Baltic Sea, Egypt, Dubai: Germany wants to go on vacation again – five destinations that are already thriving
One country after the next celebration of “Freedom Day” – and Germans can finally devote themselves to their favorite pastime, travel. We looked around on one of the biggest booking portals and presented the most popular destinations in March.
Good news from the travel industry: With the first openings and the relaxation of Corona rules in many holiday destinations, the desire to travel is growing. The demand for vacation travel is higher than it has been for a long time. This is confirmed by the current analysis by the Research Association for Holidays and Travel (FUR): according to this, the pleasure of travel has risen to a high rate of 61 percent. This is ten percent more than the previous year.
In addition, about 70 percent of the 11,000 respondents to the survey stated that they had the time and money to take a vacation. This development is also notable in HolidayCheck’s booking and rating portal. The online travel agency has filtered the five most popular destinations for FOCUS Online. We present to them.
Egypt: In Five Hours of Paradise Vacation
Although Egypt – like most countries in the world – is classified as a high-risk area by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) and there is an official travel warning from the Federal Foreign Office (AA), its bathing areas are very popular with pack tourists. The number of reservations at HolidayCheck has been skyrocketing for weeks.
Getting to the picture-perfect beaches on the Red Sea is uncomplicated and quarantine-free, provided you are fully immunized, have recovered, or have recently had a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or antigen test result. Unvaccinated people entering Hurghada, Sharm El Sheikh, Marsa Alam or Marsa Matrouh directly can take the required Covid test at the airport. But you have to wait for the result in the hotel room.
At best, nothing stands in the way of great freedom on frigid, palm-fringed shores of sugar: the sun shines from the sky for nearly nine hours in March, with temperatures reaching 25 degrees. And water temperatures sound like music to your ears: around 22 degrees. Don’t forget the wonderful underwater world and ideal conditions for water sports such as windsurfing, pavilion and kite surfing from Mars.
Turkey Holidays: Running on the Riviera
The Turkey’s southern coast, also known as the Riviera, was a popular destination for the spring months even before Corona. But for now, half of Germany appears to be drawn to the 250-kilometre stretch of coastline bordering the Mediterranean – although there are warnings against non-essential tourist trips and Turkey is on the list of high-risk countries.
Air, land and sea borders are open and tourists are required to show an authorization code called HES code as well as a full vaccination, proof of health or negative PCR test. You can apply for this 72 hours before entering the country using an online form. The code allows access to a number of public facilities and events.
Smoking is prohibited in public places, the 3-step distance rule and masks are mandatory. However, vacationers in hotels are lucky: hotels are allowed to set their own rules. And it looks like this for most guests: except for the hallway, guests do not have to wear a mask. Masks are not normally allowed in restaurants and bars, as well as on beaches, pools, and sports areas. Nothing stands in the way of enjoying the beach area, where the 3,000m high Taurus Mountains rise.
The temperate, subtropical climate allows the thermometer to reach the 20-degree mark in March, with seven hours of sunshine per day. The sea is still a little clear at 16 degrees, but the water temperature rises to more than 20 degrees by May.
Islands of Spain: Bienvenidos in the Balearic and Canary Islands
The wave of easing in Europe has also reached the Spanish holiday islands. At the beginning of February, masks became mandatory outdoors. As one of the first regions in the country, Mallorca raised the third generation base. On the German favorite island, tourists can breathe freely again.
Ballermann is also coming to life again, although there is still a two-meter safety distance between the deckchairs and umbrellas on the beaches. Discos and entertainment venues are allowed to open again until five in the morning. The ban on the sale of alcoholic beverages after 10pm, which affected retail and petrol stations, was also lifted.
The 3G base has also been canceled in the Canary Islands in Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria and Tenerife, which are currently just as popular. On Tenerife’s public beaches, for example, sun loungers and umbrellas are already being disinfected with a 100 percent biocide, according to local media reports.
There are 40 beaches on the largest of the seven Canary Islands, which during the day rarely drop below 20 degrees, even in winter. With about 150 kilometers of broad, light sandy beaches and a turquoise sea, Fuerteventura is located just 100 kilometers from the Moroccan coast.
But be careful: anyone entering Spain must provide proof of vaccination, recovery or testing, as well as a QR code that can be accessed via a digital health form.
Dubai: Winter Haven in Preference
Test and go: Entering Dubai, one of the seven United Arab Emirates, is uncomplicated for Germans. It is sufficient to take a negative PCR test (no later than 72 hours before departure).
After a six-hour trip, vacationers can expect a world of supremacy: plenty of sunshine, endless sandy beaches with a sea as warm as a bathtub, insane architecture and plenty of unusual attractions. Unlike the neighboring emirate of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, corona rules are much more relaxed here. For example, the night curfew has been lifted and no application is required to enter public facilities. Shops, hotels, restaurants, museums and events are open.
However, masks must be worn in public places and keep a distance of two metres. As of Sunday, Dubai is no longer a high-risk area.
Poland’s Baltic Coast: A Cheap Sand Paradise & Vacation Home Tips
Surprisingly among the popular travel destinations currently is West Pomeranian. The region in northwest Poland borders Germany and has more than 500 km of coastline on the Baltic Sea. Kilometer-long beaches with gorgeous golden sand, dunes up to 50 meters high, national parks, adjacent forests, quiet villages and developed seaside resorts such as Swinemünde or Kolberg make the area very attractive.
The healthy holiday season begins here in February. Big advantage: Prices are relatively cheap – luxury offers at very low prices. Entry into Poland, which remains a high-risk area with a travel warning, is possible with a digital EU Covid certificate for complete protection from vaccination, recovery in the past six months or a negative test (PCR test or antigen test).
Masks are mandatory in public places and 1.5 meters of social distancing is applied. In hotels and restaurants, the situation is still comfortable, given that there is an occupancy limit of 30 percent.
notice: Hubert Burda Media, which owns FOCUS Online, is the main shareholder of HolidayCheck Group AG.
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