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SouthWest Germany and COVID 19:

Current rules and guidance

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Current rules and guidance

General Rules

From the 24th of November, there are four 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:
  • 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 (see basic level).

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

In this level, 2G applies to accommodation establishments such as hotels, inns, guest houses or campsites. This excludes business overnight stays or special cases of hardship such as an urgently needed doctor's visit. In these exceptions, a negative rapid or PCR test must be presented.

The fourth level, the alert level II comes into force from a state-wide intensive care bed utilisation of 450 or a 7-day hospitalisation incidence of 6.  In many areas the 2G or 2G-plus rule applies.

2G means that only vaccinated or recovered persons are permitted access. The 2G rule applies in the following sectors:

  • in non-essential retail stores

2G-Plus means that people who have been vaccinated or have recovered also need to show a rapid antigen test that is valid on the day:

  • For cultural and leisure facilities such as galleries, museums, memorials, archives, libraries, trade fairs, exhibitions and conventions, sports facilities, swimming pools and bathing lakes with controlled access, saunas and similar facilities, excursion cruises on rivers and lakes, tourist buses, trains and cable cars, ski-lifts and chair lifts, amusement parks, zoological and botanical gardens, high ropes courses and similar facilities
  • in restaurants and catering establishments. The same applies to hotel catering facilities and external visitors to refectories, cafeterias and canteens.

Please note: Anyone who has received their booster vaccination as well as those whose full immunisation or recovery was no longer than six months ago, are exempt from the obligation to test for 2G+.

In addition, Christmas markets as well as city and folk festivals are prohibited and discos and clubs must close.

For events such as theatre, opera and concert performances, film screenings, city tours and informative, business, club and sporting events, only 50 per cent of the capacity is permitted. In total, however, the maximum number of visitors is 750.

Exempt from the PCR test obligation (warning level) or the access and participation ban (alert level I + II) 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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

  • 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: December 6th, 2021