Which country can we go to?
Corona pandemic Vacation abroad: where are you allowed to travel, what applies in which country?
Canary Islands: Warning app is mandatory
The Canaries are less affected by the corona pandemic than Germany and are no longer classified as a risk area. The number of infections has stabilized at a medium level. Tenerife fluctuates around the critical value of 50, Lanzarote is 106 (as of May 19). Anyone wishing to travel there must have a negative PCR test that must not be older than 72 hours. You also have to fill out an entry form.
Vacationers who have a smartphone must use theCorona app "Radar Covid"to install. A Spanish court has declared the night curfew in the Canary Islands to be ineffective.
Italy: no more quarantine after entry
Italy, one of the longing destinations of many Germans, was particularly hard hit by the corona pandemic. For Italy vacationers from Germany and other European countries, the previously necessary quarantine after entry has been no longer applicable since May 16. A negative PCR test is now sufficient.
Almost all regions reach the "yellow zones" in mid-May, in which outdoor catering can be open until 10 p.m. Trips beyond regional borders are also possible again. So far, there are only a few advantages for those who have tested negative and who have been vaccinated.
Greece: Certificate required for vaccinated persons
The Greek wine can be enjoyed again! Nevertheless, the Federal Foreign Office continues to classify Greece as a risk area. Vaccinated persons no longer have to show a negative PCR test upon entry. All that is required is a "certificate in English stating the full name of the traveler, the vaccine and the number of vaccination doses". It is not entirely clear whether the yellow vaccination certificate is sufficient for this.
You must also fill out a form 24 hours before leaving for Greece. Irrespective of this, a free Covid-19 rapid test will be carried out on arrival in individual cases. There is no longer a quarantine obligation for Germans.
In large parts of the country there are still restrictions, but at least the catering is now open - albeit only until 10:45 p.m. and under strict conditions. Mask and distance requirements also apply. Music is also still banned, but this is about to change - the government wants to avoid people dancing in groups or yelling in each other's ears because of loud music.
Netherlands: quarantine for travelers and returnees
A vacation in the Netherlands is currently not advisable. The country is considered a high incidence area. The Netherlands strongly advise foreign visitors not to travel on holiday. If you still want to come, you have to show a negative corona test and go into quarantine for ten days. If a second test is negative again, the quarantine ends. Vaccinated people have no privileges.
After a vacation in the Netherlands, German tourists who are not vaccinated would have to be in corona quarantine for at least five days again. This applies to anyone who has been in the Netherlands for more than 48 hours and who is not a cross-border commuter. As a direct neighbor, North Rhine-Westphalia had special regulations, but these have been removed since May 13th.
Croatia: currently high incidence area
In Croatia, the nationwide incidence value is currently over 200. The Robert Koch Institute has classified the country as a high incidence area - including the Istrian peninsula, which looks much better. If you still don't want to miss out on a holiday on the Adriatic coast, you have to plan time for at least five days of quarantine after your return.
You can enter the country despite the high incidence - albeit with some planning. If you drive by car, you have to drive through Austria without stopping! At the Croatian border you have to show a negative PCR or rapid test that is not older than 48 hours, or you have to be vaccinated / recovered.
The hotels and pensions are allowed to open in Croatia, the gastronomy at least in the outdoor areas. However, access to the beaches is limited. The sale of alcohol is prohibited between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Vacation in Portugal possible
Portugal was still fighting high numbers of infections in January, but they are now looking better. Besides Iceland, Portugal has the lowest infection rates in Europe. Although the flower island Madeira and the Azores are still considered risk areas, holidaymakers are already allowed to enter without quarantine if they have been vaccinated against corona or have recovered or can show a negative corona test. A health declaration must be submitted before or when entering Madeira. It is compulsory to wear a mask.
Visitors from Germany and other EU countries with a relatively good Corona situation will be able to travel to mainland Portugal for tourist purposes again from May 16. All travelers over two years of age must present a negative PCR test, which must not be older than 72 hours, and fill out a form. You can eat in the restaurant until 10:30 p.m.
Austria: The Green Pass is coming soon
The quarantine requirement for vaccinated, convalescent or tested persons upon entry is no longer applicable. Nevertheless, the following applies: Don't forget the electronic form! Access tests are required in the reopened restaurants, hotels, cinemas and theaters. An extensive test infrastructure is now being rolled out for tourists, similar to that for locals. Foreign guests can have themselves checked for a corona infection free of charge in test streets and pharmacies. The validity of the tests varies between a few hours and 72 hours (PCR test).
