Finally relaxing, swimming, hiking and forgetting Corona - that's what many Germans want for their summer vacation. Traveling has now become much more relaxed. Nevertheless, some rules still apply in popular holiday countries. ntv.de introduces them.
Summer vacation is just around the corner. Many Germans finally want to travel carefree. Because anyone planning a vacation in the past two years first had to get an overview of the current corona rules: entry form, negative PCR test, quarantine regulations. Today things are different in many countries - despite the threat of a summer wave. Travel restrictions are abolished almost everywhere, but some corona measures still apply in some places. An overview:
Dolce Vita in Italy: On June 1st, the country lifted almost all corona rules. Travelers no longer have to provide proof of their vaccination or recovery status or show a negative test result. The Italian government abolished the entry forms a month earlier. Now the mask requirement in buses, trains, cinemas and theaters is also falling. The corona situation in Italy is now relaxed, and there has been no new wave of infections so far. The current seven-day incidence is less than 100 cases of infection per 100,000 inhabitants. Virologists therefore expect relaxed summer months, but warn of the danger of possible new variants in autumn.
The Spanish government has also relaxed the entry rules - at least for holidaymakers from the EU and the Schengen area. The following applies to Germans: When entering Spain, no vaccination or convalescence status or a negative test result has to be presented. This also applies to Mallorca. The mask has largely disappeared from everyday life. It is only compulsory to wear it on public transport and in old people's homes and health facilities. However, the highly contagious omicron subtypes BA.4 and BA.5 have already arrived in Spain. According to the authorities, in some places these mutations already cause more than a quarter of all new infections. However, the government is not planning to tighten the measures at this time.
When entering France, 3G still applies - from the age of twelve. Anyone who has been vaccinated must provide proof of full vaccination. Travelers are considered fully vaccinated seven days after the second vaccination (Biontech, Moderna, Astrazeneca), 28 days after vaccination with Johnson
Those who have not been vaccinated and have not recovered must present a PCR test not older than 72 hours or a rapid test not older than 48 hours. Those who have recovered need proof of an infection, which must not be more than six months ago.
Despite the stricter entry conditions, there is hardly any trace of Corona in the country. The French government has lifted almost all Corona rules. A 3G pass is no longer required for access to restaurants, hotels and museums. It is also no longer necessary to wear a mask in public facilities. In the event of an infection, holidaymakers should isolate themselves for five days, according to the recommendation of the authorities.
Portugal also requires proof upon entry. The popular holiday destination is in the midst of a new corona wave caused by the omicron variant BA.5. 90 percent of all new infections are already triggered by this virus type. 25,000 new corona cases are registered every day. The seven-day incidence is currently the highest in Europe with over 1700 infections per 100,000 inhabitants.
If you want to go to the mainland of Portugal or the Azores, you must have a full vaccination with a Covid certificate from the EU. If this is not available, a PCR test or antigen test is required. When entering the country by plane or ship, the test must not be older than 72 hours (PCR) or 24 hours (antigen). Children under the age of 12 are exempt from this obligation. The body temperature of air travelers is also measured. If it is higher than 38 degrees Celsius, further investigations should be expected. Quarantine can be ordered in this case. In the country, masks are only compulsory in public transport and medical facilities such as hospitals and doctor’s offices.
There are currently no restrictions on entering Madeira. However, a far-reaching 3G rule applies to sports and cultural facilities, hairdressers, restaurants, bars and discotheques. People aged six and over need proof of vaccination (a booster is not required), a certificate of convalescence or a negative rapid test. However, these are subject to a fee on site and are valid for one week.
In Greece, all rules for entry have fallen. Tourists no longer need proof of vaccination, recovery or negative tests. Since June, the mask requirement has also only applied in local public transport and in hospitals and care facilities. However, these are only temporary relaxations: the Greek government has already announced that it will decide on a long-term regulation on September 1st.
Even those who travel to Croatia can take it easy. Because the country on the Adriatic Sea no longer requires any proof from travelers from Germany or other EU member states. You don't need mouth and nose protection either - only in medical facilities.
Switzerland also no longer requires proof upon entry. All corona restrictions have also been lifted in the country. There is also no longer a requirement to wear a mask.
A trip to Austria is also uncomplicated. Because there are currently no longer any corona-related restrictions - despite the increasing number of infections. The obligation to present proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative corona test is no longer required. There is also no longer a registration or quarantine obligation. The new regulation will initially apply until July 8, 2022. Masks are only compulsory in health facilities, and an FFP2 mask must also be worn on local public transport in Vienna.
If you want to travel to Turkey in the summer of 2022, you no longer have to observe any corona restrictions. Since June there has no longer been an obligation to present proof of vaccination or corona tests. The entry registration and the HES code, which was previously required, are also no longer required. However, random fever measurements are still being carried out at the airport. In Turkey, masks are only compulsory in health facilities.
If you want to travel to the USA, you have to be vaccinated. The country requires travelers over the age of 18 to be fully vaccinated. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after the last required injection - either after the second dose, for example with Biontech, Moderna or Astrazeneca, or after the first with Johnson's vaccine
Those who have recovered also need a full dose of either two doses or one dose depending on the vaccine, otherwise they are not considered fully vaccinated. Despite full vaccination, all travelers from the age of two must also present the airline with a negative PCR or rapid test that is not older than one day.