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Pentecost holiday: These festoon rules now apply in Austria, Italy, Croatia, Greece, Spain and Co.



In light of declining infection rates across Europe, many countries are hoping for a fresh start in tourism. What rules apply to tourists, what vacationers need to know now.

BERLIN – Anyone who asks friends and acquaintances after all the difficult months of Corona what they want the most after a possible end to the epidemic often receives three answers: Finally, meet friends and family again, exercise – and vacation.

Preparations are underway. Faced with a decrease in accidents, many European countries are preparing for the resumption of potential tourism. But under what conditions is it possible to spend a vacation in Austria, Italy or Croatia? What test obligations apply at the site, from when possible relaxation comes into force and must vacationers after their return Germany Maybe in quarantine? The answers can be found in a great overview of the most popular German travel destinations, from Denmark, France or Italy to Croatia to Spain and Turkey.


Stores in Denmark have opened again a long time ago. Cafes, restaurants and bars are permitted to serve customers again – however, indoors, only if guests can demonstrate a negative result of a coronavirus test, a complete vaccination, or a survivor infection via the app. The gym is open again. The number of new infections is stable, and the infection rate for seven days has been less than 100 for weeks. Denmark is the only country in the European Union that has permanently refrained from using the Astrazeneca vaccine, and the Johnson & Johnson drug has now been canceled.

Germans who were fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and many other people from European Union and Schengen countries – including tourists – have been allowed to return to Denmark since May 1. Unlike other travelers, they do not have to show any negative Corona tests or reasons to enter such as visiting partners, and they do not have to test and quarantine after arrival. The condition is that the travelers’ country should be at least an „orange state”, so the corona situation there is not so bad and there are no worrisome variables for the rampant Corona virus. Germany is currently considered orange.


The neighboring country relaxed measures slightly on Monday. People are now allowed to move more than ten kilometers from their homes without a good reason – travel within the country is now possible again. There is a night curfew from 7 PM, to be postponed to 9 PM from May 19. Then restaurant areas should be allowed to reopen, as well as shops and cultural institutions.

As of Wednesday evening, about a quarter of the country’s total population had received at least one vaccine against Corona. Recently, nearly 224 new coronavirus infections per 100,000 people were counted nationwide in one week. The number has been declining for weeks.

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Upon entering France, a negative PCR test must be presented, which should not exceed 72 hours. Passengers must also fill out a pass confirming, for example, that they have no symptoms of Covid-19. According to the Ministry of the Interior, travelers from Europe are permitted to enter France without „force majeure”. The privileges of people who have been vaccinated do not currently apply.


Since Monday, cafes, bars and pubs have been allowed to open their outdoor areas in Greece under certain conditions – to all guests, regardless of whether or not they have been vaccinated. However, the food closes at 10.45 p.m., after 11:00 p.m. there is an evening exit ban. Traveling within Greece is not possible without restrictions – but this requirement will be lifted on May 15th.

From a German perspective, Greece is currently still a risk area, but the contagion situation is easing. Visitors must enter their information online before entering the country. A complete vaccination or PCR test no more than 72 hours old must then be submitted upon admission. A full vaccination here means that the second vaccination was at least 14 days ago. There is no longer a commitment to quarantine. However, tourists should always know their exact travel destination. For example, a local lockdown was recently imposed again on the island of Kalymnos due to the high number of cases.


The Mediterranean country has recently been on a path of gradual easing. When corona numbers are moderate, restaurants and bars are also permitted to serve outside at the tables in the evening. After 10pm, there is still an exit ban. Museums and cinemas in the so-called yellow zones are already open. Starting June 1st, people should be able to sit back indoors. Italy is targeting the second of June for the official start of the summer season. What the regulations for immigrants, including those who have been vaccinated, will look in June is not entirely clear yet. Recently, corona numbers have decreased steadily. More than 25 percent of the population has been vaccinated against corona at least once.

In principle, holidays in Italy are possible, but the country still requires a five-day quarantine upon entry. In addition, multiple tests are applied – with a PCR test or a rapid antigen test before and after entry. This regulation operates until mid-May. Then the national „green vaccination card” will be presented so that people can travel freely within the country.


