German tourists will return to the Canary Islands in the summer
The German Commissioner for Tourism, Thomas Bareiss, is confident that leisure travel within Europe will be possible this summer thanks to the progress of the vaccination campaign.
In an interview in the weekly "Der Spiegel", Bareiss rules out however that tourism can be done during the Easter holidays, between the end of March and the middle of April.
"But for the summer holidays I expect a clear improvement," says the commissioner, who is convinced that domestic tourism will be possible, but also international summer trips to traditional destinations, such as Spain and the Canary Islands.
To facilitate tourism, Bareiss has asked that the lists of risk territories that the German government and the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for virology draw up, be by region and not by country.
He also said that in his opinion, safe corridors will be necessary in tourist areas with a low incidence rate of Covid, with the use of tests.
Bareiss was skeptical of the possibility of Covid passports for those already vaccinated, at least until the entire population has the option to be immunized. Privileging the former while the others must wait would be "very unfair," he argued.
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However, he added, the German government cannot do anything if other countries offer advantages to those Germans who are already vaccinated.
Germany is the second largest source market for international tourists to Spain, behind only the United Kingdom. The autonomous communities that receive the most Germans are the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands, Catalonia, and Andalusia.