Monday, July 5th, 2021
Displeasure with corona rules
VDMA: USA should let Germans back in
Americans are allowed to enter Europe again, but the gates stay closed in the other direction. This meets with a growing lack of understanding in the German economy. The mechanical engineering association is now taking responsibility for the US embassy.
The discontent of the German economy about the ongoing corona entry restrictions in the USA is growing: In view of the low incidence values and the ongoing vaccination campaign, the president of the mechanical engineering association VDMA called in a letter to the US embassy in Berlin to campaign for easing in Washington. “We believe that it is time to completely lift the burdensome Travel Ban for Germany,” wrote Karl Haeusgen in the letter from which the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” quoted.
“More than 53 percent of all Germans have received at least one dose of a Covid vaccine, similar to the United States, where approximately 55 percent of Americans have received at least one dose,” said Haeusgen. Other European countries are just as far – “certainly more than many countries outside the Schengen area that are not banned from entering the country”. According to official figures, the percentage of people in Germany who received a primary vaccination was higher than in the United States. However, significantly more have already received the second vaccination there.
In the USA there is still a general entry ban for people who have been in Germany or another country in the Schengen area within a period of 14 days prior to entry. Washington imposed extensive travel restrictions in March 2020. There are exceptions for US citizens and any German spouses or children. The EU had largely lifted entry restrictions for US citizens in mid-June. Entry is also possible again for those who have not been vaccinated.
“We are convinced that the classification of the Schengen area as a high-risk area no longer corresponds to the facts on the ground,” continued Haeusgen. Although exemptions are possible in certain cases, it is not clear whether this also includes general business trips, criticized the association. A reassessment of the situation is desirable, especially with a view to the improving relations between the EU and the USA.