SouthWest Germany and COVID 19: Current rules and guidance

On December 11th, SouthWest Germany, the federal state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, issued a state-wide curfew on movement at night. From Saturday, December 12, 2020, leaving home between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. is only permitted for the following specific reasons:

  • Carrying out professional activities.
  • Use of medical and veterinary services.
  • Accompanying minors/children and people in need of support.
  • Accompanying the dying and people in acutely life-threatening conditions.
  • Activity needed to care for animals, such as taking dogs for a walk.
  • Attending schools, day-care centres and student events.
  • Gatherings necessary to maintain operations for work, services or business, public safety and order, or social welfare.

From December 12th, there will also be restrictions during daytime hours. Leaving home between 5 a.m. and 8 p.m. is permitted only for valid reasons. The same reasons (above) during the night curfew apply. In addition, the following are permitted:

  • Sport and exercise outdoors on your own, with members of your own household or with another person who does not live in the same household.
  • Grocery Shopping.
  • Gatherings and private events with members of your own household or one person from another household as well as those directly related and partners. In the respective households, children up to and including 14 years of age are exempt from this.
  • Attending appointments in court or meetings of municipal authorities.
  • Exercise of custody and access rights.
  • Attending meetings in accordance with Article 8 of the Federal Law.

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 territories. Please note: The current destinations regarded as risk areas are listed here:

On an ongoing basis, the Federal Government constantly checks to see which areas should be classified as risk areas. As a result, this list can be modified/changed at short notice and, importantly, may also be extended. Immediately before setting off on your journey, please check whether you have spent time in one of these areas in the previous 14 days before entering Germany.

When arriving in SouthWest Germany from a high-risk area, you must then be tested either up to 48 hours before your entry or directly after arriving in Germany, e.g. as soon as you land at the airport and go into mandatory quarantine and self-isolate for 10 days and also register online when arriving in Germany using this link: 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.

In principle, molecular biological tests (PCR tests) are currently accepted from all European Union countries, as well as from the countries mentioned on this website:

The test has to be in German, English or French and you must be able to present them to the local health authority upon request within ten days of entry.

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.

The following are exempt from obligatory registration on entry:

  • People, who only travelled through a risk area and did not make a stopover there
  • People, who only enter the Federal Republic of Germany in transit. In this case, however, you must leave Germany immediately
  • People, who have been in a risk area for less than 24 hours, or who are entering the Federal Republic of Germany for up to 24 hours in transit to neighbouring countries
  • People, who travel to the Federal Republic of Germany for professional reasons, in order to transport people, goods or goods across borders by road, rail, ship or plane.

Please find more detailed information about the coronavirus tests and FAQ here:

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:

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

Information as of: January 13, 2021