Germany: Berlin to recommend against UK travel due to quarantine measures

A German government spokesperson said that Berlin «urgently discourage» travel to the UK, despite the upcoming relaxation of travel warnings in the German capital on Wednesday. Germany is set to lift travel warnings for EU member states, as well as Schengen Area members, and the UK on June 15, but Foreign Ministry spokesperson Christofer Burger said that Germans would be urged to avoid UK travel due to the «mandatory quarantine for people entering the country.» «We have the before mentioned travel package of the EU Commission with recommendations, criteria, which the EU states use for orientation to guarantee a common, secure foundation for travels within Europe. We don't have something comparable to this outside the European area yet,' said Burger, adding that the German government will still advise against travelling outside the EU after June 15. Health Ministry spokesperson Teresa Nauber spoke about new changes in coronavirus testing in Germany, welcoming «that people without symptoms can be tested, paid by statutory health insurances.» Referring to a recent proposal by the Green party to remove the term 'race' from the German constitution in light of recent anti-racism protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd in the US, Interior Ministry spokesperson Steve Alter welcomed a debate on the issue but stated that it should not be decided «based on a current mood.» The topic of Libya was also addressed at the press conference with deputy government spokesperson Ulrike Demmer welcoming the possibility of a truce. «It is important to us to include Russia in all efforts to build up pressure on the conflicting parties to not deny a political solution,'' added Burger.

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