Hurtigruten suspends all expedition trips until the end of the year

The global spread of the coronavirus  and government measures such as border closings are hugely restricting personal mobility and thus travel. The Federal Foreign Office has also issued a travel warning for tourist trips because of the pandemic. Here you will regularly find the latest news on the subject of the corona crisis and travel.

Hurtigruten suspends all expedition trips until the end of the year

Due to the increasing number of corona infections in Europe, North and South America, the decision was made to suspend all expedition cruises until the end of December, Hurtigruten said in a stock exchange announcement on Thursday. The aim is to resume operations in January 2021.

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According to Hurtigruten boss Daniel Skjeldam, several cruises to Antarctica, which were originally supposed to start from October to December, are affected by the move. Hurtigruten was one of the first shipping companies to offer cruises again at the end of June, including with the new “MS Fridtjof Nansen” from Hamburg .

However, Hurtigruten was in distress due to an outbreak with more than 70 corona infections on the cruise ship “MS Roald Amundsen” . To this end, the shipping company presented an independent investigation report late on Thursday afternoon, from which it emerged that several mistakes were made during the eruption. Among other things, the suspicion of infection was not investigated, and the quarantine rules were not properly followed.

+++ Free corona tests for vacationers from non-risk areas are ending +++

The options for free corona tests for all those returning to Germany will be limited at the end of the holiday season. Travelers who do not come from a risk area with high numbers of infections will no longer be entitled to free tests from this Tuesday. Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) said on Monday: “For the vacation time, it was important to test all travelers for the corona virus. With a view to autumn and winter, we are now concentrating the tests more on the domestic market.”

The federal government regularly determines which countries are considered risk areas for German holidaymakers – they are listed on the website of the federally owned Robert Koch Institute (RKI). The federal and state governments agreed on the changes to the tests at the end of August. “For those arriving from risk areas, the test obligation and the requirement of quarantine until negative test results continue to apply for the time being,” said Spahn. Tests for them remain free for the time being. The quarantine rules for returnees from risk areas should be changed after a decision by the federal and state governments – if possible by October 1st. The obligation to quarantine for 14 days should therefore be waived at the earliest with a test from the fifth day after return.

+++ From spring 2021, all seven Tui ships are to run again +++

After the slow start, the cruise operator Tui Cruises wants to offer trips on all ships in its fleet again from spring. “We hope to be on the road again with all seven ships by spring 2021 at the latest, with a little less occupancy and the right health concepts,” said company boss Wybcke Meier of the newspaper “Welt am Sonntag”.

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Far from a return to normal: The difficult restart of the cruise industry

After cruises came to a standstill due to the corona pandemic, Tui Cruises had almost the entire fleet parked in the North Sea. Since the end of June this year, the company has been offering trips to the North and Baltic Seas again. This weekend another ship in Greece is supposed to take on guests again. Tui operates the ships “Mein Schiff” with the numbers one to six and the “Mein Schiff Herz”. “As far as finances are concerned, we have done our homework and will therefore survive this phase with fewer ships and less capacity utilization,” said Meier. Around 60 percent of all employees are still on short-time work.

+++ Day tourists can visit Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania again +++

From this weekend on, day tourists can come back to Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Because of the corona pandemic, most of the guests from the surrounding federal states have not been welcome since mid-March. Such trips were considered illegal and could be fined up to 2000 euros.

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It is estimated that companies in the country are losing three to five million euros in turnover per day due to a lack of day tourists. From the point of view of the state government, the restrictions were an effective tool to slow down the spread of the corona virus. “Thousands of day tourists were already in the country,” said the President of Dehoga Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Lars Schwarz. Therefore, the withdrawal of the ban was a long overdue step that the hospitality industry has long been calling for.

+++ Foreign Office warns against traveling to all of Spain +++

Due to the corona pandemic, the Federal Foreign Office has now also issued a travel warning for the Canary Islands, which are popular with German holidaymakers. The federal government is now warning against “unnecessary, tourist” trips to all parts of Spain. “Spain was and is severely affected by COVID-19,” the Federal Foreign Office explains the decision on the website . In the Canaries, the islands of Gran Canaria and Tenerife are particularly affected.

So far, the Foreign Office had already warned against traveling to mainland Spain and the Balearic Islands with the popular holiday island of Mallorca. Now this also applies to the Canaries. Returnees must take a free corona test and go into quarantine until the result is negative.

