If Greece is a heavyweight in the Mediterranean region it will definitely affect the travel industry – at least somewhat since Spain and Portugal were removed from the list of risk countries two weeks ago. It is also advantageous that there is at least some melting in Italy and France, although this does not yet trigger a large flow.
The biggest surprises are a long way off: TravelNews wrote on March 8 that Tanzania should have been on this list a long time ago. Not because we approve the list, but if the criteria were used consistently, the state should have been included in the BAG for a long time. It just happened. After all, Kenya is accessible to this.
On the other hand, adding Jamaica to this list would be a bitter blow to Edelweiss. According to the current flight schedule, flights to Montego Bay will not take place until May and October; However, current isolated demand is unlikely to increase demand.
On the other hand, I am glad that the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland) and the Republic of Ireland are not on the list now. You should note: “British overseas territories” (14 islands, including Turks & Caicos, Bermuda or the British Virgin Islands) are not included here, meaning they have a separate restriction. More surprise: America is not on the list right now. However, this does not currently make much sense because the United States does not allow Swiss people inside. The hope that the borders will open soon is linked to vaccination programs. And Switzerland is not in a big position yet.
Conclusion: From the perspective of the travel industry, this latest edition of the list of risk countries has both pros and cons. This version does not change anything about the fact that even reasonable medium or long term travel planning is not possible because of this list.