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SouthWest Germany and COVID 19: Current rules and guidance

 

General Rules

Due to the low infection rates all tourism facilities are open again. From the 16th of September, there are three levels of regulations:

In the basic level, unvaccinated or unrecovered individuals must present a negative rapid antigen test that has been taken within the last 24 hours in the following areas:

  • In accommodation establishments such as hotels, inns, guesthouses, holiday flats, holiday homes, holiday parks, shared accommodation such as airbnb properties, (permanent) campsites and paid motorhome sites, a test is required upon arrival and then every three days during the stay.
  • Galleries, museums, memorial sites, archives and libraries.
  • Indoor catering services - pick-up of food is allowed without a proof.
  • Indoor entertainment venues such as amusement arcades, betting establishments, and casinos.
  • In general, for indoor and outdoor events, if there are more than 5,000 participants and/or the distance of 1.5 metres cannot be maintained. These include:
    • Concerts
    • Theatre productions or operas
    • City tours
    • Film screenings
    • Town and city festivals
    • Sporting events
       
  • Trade fairs, exhibitions, and conventions.
  • For indoor sports, such as gyms, swimming pools or sports halls.
  • Saunas and similar facilities such as solariums, steam baths, or hamams.
  • Tourist transport services such as river and lake excursions, tourist bus trips, rail and cable car services, Zeppelin sightseeing flights and museum flights.
  • Access to enclosed areas in amusement parks and other leisure facilities, such as zoological and botanical gardens, high wire courses, indoor playgrounds, and mini-golf courses.
  • Non-vaccinated or unrecovered individuals wishing to visit clubs and discotheques must present a negative PCR test taken within the last 48 hours.


The second level, the warning level is declared if the hospitalisation incidence reaches or exceeds the value of 8.0 for five consecutive working days or if the occupancy rate of intensive care beds in Ba-den-Württemberg reaches or exceeds the value of 250 for two consecutive working days. The warning level then includes compulsory PCR testing in the above-mentioned areas.


The third level, the alert level is declared if the hospitalisation incidence reaches or exceeds the value of 12.0 for five consecutive working days or if the occupancy rate of intensive care beds in Baden-Württemberg reaches or exceeds the value of 390 for two consecutive working days.
 

At the alert level, unvaccinated persons are prohibited from entering and participating in the above-mentioned areas (with the exception of shelters, where PCR testing is compulsory for unvaccinated persons and persons who have not recovered).
 

The seven-day hospitalization incidence indicates how many people per 100,000 population are admitted to hospital with COVID-19 – and the occupancy rate of intensive care beds with COVID-19 patients. The figures published by the Baden-Württemberg State Health Office apply.
 

Exempt from the PCR test obligation (warning level) or the access and participation ban (alert level) are also:

  • Persons up to and including 17 years of age who no longer attend school
  • Persons who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons In this case, a corresponding medical certificate must be presented
  • Pregnant and breastfeeding women

These persons must alternatively present a negative rapid antigen test at both stages.

Children under five years of age are excluded from mandatory tests.

Vaccinated and recovered persons do not have to get tested, but must be able to show the appropriate proof in digital or paper form.

Schoolchildren do not have to present proof of testing. In this case, it is sufficient to present an identity document confirming compulsory school attendance.

For all persons aged 0 and over with typical COVID 19 symptoms, a general ban on admission and participation will continue to apply.

As of 11 October, free coronavirus tests will no longer be offered. This does not apply to persons who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons or for whom there is no general vaccination recommendation – in particular, pregnant women, children and adolescents under 18 years of age.

All establishments must continue to comply with the face mask requirements, the obligation to provide contact details, and the social distancing rules.


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.
 

Face masks and social distancing rules

A medical mask must always be worn in enclosed spaces, such as supermarkets, medical practices, public buildings, public transport, enclosed transport stops such as station buildings etc. There continues to be a general requirement to maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from other people outdoors and in publicly accessible facilities. You are not obliged to wear a mask outdoors unless it is impossible to reliably maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 metres from other people.

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

Countries with particularly high numbers of cases are designated as "high-risk 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 high-risk 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 high-risk 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.

Please note: For all persons residing in a third country the current restrictions on non-essential travel continue to apply, i.e. these persons may enter Germany only if they are fully vaccinated, serve in an important role or if there is an urgent need for their travel. There are exceptions for some specific countries. Find more info here: https://www.bmi.bund.de/SharedDocs/faqs/EN/topics/civil-protection/coronavirus/coronavirus-faqs.html

 

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

Persons entering Germany who spent time within the 10 days prior to entry in a high-risk area, are obligated to already get tested before departing on their journey to Germany. Before setting off, they must present a negative test result or appropriate medical certificate. The swab specimen must have been taken at the earliest 48 hours (antigen test) or 72 hours (PCR test) before entry. Children under the age of 12 do not need a test.

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.

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. However, children under the age of twelve can end the quarantine five days after entry - even without a test.

The quarantine obligation does not apply to individuals who enter Germany with a medical certificate confirming that they were infected with the coronavirus at the time of entry for at least 28 days and not more than six months ago and confirmed by molecular biological testing using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR test), or to individuals who can prove that they have been vaccinated for at least 14 days by means of vaccination documentation.

A completed vaccination cycle is any vaccination against COVID-19 disease carried out with a vaccine, which has been approved in the European Union, in line with the recommended sequence of shots.

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

 

2.  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, all travellers 12 years or older are obligated to undergo testing. The swab specimen must have been taken at the earliest 24 hours (antigen test) or 72 hours (PCR test) before entry. There are no exemptions. This ensures that people entering Germany undergo testing for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus before their arrival.

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.

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.

There are two cases in which the quarantine can be lifted earlier in the case of areas of variants of concern:

  1. 1. The affected area of virus variants of concern is downgraded during the period of isolation in Germany (i.e. it is classified as a high-incidence area). In this case, the regulations for high-incidence areas or basic risk areas apply for ending the quarantine period.
  2. 2. For persons who have been fully vaccinated with a specific vaccine published on the website of the Robert Koch Institute, the quarantine may end after their proof of vaccination has been submitted. This is conditional on the Robert Koch Institute having determined (and published on its website) that this vaccine is sufficiently effective against the virus variants of concern that led to the area being classified as an area of virus variants of concern.

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 have reached the age of twelve (without a completed vaccination or a medical certificate confirming that they were infected with the coronavirus at the time of entry for at least 28 days and not more than six months ago) and who are entering Germany (no matter from which country) must present a negative Corona test (PCR tests or antigen tests) before departure.
  • 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.
  • A completed vaccination cycle is any vaccination against COVID-19 disease carried out with a vaccine, which has been approved in the European Union, in line with the recommended sequence of shots.
  • The proof of vaccine must be available in physical or digital form in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish.

Here you will find more information in different languages: https://www.baden-wuerttemberg.de/de/service/aktuelle-infos-zu-corona/corona-information-in-other-languages/
 

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

In order to deal with enquiries as quickly as possible, we need to know your location for the last 10 days before the start of your trip as well as your destination in Baden-Württemberg.

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

Information as of: September 15th, 2021

 

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