• Michali Henig

2020´s Fall Vacation: A practical guide to travelling in times of the Corona- Second Wave

After a relatively easy summer in Germany, during which we got used to the new normal, collected face masks and found our favorite type of disinfection - Fall arrived, and along with it - the second wave.

We knew that this will come when summer will be over, and therefore, we developed all types of indicators and measurements in order to allow life under the new normal. Vacation is a part of it.

As for the fall vacation, we need to differentiate between vacation abroad and vacation in Germany:

Going on vacation abroad during covid19

Most importantly, the borders are open, so you can go :)

I would recommend keeping three things in mind:

  1. Is your vacation destination defined as a high-risk area? The list of high-risk areas is defined by Robert Koch Institute (RKI). It changes constantly, and include destinations both outside and inside the EU. If you are considering a vacation abroad, you should look at it often, in order to know if your destination is defined as a high-risk area or not. If you are travelling to a high-risk area, you need to quarantine for 14 days when you come back to Germany, unless if you have a negative Corona-test, taken >48 hours before your flight back, or within the first 72 hours after your arrival. You must stay in quarantine until the results arrive, and must apply for quarantine exemption at your local health ministry. Those quarantine regulations are about to change, so that people who came back from high-risk areas will have to first quarantine for 5 days, then take a Corona-test and then get the quarantine exemption, but the change is not implemented yet. I advise you to keep close track of this change if you have travel plans (for example, here).

  2. Are there any restrictions in your vacation destination? Some cities in Europe are doing a curfew, closing down restaurants and bars sometime in the evening. In others, some tourist attractions might be closed. You should try to figure this out before you go, in order to know what to expect.

  3. Are you coming from a risk area? Are there any restrictions to your stay? Each destination will have their own rules - therefore it makes sense to find out if Germany, or your state/city/Bezirk are defined as a high-risk area, and if so - what restrictions apply to you.

Going on vacation in Germany in Fall 2020

Going on vacation in Germany was considered to be the safer option: this way, we stay in Germany, where we have our health insurance, going back home should be easier, and in many cases we can avoid flying.

However, recently some states in Germany, including Bavaria, Baden-Wüttemberg and Hamburg, have declared a so called Beherbergungsverbot, or in simpler words: tourists from high-risk areas are not allowed to stay in hotels, unless if they have a negative Corona test taken <48 hours before their arrival.

Moreover, in some states, such as Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (known for the Ostsee/ Baltic sea) and Schleswig-Holstein (Ostsee and the border to Denmark), tourists from high-risk areas will either not be allowed into the state, or they will be allowed in but will have to stay in quarantine for 14 days.

For city-states, such as Berlin, some states (e.g. Bavaria) are implementing the Beherbergungsverbot for people who came from high-risk-districts (Bezirke), meaning that if you come from Neukölln or Mitte (true for 08.10.2020), you will probably not be allowed to check in your hotel, unless if you have a negative Corona-test (which can be shown on your app, for example).

Since the numbers change daily, my advice to you is to check the situation right before you go on vacation, and make your decision accordingly. You can read more about this either in your local newspaper, or for example, here.

I would love to hear how your vacation went!

This is all very new (well, 2020 brought many new things to us), so it is difficult to say what will happen next. I wish everybody a wonderful Fall-vacation, and would love to hear where you went to and how your vacation went :)

Thank you for reading!

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