27 countries at a glance: Spain and Greece require a negative corona test when entering from a risk area

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Spain and Greece require a corona test upon entry. In Greece, this regulation has been in effect since November 11th, in Spain it will be necessary to show a negative corona test from November 23rd. All information can be found in our large overview.

The list of risk areas of the Robert Koch Institute is getting longer. Of the 26 EU countries except Germany, all are at least partially classified as risk areas. For the first time, areas in Greece and Latvia were recently classified as risk areas. Further regions are added in Denmark, Portugal, Sweden and Lithuania.

Anyone traveling back to Germany from a risk area must do a corona test. The complete list of the RKI’s risk areas can be found here.

These regulations apply in the other European countries

Where exactly can I enter when – and which regulations then apply to holidaymakers in the respective country? TRAVELBOOK explains how things are going with popular holiday destinations in Europe and Egypt.

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Spain – travel warning

Anyone wishing to enter Spain from a risk area must be able to show a negative PCR test from November 23rd. The test must not be more than 72 hours ago and the result must be in Spanish or English. Those who cannot show a negative test must expect a fine, and an antibody test must then be done. Prime Minister Francina Armengol demanded at a press conference on Wednesday evening (November 11th) that the measure must remain in force until the beginning of the tourist season.

All travelers from abroad must continue to undergo a temperature control upon entry and fill out a form. A quarantine is not necessary for German vacationers. Germany is a risk area in Spain with most of the other European countries. Only holidaymakers from Norway, Finland, Greece or Ireland do not need to show a test upon entry.

Spain’s central government had on October 25th. The health emergency has been imposed again, which should last until May 9, 2021. Travel between the different regions of Spain is currently prohibited. In addition, there is a nationwide ban on going out between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Spain has been particularly hard hit by the corona pandemic. The Federal Foreign Office has classified the entire country including Mallorca as a risk area. The Canary Islands have been in effect since October 22nd. no longer as a risk area.

Important: Anyone flying to Spain must register online beforehand. Information on this can be found in this TRAVELBOOK article on Spain.

Denmark – entry stop for Germans

Since November 8th, all of Denmark, with the exception of the Faroe Islands and Greenland, has been a risk area. German tourists are no longer allowed to enter Denmark since October 24th. The reason for the decision is the increasing number of infections in Germany, which have exceeded the critical value. Denmark declares a country to be a “quarantine country” if an average of more than 30 new infections per week per 100,000 inhabitants are recorded within two weeks. Danish vacationers will have to go into quarantine after a stay in Germany.

Ireland – Lockdown!

Ireland entered a six-week lockdown on October 21. Non-essential shops are therefore now closed, restaurants can only offer take-away food and citizens are only allowed to be within five kilometers of their place of residence. In contrast to the first lockdown at the beginning of the outbreak, however, schools and important businesses such as construction will remain open.

Since October 24th, all of Ireland has been a risk area. The Federal Foreign Office warns against unnecessary, tourist trips also “against the background of the quarantine regulations for trips from Germany.”

Andorra – travel warning

The Federal Foreign Office is currently warning against unnecessary tourist trips to Andorra. Due to the high number of infections, the independent principality, located between France and Spain in the Pyrenees, has been a risk area since August 26th. Anyone entering Germany from Andorra must undergo a PCR test. If necessary, there is an obligation to quarantine.

Sweden – partial travel warning

With the exception of the province of Västernorrland, all of Sweden is considered a risk area. However, there are no exit restrictions. Bars, restaurants, shops and schools are still open. Anyone who is on vacation in Sweden must be quarantined after returning. Take a look at the current regulations: The new Corona regulations for travelers returning from risk areas

Finland – entry freeze

In Finland, the region of Ostrobothnia will be considered a risk area from October 17th.

Travelers from countries where the infection rate does not exceed 25 per 100,000 population are welcome in Finland. German tourists are currently not allowed to enter because the limit has been exceeded. Unnecessary tourist trips are not allowed to German vacationers since October 12th. Exceptions apply to students in Finland.

Poland – travel warning

A travel warning will apply to Poland from Saturday, October 24th. The whole country has been declared a risk area by the Robert Koch Institute, the corona situation in the country is worsening.

Entry is still possible for Germans without restrictions. However, public life in Poland is significantly restricted and overnight stays in hotels are reserved for business travelers. Restaurants are only allowed to offer take-away meals; only a certain number of people per m² are allowed in shops. Cultural and entertainment events are no longer possible, fitness facilities and swimming pools are also closed.

Medical care can be affected by the heavy burden placed on the health system COVID-19-Patient be restricted, it says on the Federal Foreign Office website.

