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SouthWest Germany and COVID 19: Current rules and guidance

 

General Rules

  • Staying in accommodation (such as hotels and guest houses) is only permitted for essential, non-tourist purposes.
  • All shops, restaurants, bars, clubs and pubs must close. The only exception is for the delivery and collection of carry-out/take-away food.
  • All cultural, sports and leisure facilities must close. This includes theatres, concert halls, museums, exhibition centres, cinemas, swimming pools, thermal baths, amusement parks and other leisure providers.

Cancellation of overnight stays

Please contact your host / booking agency direct. We are unable to provide any information regarding specific cancellation policies for hotels, youth hostels, holiday apartments etc. in SouthWest Germany/Baden-Württemberg.

Events and gatherings

Due to COVID 19, all major events nationwide have been cancelled or postponed. If in doubt, and for information on possible ticket refunds or replacement dates, please contact the event organizer.

Local public transport

When using public transport, all passengers over the age of six must wear a medical mask. Medical masks are surgical masks (DIN EN 14 683:2019-10) or FFP2 (DIN EN 149:2001) or masks of the standards KN95/N95 respectively. The only exceptions are for those with medical conditions or other compelling reasons.

Travelling to SouthWest Germany, the German federal state of Baden-Württemberg

In SouthWest Germany, the federal state of Baden-Württemberg, the government calls on citizens to refrain from non-essential travel. This includes private trips, tourist excursions and visits to relatives, friends and acquaintances.

Countries/regions in which there have been more than 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the past 7 days will be deemed as “risk areas”. Countries with particularly high numbers of cases are designated as "high incidence areas" and countries where certain variants of the virus have spread are designated as "areas of variant of concern"

Please note: The current destinations regarded as risk areas, high incidende areas or areas of variant of concern are listed here: https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Risikogebiete_neu.html

On an ongoing basis, the Federal Government constantly checks to see which areas should be classified as these areas. As a result, this list can be modified/changed at short notice and, importantly, may also be extended. Note that the classification as a risk area, high-incidence area or area of variants of concern only comes into effect the day following publication of this classification on the website indicated above. Before travelling, please check to see if your country is on this list.

  1. 1.      Arriving in SouthWest Germany from a risk area

If you spent time within the 10 days prior to entering Germany in a risk area (not a high-incidence area, nor area of variants of concern), you must be able to furnish proof of a negative test result within 48 hours of entry. The swab specimen must have been taken at the earliest 48 hours before entry.

Travellers from a high risk area, are obliged to proceed directly to their own home or other suitable accommodation and self-isolate there for 10 days. During this period, it is forbidden to receive visits from anyone outside your own household. The competent authority (usually the public health office) monitors the quarantine obligation. According to the current national regulations, quarantine can end after 5 days if a Coronavirus test carried out on the fifth day after entry to SouthWest Germany (or later) is negative.

Note: The decisive aspect is not (only) where you departed from, but all the locations you visited over the previous 10 days.

  1. 2.      Arriving in SouthWest Germany from a high incidence area

Persons entering Germany who spent time within the 10 days prior to entry in a high incidence area, are obligated to already get tested before departing on their journey to Germany. Before setting off, they must present their carrier (e.g. the airline) with a negative test result or appropriate medical certificate. A negative test result can also be demanded by the Federal Police in the context of checking duties (entry control at the airport or controls performed close to borders when crossing internal borders by land). The swab specimen must have been taken at the earliest 48 hours before entry.

Travellers from a high incidence area, are obliged to proceed directly to their own home or other suitable accommodation and self-isolate there for 10 days. During this period, it is forbidden to receive visits from anyone outside your own household. The competent authority (usually the public health office) monitors the quarantine obligation. 

Note: The decisive aspect is not (only) where you departed from, but all the locations you visited over the previous 10 days.

  1. 3.      Arriving in SouthWest Germany from an area of variants of concern

Germany’s federal government has imposed increased travel restrictions for countries, where particularly contagious mutations of the coronavirus have spread. This travel ban on airlines, rail, bus and shipping companies is set to run until further notice.

Excluded from the entry ban are all Germans and foreigners with the right to reside in Germany, transit passengers who are transporting goods, as well as the transport of medical personnel, air ambulance flights and organ transport, and travel for urgent humanitarian reasons.

When entering the country from an area of variants of concern (in other words: after having spent time in such an area within the 10 days prior to entry), all travellers six years or older are obligated to undergo testing. The testing obligation must be completed before entering the country. There are no exemptions. This ensures that people entering Germany undergo testing for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus before their arrival.

Travellers from an area of variants of concern, are obliged to proceed directly to their own home or other suitable accommodation and self-isolate there for 14 days. During this period, it is forbidden to receive visits from anyone outside your own household. The competent authority (usually the public health office) monitors the quarantine obligation. This period of quarantine cannot be reduced, even by taking a test and getting a negative result.

Note: The decisive aspect is not (only) where you departed from, but all the locations you visited over the previous 10 days.


For all travellers, the following applies

  • All travellers who are entering Germany (no matter from which country) must present a negative Corona test (PCR tests and antigen tests) before departure. The test must have been carried out at the earliest 48 hours before entering Germany.
  • molecular biological tests (PCR tests) are currently accepted from all European Union countries, as well as from the countries mentioned on this website: https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Tests.html
  • The test has to be in German, English or French.
  • You need to register online when arriving in Germany using this link: www.einreiseanmeldung.de
  • This Digital Registration will automatically transfer your travel and contact details to the local health authority, where you'll be staying, so you can be contacted there.
  • Those visitors, who have already contracted Covid-19 and recovered are exempt from quarantine for three months after making a full recovery.

 

Please find more detailed information in different languages here: https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/coronavirus-infos-reisende/faq-tests-entering-germany.html

A message from us at SouthWest Germany’s tourism office:

If you have specific questions about the effects of the corona pandemic on your holiday planning, please send us an email: ausland@tourismus-bw.de

Please understand, however, that we cannot give you any information that is legally binding.

 

Information as of: March 31, 2021