From the beginning of June every vacationer should have one Green Pass carry with them. This is a QR code that you load onto your mobile phone and which electronically saves all previous evidence. The Green Pass should then be available for download on the website of the Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Regions and Tourism in Austria.
Still high incidence area: France
The seven-day incidence in France is around 150 (as of May 19). The country is therefore still considered a high incidence area. Nevertheless, the French government wants to slowly relax its extremely strict corona rules. From May 19, at least the outdoor catering can open again - until 9 p.m. Theaters, museums and cinemas should then be allowed to reopen.
Whether a holiday in France is really possible this year will not be known until the end of June. Then the next easing should come. At the moment you can enter France if you show a negative PCR test and a sworn statement, but this is not advisable, because after your return you have to go into quarantine for at least five days. There are currently no privileges for vaccinated people.
Vacation in Denmark possible
The Danish government is relaxing its corona entry requirements. This means that trips to Denmark are allowed again without a valid reason - but only because Germany is classified as "orange" on the country's own side for risk assessment. Vaccinated and convalescents have free rein, for everyone else: compulsory testing after arrival in Denmark and quarantine.
BUT: the vaccination must have been carried out with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) (so Sputnik V does not apply!). In addition, the last vaccination dose must be at least two weeks ago, but must not be more than 180 days old!
Travel to Greenland or the Faroe Islands is not recommended.
Overview of other countries
Anyone entering one of the three Baltic states from Germany or other EU countries must register. In Latvia and Lithuania, a negative test is generally required, in Estonia this applies to travelers from more severely affected countries. There is also an obligation to quarantine - those who have been proven to be vaccinated and those who have recovered are exempt from this.
Vaccinated, tested and recovered from Covid-19 travelers from EU countries are allowed to visit Bulgaria without the obligation to quarantine. Children up to the age of five from the EU and the Schengen area as well as from Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the USA and Israel, among others, are allowed to enter the country without a corona test. The entry of people from Corona high incidence countries is temporarily prohibited. Vaccinated people have no privileges.
There are still major hurdles for people entering the country: In most cases, a ten-day quarantine is necessary - in high-risk countries even at your own expense. In any case, a negative test is necessary before entry, and PCR tests must be carried out on the second and eighth day after entry. Only for countries on England's so-called “green list”, which so far only includes Portugal from Europe, are less strict rules. So far there are no exceptions for vaccinated people.
The government advises against unnecessary trips to Ireland. Travelers who come anyway must show a negative PCR test and go into quarantine. However, there is already more freedom for fully vaccinated people in Ireland, for example in private meetings or the quarantine rules.
After months of lockdown, the first relaxations came into force last week, hairdressers and shops are now allowed to offer customers appointments again. Museums, libraries and other cultural institutions have also reopened - but the catering industry is still only allowed to offer take-away.
The smallest EU country is no longer on Germany's risk list due to the sharp drop in corona numbers. From June 1st, Malta wants to be fully open to international tourism.
Shopping centers, hotels, museums and art galleries are allowed to reopen under certain conditions. Since May 15, restaurants have been able to serve guests in outdoor areas; indoor areas will remain closed until the end of May. The mask requirement remains only in interiors and buses and trains.
When entering from Germany and other EU countries, a quarantine period of ten days applies. This does not apply to travelers who present a negative corona test on entry that is not older than 48 hours. Even those who have been fully vaccinated and those who have been proven to have recovered are exempt from the quarantine.
Sweden, with its special route, is struggling with one of the highest numbers of new infections in Europe, while Norway has the pandemic under control quite well. The Swedish measures - including a maximum number of participants for events of eight people and the closure of restaurants, pubs and cafes at 8.30 p.m. - apply provisionally until June 1, while Norway began the gradual return from the measures in mid-April. The vaccination campaigns in both countries are about as advanced as in Germany.
To keep the situation in Norway good, the government in Oslo has practically closed the borders to people from abroad. Anyone who is allowed to enter the country anyway - for example because they are transporting goods or performing system-relevant functions - are subject to extensive test and quarantine rules. All of this is more relaxed in Sweden. Foreigners must be able to show a negative corona test that is no more than 48 hours old when they enter the country. The national health authority also recommends getting tested after arrival and again for five days and avoiding contact for seven days.
Thanks to the falling number of infections, the signs in Switzerland are pointing to further easing. Among other things, the government can envisage opening the interior of the restaurants at the end of May or allowing larger events again. Even now, vacationing in Switzerland is practically no problem: Hotels, museums, shops, theaters, cinemas, zoos and amusement parks are open.
Anyone arriving by car, bus or train must register electronically; a negative corona test is required for air travel. Only travelers from risk areas have to be in quarantine.
(dpa / ADAC / Foreign Office)
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