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Love is not tourism - this is how couples are fighting to be together despite Corona

A long-distance relationship can be grueling: Always saying goodbye for a while, missing each other, and depending on the distance, it costs a lot of planning and money to see your loved one. In the Corona crisis, couples who not only live in different cities, but also have a relationship across national borders, truly pulled the, well, ass card.

In many areas of life, normality has now returned: restaurants and bars are open, the contact restrictions in many places have been completely lifted, and travel has been possible again within Europe for a while - at least for EU citizens. In many places, entry regulations and restrictions are the reason why (unmarried) couples have not been able to see each other for months. Love is not tourism, and relationships should be accepted as an essential reason for entry - this is exactly what bi-national couples are fighting for online right now.

We haven't seen each other since January 18th and it's killing us.
Instagram / @ loveis.essential

Under the hashtags #loveisnottourism and #loveisessential there are tons of stories on Instagram from people who have been physically separated from each other for several months due to the corona lockdown. "While my friends can already go to the cinema again, I have only been able to see my partner via Skype for weeks," writes one user. "You can have a babyshower party with 20 people, while my friend will probably miss the birth of his child because he is not allowed to enter - because we are not married," reports another user. With petitions, bi-national couples are calling on politicians to relax the regulations for couples - because their love is essential, not least for their mental health.

Until then, many couples are making all possible attempts to somehow see each other despite the adverse circumstances - including Janna * and her friend Nina. Janna is German, Nina is American; neither in Germany nor in the USA can the two be together right now.

When the first few weeks of the lockdown were over and the exit restrictions had already been relaxed in many places, the two began to consider where and how they could finally meet again. Ultimately, they found that Ireland was the only country in the EU to allow both German and American citizens to enter the country. In a Facebook group they came across another couple who were in exactly the same situation: He came from Germany, she from New York, and both had flown to Ireland to meet there.

Love is essential - love is not tourism

So at the beginning of May they decided to try it too. They booked an AirBnB in Dublin to go into self-isolation together: "It was perfectly fine for us that we would have to maintain self-isolation for at least 14 days - all we wanted was to be together."

It slowly turned out that Ireland was now something like the asylum country for binational couples in times of Corona: At the airport, the two immediately met another couple who hugged each other in the arrivals area. “I was so touched and excited by this scene and was curious about where they were from, so I approached them. One was from Ireland but had previously been stuck in Australia; his partner was from the States. In Dublin they were finally reunited, "says Janna.

That we would have to keep self-isolation for at least 14 days was of course fine with us - all we wanted was to be together.

No one on the #loveisnottourism website denies that travel restrictions for tourism are important and sensible in order to curb the spread of the corona virus - but entering a country to see your partner or family is not a vacation trip , not a weekend trip, but should be considered an essential reason for traveling. The initiators of Love Is Not Tourism demand that couples be allowed to travel under conditions such as 14 days of self-isolation or voluntary corona tests upon entry. This is now possible in Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands. You can find more information about the campaigns and petitions here.

Editor's note: The names of the people mentioned have been changed.