Czech Republic – entry stop

Since September 25, the whole country has been a risk area, there are no longer any exceptions. Entry for tourist purposes is not permitted. Those who want to enter from Germany are currently only allowed to do so for business and official trips, family visits, for medical reasons, to attend appointments with authorities and to attend weddings and funerals.

The Czech Republic has been using this since November 8, 2020 European traffic light system. Countries are assigned to the green, orange and red categories depending on the infection and test rate. Germany is currently marked in red in this system. A consequence of the incidence value, which is over 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants.

Tourism in the UNESCO World Heritage City of Prague has plummeted due to the corona pandemic. The number of overnight guests in Prague fell in the second quarter of 2020 by 93.6 percent compared to the same period in the previous year, as the statistics agency CSU announced.

Austria – travel warning

With the exception of two regions, all of Austria is considered a risk area. Exceptions apply to the Kleinwalsertal and the community of Jungholz with a total of over 5000 inhabitants. Both exclaves can only be reached by road from Germany. German vacationers can travel to Austria without restriction, the classification as a risk area means a compulsory corona test for German vacationers and quarantine upon return until a negative test result is available.

Switzerland – travel warning

A travel warning has been in effect for Switzerland since October 24th. Entering Switzerland from Germany, the Schengen and some third countries such as New Zealand and Australia is no problem. Due to the high number of infections, there is a curfew from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. for restaurants and bars in Switzerland. When returning to Germany, vacationers have to be in quarantine.

France – travel warning

The RKI fully declared France a risk area on October 15. In addition, a travel warning applies to the overseas territories of French Guiana, Guadeloupe, St. Martin, La Réunion, Martinique.

The situation in France has worsened and intensive care beds are becoming scarce. France has imposed a lockdown that is expected to last from October 30th to December 1st. Entry from Germany is currently possible.

All information about the Corona situation in France can be found here.

Belgium – travel warning

The whole of Belgium has been classified as a risk area by the RKI since September 30th. The Federal Foreign Office announced that tourist trips to Belgium that are not necessary are currently being warned due to the high number of corona infections. In a European comparison, Belgium was hit extremely hard by the pandemic.

Anyone wishing to enter Belgium must submit an electronic “Public Health Passenger Locator Form“Fill in and send electronically. People residing in Belgium must also observe this rule. Failure to fill in the form can result in a fine of up to 250 euros.

Belgium uses a traffic light system in which it classifies countries and regions worldwide into red and orange zones. Due to the high risk of infection, Germany is currently a red zone. German tourists are therefore subject to a quarantine obligation of up to ten days after entering Belgium. Depending on the information on the Public Health Passenger Locator Form, the quarantine can be extended or lifted. “Free testing” to shorten the quarantine is not possible.

Exceptions apply to people who have been in Belgium for less than 48 hours or who have been in an area in the “red zone” for less than 48 hours prior to entry. Exceptions also apply to business and private events that cannot be postponed.

Luxembourg – travel warning

The Federal Foreign Office issued a travel warning for all of Luxembourg on September 25, as the number of infections has remained permanently high. There are no controls and no entry restrictions at the borders with the Grand Duchy. Restaurants, pubs, bars, sports and cultural institutions such as theaters, cultural centers, concert halls, cinemas and churches are open.

Netherlands – travel warning

In the Netherlands, Zeeland on the North Sea has now been classified as a risk area by the RKI. The whole of the Netherlands is now officially a risk area. The Federal Foreign Office warns against unnecessary tourist trips to the country. German tourists have to be in quarantine for ten days after entering the Netherlands.

Detailed information on the Corona situation in the Netherlands.

Italy – travel warning

On November 8th, the RKI declared all of Italy a risk area. Entry is still possible for German vacationers without any problems. There is not much to see on a vacation in Italy at the moment, as extensive restrictions have been passed that will apply until December 3rd. There is a curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Hotels and shops are still open, but shorter opening times are to be expected. Bars and restaurants have to close at 6 p.m., shopping centers are closed on weekends. Museums, cinemas, theaters and sports facilities are closed.

In the fight against the rising number of corona infections, the Italian government has decided to make it mandatory to wear masks outdoors across the country. The only exceptions are children under the age of six and people with illnesses or limitations. You can find more information about the Corona situation in Italy here.

Portugal – risk area

The RKI is reacting to the increasing number of infections and is now declaring the entire Portuguese mainland a risk area. Portugal has declared a health emergency and imposed a partial curfew for weekends. It is no longer allowed to leave the apartment on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 a.m.

