Berlin (dpa) - The summer vacation has started or is just around the corner. Many non-European travel destinations cease to exist in the corona pandemic due to entry restrictions and travel warnings - but holidays, especially in Europe, are possible again.
The Federal Foreign Office (AA) extended its worldwide travel warning by the end of August, but lifted it for the majority of European countries. There is still an official warning against trips to Sweden, for example, trips to the UK are not recommended. Restrictions may continue to apply in other European countries this summer. An overview.
EGYPT - TRAVEL WARNING STILL APPLIES: With the arrival of two flights from Ukraine on July 1, Egypt has reopened its borders to tourists after a three-month flight freeze. Restaurants and cafés are currently allowed to receive guests until 10 p.m. with 25 percent occupancy. Private beaches, such as hotels, are open under certain conditions, but public beaches and parks remain closed despite temperatures of up to 40 degrees Celsius. Among other things, a mask requirement applies in shops, supermarkets and in local public transport. The pandemic is far from over: around 82,000 infections and more than 3800 deaths have been reported in Egypt - most corona deaths in the Arab region ahead of Saudi Arabia. For Egypt, the AA's travel warning is valid until 31 August as a non-EU country.
BELGIUM: The kingdom is open to tourists from Germany. Quarantine rules do not apply to German holidaymakers - in everyday life, however, there are basic hygiene regulations such as the distance requirement. Mouth and nose protection must be worn in local public transport, in shops, cinemas and museums. Restaurants, cafes and hotels are now open again. Additional rules sometimes apply on the North Sea coasts: holidaymakers and locals must register for visits to the beach at certain sections, such as in the popular Ostend. Infection numbers in the country, which has 11 million inhabitants, have been low for weeks.
BULGARIA: For holiday guests from most EU countries - including Germany and Austria - there are no entry restrictions or quarantine requirements. So far, however, the number of guests has been quite low: July is strangely quiet on the sandy beaches and promenades. Many large hotels are still closed because it is uncertain how many guests they can expect. The hotels that are already open have adjusted to corona protection measures - such as a greater distance between tables and chairs. Because of the rapidly increasing number of corona cases with ever increasing daily records, mouth-to-nose masks are again mandatory in shared closed rooms. Night clubs have also been allowed to open the interior areas again since Monday, however, even if there is only one guest per square meter.
DENMARK: After the Danes were one of the first countries in Europe to close their borders for foreigners without a specific reason for entry on March 14, German travelers can now re-enter. The only condition: you must have booked six overnight stays in the country. Exceptions to this apply, for example, to Germans who own a Danish summer house, want to visit their partners in the country or are residents of Schleswig-Holstein. In Denmark, the infection situation is very positive and the number of new infections is low. Restaurants, cafes and shops have been open since May, there is no obligation to wear a mask.
FINLAND: The country in the far north opened up to travelers from the Baltic States and most of Scandinavia with the exception of Sweden almost a month ago. Travel restrictions for several other countries ceased on Monday - including Germany, Austria and Switzerland. It is crucial for the Finns that fewer than eight new corona cases per 100,000 inhabitants were recorded in the respective countries within a two-week period.
FRANCE: Travelers from Germany can enter France without any problems. A quarantine or special documents are not necessary. The situation across the country is currently quite relaxed - the number of new infections is constant. Masks are mandatory on public transport. Shops and other facilities decide whether to wear a mask. Museums and sights have reopened in Paris - tickets usually have to be booked online beforehand. The beaches in the country are open again. Many restaurants in Paris, for example, have enlarged their terraces so that people can keep enough distance.
GREECE: Travelers from Germany, Austria and Switzerland as well as most EU countries can freely enter Greece by air. However, you must register electronically at least 24 hours before arrival and indicate where you were before and where you will be in Greece. An algorithm then calculates whether and which travelers have to take a corona test after their arrival. After several imported Corona cases, the Greek government tightened its controls on the border with Bulgaria. From this Tuesday at 6:00 a.m. (5:00 a.m.CET), all travelers who come from Bulgarian Kulata to Promachonas in Greece must show a negative corona test that is at most 72 hours old. Greece had already closed its borders to people from Serbia earlier this week because numerous infections had also been registered there.
