You need to know in advance what applies to your airline, your country of destination and your hotel and prepare the relevant information so that you are not surprised on the spot and, for example, you can not check in.
In addition to your ID and passport as well as travel documents, you will need to have proof of vaccination or testing, for example. Important here: Most of the time a digital vaccination certificate in the form of a QR code is required on the mobile phone, the yellow vaccination book is often not enough. If you do not have a smartphone or you are worried that the battery will run out during the trip, it may be worth buying the immunity card.
What should you look out for on the return trip?
Special regulations now apply when returning to Germany from vacation. If you enter Germany from abroad, a new entry regulation enters into force on 1 August. In principle, all travelers over the age of 12 must present a negative coronavirus test, proof of vaccination or proof of recovery upon entry. Exceptions apply only to travelers.
Additional rules apply when you live in virus-infected or high-risk areas:
- Registration obligation: If you return to Germany from a risk area, you are required to submit a digital entry declaration. You can sign up for this homepage and then display the confirmation login.
- Special obligation to provide evidence: If you have been on holiday in a high-risk area, you must also have a certificate of examination, vaccination or recovery with you. If you were in a virus variant region, only one test is possible. The receipt must also be downloaded through the gateway.
- Quarantine obligation: Anyone on holiday in a high-risk area should be quarantined for ten days immediately upon arrival in Germany, but may end them prematurely with proof of vaccination or recovery or after five days with a negative coronavirus test. For this purpose, the receipt must be sent through the gateway. If you have previously lived in a virus-infected area, there is a 14-day quarantine requirement that cannot be terminated prematurely.
- Transport ban: When entering from virus-infected areas, there is also a ban on transporting passengers by train, bus, ship and plane from these countries.
What are the special features of non-vaccination?
If you have not yet been vaccinated against coronavirus, you should also take a careful look when choosing your travel destination. Many countries have now introduced strict 2G rules: Anyone who does not have a vaccination certificate can be denied entry.
Since there is still plenty of time until the summer holidays, it would of course be easier if you were vaccinated before that. If this is not possible for health reasons, you should be informed about the possibilities of entering Germany with a certificate.
One thing to keep in mind: In most cases, entry ban due to lack of vaccination does not count towards the possibility of canceling a trip free of charge. In the worst case, you will not be able to start your vacation and you will be left with the expenses.
In which cases can cancellations be made free of charge?
Meanwhile, the coronavirus pandemic no longer counts as a “sudden event”, so the coronavirus travel warning is no longer considered a surprise and therefore no longer automatically leads to the possibility of free cancellation. Travel providers and airlines currently prefer to wait with cancellation and thus save costs which then have to be borne by the traveler himself.
Therefore, the corresponding coronavirus insurance or a flexible invoice should be done in advance for free cancellation. Many travel providers have already adapted their offers to change the situation.
Where could it be particularly crowded?
Some travel providers have already analyzed which travel destinations could be particularly popular in the summer. If you prefer to be isolated, you should try to choose another place.
For example, the cottage platform “Hometogo” rated the most popular travel destinations, with an amazing result: The most popular travel destination for the whole year 2022 for a holiday home is Germany, even if it was about 27 percent less search queries. made in Germany in 2022 compared to the previous year. Italy, Croatia, Spain and Denmark are also among the most popular travel destinations. Austria also recorded an increase in search queries of about 83%. According to Hometogo, the German Baltic and the North Sea are the most popular areas, followed by Mallorca, Lake Garda and Tuscany.