Book or wait: What about the winter holidays?

Again we have to ask ourselves: Where can the winter trip go? A year ago, winter vacations were almost unthinkable. The anticipation was even greater this year. Whether you are skiing or traveling long distances to the south – the main thing is relaxation. But the coronavirus pandemic could also block many of your travel plans this winter. The growing number of infections and stricter rules for coronavirus obscure anticipation.

What rules apply now?


Ski holidays in Austria are not possible until at least December 12. Hotels and ski lifts remain closed. Therefore, according to the ADAC, it is possible to cancel your stay or trip for free.

In early December, the Austrian government wants to assess the situation and decide whether the lockdown should be maintained for both vaccinated and people who have recovered beyond mid-December. If not, then 2G interruptions are possible again.

Those who have not been vaccinated should probably not spend their holidays in Austria this winter. If the lockdown is lifted, 2G rules will apply to all accommodation, hotels, restaurants, ski huts and cable cars. Children under 12 years old are excluded. For young foreigners between the ages of 12 and 15, there is no final arrangement yet. You should definitely learn more about this before you travel.

In addition, the vaccination certificate expires earlier than in Germany, so a booster vaccine is recommended. Other countries could follow.

Switzerland and France

In France and Switzerland, even less stringent rules currently apply. In any case, in many places the mask and the distance are enough for the use of the elevator. 3G rules apply for overnight stays. But this can change daily, depending on the situation in the area.

From an impact of 7 days 200, in France the 3G rule is expected to apply to ski areas. Therefore, it is generally important to check briefly before each trip what is valid at the respective destination. Because regulations on the premises and even from hotel to hotel can change quickly.

Italy / South Tyrol

In Italy, too, the authorities decided to apply the 3G rule. All winter sports enthusiasts over the age of 12 must prove their vaccination, recovery or a negative test in the form of an EU Covid digital certificate.

Closed gondolas and closed hood lifts are allowed to operate with a maximum capacity of 80 percent, while open lifts and gondolas can be used 100 percent. Passengers must keep a safe distance and wear a mask from the age of six. In order to ensure a distance of at least one meter between people in the ski areas, special trails will be created. Ski cards should be sold mainly online. Most Italian ski resorts will start operating in late November to early December. But even here the situation can change quickly.

The Czech Republic

First of all, holidays are possible in the Czech Republic. If you want to enter the country, you need a negative PCR test that is not older than 72 hours. A second PCR test should be performed between the fifth and seventh day after admission. In addition, electronic registration is required. Those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered do not need to be examined, but must also register digitally. For children under 12 years there is no obligation to register for entry and examination. According to the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, hotels and restaurants in the Czech Republic are open to those who have been vaccinated, those who have recovered and those who have been examined. 3G rules apply, so unvaccinated people can currently be accommodated. The 3G rules apply to cross-country skiing as well as gastronomy. You must wear a medical mask in the lifts.

General tips for planning a vacation

  • Popular long distance travel destinations we welcome tourists again. Currently vacationing in Hawaii, Maldives, Seychelles, Mauritius, Cuba, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Florida, South Africa, Namibia, Dominican Republic, Mexico and New York .
  • Our extra tip: at World Expo 2020 in Dubai. It is open until March 31, 2022.

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