The autonomous regions of the Azores and Madeira are currently not considered a risk area. For Germans there are no entry restrictions for Portugal. Visitors are required to provide information such as the destination and accessibility during their stay in the country. In addition, the body temperature is measured.

From October 28th to January 6th, a mask must be worn outdoors if the minimum distance of two meters cannot be maintained.

Greece – partial resei warning

Since November 11th, vacationers need a negative corona test to enter Greece. According to the Foreign Office the diagnosis must be in English and must not be older than 72 hours. Tourists must also fill out an online form at least 24 hours before departure. This will give you a confirmation and a QR code that will be shown upon entry. The code will only be sent by email on the day of entry.

In the last few months a trip to Greece was considered relatively safe. Now the regions of West Macedonia, Attica, Central Macedonia, East Macedonia and Thrace, Epirus and Thessaly have been designated as risk areas. The popular holiday islands of Crete, Rhodes and Santorini are not in the affected districts, but a nationwide lockdown has been in effect since November 7th, which is supposed to last three weeks.

Only pharmacies, bakeries, butchers, weekly markets and petrol stations remain open, and tourist accommodations are also allowed to open. Mask compulsory also applies outdoors, like the Greek one Civil defense communicated. The Athens government imposed these new restrictions after a record of new infections was recorded.

Croatia – travel warning

The COVID-19 infection rate in Croatia is still at a very high level, which is why the Federal Foreign Office classified the whole of Croatia as a risk area based on the assessments of the Robert Koch Institute on November 1st.

Croatia allows Germans and citizens of other EU countries to enter the country without having to provide evidence of specific reasons. At the border, travelers only have to explain where they will be and how they can be reached. This should be able to find them if there are new corona infections in their area. A corresponding form can be downloaded from the Internet before departure.

Distance rules apply on the beaches, overcrowding should be prevented. Masks are required in shops and public transport.

Great Britain – extended travel warning!

Great Britain will be considered a risk area from Saturday 24 October – with the exception of the Channel Islands and overseas territories. Tourist travel is not allowed in England and Wales.

Since November 7th, German vacationers have to be in quarantine for 14 days when entering the UK. In addition, travelers must register electronically. Registration can be made online at the earliest 48 hours before entry. If you don’t register, you risk a fine.

Within the UK, each part of the country decides on its own measures to fight the pandemic. The regulations vary greatly between England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

In England and a lockdown has been in effect since November 5th, in Wales since November 9th. Until December 2nd, restaurants with the exception of take-away, retail with the exception of supermarkets, cultural sites, sports centers and leisure facilities will be closed. You can only leave the apartment if you have a valid reason. Travel at home and abroad is largely prohibited. Violations are punished with heavy fines.

Far-reaching restrictions have also been in place in Northern Ireland since October 16. Restaurants and pubs are closed except for delivery service and take-away sales.

Norway – partial travel warning

Due to the increasing number of infections, Norway’s capital Oslo has been a risk area again since November 8th. A 10-day quarantine obligation applies to all travelers from Germany. The quarantine obligation does not apply to people who have recovered from COVID-19 within the last six months and who can prove this through medical documents. Since Germany is a risk area in Norway, travelers must show a negative corona test, which must not be older than 72 hours. Entry will be refused without a test.

Anyone entering by plane from an area that has been classified as subject to quarantine by Norway must be in quarantine for ten days, even if the transit area of ​​the airport has not been left.

Turkey – travel warning

The federal government re-enacted the travel warning for all of Turkey because of the corona pandemic at the beginning of November 9. The previously existing exemption for the tourist regions Aydin, Izmir, Mugla and Antalya on the Mediterranean no longer apply, like that Foreign Office on its website communicated

There it says: “Due to the spread of COVID-19 and the associated restrictions in international air and travel traffic as well as adverse effects on public life, we continue to warn against unnecessary tourist trips to Turkey.”

You can read more information about current entry in this Turkey article.

Iceland

For Iceland, the travel warning will be lifted with effect from November 22nd, the Foreign Office announced recently. However, due to existing quarantine regulations, unnecessary tourist trips to Iceland are not advised. Iceland is now the only country in Europe that is free from risk areas.

The North Atlantic island, which is heavily dependent on tourism, introduced the option in mid-June to be tested for Corona directly upon arrival and thus to avoid a 14-day quarantine after arrival. Before leaving, tourists must fill out a registration form and provide contact details, flight and stay dates, as well as information on their health and previous stays.

