Please note: the following information is a short compilation from the most important German-speaking Trade Media.
UPDATE COVID-19, April 21
Please note: The following information has been compiled from the most important German speaking Trade Media.
- Since December 15 Germany is in Lockdown
- The Lockdown is now extended until April18. Should the 7-day-incidence (cases / 100.000 inhabitants during 7 days). Corona emergency brake takes effect from incidence of 100 in a region with further measures.
- Vaccinations in Germany started on December 27, first in elderly homes and hospitals.
- The third vaccine is now allowed in the EU, others may follow soon
- Travelers arriving by plane to Germany need to provide a negative PCR-Test
Short Overview situation in Germany
⇒ After the COVID-19 numbers are increasing in the last weeks some new measures and rules have been implemented.
- Germany will go in a strict lockdown over Easter, Thursday (April 1) and Saturday (April 3) have been declared “days of rest” where everything will be closed
- travel to risk areas and countries should be avoided
- cinemas, theatres, opera houses are closed
- events are not permitted
- club and group sports are prohibited (allowed for kids under 14 years & outdoors), gyms are open (limited access)
- restaurants and bars are closed
- Schools are in Hybrid system
Current relevant topics within the tourism industry
- States overturn quarantine for vaccinated returnees. In Lower Saxony and Baden-Württemberg, fully vaccinated German citizens returning from a risk or high-risk area now no longer have to complete a quarantine. In Rhineland-Palatinate, this regulation has already been in effect for a few days, and other states are considering it. (FVW)
- Rewe tourism sales slump by three quarters. According to preliminary figures, the travel division of the retail and tourism company burned through around 390 million euros in 2020, posting a drop in sales from five to 1.3 billion euros. Tourism boss Sören Hartmann does not dare to make a concrete forecast for 2021. (Reise vor9)
- Corona restriction does not create right to compensation. If a hotel cannot open all its restaurants and offer the full range of meals because of the Corona pandemic, this does not give rise to a claim for a reduction in the price of the trip. This is the result of a ruling by the Hanover District Court. (Reise vor9)
- TUI Cruises no longer pays for PCR tests. TUI Cruises will soon no longer pay for the mandatory PCR test before departure for the cruise. In addition, a second test will be required shortly before departure. Aida Cruises, on the other hand, plans to stick with the free Covid-19 tests. (FVW)
- Hotelplan Suisse launches Last-Minute Cancellation. In extreme cases, the trip can be canceled up to 24 hours before departure. (Travel Inside)
- TUI introduces flat-rate service charge in branches. The Group wants to charge for service in its own travel agencies. TUI Deutschland Sales Director Hubert Kluske is taking two service packages to the branches. (FVW)
- Schauinsland offers PCR gargle tests. At present, almost no vacation is possible without a Corona test. That’s why Schauinsland is expanding its service and now also offers a PCR gargle test. For Sales Manager Detlef Schroer, this is an offer that provides customers with an even greater sense of security. (FVW)
Current relevant topics within the aviation industry
- Free middle seat lowers corona infection risk on flights. Vacant middle seats reduce the risk of infection aboard airplanes by 23 to 57 percent, according to the study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Kansas State University. The researchers based their findings on laboratory models and analysis of a long-haul flight. Distance from seat neighbors, permanent air exchange and filter systems kept the spread of aerosols in the cabin in check, they say. (Aerotelegraph)
- Swiss tests IATA Travel Pass. Meanwhile, the airline is also testing the use of other digitized solutions. (Travel Inside)
- Zurich Airport: Almost three quarters fewer passengers. In March 2021, 74.4 percent fewer passengers flew through Zurich Airport compared to the same month last year. (Travel Inside)