Greece has a very low infection rate. Masks are mandatory in all public transport and hospitals. It is also advised everywhere to keep a distance of at least 1.5 meters from other people.
GREAT BRITAIN: Travelers from Germany and many other countries have not had to go into a two-week quarantine since Friday when they enter England. The new regulation applies to a total of more than 70 states and overseas territories, which the government believes have the Corona crisis under control. These include, for example, Austria, Switzerland and Italy. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland also announced easing. If you want to go to the UK, you should still be careful: An entry form must be filled in beforehand. In addition, the parts of the country regularly update their lists of so-called airlifts between Britain and other countries. The country selection can therefore quickly become outdated and also differ from one another depending on the country. According to the current status, Spaniards must quarantine when entering Scotland, but not in England. The provisions apply to entries by plane, train and ship.
ITALY: Travelers from the EU or the Schengen area can enter Italy without restrictions. Unlike visitors from non-EU countries, you do not have to be in quarantine. You can move freely within the country. The number of infections had risen slightly recently, which had triggered new unrest. However, this is limited to local, smaller sources of fire. Masks are mandatory in shops, trains or other closed rooms. Distance rules must be adhered to on beaches - but this is sometimes not possible.
IRELAND: Drink Guinness in Dublin or hike on the cliffs: Travel is allowed again in the Republic of Ireland, also to the islands. But if you are traveling from another country, you first have to isolate yourself for 14 days. However, that should change in July. Then - similar to England - there is no longer a quarantine requirement for those arriving from countries with low infection numbers. The government in Dublin plans to publish a corresponding “green list” on July 20. It should be updated every two weeks. Ireland has early control of the pandemic under control.
ICELAND: The island in the North Atlantic, which is heavily dependent on tourism, has been giving holidaymakers the opportunity to be tested directly on arrival in Corona since mid-June. With this, the Icelandic government wants to give international tourists an alternative to the 14-day quarantine after arrival, which has been mandatory since April, without the almost zero corona numbers rising again. In the country, nothing stands in the way of a vacation between glaciers and geysers: restaurants and hotels are open, masks are not mandatory. Keeping the distance is also easier on the island than anywhere else: Iceland has only 360,000 inhabitants, but almost the area of a third of Germany.
CROATIA: Croatia allows citizens to enter without proof of certain reasons. The easing in early June also affects the citizens of nine other EU countries: Austria, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. In future, travelers from these countries will only have to explain where they will be at the border and how they can be reached. This should enable them to be found when there are new corona infections in their environment.
LUXEMBOURG: There are no border controls and no entry restrictions at the borders with Luxembourg. Masks are mandatory in local public transport. A minimum distance of two meters must be maintained in shops and public facilities such as museums. In the hotel and hospitality industry, a mask must be worn when you are not sitting at the table. A maximum of ten people or several people from the same household are allowed per table. Must close at midnight.
MALTA: After Malta, citizens from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and many other countries in Europe who are classified as “safe” are generally allowed to enter again without restrictions. However, they must not have been outside these "safe" countries in the past 14 days. According to the AA, the Maltese measure body temperature on arrival. If it is 37.2 degrees Celsius or higher, a corona test is carried out.
NETHERLANDS: Holland holidays are possible again. "Tourists from countries with low health risks comparable to our country are welcome to the Netherlands this summer," the government writes. And that certainly applies to the German neighbors. However, the authorities warn that holiday accommodation must be reserved in advance. This also applies to restaurants, museums and many other sights. In view of falling infection numbers, the situation has eased considerably. Nevertheless, the basic rule remains in public life, including in shops and on beaches: a safety distance of 1.5 meters. A mask is mandatory on public transport. Tourists should not use the bus, train or metro if possible at peak times.
