FAQ – coronavir­us

Dear holidaymakers,

the coronavirus is currently dominating public life. The state government of Schleswig-Holstein has enacted extensive, unprecedented measures in order to protect tourists and the local population. The aim is to slow down the spread of the coronavirus and the respiratory illness Covid-19 in the interests of everyone’s health and a functioning health system.

You are bound to have many questions relating to your holiday. We have put together some FAQs for your information.

FAQ

Is it possible to travel to Schleswig-Holstein from abroad?

In principle, yes. There are uniform federal regulations for entering and returning from abroad, which also apply in Schleswig-Holstein. Entry into Germany therefore depends on whether you come from a safe area, a high-risk area or a virus-variant area. The entry conditions vary depending on the area. You can find more information about this here. Please note that testing is compulsory when entering in Schleswig-Holstein, regardless of where you are travelling from (see below). This applies to unvaccinated persons from the age of twelve.

*Please scroll down to find the special regulations for travellers and returnees from Denmark.

Since 17th of May 2021, tourist travel to Schleswig-Holstein and thus overnight stays in accommodation establishments (hotels, holiday flats, holiday homes, campsites) are permitted again. Very strict general conditions still apply.

  • Distance and hygiene rules still apply, as well as strict contact tracing. In addition, testing may be required for attendance at events or recreational facilities.
  • People entering Germany from abroad should check online on the RKI website before travelling whether the country they are in is currently classified as a high-risk area or virus variant area. The RKI's current high-risk areas as well as virus variant areas can be found online: Robert Koch Institute: Information on the designation of international risk areas by the Federal Foreign Office, Federal Ministry of Health and Federal Ministry of the Interior.
  • For the conditions of your return to your home country, please contact your government or embassy to find out what agreements have been made with your country, whether it is currently possible to leave your country for a trip to Germany and what the return regulations are.
  • The Federal Foreign Office provides information about the current entry regulations.

If you are entering from a country that is classified as safe by the Federal Republic of Germany:

  • If entering from a safe area, you need proof of vaccination or convalescence or a negative PCR test (max. 72h) or an antigen test (max. 48h). This will apply to entries of all kinds.
  • If you experience symptoms that indicate a possible infection with the Corona virus, you must inform the local health authority immediately during the quarantine period.

If you come from a country classified as a high-risk area by the Federal Republic of Germany:

  • Before your journey you must register at www.einreiseanmeldung.de in the entry portal of the Federal Republic of Germany and carry the confirmation with you for the case of inspection.
  • Anyone arriving must present a negative rapid antigen test, no older than 48 hours or a negative PCR test (max. 72h). Fully vaccinated persons (in principle two vaccinations and at least 14 days interval to the second vaccination) and convalescents do not have to present a negative test. Please carry proof of your vaccination or recovery with you in case of inspection.
  • After your entry, you must immediately go into quarantine for a period of ten days. During this time, you must not receive any visitors from persons who are not members of your household. Quarantine can be ended on the first day if proof of complete vaccination or recovery is provided.
  • If you have neither been vaccinated nor been ill and recovered, the quarantine can be ended at the earliest after 5 days by a negative test. For children under 12 years quarantine ends automatically after the 5th day. You can have a second test carried out at the earliest five days after entry. If it turns out negative your quarantine ends.
  • Quarantine is at your own expense. Violations can be punished as an administrative offence with a fine of up to 25,000 euros. Further information is available on the website of the Schleswig-Holstein state government. Here, all relevant information on the current legal situation is also available for download in various languages. These include English, Turkish, Russian, Arabic, Bulgarina and Serbian.
  • Information on testing opportunities can be found here (Please push the button Karte aktivieren). Please note that the costs for testing at the holiday destination may have to be paid by yourself, if you are not a German citizen! Information on this can be obtained from your chosen test centre.
  • If you experience symptoms that indicate a possible infection with the Corona virus, you must inform the local health authority immediately during the quarantine period.

