from people in a foreign household cannot be maintained. Smoking outside is only allowed while standing and at least 2 meters away from other people.


Finally swim again in Lake Garda or go hiking in South Tyrol: Italy vacationers who come back to Germany by land no longer have to observe any entry restrictions. Air travelers still need a negative corona test result on their return.

When entering the popular holiday country, however, there are still minor hurdles. If you want to experience Dolce Vita, you have to register in advance using an online form. In addition, a negative PCR or antigen test must be submitted, which must not be older than 48 hours upon entry, or proof of a vaccination or survived corona infection.

The night curfews have been lifted almost everywhere in Italy, many museums and sights are open, as are cafes and restaurants. A mask and distance requirement still applies everywhere.


In Austria, too, all signs point to relaxation: Tourist trips to Germany’s neighboring country are uncomplicated. A negative corona test or, alternatively, a vaccination or recovery from Covid-19 disease is mandatory upon entry. The seven-day incidence of 5.6 is only slightly higher than that of Germany.

Hotels and restaurants have been open to tourists again since mid-May. Museums, botanical gardens, zoos, thermal baths and cinemas are also receiving visitors again. Since July 1st, the contact restrictions and compliance with the minimum distance have been lifted.


If you want to go on holiday in Greece, you must have a negative PCR test (not older than 72 hours) or a negative rapid test (not older than 48 hours). Exceptions apply to those who have been fully vaccinated and those who have recovered. In addition, entry must be registered using an online form.

Despite the increasing number of corona cases – the current seven-day incidence is just over 50 – Greece has abolished many corona measures. A mask no longer has to be worn outdoors and the nocturnal exit ban has been lifted. A negative test or a vaccination certificate is still required for flights or ferry trips to the islands.


France is currently more affected by the pandemic than Germany. The neighboring country recently had a seven-day incidence of 24.6. Nevertheless, Germans can enter the country without a valid reason, even though France wants to continue to control its EU internal borders until the end of October. Fully vaccinated people no longer have to show a corona test. For all others aged eleven and over, a rapid antigen test is sufficient instead of the previously required PCR test.

Cultural institutions and shops are open in France – sometimes under strict hygiene measures. Cafés and restaurants are also allowed to serve their guests indoors; a maximum of six people can sit at one table. A negative corona test is not required for a visit. There is still a strict mask requirement. In the open air, mouth and nose protection only has to be worn in queues or at markets.


Vacation between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea: Because long-distance travel is still only possible to a limited extent, Denmark is particularly popular as a holiday destination this year. In the meantime, entry for German tourists is possible again without a valid reason. A negative Covid-19 test result (PCR or rapid test) that is not older than 48 hours is required. Another corona test must be carried out no later than 24 hours after entry – if you arrive by plane, you must do this test before leaving the airport. Children under 15 years of age are exempt from the test, as are those who are fully vaccinated. After arrival, travelers from Germany no longer have to go into a ten-day quarantine at home, as was required until recently.

The general mask requirement has been lifted in many areas of public life. Standing (not seated) passengers only have to wear a mask on public transport. Distance rules still apply. Shops are generally open, but with restrictions. A negative corona test, which must not be older than 72 hours, is required to visit museums and leisure facilities. You also need this for a visit to a restaurant or a café. This shouldn’t be a big problem, however, since corona tests are free in Denmark. There is a curfew from midnight for bars and restaurants. From July 15th they can stay open until 2am.


Whether a city trip to Amsterdam or a relaxing holiday in a holiday home on the North Sea: Holidays in the Netherlands are now possible again under relaxed entry rules. Since Germany is no longer a high-risk area for the Netherlands, a negative PCR test is no longer necessary upon entry. In addition, there is no quarantine requirement. However, if you arrive by plane, you must fill out a health form before starting your journey. For travelers traveling to Holland by car: spot checks are carried out at the borders, otherwise there are no border controls.

Shops, cafes, restaurants, museums, theaters and nightclubs are open, but in some cases they are only allowed to accept a limited number of guests and visitors. Amusement parks and zoos are also allowed to receive visitors. The mask requirement has been relaxed, it only applies if a 1.5-meter minimum distance cannot be maintained – for example in public transport, at train stations or airports. Violations of corona measures can result in fines of up to 400 euros.


In the former corona hotspot, the number of infections has been increasing again for a few weeks. The nationwide seven-day incidence is 147.1 – in the greater Lisbon area even more than 250. The RKI had classified the country as a “virus variant area”. From July 7th at midnight, Portugal will only be listed as a “high incidence area”. The Federal Foreign Office is currently advising against tourist trips to the country.

A negative antigen rapid test that is no more than 24 hours old is required to enter mainland Portugal. A negative PCR test must not be older than 72 hours upon departure. The compulsory test does not apply to children under the age of twelve. Fully vaccinated and convalescent people have been able to travel to Portugal without a corona test since July 1. All people arriving in Portugal by air have their body temperature measured at the airport. If it exceeds 38 degrees Celsius, self-isolation or domestic quarantine must be expected.

The corona rules in Portugal are constantly being adapted to the current situation. The mask requirement also applies outdoors if the minimum distance cannot be maintained. In the event of a violation, up to 500 euros are due. Bars and restaurants are allowed to open until 1 a.m., museums and parks are also accessible. Stricter rules apply in the greater Lisbon area, including a curfew between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.

On the return flight to Germany, all travelers require a negative test result when checking in at the place of departure – with the exception of those who have been vaccinated, those who have recovered and children under six years of age. Back in Germany, returnees from Portugal have to be quarantined for 14 days. This also applies to everyone who has recovered or been vaccinated. It is not possible to test yourself freely. With the downgrading to the “high incidence area”, this rule changes: for those who have been completely vaccinated and recovered, the quarantine is no longer applicable, for everyone else it is shortened to ten days.


Despite the Corona crisis, Croatia wants to make vacation in the country as easy as possible this summer. Tourists are allowed to enter without quarantine if they have been vaccinated against corona, have an antibody or negative corona test (maximum 48 hours old).

In addition, upon entry, the travelers’ contact details are registered for the duration of their stay in Croatia. To avoid long waiting times when crossing the border, the Croatian Ministry of the Interior recommends storing the contact and residence details online in advance. “The tourist infrastructure is only available within the framework of the official hygiene recommendations. Cafés and restaurants are open outside,” writes the Foreign Office.