NORWAY - TRAVEL WARNING APPLIES: The holiday in Norway was long in the balance, but since Friday it has been clear: German tourists can still travel to the Scandinavian country this summer. As of Wednesday, the Norwegians will lift their travel restrictions for people from numerous European countries with satisfactory corona numbers - including Germany, which is so important for Norwegian tourism. Then the German travel warning should also be lifted. The move also means that the Norwegians can travel to popular holiday destinations such as Greece, Spain and Italy. There is no longer a ten-day quarantine requirement after entering or returning to Norway.
AUSTRIA: Anyone who comes from the Gütersloh district must expect controls in the border area and should be able to show a negative corona test. Otherwise Germans have free travel to and through Austria. The authorities have announced intensive border controls for all travelers who come from Hungary or Slovenia. This is the result of Austria's travel warnings for the six Western Balkans as well as for Romania and Bulgaria. In most of Austria's holiday regions there are hardly any corona-related restrictions. The minimum distance, not least when swimming and hiking, must be observed. In some places in Carinthia, a mask has to be worn in the evening, in Klagenfurt on Saturdays, for example, at weekly markets. The only federal state with a general mask requirement in public spaces is Upper Austria. Overall, the corona situation is under control, but recently the numbers rose again somewhat. The total number of acute infections is around 1200.
POLAND: Since June 13, the country has opened its borders to all neighboring EU countries. Immigrants from EU countries and Poland do not have to be quarantined. Hotels, shopping centers, restaurants and cafés are open. The same applies to hairdressing salons and beauty salons. Swimming pools and gyms can also start operating again. The train connections between Germany and Poland were resumed at the end of June. Since July 1, the Polish airline Lot has been flying to destinations abroad.
PORTUGAL: Portugal is one of the countries in Southern Europe that have come through the crisis with a comparatively low number of victims. To date, around 42,000 people have been infected and just over 1,500 dead. There are now very few new infections. Locally, however, the pandemic flares up here again and again. A two-week lockdown for large parts of the greater Lisbon area has been in effect since July 1st. The center of the capital, popular with tourists, is not affected. Overall, the same rules apply in Portugal as in Spain. The temperature is measured upon entry, and travelers are asked if they are suspected. Nothing is known about problems when returning to Germany.
ROMANIA: EU citizens are free to enter Romania. However, these could later experience problems when leaving the country because travelers from Romania in several EU countries face obstacles due to the rapidly increasing number of infections. For example, they are automatically placed in quarantine in neighboring Hungary. The number of infections has exploded in recent days. Plus 698 new infections within 24 hours were on Saturday and plus 456 on Sunday. That is a good three times as much as the precautionary easing that came into force in mid-May. There is currently no quarantine requirement. In closed public spaces, there is a duty to wear a mask, distance in restaurants, on the beaches and at cultural events outdoors.
SWEDEN - TRAVEL WARNING ALSO APPLIES: The Swedes still have to cope with comparatively high corona values, despite falling deaths and infections. Among other things, this ensures that they cannot travel as freely as usual within Scandinavia and Europe. The Swedish borders, on the other hand, are open to EU citizens - travel by plane, ferry or car across the Øresund Bridge is possible, and there are no restrictions within the country either. The German travel warning continues, however, because "Sweden has exceeded the newly infected number of fewer than 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants cumulatively in the last 7 days," says the AA.
SWITZERLAND: Entry to Switzerland is possible from all Schengen countries with the exception of Sweden. But frequent travelers should pay attention: In quarantine, those who have been in Sweden or another of the 29 countries currently classified as risky in the two weeks before - including Serbia, the USA, Russia, Israel or South Africa. Mouth and nose protection has been mandatory in public transport and cable cars since the number of new infections has increased to more than 100 new cases every day since the end of June. Distance and hygiene rules still apply in hotels, restaurants or museums. Special feature for party goers: Unlike in most other European countries, many clubs are currently allowed to dance again, but the cantons along the German border - Basel-Stadt, Basel-Landschaft, Aargau and Solothurn - have just tightened the protective measures again. In clubs and bars as well as at events, only 100 people are allowed here instead of the previous 300 people.
