Vacation rentals in Germany: Living with history – travel

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Titus Arnu, Ingrid Brunner and Verena Mayer

The 2020 vacation is different than usual. Many people don’t dare go abroad due to the corona pandemic, but prefer to travel to Germany and be on their own. Apartments are ideal for this. Distance and privacy are easier to maintain than with other accommodations. You can find them scattered all over the country, whether in the middle of the big city or surrounded by nature, and they offer an enormous variety, from the historical walls to the ambitious architecture. A selection of SZ authors.

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Corona cushions in mountain huts in the Alps – travel

In some mountain huts in Austria and Germany you can finally spend the night again. But the requirements confuse hosts and guests.

So it can be in the mountains of the Bavarian-Tyrolean border area; it had hardly been thought possible. At the Köglboden car park in Tyrol, not far from Lake Achensee, there are just two cars, both with Austrian registration plates. On the forest path up to the Gufferthütte, the holiday trippers can be counted on one hand, the bike stand in front of the hut is only a quarter full. The Gufferthütte is only 200 meters away from the German-Austrian border, and the way up here is considered a perfect spring tour, especially among Upper Bavarian mountain pedalists. It is morning, half past ten, the sky is bright blue; the mountains have never been more beautiful.

Anita Hartmann, who has been the owner of the Gufferthütte this season, is sitting at a table on the hut terrace. In the background an employee with a plastic visor scurries to one of the two tables with a total of three guests. The Pentecost business was “very manageable”, says Hartmann. And when she looks into the account, the trained bookseller, who ended up in Tyrol, via stations in Berlin, Würzburg and Munich, “it is of course very depressing”.

Gufferthütte

Anita Hartmann has only been the owner of the Gufferthütte this season. She looks forward to guests.

(Photo: Dominik Prantl)

She signed the lease in October, in the old normality, as the pre-corona era is so often called today, as social distancing was only for notorious mountain grippers. At the beginning of the year, the 57 beds were fully booked on several weekends, for example in July, but also around Pentecost; it looked like a promising start to her life as a hut manager. Hartmann had thought about how she wanted to run the hut, small menu, regional suppliers, coaching seminars, this direction. Then Corona came, and with the pandemic, the cancellations came. From the full occupancy of the Pentecost weekend, there were between ten and 15 guests per night.

In Austria and Germany, it was the first weekend ever to sleep in the mountain huts after the big shutdown – provided that they had already started the season. And if you ask the hosts a little about how they rate this reopening, you will find that, in addition to Kaiserschmarrn and Hauswurst, you are more than ever ready to experiment, be patient and enjoy communicating with guests. In addition, in Corona times apparently those huts that are more reminiscent of a hotel and have small rooms, not large camps, are doing relatively well. Each hut has to deal with its own problem.

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At least until a few days ago, the problems also had to do with the situation at the borders. Hut owners in Austria, for example, suffered greatly from the absence of Germans who were keen on hiking and now hope that the situation will improve with the full opening of the border, which took place on June 4. Robert Fankhauser, host of the Solsteinhaus in western Karwendel, estimates, for example, that around 80 to 85 percent of overnight guests came from Germany in the pre-Corona era. The declines are now correspondingly high. For June he expects 200 instead of the usual 700 to 800 overnight stays. However, due to the corona requirements, he could only offer around 65 to 70 beds in the hut, which usually accommodates 95 overnight guests. According to Fankhauser, more would not make sense alone because the tables in the guest rooms cannot be fully occupied. “We don’t want people to have to eat in shifts,” says Fankhauser. At least from the day-to-day business, due to the good weather, he is “positively surprised” like many other hosts.

In Germany, the huts are hardly dependent on open borders and guests from neighboring countries, but the requirements are stricter. In addition to the obligation to wear a mask, there are also marked walking paths beyond the dining tables; the minimum distance is one and a half meters. Regina Hang from the Blaueishütte in Berchtesgadener Land saw at Pentecost a “rush like in very strong days in autumn”. She also observed a certain herd instinct among some of the guests. “When the crowd pushes in, some people no longer abide by the rules.” However, it will only be really exciting next weekend when the Blaueishütte also opens for overnight guests.

Gufferthütte

A lot has stayed the same: the apple strudel, for example.

(Photo: Dominik Prantl)

Because the corona requirements not only mean lower yields due to larger distances, but also more effort – and a very special corona hut arithmetic, which neither the Alpine clubs nor the hut owners are to be envied for. Because the minimum distance must also be observed in the rooms and dormitories according to the currently applicable requirements. Excluded from this are all those people who belong to their own or another household and with whom one should lie in every hut camp like a sardine. At least that’s the case in German huts – but where only two houses per room are allowed anyway.

