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Austria and Germany allow flights from Albania

Austria and Germany are allowing flights originating from Tirana International Airport (TIA) in Albania starting August 1.

TIA announces on its Facebook page that Austrian Airlines is resuming flights from Vienna to Tirana. Meanwhile Lufthansa returns to the Albanian capital after disrupting flights from Frankfurt for about five months.

Good news. Austria opens flights with Albania, although only EU residents are allowed. Lufthansa, after a 5-month suspension, resumes flights to Frankfurt.

Tirana International Airport

In mid-July, the Austrian Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection expanded the list of landing bans for aircraft.

Therefore, from July 16, 2020, regular flights from several countries couldn’t land in Austria. Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Egypt, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania and Serbia were part of the ban.

The ban was in place until July 31, 2020.

As a result, Austrian Airlines cancelled all flights between Vienna and several destinations during the period 16-31 July 2020. This included: Belgrade, Bucharest, Cairo, Kyiv, London, Podgorica, Prishtina, Sarajevo, Sibiu, Skopje, Sofia, Stockholm, Tirana and Varna.

Germany has a travel warning

Lufthansa’s was not operating flights from Frankfurt to Tirana since March, when Albania shut its borders. Things are changing on August 1, as the flights are resuming.

Earlier this month, Germany extended a travel warning for nationals traveling to third-countries, until August 31.

It asserts that there are risks of a COVID-19 infections coming from these countries, due to the current situation outside the EU.

The Foreign Affairs Ministry of Germany says that this move is due to fears of a second wave of infections. Sometimes, many countries take prompt restrictions, without prior notice and with immediate effect. As a result, German nationals will be stuck abroad.

Germany makes it clear it has not extended the EU-wide entry ban until August 31, as several media outlets are reporting. But instead, it extends a warning for Germans wishing to travel abroad.

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