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The Germany authorities have agreed to extend the warning against international travel, at least until June 14, the Foreign Minister Heiko Maas announced this week, noting that citizens should not expect the summer holidays to be normal.

The warning, particularly for tourism purposes, has been put in place in March, in a bid to stop the spread of Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), Germany-Visa.org reports. It was supposed to last until May 3, but the German Foreign Office proposed to extend it “until further notice“, thus prolonging it for at least until June 14th.

The Federal Government of Germany accepted the proposal of the German Foreign Office during a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers.

“We have not yet reached the point where we can recommend carefree travel, therefore it is necessary to extend the worldwide travel warning until mid-June,” Foreign Minister Heiko Maas pointed out.

Minister Maas stated that the international Coronavirus pandemic situation requires this decision to be taken, adding that “In many countries, there are still entry and exit restrictions. International air traffic is on the ground. We have to assume that it will take weeks for things to normalize here, as in other countries.”

According to the Foreign Minister, Europe’s biggest economy has brought home 240,000 stranded tourists in the last four weeks and they are not going to undertake such an action again in the coming summer.

However, the German’s Foreign Office proposal does not clarify if travel could be possible after June 14. On the report of the Foreign Office, the extension is justified by the fact that regular travel will be ineligible in the next weeks.

Germany’s precautionary measures taken by the government, such as entry bans or mandatory quarantine will continue to remain in place.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, earlier this month Germany decided to extend internal lands and air borders with Austria, France, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Denmark, Italy and Spain, sea border with Denmark to May 4.

The country also extended land border with Austria for an additional six months, until November 11.

Germany has adopted this measure following the example of other EU countries like Slovakia, Malta and the Czech Republic which on March 13 closed their borders to fellow EU member states as part of efforts to halt the spread of the deadly virus.