WWith the UK set to announce some sort of Covid passport system tonight, Annabel Fenwick Elliott examines the functioning of controversial regimes in different European countries. Germany has one of the strictest systems, although it has not stopped Covid rates from spiking in recent months.
If you are vaccinated you can enter Germany from the UK without providing a test. Children under 12 can enter with a vaccinated parent but must self-quarantine for five days upon arrival. If you are over 12 years old and not vaccinated, you are not allowed to visit Germany unless you have an exemption, which you probably will not do; certainly not for a vacation.
Why do i need a pass?
Just about everything, including restaurants, bars, lounges, sports venues, hotels, and social events. Germany accepts the NHS Covid Pass, but you are traveling with a printed PDF version, it must be dated November 1 to ensure the certificate can be successfully scanned.
Depending on the district you are in, you will either be subject to the German “3G” rules, according to which you will be able to enter most public areas with proof of vaccination, recovery from a previous infection or a negative test. recent, or the “2G” rules, which exclude people who have only one negative test. At the strictest end of the scale, expect to face “2G-plus” restrictions, which exclude unvaccinated people and even require those who are vaccinated or recovered to provide a recent negative test as well.
How strict is it?
Very; and not just strict but complicated and fast morphing. Expect to flash your NHS Covid Pass every moment, and even then if local R rates soar, you will be asked to undergo additional tests (e.g. hotels will test you on arrival and two times a week during your stay). That, or so that the bars, restaurants and Christmas markets are completely closed.