As the Federal Foreign Office also announced, the regions of Cantabria, Castile and Léon, La Rioja, Navarra, the Basque Country, the capital region of Madrid and the capital of the Balearic Islands, Palma de Mallorca, are currently affected by the virus. There are therefore strict exit restrictions throughout the country. Discos and night bars are completely closed, restaurants are open until 1 a.m. at the latest.

+++ Hamburg fish market should open in October, but only at noon instead of early in the morning +++

The Hamburg fish market was closed for five months due to the Corona crisis – now the traditional market is set to reopen in October. This is at least a concept that the Altona district has developed together with the health authority. Fish, fruit and vegetables should no longer be sold early in the morning as usual, but instead on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The fish market in Hamburg Altona with Aale-Dieter

Since mid-March, tourists and Hamburg residents have had to do without the 300-year-old Hamburg fish market due to the corona pandemic. Around 120 market stalls are usually set up there. Many night owls went straight to the fish market after an evening in the neighborhood. This possibility should no longer exist because the authority feared that the corona rules among the partygoers would not always be observed.

The new protection concept provides for a maximum of 500 visitors and 60 dealers. The site is to be fenced off with separate entrances and exits and a one-way system. At the start, 20 security guards should regulate the entry and ensure that the distance rules are observed.

+++ Almost 200 passengers have to be in quarantine after their vacation flight +++

After a flight from a Greek island to Great Britain, all approximately 200 passengers and crew members were sent to a two-week quarantine. 16 guests of the holiday plane have already tested positive, reported the BBC. According to British health experts, seven of them were most likely already contagious on board.

On the flight from the island of Zakynthos to Cardiff (Wales) on August 25, a number of passengers are said to have ignored the corona protective measures. Many would not have worn masks as prescribed; the crew hardly intervened, it was said. The machine was full of “selfish Cov-idiots”, said a woman of the BBC, alluding to the disease Covid-19. The allegations will be followed up closely, the broadcaster quoted a spokesman for the travel company Tui. Many young British people in Greece have a reputation for being partying and drinking a lot of alcohol.

+++ Record of new infections: Canaries tremble for special corona position +++

A new record of new infections has been registered in the Canary Islands. The regional health authorities reported 338 new cases within 24 hours on Thursday evening. That’s the highest number since the pandemic broke out in March. The Atlantic islands belonging to Spain must now fear losing their special position and, like the whole country – including the Balearic Islands – being put on the list of risk areas by Germany.

 The associated travel warning would give the already badly ailing tourism industry, which contributes around 35 percent of regional income, the “death knell”, as the media warned on Friday. The central criterion for classification as a risk area is in which states or regions there have been more than 50 newly infected people per 100,000 inhabitants in the past seven days. In the Canaries there are already 79.69. The islands off the west coast of Africa are now in a worse position than many Spanish regions, for which the Foreign Office’s travel warning has been in effect since mid-August. In the Balearic Islands with the Germans’ favorite island, Mallorca, this number is 79.52.

+++ Cunard shipping company cancels all cruises until the end of March 2021 +++

The British Cunard shipping company has informed the customers of its three cruise ships long-term: The “Queen Elizabeth” will then be idle up to and including March 25, 2021, for the flagship “Queen Mary 2” all voyages are suspended up to and including April 18, 2021, and the “Queen Victoria” will only resume service after May 16, 2021.

“In view of the current recommendations of the Foreign Office and the Foreign Ministry of the United Kingdom as well as the great complexity that the global cruise operation brings with it during the Covid-19 pandemic, the traditional shipping company Cunard is extending the operating break beyond November 2020,” said one on Tuesday published press release. The 180-year-old traditional shipping company, which is now part of the Carnival Corporation, the largest cruise company in the world, is the first large company in the industry to clearly communicate a one-year forced break due to the corona pandemic.

+++ Due to missing ticket refunds: Lufthansa and Ryanair lose in court +++

Since many airlines do not reimburse tickets after requests for payment, the Flightright portal filed lawsuits in the spring. The first judgments have now been passed on the proceedings against Lufthansa and Ryanair. There are now more than 20 judgments against Lufthansa, e.g. B. before the AG Erding (Az. 15 C 2780/20). The judgments are so-called acknowledgment judgments. This means that the airline did not defend itself on the matter and recognized the claims.

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