SLOVAKIA: Germans have been able to enter Slovakia again without restrictions for a month. There are separate rules only for transit trips from or to Ukraine. The country was hardly affected by the corona virus and has therefore relaxed most of the initially very strict corona protection measures. In addition, mouth and nose protection must be worn in public transport and inside shops, in restaurants only when entering and leaving. A queue of 2 meters is recommended in queues, for example at cash registers. At cultural events, the organizers ensure that there is sufficient distance between the spectators.
SLOVENIA: The EU country between the Alps and the Adriatic allows travelers from Germany and several other European countries to enter without restrictions. If you want to go on holiday there, you don't even have to show a booking confirmation. In addition, citizens from these and other countries can travel through the small country in transit. Slovenia serves as a transit country for holidaymakers from Germany who travel to Croatia in their own car. It has a 46-kilometer section on the Adriatic itself with a well-developed tourist infrastructure.
SPAIN: Since June 21, holidaymakers from the EU and the Schengen countries have been allowed to enter Spain again without restrictions. Before starting your journey, you must fill out an online form, in which you must enter your name, passport number, flight details and an email address. The traveler then receives a QR code, which must be shown when entering the border. Upon entry, there is a visual check of the state of health and the temperature is measured - it must not be higher than 37.5 degrees Celsius. If there is suspicion of corona, the traveler is hospitalized. According to travelers, there are no controls on departure.
From Monday on, a strict mask requirement should also apply outdoors in Mallorca and the other Bealearic Islands. A mask that covers the mouth and nose must therefore also be worn if the safety distance of at least one and a half meters from strangers can be maintained. There are exceptions on the beach, at the pool, while eating and drinking, and during sports. Such an extensive mask requirement already exists in Catalonia and Extremadura. Other Spanish regions want to follow.
CZECH REPUBLIC: Entry has been possible for Germans since the beginning of June. Quarantine or a negative corona test are not required. A mask requirement is currently only valid in the Prague metro and in the city of Karvina in the far east of the country, where there have been more new infections recently. The capital city of Prague tries to attract tourists with cultural vouchers - but hotels and restaurants in the historic city center are still unusually empty. So far, there have been around 350 deaths from a corona infection in the Czech Republic.
TURKEY - TRAVEL WARNING ALSO APPLIES: For Turkey as a non-EU country, the AA travel warning applies until August 31. The country hopes that this will be lifted soon. The third most popular holiday country of the Germans is currently classified as a corona risk area, so the lifting of the travel warning is unlikely. People entering Germany from a risk area have to expect a 14-day quarantine. However, holidaymakers from Turkey can be exempted from the quarantine regulation if they have a negative corona test that is not older than 48 hours when entering Germany.
After entering Germany from Turkey there is no longer a quarantine requirement. However, the temperature is measured at the airport. If symptoms occur, a corona test can be carried out - the Turkish Ministry of Health then decides how to proceed. There is a safety margin on the beaches, there are only pre-packed towels at the pool, and thermal cameras are used in airports and hotels. The government has developed a certification program for restaurateurs and hotels. German companies also provide inspectors.
HUNGARY: German vacationers can enter Hungary without restrictions. The country was only moderately affected by the pandemic, and the situation is becoming increasingly normal. Many hotels have reopened, as have restaurants and bars. A mask requirement applies in public transport, taxis and shops. Distance rules must also be observed.
CYPRUS: The island has reported few corona infections from travelers or locals since it opened its tourism. Anyone traveling to Cyprus must register electronically before starting. If a person is tested positive, they have to spend 14 days in specially designed isolation accommodations in hotels. Cyprus will cover the costs. A mask requirement applies to all public transport and hospitals. The holiday island has a very low infection rate compared to other European countries.
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