Travel advice from ABTA Magazine as tourism restarts.
More than 2.8million Britons visited Germany in 2018, making it among the UK’s most popular destinations – below Spain, France, Italy, the USA, the Republic of Ireland and Portugal only. The cities of Berlin, Cologne and Munich (and wider Bavaria) – and Frankfurt for business travellers – remain popular.
As lockdown continues to ease, the government has revealed a list of 74 countries from which inbound tourist and returning travellers do not need to self-isolate (also known as the travel corridors list) – ending its blanket 14-day quarantine policy. However, it is not necessarily the case that Britons can enter the countries on the exemptions list without needing to quarantine, or that flights are even currently available (research suggests as little as a third of the countries can be visited without restrictions). Although firm favourites France, Spain and Italy made it on to lists revealed by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Department for Transport (DfT), the USA and Portugal were notable exceptions. Scotland has released its list of exemptions – which is the same as the UK list, but with Spain and Serbia omitted.
Germany is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel and is on the travel corridors list, meaning returning Britons and inbound tourists do not need to quarantine on arrival in the UK. It is widely considered to have handled the coronavirus crisis well. There are currently no general Covid-19-related restrictions on entry into Germany from the UK. The FCO notes that “you may have to go into quarantine if you are entering from an area where there is a high rate of infection.”
There are now non-stop flights to the likes of Berlin, Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Cologne, Stuttgart and Bremen.