In Austria, on the other hand, for those people to whom direct contact is permitted, the term “risk community” appears to be a mountain sport. This is defined as follows: a maximum of four adults plus their minor children or people in the same household. According to Peter Kapelari, the hut manager at the Austrian Alpine Club, this rule only applies at the tables, not in the mattress warehouse. There is still no clear statement from the authorities for this. He himself understood that a risk community includes all those who practice mountain sports together, i.e. take a climbing course – and should therefore also be able to take a joint sleep camp. Only: He is not quite sure about that either.

For the hut owners on both sides of the border, the constellations of the guest groups are suddenly very important in addition to the room sizes. It depends on them how often the public washrooms are to be cleaned and how many beds can be occupied. In six rooms it is possible to accommodate six families as well as six pairs of two, loners can no longer simply be used as filling material for remaining spaces. Andy Kiechle from Reintalangerhütte says that on Saturday his hut was full with only 32 guests.

“I usually have room for 120 people.” Because of the often contradictory information and the resulting uncertainty of many visitors, the organizational effort is also higher, says Kiechle. “200 emails a day and the phone rings in a tour.” According to the German Alpine Association, some of the huts would not open at all, as this is not worthwhile because of the room structure.

Anita Hartmann was relatively successful with the Gufferthütte, whose terrace fills up at noon. With the four employees, she was able to agree that they would reduce the hours for the time being. In the mattress camps, she moved in partitions at regular intervals, creating smaller bunks for two people each. This not only increases the load in corona times. The camps also seem more homely, which could well be a model for the time after Corona. The rule that you have to bring your own sleeping bags with you, since blankets are no longer laid out, may be considered some progress. Unlike in Germany, the sheets are still provided on the Gufferthütte. “We wash them every day now,” says Hartmann.

She has by no means given up the idea of ​​a great hut summer. Of course, she doesn’t know how many people will come when the border that is only a few hundred meters behind the house is finally open again. “But my hope is that people will go to the Alps more if long-distance travel is not possible.” The only question is whether you might then start hiking in Austria as a risk community and end up as a household patchwork at various tables in a German hut.

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Travel in spite of Corona: Camping is possible again – travel

Each state has its own rules. But little by little camping will be allowed again everywhere – subject to conditions.

The way back to camper freedom is red-yellow-green in Baden-Württemberg. The red phase, the acute crisis management, is behind them. The carefree green is still in the distance. The yellow phase begins on Monday. From then on, the long-term campers that Günter Ziegler has only seen on his “Kirchzarten” site in the southern Black Forest in the past few weeks can stop by to have a quick look around to mow the lawn and ventilate the motorhome. From Monday onwards, they can stay in their second home again. “Not everyone has a nice garden and a big house at home,” says Ziegler.

The German map of campers is currently as small and complicated as a state structure in the 19th century: every federal state issues hygiene regulations and sets relaxation periods. Berlin is expected to open the campsites on May 25, they are already accessible in North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Saxony, Rhineland-Palatinate and Schleswig-Holstein are opening like Baden-Württemberg on May 18, Bremen and Hamburg have not yet decided, Bavaria will , also open here the latest – on May 30th.

The prerequisite for approval in Baden-Württemberg was that the campers were “self-sufficient”, as Ziegler says. Your caravan must therefore have a shower and toilet. The shared sanitary facilities as well as other common rooms on the square may not yet be used. Ziegler has rental caravans, which he can already offer, but only because he can also provide separate sanitary areas that are accessible with their own key. So everything is complicated – for operators and guests alike.

The cleaning work the operators face presents them with great challenges, says Ziegler, who is also Vice President of the Federal Association of the Camping Industry in Germany. Showers, toilets, wash basins – as soon as it was possible to use the shared sanitary facilities, they would have to be cleaned and disinfected “much more than before”. That costs money and would actually require additional staff. But even now, says Ziegler, hardly anyone can be found who wants to do this work.

The losses for the first quarter for its operation alone amounted to several hundred thousand euros. Easter business, May 1st, a Bulli meeting – all gone. At Pentecost, yellow guests who do not have a permanent place should be allowed to come in the second step of the phase. Requirements such as mouth-nose protection for personnel will be relatively easy for operators to meet. It becomes more difficult with the distance rules for the campers themselves. Who wants to play as a groundsman and take care that guests don’t grill with their neighbors?

The requirements differ depending on the federal state, but everywhere it should be the case that operators thin out parking spaces and customers have to reserve in advance. Ziegler asks for leniency that operators are currently accepting reservations with reservations – “they simply do not yet know how many guests they can accept”. The rush already seems to be big.