In view of the increasing numbers, both internationally and in Iceland, there was a fundamental change: every traveler has to go into quarantine for five to six days after entering the country, then a second test is due. If you don’t want to go through this procedure, you have to go into quarantine for 14 days. In situations in which a distance of two meters cannot be maintained, as well as on bus and train journeys longer than 30 minutes, you are also asked to wear a face mask.

Cyprus – travel warning

Although the island state did not initially have to record as many new corona infections, a travel warning now applies to all of Cyprus due to the increased number of infections.

Entry is permitted from certain countries, regardless of nationality. The Cypriot government has created a list that categorizes countries based on the development of the virus. Germany has been assigned to Category B since November 9th. This means that travelers from Germany have to present a negative corona test, which must not be older than 72 hours. In exceptional cases it is possible to be tested in Cyprus at your own expense.

Upon entry, tourists will be randomly tested for Covid-19, even if a negative test result is presented. Before departure, travelers must register online for the Cyprus Flight Pass. Those who cannot present this upon arrival will face refusal of entry or a fine of EUR 300.

Slovenia – travel warning

The whole of Slovenia has been a risk area since November 1st. The EU country between the Alps and the Adriatic allows travelers from Germany and several other European countries to enter without any restrictions. By land, however, you can only enter via the border crossing points Karawanken Tunnel, Loibltunnel and Spielfeld. Spielfeld is also the only border crossing that can be used when arriving by train.

Slovenia serves as a transit country for those holidaymakers from Germany who drive to Croatia with their own car. It itself has a 46-kilometer stretch of the Adriatic with a well-developed tourist infrastructure. Distance rules apply; a mask must be worn in closed public spaces and public transport.

Slovakia – travel warning

Based on the recommendations of the Robert Koch Institute, the Federal Foreign Office has issued a travel warning for the whole of Slovakia, which will apply from October 17th. The number of cases has risen sharply in the past few weeks.

Entry into Slovakia from Germany is possible without any restrictions. Only travelers with previous stays in so-called risk countries within the last 14 days before entering Slovakia have to register their entry online in “eHranica” of the Slovak government or at the Office for Public Health and observe a 10-day self-isolation. However, Germany is not yet considered a risk area in Slovakia.

Slovakia has had a partial curfew since October 24th. Some shops may only be entered with a current negative test result. The curfew was actually supposed to be lifted on November 16, but an extension is to be expected.

Bulgaria – travel warning

The Foreign Office has been warning against tourist trips to Bulgaria because of the corona numbers since November 1. There is no quarantine requirement for holiday guests from all EU countries, and a negative test result does not have to be presented.

All information about the corona protective measures in Bulgaria can be found here.

Malta – travel warning

With effect from October 17th, the RKI has classified the whole of Malta as a risk area.

Citizens from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and many other European countries that are classified as “safe” are generally allowed to enter Malta again without restrictions. However, they must not have been outside of these “safe” countries in the past 14 days. According to the AA, the Maltese take their body temperature on arrival. If it is 37.2 degrees Celsius or higher, a corona test is carried out.

Romania – travel warning

Romania is now also more severely affected by Corona and is recording an increase in new infections in almost all parts of the country. In many parts of the country, and especially in the capital Bucharest (București), the incidence is over 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over seven days. That is why the Federal Foreign Office expanded its partial travel warning on October 7 to include a travel warning.

Returnees from Romanian risk areas are obliged to undergo a corona test and quarantine in Germany. The country is in a state of alarm until November 14th; an extension cannot be ruled out. There are nightly curfews between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. and the interiors of restaurants and coffee houses have to close. Even so, there are currently no domestic travel restrictions.

Hungary – travel warning

The AA warns against traveling to Hungary due to the high number of infections. German vacationers can no longer enter Hungary. Hungary therefore controls its internal EU borders until November 30th.

Egypt – travel warning

Not Europe, but a popular travel destination for Europeans. Egypt is from COVID-19 strong affected. The number of infections remains high and health facilities are under heavy strain. The testing on COVID-19 is not risk-adapted in Egypt and is not uniform across the country. It can therefore be assumed that there is a high number of unreported cases. The Federal Foreign Office warns against “unnecessary, tourist trips to Egypt”. Since August 15, a negative PCR test is required to enter Egypt, which must not be older than 72 hours.

Consider the return journey

Basically, for holidaymakers from Germany – regardless of which country they are traveling to: the return journey must also be secured. In the event that the lockdown rules in Europe or individual countries are tightened again – which is possible at any time – each holidaymaker must watch himself how he comes back home. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas made it clear: There will be no second repatriation campaign by the Federal Republic. So if you are going on vacation by plane this summer, you should definitely consider and take this into account