In Croatia, hotels and restaurants are permitted to receive guests abroad. Conditions apply. Wearing a mask is mandatory in indoor and outdoor public places where a distance of 1.5 meters cannot be maintained. By May 3, 17.5 percent of the population had received an initial vaccination.

Those who fulfill the entry requirements can go on vacation in Croatia. To enter the country, Germans need either a negative PCR test or a negative antibody test no older than 48 hours, confirmation that they have survived Covid-19, or evidence of a full vaccination (the second vaccination must be at least 14 days old) There are no other requirements for testing during Residency, and there are no special privileges for people who have been vaccinated except when entering the country.

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On May 19, restaurants, hotels, stages and sports facilities are allowed to reopen. Accessibility checks are provided as a precaution. Outdoor events are allowed with up to 3,000 people and inside with up to 1,500 people. Nearly a third of the population aged 16 years or over has already received at least one dose of the vaccine. The incidence for a period of seven to 140 days is at the same level as in Germany.

With the opening steps, the quarantine of vacationers from Germany should also fall. Covid-19 vaccination, testing and recovery is allowed in the country. The government plans to prevent people from getting tested three weeks after the first vaccination. However, from the German point of view, Austria remains a dangerous region. She is scheduled to have a test and at least five days of quarantine on the return flight.


Portugal, a former epidemic hotspot, had the lowest infection rates in Europe after Iceland and, with it, Finland. Today, Saturday, the state of emergency ceased to extend the state of emergency in Corona for the first time in about five and a half months. Restaurants, cafes and bars as well as cinemas, theaters, and other cultural and entertainment facilities are allowed to stay open until 10:30 pm on weekends. So far, there has been a very early curfew on weekends across Portugal, which started at 1pm. In addition, among other easing measures, the land border with Spain has been reopened.

Non-essential tourist trips from countries with an incidence of more than 150 days for a 14-day period, including Germany, are still not allowed. In the country of 10.3 million people, approximately 3.5 million vaccine doses have already been administered. There are still no benefits for those who were vaccinated or cured in Portugal.


Anyone traveling to Switzerland must present a negative Corona test not exceeding 72 hours. If you arrive by car, bus or train, you do not need to. Only travelers from risk areas should be in quarantine. Germany is not one of them, except for Saxony and Thuringia. Hotels are open, as are museums, shops, theaters, cinemas, zoos and amusement parks. Eating and drinking are permitted on the restaurant’s terraces. Maximum numbers everywhere apply to visitors, distance rules, and mask requirements. There is no curfew. There are no special privileges for vaccinators.

Despite the opening steps, the numbers of reported infections are now declining. The recent 14-day infection rate was around 289 new infections per 100,000 population, down from 315 the previous week. About 11 percent of the population is fully vaccinated.

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The seven-day incidence rate is much lower than in Germany, and recently it was only a good 87. In some vacation areas like Valencia (around 17) or the Balearic Islands (just under 28) with Mallorca, the situation is more relaxing. . In various regions, some strict restrictions remain in effect on Thursday, but almost all of them end at the weekend as the six-month coronavirus emergency ends. Meanwhile, many regions want to maintain an overnight shutdown. In addition, outdoor mask requirements should continue to apply for the time being.

Entry into Spain from all European Union and Schengen countries is generally possible. However, the obligation to test entry from a danger zone from abroad (including Germany) remains in effect. Approximately 12.4 million citizens – 26 percent of all Spaniards – have already received at least the first dose of the vaccination, of which more than five million have been fully vaccinated. However, there are still no benefits for those who have been vaccinated or cured in Spain.


There is still a closure in Turkey until May 17: only shops for daily necessities are open, and people are only allowed out to perform important tasks. Tourists are exempt from these exit restrictions and can move around freely. The number of new infections in the country every day remains at a high level. In the tourist provinces of Antalya, Mugla and Izmir, the incidence rate for seven days was about 200 cases per 100,000 people in the past few weeks. About 17 percent of the population has received at least one dose of the vaccine so far, and preference is given to workers in the tourism sector. Upon entering Turkey, a negative PCR test must be presented, which should not exceed 72 hours.

