Test obligation: Lower Saxony wants to spoil Mallorca holidays

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Test obligation: Lower Saxony wants to spoil Mallorca holidays

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The German state governments as well as the federal government apparently do not seem to fit in the fact that the lifting of the travel warning for the Balearic Islands has led to a real booking boom for the Easter holidays. A government spokesman tried to appeal on Monday.

It is clear, however, that the German population, coupled with the vaccination debacle, which was also brought on under the overall responsibility of CSU politician Ursula von der Leyen in her role as EU Commission President, have fed up with the corona measures. A few weeks ago, Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) was downright afraid of threatening to lockdown until Easter. Now she has put it up again and is even talking about extensions until the end of June 2021.

That Germany is still not the health minister Jens Spahn (CDU) announced free rapid tests implemented, because a task force under the leadership of Toll Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) has to be set up beforehand, combined with the mask scandal, is an outrage in the Federal Republic of Germany.

Event legislation - Greetings from the GDR!

There is a high probability that few people will obey the government spokesman's appeal. It should be noted, however, that Spain requires a negative PCR test to be presented upon entry. This is exactly what the state government of Lower Saxony also wants to introduce. This would drive the previous travel rules ad absurdum, because a test is currently not planned for areas with low infection rates.

However, this does not prevent Lower Saxony from approaching the federal government and demanding mandatory tests for Mallorca returnees at the airports. Of course, it is not stated whether these will be free of charge or whether you will have to pay for them yourself. Furthermore, it is claimed that no one has to go on vacation and that one would "see a real problem in the country".

If the said German state can assert itself with this demand, it would once again show that there is no significant interest in the survival of the travel industry. In addition, the headquarters of Tui AG is located in Hanover, which had to be saved by the state with several billion euros. So it remains to be seen whether Germany will now introduce “occasional legislation” and thus reduce the travel rules to absurdity. It remains the "gourmet" that one could well have made friends with the tough travel restrictions of the former GDR.

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