Three days before August, the federal government still has a plan for those returning to travel. It’s embarrassing, but also smart and necessary, comments Christian Deutschländer.
Munich – Oops, suddenly summer! It was hard to predict. There is no other explanation for the fact that now, three days before August and already in the middle of the summer vacation in many countries, the federal government suddenly stumbles along with a plan for unvaccinated returnees. It’s embarrassing, especially for the pale SPD Justice Minister Lambrecht. Your concern has delayed the corona test unnecessarily.
On the matter, the advance is wise and unfortunately necessary. Anyone who flies is 100 percent tested, recovered or, at best, vaccinated. There is a gap on the overland route. The experience of August 2020 on Bavaria’s autobahns in the southeast (let’s leave the test chaos aside for once) is very instructive.
Corona test obligation for vacationers: returnees as a risk for society – detailed questions remain open
The lesser concern applies to holidaymakers returning from Tuscany. But with family returnees, especially from the Balkans and Eastern Europe, there is a higher risk of infection. Please do not stigmatize, but speak openly: These groups are often not vaccinated, rarely tested, but more carefree in the extended family. That is risky for society.
Of course there are now many detailed questions. Nobody wants tight border controls, in today’s Europe with a single market and freedom of travel they are extremely harmful. So spot checks and threats of punishment have to work. There must also be exceptions for small border traffic. The baseline, however, is correct, including the hope to use it to advertise the vaccination: Politicians must not be blinded by the joy that the number of infections is currently still low and the fear of the approaching federal election. Provision is necessary for autumn.