It is already building up on the border with Denmark

Many EU countries want to lift existing entry restrictions on Monday. The German Chamber of Commerce and Industry sees this as a free second economic stimulus package.

Cars are parked at the Krusau border crossing in the direction of Denmark on June 15, 2020.

TTourists from Germany have been able to return to Denmark since Monday. Even early in the morning, drivers made slow progress in front of the border crossing on the A7. A line about a kilometer long formed at the Kupfermühle border crossing, as the South Jutland police tweeted. Because the controls were not stopped. At the other open border crossings there were initially no queues.

From Monday, German, Norwegian and Icelandic holidaymakers can return to Denmark, provided they have booked at least six nights. On this day, German guests are expected in around 14,000 booked holiday homes, including 5300 in South Jutland alone, as the Danish broadcaster DR reported a few days ago with reference to figures from the relevant industry association.

Germans who own a summer house in Denmark or want to visit their partner in Denmark have been able to re-enter since the end of May. In addition, residents of Schleswig-Holstein have been allowed to re-enter Denmark without good reason since Monday.

Many other EU countries also wanted to lift existing entry restrictions on Monday. Poland had reopened its borders with all EU neighboring countries on Saturday night.

Germany ended its border controls introduced in the Corona crisis on Monday night. The controls imposed on the German borders with neighboring countries in mid-March had been gradually reduced for a few days. “The border controls will end on Sunday, June 14th,” the Federal Ministry of the Interior announced on Saturday.

“Worldwide impulses” through border openings

This allows people from Germany’s neighboring countries to re-enter without any particular reason. The controls against irregular immigration on the border with Austria, which had been introduced long before, remain in place.

The German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DIHK) expects the opening of borders within the EU to have an impact on the global economy. “The opening of the European border can also give impulses worldwide – so that international trade can get going again and secure prosperity and jobs in Germany,” said DIHK President Eric Schweitzer of the “Funke” media group.

In order for the German economy to pick up speed again, it is important that the demand for German products and services pick up again worldwide, said Schweitzer. “The opening of the EU borders from Monday can therefore act like a second economic stimulus package for the German economy, without costing the state a single cent,” said the DIHK President.

Schweitzer worries that travel warnings will remain in place for 160 countries. He called for tourist traffic to be “gradually ramped up again around the world”. Among other things, the travel warnings still apply to the important German sales markets of America, China and Russia.