Corona rules: Package tours and cruises only for vaccinated people

Europe Corona rules

Where travel is only possible for those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered

The first tour operators only take vacationers with them if they have been fully vaccinated against Corona or have recovered. This also applies to numerous cruise ships. The 2G rule could also prevail in many hotels and holiday countries.

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises announced that from autumn onwards it will only offer cruises to adults who have been vaccinated and recovered

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises announced that from autumn onwards it will only offer cruises to adults who have been vaccinated and recovered

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Dhe travel offers for the unvaccinated could shrink in the corona pandemic. The first organizers only take holidaymakers with them if they have been fully vaccinated or have recovered (2G rule). “More and more destinations are relying on the 2G rule, and more and more tour operators and cruise operators are opting for it,” reports Norbert Fiebig, President of the DRV travel association.

According to FTI Group boss Ralph Schiller, the 2G rule could prevail in many hotels and travel destinations in the long term. “In view of the fact that most people in this country have received a vaccination offer and can take advantage of it, this is understandable,” says Schiller.

The tour operator of package tours wants to continue to offer trips as much as possible for vaccinated and convalescent people as well as those with negative tests (3G rule). “In our opinion, all guests should have a chance to travel to enjoy the best time of the year,” argues the manager. “So far we have done very well with the 3G rule, high security and hygiene concepts and the call for a broad test infrastructure.”

Travel only for vaccinated and convalescent people

The specialty travel agent Student however, currently relies on 2G. “In more and more countries, hygiene regulations are currently tightening again due to the increasing corona numbers,” the study tour operator recently justified his decision. This applies both to entry into countries and to access to sights, restaurants or shops.

“In order to be able to guarantee our guests a smooth holiday trip, Studiosus also relies on the so-called 2G rule,” said the organizer. From October 1, 2021, participation in the trips is only possible for vaccinated and convalescent people.

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The tourism group announced at the beginning of July Alltours with only accepting adults in the Group’s own Allsun Hotels from the end of October if they have corona vaccination protection or proof of recovery. The step is part of his extensive hygiene and safety concept.

Industry leader TUI follows the specifications of the target areas. “We do not issue our own rules,” says a company spokesman. Even THE tourism currently relies on the respective country specifications, which in most cases meant the so-called 3G rule. However, the company is checking whether offers for selected types of travel are only made for vaccinated or recovered vacationers.

Cruises for vacationers with corona vaccination

In any case, only vaccinated people are allowed on board many cruise ships. TUI Cruises offers various cruises in warm climes in the coming winter primarily for fully vaccinated vacationers. This already applies to various TUI Cruises ships in the current summer season, also because of the requirements of the countries that are called.

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises announced that from autumn onwards only vaccinated adults would be taken with them. The convalescent status is considered analogous to the full vaccination protection. The Rostock cruise line Aida Cruises offers some trips on its winter schedule without exception to holidaymakers with corona vaccination.

When entering the country, each country has its own rules

Different corona regulations in different countries unsettle vacationers and cause the industry a headache. Norway, for example, requires proof of vaccination or health history. Without this proof, entry is associated with test and quarantine obligations.

Spain requires holidaymakers from Germany to have a full vaccination, proof of recovery or a negative test. The USA will allow EU citizens, among others, to re-enter from November, but only with a full corona vaccination.

DRV President Fiebig calls for the most uniform provisions possible in the destination areas and when entering the country – at least within the EU. “The currently existing patchwork quilt, but also the constant short-term changes, continue to cause uncertainty and lead to reluctance to book.”

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