Can I travel to Germany from the UK? Latest advice for summer holidays

Germany has been placed on the “amber list” of destinations following the lifting of the Government’s travel ban on May 17.

According to the new ‘traffic light’ system for holidays, which replaced blanket travel restrictions, anyone travelling to the UK from anywhere in Germany will have to take a pre-departure test. They will then have to quarantine for 10 days, with possible release on the fifth day with a paid-for “test to release”.

So when might we be able to reacquaint ourselves with the delights of Deutschland? If vaccination rates speed up and cases fall, the country could find itself on the regularly reviewed green list this summer – but things won’t change at least until the next review, penciled in for June 28.

Unfortunately though, Germany has classified the UK as a ‘virus variant area of concern’ and from midnight on May 23, Britons have not been able to travel to the country, unless for very specific reasons, amid fears over Indian variant. According to the FCDO website: “From 23 May the UK is designated as a virus variant area of concern, which means that you may only enter Germany from the UK if you are a German citizen, a resident or their spouse/partner/child under 18, or if you can invoke an urgent humanitarian reason such as an immediate family bereavement.”

Below, we detail everything we know so far about visiting Germany, either right now or over the summer.

Is Germany in lockdown?

Restrictions are in place in Germany, though they are gradually being reduced.

Currently, private gatherings are restricted to one household plus one individual from another household, up to a maximum of five people. Depending on the area non-essential shops might be closed, as well as ‘personal care service providers’, for instance tattoo and massage parlours. More specific measures vary between states, with local governments allowed to set their own rules. It is advised to check the latest local guidance before travelling.

In Berlin, for example, thanks to the falling incidence figures, rules have been relaxed. The city’s museums are open and cafes and restaurants are allowed to serve guests again. Hotels are scheduled to open on June 11.

Fully-vaccinated people and those who have recovered are exempt from some restrictions across Germany. They can demonstrate their status by using yellow vaccination booklets ‘Impfpass’. According to the FCDO this must which “contain a doctor’s signature and stamp. The recovered must show a positive PCR test no older than six months and no younger than 28 days. Germany is working on a C-19 certification app.”

Can I travel to Germany?

Germany is on the UK’s amber list. This means that UK arrivals returning from Germany need to quarantine for a period of 10 days and take a pre-departure test, as well as a PCR test on day two and day eight. There will be the option to take an additional test on day five to end self-isolation early. The Government are advising against taking holidays to amber-listed destinations. This won’t change at least until the next review, penciled in for June 28.

Also, Britons are barred from entering Germany from midnight on May 23, as the UK has been classified as a ‘virus variant area of concern’. It is unknown when this ban will be lifted.