How to travel without a visa in Germany
A German court has ordered a major airline to suspend its service to the US, citing the country’s travel restrictions and the lack of visas.
A judge in the eastern state of Baden-Württemberg said the decision was necessary to prevent the airlines from being able to “take advantage of the US and other countries’ lax policies in their efforts to smuggle passengers into the country.”
German authorities have been in the process of rolling out new measures, including the ban on high-speed rail, to deal with the migrant crisis.
The ban is due to go into effect on April 2, 2018, but the decision on the airlines’ suspension came late Friday night.
The airline in question is BA Group, which has been the subject of a series of lawsuits in Germany in recent years.
Germany has become the first European country to impose a travel ban on flights to the United States after a surge in the number of refugees from Syria and Iraq arriving at airports in Germany, and the government is trying to restrict the flow of people from Syria to Germany.
Germany, a member of the European Union, has the second-highest number of Syrian refugees in the world behind Greece.
It is unclear whether the airline’s decision will be overturned, but German lawmakers have criticized the measures, calling them an infringement of Germany’s national sovereignty.
The airline was not immediately available for comment.
The German government says it will continue to try to boost the number and size of the refugee camps in Germany.
The U.S. State Department on Friday said it was aware of the decision, but would continue to monitor developments.