Traveling in times of Corona: What rules apply in other countries

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Status: 23.12.2021 5:30 PM

The coronavirus pandemic is also making travel more difficult. However, the target countries are affected to different degrees – and therefore have different rules in the fight against Covid-19. Overview.


Travelers from Germany must fill out an online form and be vaccinated or fully recovered. Alternatively, they can submit a negative test and retest again a week later. Gastronomy should close at 11pm, and there is no exception on New Years Eve. The government recommends limiting social contacts during the holidays and getting yourself tested. Indoor gatherings and events – with the exception of private homes – are largely prohibited.

After record levels at the end of November, the number of infections is down again. The 14-day infection rate was still over 1,000. Corona measures were tightened recently.


Denmark is in a particularly difficult situation due to the number of new infections and the highest rate currently in the European Union. The government has taken countermeasures, some with strict restrictions: among others, cinemas, theaters, zoos, theme parks as well as discos must remain closed.

Entry is still possible, but as of December 27, you must have previously had a negative corona test, regardless of your vaccination status. There are exceptions for residents of Schleswig-Holstein, among others. Since Denmark was recently classified as a high-risk area, stricter rules are also applied when returning to Germany.


Persons who are not immunized must show a negative PCR or antigen test no older than 24 hours to enter the country. 3G applies when visiting museums, restaurants or ski stations. Even those who travel long distances by bus or train must have recovered, been vaccinated or tested in the past 24 hours. If many people meet outdoors, masks are mandatory.

On New Year’s Eve, the government encourages cities and municipalities to ban fireworks, concerts, and alcohol consumption on public streets. There are no restrictions on private meetings. Recently, about 545 out of 100,000 people across the country became infected within a week.


The obligation for travelers to Greece to submit a negative test prior to departure remains in effect. The PCR test should not exceed 72 hours, and the rapid antigen test should not exceed 24 hours. In addition, travelers are strongly advised to take a quick test two and four days after their arrival. Faced with the risk of the spread of the omicron variant, the government banned all public celebrations in cities around Christmas and New Year.

Great Britain

Great Britain faces great obstacles to the round trip. When entering the country, you have to prove the negativity of the test and also book a PCR test after arrival. Quarantine is mandatory until the result.

Travelers from Germany will have to isolate themselves for a longer period after their return: With Great Britain again being considered a shifting region for the virus, you must be in quarantine for 14 days – regardless of whether you have been vaccinated or not. A negative test must also be submitted. In addition, only German people or residents of Germany can be upgraded.


Anyone who wants to enter the country should observe the obligation to get tested – including those who have been vaccinated. The government requires a negative PCR test that is valid for 48 hours or a rapid antigen test that is valid for 24 hours. Persons who are not immunized should be placed in quarantine for five days. On Tuesday, the authorities recorded about 30,800 new infections and more than 150 deaths.

Cabins, restaurants, bars and theaters are open, but 2G applies indoors. 3G is applicable in museums and closed ski lifts. Zoning is also important: some regions in the north, including Bolzano-South Tyrol, fall into the yellow zone. This means: Masks are also mandatory outdoors. This also applies to the inner cities of Rome, Milan and Turin.

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The Netherlands is in strict lockdown to slow the spread of the Omicron variant. Shops, restaurants, schools, cultural and sports facilities are closed. Exceptions apply to supermarkets or pharmacies.

At home, the Dutch should have a maximum of two guests, at Christmas and New Years a maximum of four guests. Even outside, only two people are allowed to be together. Otherwise, the 1.5 meter distance rule applies and masks are mandatory in publicly accessible rooms.


Triple vaccination is a prerequisite for entry. Those who do not have a booster dose should submit a PCR test, as do those who have recovered. Older school age children are allowed to take vacations with sufficient test evidence. This means about three tests per week. The rules do not apply to children under the age of twelve. After closing in the past few weeks, the seven-day infection rate is currently around 200. Shops, cultural institutions and restaurants are open again, and bars and après-ski remain closed. On December 27, a curfew will be introduced from 11 p.m. to 10 p.m. – also on New Year’s Eve.