If you come from a virus variant area:

  • you must always take part in the registration procedure at www.einreiseanmeldung.de, where you leave your contact details as well as information about your trip and your state of health.
  • Anyone arriving must present a negative rapid antigen test, no older than 48 hours or a negative PCR test (max. 72h) and go into quarantine for 14 days. Proof of vaccination or recovery is not sufficient if you are entering from a virus variant area! During this time, you must not receive any visitors from persons who are not members of your household.
  • It is not possible to end the quarantine earlier, if you travel from virus-variant areas.
  • Quarantine is at your own expense. Violations can be punished as an administrative offence with a fine of up to 25,000 euros. Further information is available on the website of the Schleswig-Holstein state government.  Here, all relevant information on the current legal situation is also available for download in various languages. These include English, Turkish, Russian, Arabic, Bulgarina and Serbian.
  • Information on testing opportunities can be found here. Please note that the costs for testing at the holiday destination may have to be paid by yourself, if you are not a German citizen! Information on this can be obtained from your chosen test centre.
  • If you experience symptoms that indicate a possible infection with the Corona virus, you must inform the local health authority immediately during the quarantine period.

Staying overnight in Schleswig-Holstein:

  • Guests may only be accommodated if they can show a negative test, which must be presented to the accommodation providers upon arrival (regardless of the country from which travel was undertaken). In addition, guests must provide proof of a negative test (max. 24 h old antigen test or 48 h old PCR test) to the accommodation on the third day after arrival (72 hours after arrival at the latest) and then again every 72 hours at the latest. Guests must also provide their contact details. Fully vaccinated persons (at least 14 days after the last required vaccination) and convalescents do not have to present a negative test. Proof of vaccination by presenting a vaccination card or a vaccination certificate or proof of recovery (positive PCR test result at least 28 days ago and not older than 6 months) is sufficient. 
  • The following applies to the proof of testing: The test must have been carried out before the start of the journey. This ensures that guests know whether they have been infected with the coronavirus before they start their journey. The test result must not be older than 48 hours (applies to rapid antigen tests and PCR tests). Proof of a rapid antigen test can be presented, which was made, for example, at a testing station, in a pharmacy, at a doctor's or by appropriately trained personnel in a company. A self-test done at home, for example, is not acceptable. Children under the age of six do not need a test.  
  • Information on testing opportunities can be found here. Please note that the costs for testing at the holiday destination may have to be paid by yourself, if you are not a German citizen! Information on this can be obtained from your chosen test centre. This testing obligation still does not apply to children under six years of age and to those who have been fully vaccinated and those who have recovered, provided they do not have symptoms typical of corona. 

People who fulfill the following criteria are not required to register upon entry:

  • People who have only passed through a risk area and have not had a stopover there,
  • Persons who are only entering the Federal Republic of Germany for transit purposes,
  • Persons who have stayed in a risk area for less than 24 hours in the context of border traffic with neighbouring countries or who enter the Federal Republic of Germany for up to 24 hours,
  • Persons who enter the Federal Republic of Germany for work-related reasons in order to transport persons, goods or merchandise across borders by road, rail, ship or air.

Are day trips possible?

Yes, but many restrictions still apply. Please find out in advance whether attractions and facilities you wish to visit are open and under what conditions a visit is possible.

Are hotels, restaurants and leisure facilities open in Schleswig-Holstein?

Since 17th of May 2021, tourist travel to Schleswig-Holstein and thus overnight stays in accommodation establishments (hotels, holiday flats, holiday homes, campsites) are permitted again. Very strict general conditions still apply. Anyone arriving must present a negative rapid antigen test, no older than 48 hours. Distance and hygiene rules still apply, as well as strict contact tracing at the holiday destination. Fully vaccinated persons (at least 14 days after the last required vaccination) and convalescents do not have to present a negative test. Proof of vaccination by presenting a vaccination card or a vaccination certificate or proof of recovery (positive PCR test result at least 28 days ago and not older than 6 months) is sufficient. 

