India is really open for free

May 18th: Starting next week, Austria will also be offering free corona tests for foreign guests in order to stimulate tourism. This possibility will exist in public test streets, pharmacies or directly in hotels or inns, said Tourism Minister Elisabeth Köstinger (ÖVP) in Vienna. Every host, every hotel, every business can offer self-tests for guests. This should also enable spontaneous restaurant visits - in this case an on-site test only applies for the duration of the stay in the restaurant.

"It is up to the local operator to decide whether to offer these tests," said Köstinger. The system of entry tests and other security requirements have proven to be very effective. According to scientific studies, there has not been a single case of infection in the model region of Vorarlberg, in which the gastronomy has been open with access tests since March, said the minister. As in the previous year, employees in the catering and hotel industries were given access to free PCR tests to ensure the safety of guests.

In Austria, after seven months of lockdown, gastronomy, hotels, culture and many sports facilities will open on May 19. At the same time, many countries - including Germany - do not require quarantine when entering the country. However, those entering the country must have been tested, vaccinated or recovered from Covid-19. Stricter rules apply to guests from regions with virus variants and to high-incidence areas. If a test cannot be presented, it must be taken in Austria within 24 hours. Electronic registration is also required before each entry. The seven-day incidence in Austria is currently 65 - and thus below that of Germany with 79.

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Great Britain is becoming a risk area again

May 15th: Although the infection numbers are low, the federal government is classifying Great Britain from Sunday on again as Corona risk area a. This also includes Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man as well as all Channel Islands and all British overseas territories. The reason is the "at least limited occurrence" of the virus variant B.1.617.2, which was first identified in India and which has contributed to the dramatic number of infections in the country. The Robert Koch Institute announced on Friday. Sri Lanka will also become a risk area from Sunday.

To the Virus variant area becomes Nepal upgraded. This means that the country has the highest risk level, for which extensive travel restrictions apply.

From high incidence area to risk area The following countries will be downgraded from Sunday: Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Estonia, Ukraine, Jordan, Lebanon and the Palestinian Territories. Anyone entering from there no longer necessarily has to be in quarantine, but can instead show a negative test upon entry.

Removed from the list of corona risk areas however, the Canary Islands and the autonomous city of Ceuta. However, this no longer has any practical effects for tourists, as the quarantine obligation for holidaymakers returning from there already fell on Thursday with the entry into force of a new entry regulation. The test obligation on the return flight to Germany continues to apply.

No more travel warnings for Malta and the Algarve

May 7th: Because of a sharp drop in the number of infections The federal government is removing other popular holiday areas from the corona risk list. Anyone entering Germany from Malta or the Portuguese Algarve will soon no longer have to be in quarantine. The Robert Koch Institute announced this on its website. For the Algarve, however, the effects are initially minor, because there is currently an entry ban for German tourists due to the high number of infections in this country. German tourists are allowed to enter Malta if they have a negative PCR test that is not older than 72 hours. In addition, from May 9th, Albania, a total of three regions in Finland and Norway as well as the British Falkland Islands off the Argentine coast no more risk areas.

In its updated risk list, the RKI no new virus variant areas out. As new high incidence areas however, Costa Rica, Georgia, the Maldives and Nepal apply.

Poland, Hungary, Armenia and Montenegro are each from high incidence to "normal" risk area downgraded. This eliminates the compulsory corona test before entering Germany by land. It is then enough if you can be tested up to 48 hours after entering the country. The classification as a corona risk area occurs if the number of new infections exceeds 50 per 100,000 inhabitants (7-day incidence) in one week. This currently applies to most of Europe. Travelers from risk areas must be in quarantine for ten days after their arrival in Germany, which can be shortened by a negative test after five days. Exempt from quarantine are when a new regulation comes into force in the next few days fully vaccinated and recovered.

Bavaria and Lower Saxony reopen tourism

May 4th: holiday in Bavaria should be at the beginning of the Whitsun holidays from May 21 be possible again in regions with low corona infection rates. In districts and cities with a stable seven-day incidence of less than 100, hotels, holiday apartments and campsites should be allowed to reopen, as Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) said after a cabinet meeting in Munich. Hygiene concepts, mask and test obligations would apply - the details have now been worked out by the responsible ministries.

Almost at the same time, Prime Minister Stephan Weil (SPD) announced a step-by-step plan with easing in Hanover Lower Saxony at. These are said to be in cities and counties with a seven-day incidence below 100 from the coming weekend to grab. The basis for this are contact tracking, access restrictions and hygiene concepts, said Economics Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Bernd Althusmann (CDU). Hotels, holiday apartments and campsites would initially only be open to residents of Lower Saxony for an expected three weeks. The catering should initially be able to open outside and two weeks later also inside, there then with an occupancy limit of 60 percent and a curfew at 11 p.m. Outdoor cultural events should also be possible again.

Czech Republic no longer a high incidence area

April, 30th: There are currently few changes in the RKI's international risk list. It will be May 2nd no new virus variant areas expelled.

Instead, the French department of Moselle is no longer considered a virus variant area, but becomes a High incidence area downgraded. Lithuania and Mongolia then also fall into this category, but for both countries this means a deterioration in their previous status as a "normal" risk area. Conversely, the Czech Republic and Bulgaria are becoming a high incidence area "normal" risk areas downgraded. The Norwegian province of Agder is now considered a risk area.

All clear is for the British Virgin Islands overseas territory - this is completely off the RKI's list. All changes come into effect on May 2nd - with different consequences for return or entry from the respective countries.

North Friesland opens to tourists

April 29th: Dunes, sea, beach chairs: from May 1st, you can go on holiday again on the Schleswig-Holstein North Sea coast. Then starts in North Frisia the next Tourism model project. According to the district, several thousand small and large restaurants, accommodations and campsites are participating, not only on the mainland, but also on the popular islands of Sylt, Amrum and Föhr.

The opening is tied to strict Corona requirements. A negative test is a prerequisite for check-in at the hotel; guests must be retested every 48 hours. Anyone who wants to take a seat in indoor catering must present a result that is no more than 24 hours old.

Hotels and restaurants in the Schleiregion and in Eckernförde have been open since mid-April. Ostseefjord Schlei GmbH announced that the first balance sheet was positive. Very few positive corona tests have been registered with guests. Further model projects are planned at the Bay of Lübeck and in Büsum (Dithmarschen district).

Lockdown in Turkey does not apply to tourists

April 27th: In Turkey, a hard lockdown of almost three weeks begins on April 29th, combined with strict lockdowns, among other things Exit restrictions