Entry to Germany

Among the countries listed, Estonia, France, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Turkey and Cyprus are currently classified by Germany as high-incidence areas, and other countries as risk areas. According to the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, travelers returning from risk areas generally must go into a ten-day quarantine and register online before arriving in Germany. After five days, quarantine can be ended prematurely with a negative Corona test.

For the return trip from high-infection areas, additional, stricter rules apply: in this case, travelers must prove that they are not infected with the Coronavirus, for example a negative test result. This proof must be no more than 48 hours old. (dpa / utz)

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Italy: Verona allocates drinking water due to drought



Open the tap and fill it with whatever you want – this is no longer possible in Verona and Pisa. Cities in northern Italy, popular with tourists, are rationing drinking water due to the ongoing drought.

Due to the weather conditions and their consequences for the water supply, Verona’s mayor has signed a decree „limiting the consumption of drinking water for private purposes,” the website of the city of 250,000 people said on Saturday.

Therefore, it is prohibited until August 31 to use drinking water to irrigate gardens and sports facilities, wash cars and fill swimming pools. Failure to comply with the ban may result in a fine of up to 500 euros.

Mayor Michel Conte also signed a similar order in Pisa: from July 11, drinking water may only be used at home in the Tuscany city popular with tourists.

Half a dozen districts have already asked the government in Rome to declare a state of emergency to allow for more aid and civil defense operations. Prime Minister Mario Draghi announced that appropriate steps may follow on Monday.

Like other European countries, Italy has experienced an unusual heat wave in recent weeks, while at the same time there has been no rain. The agriculturally important Po Valley in northern Italy is experiencing its worst drought in 70 years. According to the country’s largest farmers’ association, Coldiretti, drought threatens more than 30 percent of the country’s agricultural production and half of the livestock in the Po Valley. Parma pork is mainly produced there.

The water level in Lake Maggiore and Lake Garda is much lower than normal at this time of year. The Tiber, which flows through Rome, also has low water.

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Another consequence of the drought: Electricity generation from hydropower has dropped dramatically. Hydroelectric power stations are located mainly in the mountains in the north of the country. They usually provide approximately one-fifth of the electricity needed in Italy.

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Russian forces seize strategically important oil refinery



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The Russian Air Force bombed a small town in the Odessa region. The Ukrainian army reoccupied Snake Island: the situation in the news ticker.

This newsfeed is over: All current developments regarding the Ukraine war can be found in the following tape.

+++ 1.30 pm: Klaus Kleiber, a former ZDF mediator and US reporter, commented on the possible further course of the Ukraine war. In Maybrit Illner, Kleber went on what US intelligence recently confirmed: Putin’s goal remains the occupation of all of Ukraine. Kleber named Moldova and Georgia as possible next targets. According to Kleiber, the Baltic states are the „Achilles heel of NATO”. On the other hand, an attack on Poland is not a possible scenario.

+++ 12.45 pm: Michael Podoljak, an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, described the Russian missile attacks on apartment complexes as „bloody terrorist tactics.” He was referring to the night bombing of a small town in the Odessa region, which killed at least 19 people. Dozens were injured. Attacks are not about errors, but calculations. Contrary to Podoljak’s assessment, a Ukrainian brigadier general assumes that The obsolete Soviet missiles are the cause of civilian casualties.

+++ 12.00 pm: It appears that Russian forces have captured the Lysychansk oil refinery. This was reported by the Russian news agency RIA, on Friday afternoon, citing the Kremlin Ministry of Defense. The information cannot be independently verified.

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Soldier of the Russian army. © Alexey Maishev / Imago Images

+++ 11.00 am: A new mass grave has apparently been discovered in the coastal city of Mariupol. News Portal Reports back Quoting Petro Andryoshenko, adviser to the mayor. There are more than 100 bodies in the tomb. This cannot be verified independently.

+++ 10.30 am: According to the news portal report back It is reported that the death toll from Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi rose to 19. The statement cannot be independently verified.

+++ 10.10 am: According to the Ukrainian army, the death toll from the Russian missile attacks on Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi in the Odessa region has risen to at least 18. This was announced by the military governor of the Odessa region, Maxim Marchenko, on Telegram. Reportedly, at least 39 people were injured. The information cannot be independently verified.