At the Via Claudia Camping site in Lechbruck am See, Ostallgäu, three employees are busy answering emails. She receives an average of 180 inquiries per day, says Felicitas Weeber, the managing director. They are already fully booked well into August. Of course, you have to act carefully for the well-being of the guests and the staff, “but also with reason,” says the pharmacist Weeber. “Too much fear damages the immune system. People should get back in balance, feel good.” And where is that better possible than in nature, when camping?

On bvcd.de the camper association provides information about the requirements in the federal states

How can we best help the weakest?:Readers’ discussion

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Corona virus and travel: you need to know that now – travel

Which travel restrictions apply and where will they be relaxed again?

Because of the corona pandemic, the federal government had one in mid-March global travel warning pronounced for tourist trips and provisionally extended until June 14th. Shortly before that, depending on the crisis situation, a decision will then be taken about the summer vacation, which begins in the first federal states at the end of June. If you booked a trip abroad at Pentecost, it is easier to cancel free of charge due to the travel warning.

Germany also had Entry bans put in place and strict border controls set up, but these are loosened from May 16 and are to be lifted entirely on June 15 – if the number of infections continues to decline. The border with Luxembourg is already completely open. According to the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Germany is also prepared to stop controls at the German-Danish border “as soon as the Danish government has carried out ongoing consultations with its neighboring countries”. Germans should continue to do without tourist trips abroad in the coming weeks.

If the number of new infections in Germany’s neighboring regions increases sharply, it will also be checked more intensively. The guideline applicable here in Germany of more than 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants provides orientation in seven days.

Since April 10th Returnees in Germany are initially quarantined for two weeks. These The regulation is now partially omittedfor those who come from EU countries, Great Britain, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein or Switzerland. The federal and state governments had agreed that there would only be one recommendation for a quarantine for travelers from areas with high infection rates, a spokesman for the Federal Ministry of the Interior said on May 15. A detailed regulation is being drawn up for this. Until then, the obligation would only apply to those arriving from outside the EU or outside the Schengen area.

For leaving Germany to Poland and Czech Republic Strict restrictions still apply, for Poland until about June 12th. Germany, Austria and Switzerland will relax the rules for cross-border traffic on May 16. As the Federal Ministry of the Interior announced, crossing the border in both directions is now possible again if you want to visit your life partner or relatives or if you want to take part in important family events. The same applies to owners of self-used properties and allotments, of agricultural, hunting or forest areas or people who have to look after animals in another country. If you want to make use of one of these easing measures, you have to fill out a self-declaration and present it at a checkpoint at the border crossing. The form can be downloaded from the Federal Police website and printed out.

If the development of the Corona crisis permits, all remaining travel restrictions between Germany, Austria, Switzerland and France are to be lifted on June 15, 2020. What until then at the internal borders in detail applies, the federal police have summarized here.

Spain has loosened the entry ban in mid-May, but has stipulated a two-week quarantine requirement for immigrants while the state of emergency is still ongoing. Italy wants to let EU citizens cross the border again from 3 June.

They had themselves in Germany Federal government and the federal states in fighting the spread of the virus Prohibitions and exit restrictions agreed – again in May gradually loosened or lifted were.

The external borders of the European union are cordoned off, the ban applies to all flights and ship trips that originate outside the EU. There are exceptions for citizens of Norway, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland and Great Britain. The federal police inform who is currently allowed to enter Germany and which documents are required.

The Federal Foreign Office provides information on the restrictions applicable worldwide on its website in the travel and security information for the respective countries, and the consulates sometimes offer even more up-to-date information.

In what time period are organizers currently canceling trips – and when should it start again?

The decision was made to “suspend the majority of all travel activities, including package tours, cruises and hotel operations,” the Tui Group announced in March – worldwide. At first the stop was valid until the end of March, meanwhile it has Tui Germany canceled all trips in Germany by May 24th, abroad by June 14th. After that, the company plans to offer trips to Mallorca and cruises in the North and Baltic Seas as soon as possible – when vacation abroad is possible again.

Also Studiosus and THE tourism (Dertour, ITS, Jahn Reisen, Meiers Weltreisen and ADAC Reisen) are now canceling their international trips until June 14th, as are those FTI Group (FTI Touristik, 5vorFlug, BigXtra and LAL language trips) as well Schauinsland Reisen, Vikings travel and Gebeco. Alltours has canceled his flights by mid-June in accordance with the travel warning, trips from the individual program up to and including May 24th.

If package tours and flights are canceled by the organizer, the price must be reimbursed. So there were massive demands in the industry Vouchers instead of allowing reimbursements to reduce the financial burden on businesses. On April 2, the “Corona Cabinet” of the federal government introduced a corresponding regulation – but has since refrained from doing so after the EU Commission refuses to give its consent. Vouchers should remain voluntary for reasons of consumer protection, so the tenor from Brussels, but should be designed so that they become interesting for customers as an alternative to reimbursement, for example through insolvency protection, flexible portability and the right to repayment if the voucher is not used becomes. In Germany, some big tour operators like Tui, FTI or DER Touristik advertise with bonus payments for their voluntary voucher models.

