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Citizens from 31 European countries may be eligible to enter the territory of the Federal Republic of Germany from June 15, if the government approves a proposal that foresees opening the borders for the citizens of the 26 European Union member states, the UK, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

After the German Minister of Interior Horst Seehofer decided to lift border controls with France, Switzerland and Austria by June 15, the country intends to remove entry restrictions for the rest of the EU countries, the UK, and the four non-EU Schengen Member states.

The goal is that from mid-June we want to have free travel in Europe,” Minister Seehofer said at the time.

The official proposal on reopening the borders, called “Criteria for the Enabling of intra-European Tourism,” also foresees ending a global travel warning issued on March 17, by the German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.

The proposal intends to replace the travel with individual travel advice that highlights the risks for each different country.

The revitalization of tourism is important both for travellers and the German travel industry, as well as for the economic stability of the respective target countries,” the proposal reads.

The German Travel Association, among other organizations related to tourism, has welcomed the possible lifting of travel restrictions.

This not only gives companies in the travel industry a perspective [on the future] but also the many Germans who are looking forward to their [international] holidays,” said Norbert Fiebig, the president of the association. He also pointed out that there are over 11,000 travel agencies within Germany alone, which have been among the hardest by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Upon a decision of the Minister of Interior Horst Seehofer, border controls with Luxembourg have already been removed on the early morning of May 16, enabling Luxembourgers to enter Germany without any restrictions, while those crossing the borders have been advised to respect the general sanitary rules.