Ukraine war: Apparently the 57th Russian colonel was killed

+++ 09.45 AM: The Russian army suffered great losses. The status report of the Ukrainian General Staff states that 35,750 soldiers have been killed since the invasion began at the end of February. There are also losses at the management level. report from independent According to it, the 57th colonel was said to have been killed. This is apparently Pavel Kislyakov. The 40-year-old was buried in Moscow on Thursday (June 30), according to the report. Kislyakov was the commander of the Russian paratroopers.

+++ 09.00 am: The British Ministry of Defense, citing intelligence, reported that Russian forces had captured the city of Previlia in the north of the Luhansk region. It is a small city with a population of only 7600. From a strategic perspective, the domestic oil refinery is more important. According to estimates from Great Britain, there is currently heavy fighting around the site. Prywillya is located near the city of Lysychansk, which, according to the regional military administration, is threatened by Russian encirclement. The city has been under siege for days, it was said several times. The information provided by the UK Ministry of Defense cannot be independently verified.

Ukraine war: At least 17 dead in Russian missile strikes

+++ 8.30 am: At least 17 people were killed in rocket attacks on the city of Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi, Odessa region. A spokesman for the Odessa Regional Military Administration, Serhiy Prachuk, said on Telegram that three shells landed on a residential property. Among other things, an entertainment center was targeted. The situation on the ground is chaotic and the information cannot be independently verified. a videowhich from the news portal back Shows the extent of the damage. The residential area is like a field of rubble.

+++ 7.30 am: At least 14 people were killed in a Russian missile attack on an apartment building in the Odessa region of southern Ukraine, according to Ukrainian sources. Ukraine’s emergency services reported 14 dead and 30 wounded on Friday. Among the wounded were three children. Rescue work will continue, but it will be complicated by a fire. A spokesman for the Odessa Regional Administration, Serhiy Prachuk, said earlier that the missile hit a nine-storey apartment building in the Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi district, about 80 kilometers south of the coastal city of Odessa. The missile was launched from an aircraft flying over the Black Sea. According to Ukrainian sources, the apartment building was partially destroyed in the attack. Rescue workers initially reported six dead and seven wounded. The death toll later rose to 10 and then 14.

First report on Friday, July 1 at 6:30 a.m.: Kyiv – The situation in eastern and southern Ukraine remains extremely dangerous. As Russia displays its military supremacy in eastern Ukraine, Kyiv At least celebrate the restoration of Snake Island in the Black Sea.

The Ukrainian head of state stressed that the withdrawal of Russian forces would allow Ukraine to be in a better situation Volodymyr Zelensky. „Snake Island is a strategic point, and this changes the situation in the Black Sea dramatically,” he said in his daily video address on Friday evening (July 1).

Ukraine news: Snake Island retake – Russian army is currently restricted

Even if this does not guarantee security, the freedom of action of the Russian army is significantly restricted. According to the Ukrainian military, Snake Island allows control of parts of the Ukrainian coast and shipping lanes.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian authorities reported a missile attack on the coastal city of Odessa. As a result, at least ten people were killed. Serhiy Prachuk, head of the local military administration, said the missile hit a nine-storey apartment building. Kyiv believes the missile was launched from a Russian military aircraft over the Black Sea.

Ukraine war: Lysychansk threatened with encirclement

Fighting also continues in eastern Ukraine. In Lysychansk in the Luhansk region, defenders say they are threatened with encirclement. The General Staff said that the refinery, which is located seven kilometers west of the city, erupted into a fight. Russian troops were advancing on the city from the south, and fighting was also continuing on the city’s western and southern borders. The refinery has already been portrayed as completely occupied in the Russian media. The former city of Lysichansk is the last largest city in Luhansk not yet under Russian control.

In neighboring Donetsk, on the other hand, Russian advances near Sloviansk and Bakhmut were repulsed, the General Staff said. Along the front line, Ukrainian positions were constantly bombarded with artillery and aerial bombardment, she said. “The superiority of the occupiers in terms of firepower is very noticeable,” Zelensky said about the situation in the East. Russia depends on its reserves for this. (Cas/dpa)

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