Berlin (dpa) – Nearly two-thirds of Germans think lifting travel restrictions for Mallorca is wrong.
In a poll by the YouGov opinion research institute on behalf of the German news agency, 65 percent rejected the federal government’s decision to lift the quarantine and testing obligation for returnees from the Spanish holiday island. Only 22 percent consider this step to be the right one. 12 percent did not provide any information.
The boom in bookings for the Germans’ favorite island continues. DER Touristik reported that the number has increased eightfold in the week since the government decision. “The demand for holidays in Mallorca has been very high since the opening.”
A week ago, the federal government decided to remove Mallorca and other regions in Spain, Portugal, Denmark and the Bahamas in the Caribbean from the list of corona risk areas, lifting the travel warning from the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This means that since Sunday it has been possible to go on holiday again on the favorite island of the Germans without quarantine and mandatory inspection upon return. A negative test is only required upon entry into Spain.
Rejection of the government decision is especially high among the voters of the ruling parties CDU / CSU (72 percent) and SPD (75 percent). It is most likely accepted by AfD voters. But even of them, a 52 percent majority are against it.
The federal government has committed to lifting the travel alert for a country or region as soon as the number of new infections falls below 50 per 100,000 residents within a week. Nevertheless, she still generally advises against taking tourist trips at home or abroad.
44 percent of YouGov respondents were in favor of reactivating the global travel warning issued during the first Corona wave last spring. On the other hand, 35 percent believe that the previous practice of evaluating individual regions abroad based on the contamination situation is fundamentally correct. 13 percent would be in favor of the abolition of all travel restrictions.
Almost exactly a year ago, the federal government issued a worldwide travel warning for all approximately 200 countries, which was only lifted after three months. Since then, the government has assessed all countries individually, with the exception of individual regions. Nevertheless, about 160 countries are still fully or partially classified as risk areas.
Majorca’s decision brought a sigh of relief to the shocked travel industry. The largest travel company, Tui, is also consistently reporting strong bookings. “There is still clear demand for the newly launched tours,” the company says. In terms of prices, Tui sees “no particular upward swings” despite high demand – relative to available capacity, if capacity is used, they are often in the range of “standard prices”.
The competitor FTI also reports an “extreme increase in demand, especially for Mallorca”. Since last week, the number of bookings has increased by five times the week before. “We are closer to the numbers in the comparable period of March 2019,” said FTI manager Manuel Morales.
Airlines also want to benefit from the increased demand for Mallorca. Lufthansa has almost completely sold its extra Easter offer. “The flights are almost fully booked. There are only places left, ”said a spokesman. At the moment, however, there are no plans to launch any more aircraft. Looking ahead, there will also be high demand for Greece from May onwards.
Other airlines such as Eurowings, Condor, Tuifly or Irish Ryanair had also announced additional flights to the holiday region after the Corona travel warning for the Balearic Islands and some other areas fell on Sunday. The industry as a whole cannot find anything indecent about the reopening of Mallorca. They point to strict hygiene rules and the low number of cases there. Ultimately, the trips that are now possible again exactly match the rules of the federal government, it is said.