From Saturday, Austria will be removed from the list of high-risk areas. This means that quarantine regulations for people who have not been fully vaccinated or who have recovered upon entering Germany from the country are no longer in effect.


Poland’s neighboring country is classified by the federal government as a high-risk area. On Wednesday, the Ministry of Health announced 18,021 new infections within 24 hours, and 775 deaths. When entering from the Schengen area, there is an obligation to quarantine for ten days. Fully vaccinated, recovered patients and travelers with current negative test results are excluded. In restaurants, hotels, cultural and leisure facilities, capacity is restricted to a maximum of 30 percent.

If operators want to let more people in, they are obligated to check vaccination certificates. Clubs and discos are closed until January 17, except for New Year’s Eve.


In principle, the conditions for entry to Portugal are the same as for Spain. However, vaccinated people must also provide a negative test, which should not exceed 72 hours in the case of PCR and not more than 48 hours in the case of rapid antigen tests. Due to the rapidly increasing numbers of Corona, discos and bars must close their doors from Saturday.

In addition, the obligation to test on entry into public interiors will also be extended to hotels and guesthouses, among others. On New Year’s Eve, a maximum of ten people are allowed to gather outdoors and not drink alcohol. Masks are mandatory in public places as well as on buses and trains.

Like Spain, Portugal will be considered a high-risk area from Saturday, so the same quarantine regulations will apply to those entering Germany from the country.


Compared to November, the case of corona in Russia decreased slightly. With about 25,000 new infections in a single day, the country with the largest area on Earth is still listed as a high-risk area. More than 1,000 people die every day.

However, there are no major restrictions – eg the upcoming New Year’s celebrations. In Moscow, for example, 2G is implemented at the Bolshoi Theater or at the Tretyakov Gallery. This guide is not required for travel within Russia. As of this week, PCR tests are only valid for two days instead of 72 hours.


All travelers — including those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered — need a negative PCR or rapid antigen test. Those who have not been vaccinated should have a second test after that. There are no quarantine regulations. Winter sports are compatible with the 3G network. But 2G applies in huts, restaurants and at cultural events, that is, access only to vaccinated and recovered people, but not to those who have been tested. Installations can voluntarily have 2G +. Masks are mandatory on public transport and indoors.


Spain has not yet tightened its entry regulations. Travelers from the European Union must fill out a Digital Travel Permit. In addition, everyone over the age of 12 must provide evidence that they have been vaccinated twice (or once in the case of Johnson & Johnson), recover or get tested. The PCR test should not exceed 72 hours, and the rapid antigen test should not exceed 48 hours.

In the country itself, the obligation to wear masks outdoors will soon return. In many areas, a third-generation rule – vaccinated, restored or tested – applies when entering restaurants and other recreational facilities. Only Catalonia has ordered nighttime restrictions, the closure of nightlife and a cap on participants in private meetings. There are also restrictions on meetings in your four walls in the Canary Islands.

The federal government is classifying Spain as a high-risk area as of Saturday. Anyone entering Germany from the country who has not been vaccinated or fully recovered must remain in quarantine for ten days and can free themselves from this as soon as five days after entering with a negative test.


About 20 thousand new cases of corona are reported in Turkey every day. Masks are mandatory in many public places. There are no official rules for private meetings. Travelers using planes, long-distance buses, and long-distance trains need proof of vaccination. The same applies to concerts, theaters and cinemas. 3G is applicable for entry from Germany.

United States of America

In the United States, the omicron variant is now prevalent – and the number of new infections is rising dramatically. If you want to enter from Europe, you need a current negative test. In addition, foreigners are usually required to provide proof of full vaccinations before boarding a flight to the United States. There are no restrictions on private meetings – restaurants or shops are usually open.

The federal government is designating the United States of America as a high-risk area as of Saturday. The corresponding quarantine regulations apply to people entering Germany from the country who have not been fully vaccinated or recovered.

Source: dpa

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