Covid Travel: Can I travel to Germany this summer?


Can British tourists head to Germany this summer? (Picture: Getty)

The travel ban in England was lifted on May 17, replaced with the travel traffic light system, which categorises countries depending on their rate of Covid-19 infection.

People can travel to countries on the green list and not have to worry about self-isolating upon their return.

Amber and red list countries are considered a higher risk – travel to amber countries is highly discouraged, while travel to and from red list countries is only allowed for returning UK or Irish residents.

Holidaymakers will be keen to know where they can go, with such destinations as Portugal, Australia, and New Zealand all currently on the green list.

What does this mean for holidaymakers hoping to travel to Germany this summer?

Can I travel to Germany this summer?

The short answer: no, you cannot travel to Germany this summer – at least for now.


woman hiking in a german forest

Your dream hiking holiday will have to wait, as Germany has placed a ban on people entering the country from the UK (Picture: Getty)

While Germany is on the UK’s amber list, meaning that you can technically travel to it, Germany itself is banning UK travelers from entering the country from midnight on May 23.

Germany Public Health has categorised the UK as a coronavirus risk, following a surge in cases of the Indian variant.

A German government source told Reuters: ‘We want to play it safe.

‘In this important phase of the vaccination campaign, the entry of problematic mutations must be avoided as far as possible.’

What are the conditions of the Germany UK travel ban?


Brandenburg Gate

British tourists eager to visit Germany will have to be patient (Picture: Getty)

People can only travel from the UK to Germany if they are a German citizen or resident – spouses and children under 18 of a German citizen or resident can also enter.

There will be exceptions to the rule, such as a family bereavement.

If you are traveling to Germany, you must present a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken 72 hours prior to arrival.

Once you have arrived in Germany, you must quarantine for two weeks, even if they have tested negative for Covid-19.

How are case numbers looking in Germany?

As of May 20, the total number of new cases in Germany at 10,727, which is a 56% drop in cases compared to two weeks ago.

In terms of vaccinations, over 39% of the population have had their first dose of the vaccine – over 13% of the population is fully vaccinated.

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