Can I travel to Germany from the UK? What do the new Covid restrictions mean for winter vacations?
Only fully vaccinated people are allowed to enter Germany from the UK for non-essential reasons.
On Thursday, Germany saw its highest daily number of Covid cases ever, with Chancellor Angela Merkel admitting that the virus’s fourth wave is wreaking havoc across the country.
The Robert Koch Institute, the country’s disease control agency, reported 65,371 new infections in a 24-hour period, breaking the previous record.
As a result of the increase in cases, some restrictions have been put in place, with the head of Germany’s disease control agency warning of a “really terrible Christmas.”
Here’s what you need to know about the restrictions and how they may affect your travel plans.
Only fully vaccinated individuals are permitted to enter Germany from the United Kingdom for non-essential reasons.
If you haven’t been double jabbed, you can only enter if you:
People in these groups are quarantined for ten days, with the option of testing and release after five days.
Regardless of vaccination status, all UK visitors entering Germany must complete pre-departure digital registration.
To enter the country, people over the age of 12 must present proof of vaccination.
Those who aren’t must show proof of a negative PCR test taken within the last 72 hours or a lateral flow test taken within the last 48 hours.
On Thursday, German lawmakers approved new measures to address the rise in cases.
Employees must show they are vaccinated, have recovered from Covid-19, or have tested negative to gain access to communal workplaces.
In the case of public transportation, a similar rule will apply.
Unvaccinated people will also be barred from restaurants, bars, gyms, hair salons, cinemas, theaters, and events in some areas.
The regions that will be enforcing these rules will be determined by hospitalization rates.
To deal with the soaring cases, Saxony, the worst-affected region, is preparing to implement a brief lockdown.
Governor Michael Kretschmer announced on Friday that the state government would decide on a “hard and clear wave breaker” that would last two to three weeks.
Germany’s vaccination rate is low compared to other European countries, including the United Kingdom, and its vaccine advisory committee only recommended boosters on Thursday.
Currently, 67.7% of people have been vaccinated.
UK news summary from Infosurhoy
Is it possible to travel to Germany from the UK? The new Covid restrictions are explained, as well as what they mean for winter vacations.
wpcc-script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″]
Can I travel to Germany from the UK? New Covid restrictions explained, and what they mean for winter holidays