Freedom of travel is returning somewhat: On June 15, the Federal Government lifted the travel warning for 27 European countries. Since June 21st, entry into Spain for vacationers from the European Union has been possible again.
In contrast, there are delays for three European countries. Norway and Finland have yet to lift their entry restrictions for foreigners. In Finland the entry ban applies until July 13th. Norway wants to approve trips from EU countries and countries of the European Economic and Schengen area from July 15th with possible restrictions again without quarantine. In Sweden, the number of new infections is still too high to remove the travel warning.
For more than 160 countries outside the European Union, however, the federal government extended the travel warning for tourists until August 31. Exceptions can be made for individual countries in which the spread of the virus is sufficiently contained.
These regulations apply in European countries
Where exactly can I actually enter when – and what regulations then apply to vacationers in the respective country? TRAVELBOOK explains how popular holiday countries in Europe and Egypt are.
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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.
In view of the lower number of corona infections in Sweden, the Federal Foreign Office lifted the travel warning for the country on July 15. The still high number of newly infected people in June has been falling steadily since the beginning of July, while the test level remains high, the Foreign Ministry now wrote on its website. Citizens of the EU, Switzerland, their family members and holders of EU residence permits are not subject to entry restrictions. All border crossings are open.
The country in the far north opened up to travelers from the Baltic States and most of Scandinavia with the exception of Sweden just a month ago. For several other countries, the travel restrictions on July 13 will no longer apply – 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.
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.
Germans have been able to enter Germany again 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.
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 requirement applies from Friday evenings. The only federal state with a general mask requirement in public spaces is Upper Austria. Overall, the corona situation is under control, the total number of acute infections is around 1100.
You can enter Switzerland from all Schengen countries with the exception of Sweden without any problems. 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.
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.
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-nose protection must be worn in local public transport. Restaurants, cafes, hotels and museums 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 of eleven million people have been low for weeks.
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. So far, 4650 people have been tested positive in Luxembourg, 110 people have died from the virus.
The Holland vacation is possible again. “Tourists from countries with low health risks comparable to ours 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.
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.
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.
All over the country, masks are mandatory for local public transport and in closed public spaces. If the minimum distance of one and a half meters cannot be maintained – for example on full beach promenades or in pedestrian zones – a mask must also be worn outdoors. But you can show your face on the beach and at the pool. So far, it has only been stricter in Catalonia with the tourist metropolis Barcelona. Since Thursday, there is always a requirement to wear a mask, regardless of the safety distance. From this weekend, the Balearic Islands such as Mallorca also want to introduce the Catalan mask requirement.
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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.
Travelers from Germany, Austria and Switzerland as well as most EU countries can freely enter Greece. However, everyone must register electronically at least 48 hours before arrival, indicating where they were before and where they will be in Greece. An algorithm then calculates whether and which travelers have to take a corona test after their arrival. If you test positive, you have to spend 14 days in specially designed isolation accommodations in hotels. Greece will cover the costs. The country continues to have a very low infection rate compared to other European countries. 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.
Croatia allows citizens to enter without proof of any specific reason. The relaxation from the beginning of 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.
For summer vacations, England has relaxed its quarantine regulations for travelers due to the corona pandemic. Visitors from Germany, France, Spain and Italy, among others, no longer have to isolate themselves for 14 days from Friday (July 10) on arrival. The new regulation applies to a total of more than 70 countries and overseas territories, which the British government believes are dealing with the corona crisis. However, a form must be completed before entering the country. Great caution is still advisable when on holiday: Britain has the most Covid 19 deaths in Europe and each part of the country has its own measures to fight the pandemic.
Travel warning still applies: From July 15, Norway wants to allow people from the European Economic and Schengen area to enter again, provided the country’s corona numbers allow it. Until then, the Norwegian health authority should draw up a list of countries and regions. Since the German numbers are stable and low, the route to the Norwegian fjord is likely to be open to German citizens soon without quarantine. However, this is not quite certain – which is why the Foreign Office’s travel warning currently still exists.
For Turkey as a non-EU country, the AA’s 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.
The island in the North Atlantic, which is heavily dependent on tourism, has been offering 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.
The island has reported few corona infections from travelers or locals since tourism opened. 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.
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.
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.
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. From July 10th, discotheques and bars are only allowed to open outside and only welcome half of the guests.
After Malta, citizens from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and many other European countries that 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.
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.
EU citizens can freely enter Romania. 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. However, the number of infections is currently growing rapidly. Plus 555 new infections within 24 were on Wednesday, plus 614 new infections on Thursday – a good three times as much as the precautionary measures that came into force before mid-May.
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.
Not Europe, but a popular travel destination for Europeans. With the arrival of two flights from Ukraine on July 1, Egypt 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: 78,300 infections and around 3,500 deaths have been reported in Egypt – most corona deaths in the Arab region even before Saudi Arabia. For Egypt, the AA’s travel warning is valid until 31 August as a non-EU country.
Consider returning home
Basically for holidaymakers from Germany – no matter which country they travel to: The return journey must also be secured. In the event that – which is possible at any time – the lockdown rules in Europe or individual countries become stricter again, each holidaymaker has to see for himself how he gets back home. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas made it clear: There will be no second repatriation by the Federal Republic. So if you’re flying on vacation this summer, for example, you should definitely consider and take that into account