Germany, Spain, and France have been registering a high number of arrivals and departures despite still keeping in place COVID-19 entry restrictions for all travelers.
The European Organization for the Safety of Air Navigation (Eurocontrol) has revealed through its most recent report that the three countries have reported an average of over 3,500 flights per day from April 21 until April 27, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
During the above-mentioned period, from April 21 until April 27, Germany registered an average of 4,591 departures and arrivals per day, which is 20 per cent less than during the same week in 2019 but 7 per cent more than the previous week. The flight increases over the previous week in Germany have been mainly due to domestic flows as well as flows with the UK, Italy, and Poland.
As for Spain, Eurocontrol reveals that the country had an average of 4,426 departures and arrival per day – 8 per cent below the same week in 2019 and two per cent below the figures from last week.
Similarly, France also registered a high number of flights. During the period mentioned above, France reported an average of 3,875 departures and arrivals per day. As for the flight increases over the previous week, Eurocontrol explains that this has happened due to flows with Germany and Greece.
The increase in the number of arrivals and departures in Germany, Spain, and France has been registered despite these three countries still requiring travelers to meet entry requirements.
Currently, Germany requires travelers over the age of 12 to present COVID proof – a vaccination, recovery, or test certificate – upon their arrival. Germany was expected to ease its entry rules by the end of April. However, the authorities have announced that the country will continue to keep in place its restrictions until the end of May.
Similarly, Spain also requires all travelers from the EU / Schengen Area to present a vaccination, recovery, or test certificate. On the other hand, third-country travelers are permitted entry to Spain only if they hold a vaccination or recovery pass or if they fall on the exemption list.
As for France, the Ministry of Interior explains that all persons who have been vaccinated or recovered from the virus can enter the country for all kinds of purposes. Travelers who have not been vaccinated or recovered can also enter France as long as they present a negative test result.