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Summer vacation 2021 despite Corona : You can also travel abroad unvaccinated - which must be taken into account

The longing for vacation abroad is great. But by the time the summer vacation starts in Berlin on June 24th, most people are unlikely to have received their second vaccination. Because only at least 14 days later are they considered fully vaccinated and can get more rights back.

The good news, however, is: According to the current status and depending on the travel destination, travel is still possible for unvaccinated people. To do this, you mostly need a negative corona test, also for children. Only in some countries is there no compulsory test for children under six years of age.

The holiday countries are currently divided into risk areas, high incidence areas and virus variant areas. If a state is considered a risk area, the Federal Foreign Office will most likely issue a travel warning. It should be noted for those returning from risk areas that they are currently required to carry out a corona test throughout Germany.

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In almost all federal states, travelers from risk areas have to isolate themselves directly after entering the country. The quarantine period is 10 or 14 days, depending on the risk area and state regulations.

In addition, all air travelers must show a negative test result when checking in at the place of departure - even if they are returning from non-risk areas. This is valid until May 12th. It is likely that this rule will be extended for unvaccinated people.

The so-called "Green Pass" is expected throughout the EU from mid-June. This should allow travelers to move freely across borders again. The certificate is free and can be used digitally and / or in paper form. A printed QR code is used to prove that the owner has been vaccinated against Corona, has already survived an infection that was not more than 6 months ago or that tested negative no more than 48 hours ago. Self-tests do not apply.

Until the introduction of the certificates, it must be assumed that the following applies to unvaccinated people in the respective holiday areas:

Holiday in Italy

The Federal Foreign Office has issued a travel warning for Italy, as it is designated as a corona risk area. If you want to enter from EU countries, you therefore need a negative corona test (PCR or antigen), which must not be older than 48 hours, and must also go into quarantine for five days.

Another corona test must be carried out after the five days. In addition, the entry must be reported to the competent Italian health department at the place of stay in Italy. When returning to Germany from Italy, there is also an obligation to test and quarantine, as well as an obligation to report after return. The regulation applies until mid-May.

Prime Minister Mario Draghi announced last Tuesday that a national "Green Pass" would be introduced in Italy as early as the second half of May. This means that tourists can move largely unrestricted from region to region.

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Vacation in Spain

The Balearic Islands and parts of mainland Spain (Galicia, Valencia, Extremadura and Murcia) are no longer considered risk areas. There is no longer a travel warning for them, entry is generally possible. However, for trips from risk countries to Spain, which currently includes Germany, a corona test must be presented upon entry (PCR, not older than 72 hours) and an entry form filled out.

Children under six years of age are generally exempt from compulsory testing. There is a health check on arrival. In particular, the body temperature of the travelers is measured. Quarantine is no longer necessary after entry.

When returning to Germany from a Spanish non-risk area, a test is mandatory at the departure point - but not after arrival in Germany. When returning from a risk area, however, tests must be carried out again both before departure and at home. In addition, there is an obligation to quarantine and to report after return.

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Holidays in Turkey

Turkey is one of the most popular travel destinations for Germans, but is currently considered a high incidence area. Means: There is a travel warning for the whole country. A negative PCR test is required when entering and leaving the country (not for children under six years of age), as well as online registration. Both must not be older than 72 hours.

After registration, travelers receive an authorization code ("HES code") which must be shown during controls in the country. Temperature measurements are taken at the airport. Before returning to Germany, those who leave the country must take a corona test in Turkey within 48 hours at their own expense.

It should also be noted: Regular flight connections between Turkey and Germany are very thin. Short-term flight cancellations cannot be ruled out, so passengers should regularly check their flight status.

Vacation in PORTUGAL

The infection situation in Portugal has eased in many parts of the country. A partial travel warning from the Federal Foreign Office applies. However, tourist trips from Germany (countries with a 14-day incidence over 150) to Portugal that are not necessary are currently not permitted under Portuguese law. The Algarve, the Azores and Madeira are still considered risk areas, so there is a travel warning for these regions. There is an obligation to test (PCR, not older than 72 hours) upon entry, as well as an obligation to quarantine when returning to Germany (except to NRW after a negative test).

Important: The corona test is only recognized in English or Portuguese when entering the country. The land border with Spain is reopened for travel by car. Alternatively, a free corona test can be carried out upon arrival in Madeira, the result of which is usually available within twelve hours. Until then, however, isolation in the hotel applies.

In Madeira, there is also an explicit exception for vaccinated and convalescent people: They are exempt from the obligation to test. Quite different in the Azores: Here you have to be tested on the sixth and twelfth day if you stay longer than seven days.

Vacation in Croatia

All of Croatia is considered a high incidence area. Tourists from the EU can also show a rapid antigen test on arrival instead of a PCR test. However, it should be noted: If you enter Croatia with a rapid antigen test and want to stay in Croatia for more than ten days, you must do a second test within ten days.

People who are fully vaccinated or have recovered are allowed to enter the country without a test. Children under the age of seven are also not required to present a negative test. After completing an online immigration form, travelers receive an ID that must be presented upon entry.

On the return journey, the usual corona test obligation for returnees from risk areas as well as a reporting and quarantine obligation apply. When traveling by car, the following applies: You can drive through Slovenia if you do so within twelve hours. Short stops are allowed. Returning travelers also have to cross Austria without stopping. Exceptions apply to brief refueling and visits to the toilet.

Vacation in Austria

In Austria, there are currently particularly strict entry regulations with quarantine. The country is also a corona risk area. This means: compulsory testing after the return trip, quarantine in Germany and reporting obligation after return. Only the communities of Jungholz and Mittelberg / Kleinwalsertal are not considered risk areas.

Anyone who is currently entering Austria from a corona risk area, such as Germany, has to go into quarantine for ten days. It can be ended after five days at the earliest with a negative PCR or antigen test. However, easements for entry are to come into force on May 19. Then the quarantine obligation for many countries, including Germany, should be dropped.

Vacation in GREECE

You can only travel to Greece with a negative PCR test (not older than 72 hours) from a recognized test laboratory in the country of departure. The test evidence must contain an accompanying diagnosis in English. Alternatively, proof of a complete vaccination can also be presented.

All travelers must also fill out an online form at least 24 hours before their departure to Greece - you will then receive a QR code that must be shown upon entry. Attention: If no code can be shown, it will be expensive - up to 500 euros fine. However, one form per family is sufficient. From May 15, the country wants to fully open up to tourism again.

Vacation in France

The Federal Foreign Office continues to warn that tourist trips are not necessary. Entry between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. is possible again without a valid reason. A negative PCR test result that is not older than 72 hours must be presented. In addition, a health form must be filled out. Children up to 11 years of age are exempt from the obligation to test.

A seven-day quarantine is recommended, but is not mandatory. It is also recommended to use the national Corna warning app.

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