Discotheques, dance halls and similar establishments where dancing is performed for entertainment purposes may open under narrow conditions.  Only persons who have a negative test certificate not more than 24 hours old, are fully vaccinated or have recovered (and provide proof of this) may attend. 

In all facilities where only people who have been tested, vaccinated or recovered come together, no further mandatory requirements will then apply - including the mask requirement.

Please note that these are only specifications of the state government of Schleswig-Holstein and each organizer may deviate from them. Also the development of Corona can influence the specifications. We advise you to contact the facility/event directly to be sure which rules apply.

Leisure and cultural facilities such as museums, cinemas, theatres, amusement parks etc. are open with strict concepts around generally applicable restrictions. Please find out directly whether the facility you wish to visit is open and what rules apply.

Since the 17th of May swimming pools are reopened under strict conditions. Please find out directly whether the facility you wish to visit is open and what rules apply.

How can I currently travel to Schleswig-Holstein?

For information on the current status of your arrival and departure options, please refer to the pages of the means of transport of your choice. Please note possible changes in timetables and capacities of passenger transport companies such as Deutsche Bahn (Deutsche Bahn and local transport in Schleswig-Holstein). There may also be restrictions on air travel (Hamburg Airport (HAM)). Bus travel and ferries are currently subject to restrictions as well, please contact your operator.

Is it compulsory to wear a face mask in Schleswig-Holstein?

Certain situations require the wearing of qualified mouth-to-nose coverings, which provide even better protection against the spread of droplets or aerosols. These are, for example, retail or transport situations where it is not possible to maintain the minimum distance at all times. Qualified mouth-to-nose cover is a medical mask or equivalent or a mask without an exhalation valve of the FFP2, FFP3, N95, KN95, P2, DS2 or KF94 standards. Masks with an exhalation valve are not permitted. Everyday fabric masks may also not be used if wearing a mask is mandatory. Likewise, transparent visors, which are usually attached to a headband and do not touch the face (so-called face shields), are generally not permissible as mouth-nose covering.

At events and in all facilities where only people who have been tested, vaccinated or recovered come together, no further mandatory requirements will then apply - including the mask requirement. The only recommendation is to wear masks where distances cannot be maintained.

Please note that these are only specifications of the state government of Schleswig-Holstein and each organizer may deviate from them. Also the development of Corona can influence the specifications. We advise you to contact the facility/event directly to be sure which rules apply.

If it is not possible to verify that individuals have been tested, recovered, or vaccinated, the mask requirement still applies (for example in retail stores and on public transportation).

In the districts and independent towns where the infection figures are above average in comparison with the rest of Schleswig-Holstein, regionally more stringent measures will come into force. These measures will be coordinated between the state government and the district or city administrations and then announced by the district or independent city by general decree.

Are there any events taking place?

Events are permitted and for the most part take place under applicable distance and hygiene regulations. At events and in all facilities where only people who have been tested, vaccinated or recovered come together, no further mandatory requirements will then apply - including the mask requirement. Please note that these are only specifications of the state government of Schleswig-Holstein and each organizer may deviate from them. Also the development of Corona can influence the specifications. We advise you to contact the facility/event directly to be sure which rules apply.

Are the tourist information offices accessible?

Some tourist information offices may run with reduced opening houres for direct customer contact. However, the local colleagues can be reached by telephone and e-mail. Please be patient, they will do everything possible to help you.

Please contact the respective tourist information office in advance to find out if and when they are open.

Where can I find more detailed information about a tourist trip to Germany?

The applicable regulations depend on the respective destination. There are differences both within Germany and within the region.

The Federal Ministry of the Interior and the Federal Foreign Office provide information on their websites about the current regulations.

Are there any restrictions for my return journey?

Depending on where you come from, there might be restrictions for your return journey. Please contact your government or embassy to find out what agreements have been made with your country and what the return regulations are.