Booking a trip abroad has been difficult for holidaymakers this year, following last-minute travel restrictions enforced by the UK Government.
Popular holiday destinations, including Spain and France, have been removed from the quarantine exemption list in recent months, prompting UK tourists to consider Germany as a safer destination to travel in Europe this year.
Although, Germany is currently exempt from the UK’s quarantine list, the nation might loose its travel corridor soon based on its current Covid-19 infection rate.
Here’s everything you need to know if you’re planning a trip to Germany.
What is the latest Germany travel advice?
Germany is currently exempt from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice against all but essential international travel. This means that those returning to Britain from Germany will not have to self-isolate for 14 days.
The Foreign Office is alsowarning that anyone returning to the UK from Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg Airport will have to quarantine, as they will have to transit through France.
However, this might change soon as Germany is poised to enter a national lockdown from 2 November similar to the one in March as it tries to curb a surge in coronavirus cases with the Chancellor warning that “winter will be hard”.
While the German lockdown will leave schools and some businesses open, it severely restrict social life by closing bars, restaurants, cinemas. Hotels will also be closed to tourists.
Is Germany likely to be added to the quarantine list?
Yes, it is likely to happen. Officials are closely monitoring the situation and Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he “will not hesitate” to impose quarantine restrictions on more countries should cases spike.
Germany recorded 139,790 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the 14 days leading up to 29 October, according to the European Centre for Prevention Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
Elsewhere, figures from the PC agency show Germany has recorded an average of 107.2 cases per 100,000 people over a seven day period as of 29 October – this is is above the benchmark of 20 cases per 100,000 that the UK Government has been using to inform quarantine rules.
Where can you travel without having to quarantine?
The Government’s list of travel corridors for people returning to England currently includes the following website, but the list constantly being updated so please check the Government’s website for the latest travel guidance.
At the time of writing, you will need to self-isolate if you visited or made a transit stop in a country, territory or region that is not on the list in the 14 days before you arrive in England.
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(Additional reporting by agencies)