Germany, Spain and France see high numbers of flights despite entry rules still in place


Germany, Spain and France saw high numbers of arrivals and departures despite maintaining COVID-19 entry restrictions for all travellers.

The European Organization for the Safety of Air Navigation (Eurocontrol) revealed in its latest report that the three countries reported an average of more than 3,500 flights per day from April 21 to April 27, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.

During the above-mentioned period, from April 21 to April 27, Germany recorded an average of 4,591 departures and arrivals per day, which is 20% less than during the same week in 2019 but 7% more than the previous week. The increase in flights compared to the previous week in Germany is mainly due to domestic flows as well as flows with the United Kingdom, Italy and Poland.

As for Spain, Eurocontrol reveals that the country had an average of 4,426 departures and arrivals per day, 8% less than the same week in 2019 and 2% less than last week’s figures.

Similarly, France also recorded a high number of thefts. During the period mentioned above, France recorded an average of 3,875 departures and arrivals per day. As for the increase in flights compared to the previous week, Eurocontrol explains that this happened due to flows with Germany and Greece.

The increase in the number of arrivals and departures in Germany, Spain and France has been recorded although these three countries still require 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 arrival. Germany was due to ease its entry rules by the end of April. However, the authorities announced that the country would maintain its restrictions until the end of May.

>> Travel: Germany extends current entry restrictions until 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, travelers from third countries are only allowed to enter Spain if they have a vaccination or recovery pass or if they are on the exemption list.

As for France, the Ministry of the Interior explains that all people vaccinated or cured of the virus can enter the country for all kinds of reasons. Travelers who have not been vaccinated or recovered can also enter France as long as they present a negative test result.

>> COVID-19 travel rules to follow when visiting France this summer

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