Customers who want to cancel a trip planned in the coming months due to the current situation, however, have to expect cancellation fees. The amount depends on how soon the departure is imminent. However, more and more organizers are offering a free rebooking.

(In this article, you will read detailed information on travel law issues relating to travel in the coming months.)

Who pays the cancellation of the trip if, due to changed entry regulations, you can no longer come to the holiday destination?

At Package tours the organizer is obliged to either pay back the price or offer a rebooking – German travel law applies here. Because of the exceptional circumstances, customers will not receive any compensation for lost vacation pleasure.

Individual travelers however, have themselves booked a hotel or rental car and are therefore confronted with the respective national laws. According to German law, you would not have to pay anything if you cannot use the services. “This is the case, for example, if the accommodation is in a restricted area and cannot be reached,” says the consumer center. If a contract was made directly with landlords abroad, the law of the respective country applies – here it is, for example It is important whether the contract is canceled due to the worldwide travel warning from the German Foreign Office. Depending on the cancellation conditions, those affected may have to hope for goodwill or try to negotiate that the hotel stay, for example, is only postponed and not canceled at a high price.

Anyone on a German speaking Hotel portal has booked accommodation on the Internet or at the hotel directly, for example in Italy, the law of the place of accommodation applies, i.e. Italian law. Travel law expert Ernst Führich advises holidaymakers to contact the accommodation company and insist on a fee-free cancellation of the stay due to the domicile being unavailable. Italy, however, by decree of March 8, 2020, allowed accommodation companies to issue vouchers instead of reimbursements for the travel price paid.

In the event of a dispute, an exception can also be brought to the consumer’s place of residence. However, the prerequisite is that the guest has booked on an interactive website of the foreign hotelier or holiday home provider in Germany. Then the activity of the accommodation company is “aligned” to Germany in the sense of the EU jurisdiction agreement. The German court then applies Italian law.

It should look good for individual travelers, though Airlines are involved, says travel law expert Paul Degott: if a country has imposed an entry ban or deleted visas for Germans, the airline can no longer transport the passenger to their destination. Otherwise, it would have to take care of the return transport immediately and would also face a penalty from the target country. “So the contract has to be reversed beforehand”, the passengers get their money back for the ticket, explains Degott.

What about airlines, long-distance buses and cruises at the moment?

In Europe and around the world, travelers are being slowed down by the virus: if connections are canceled, passengers get all their money back.

The Lufthansa has drastically reduced their offer, passengers should check the current status of their flight. Lufthansa extended its fuselage flight schedule to May 31, all flights from the regular schedule will be canceled by this date. The daughter Austrian Airlines poses just like Brussels Airlines regular flight operations until May 31st. Eurowings will again start connecting to the Mediterranean in mid-May. From June onwards, the airline group will again fly to 106 short- and medium-haul destinations with Lufthansa, Eurowings and Swiss, the company said – including Mallorca, Sylt and Crete. Over the course of June, the company plans to offer long-haul destinations from Munich again, increasing the number of destinations to 130 worldwide. No matter where: Anyone flying in the near future must wear a protective mask throughout.

Even the holiday pilot Condor is hardly on the move due to the pandemic. The company still sent planes to bring vacationers back – then it offered “harvest workers” tickets to farmers who depend on foreign workers. Condor also flies to Palma de Mallorca, Tenerife and Gran Canaria. The regular flight schedule is suspended until May 28 for short and medium-haul flights and until June 25 for long-haul flights.

British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus, Vueling and Level canceled at least 75 percent of their flights in April and May. Air France-KLM cuts 90 percent during this period. Lot Airlines have largely stopped flight operations. Also Easyjet and Ryanair, the two largest low-cost airlines in Europe, are decommissioning the majority of their fleets – with Easyjet, all planes have been on the ground since March 30th.

Ryanair plans to restart flight operations on July 1, when 40 percent of regular flights will resume, provided that governments relax travel restrictions on flights within the EU and at airports to introduce health protection measures. According to their own statements, Ryanair would then offer almost 1,000 flights a day, covering 90 percent of the routes that the airline had operated before the Corona crisis.

The long-distance bus companies Flixbus and Blablabus have stopped operating. All national and cross-border connections to and from Germany will be suspended.

Most Cruises fail until further notice: So has about Aida cruises all journeys of its 14-ship fleet have since been canceled by the end of June. Also the Tui cruises has canceled all cruises, but is planning around the Baltic and North Sea tours as soon as possible.

Who pays if the return flight has been canceled and the traveler had to organize a more expensive return?

Airlines worldwide have cut their flight programs extremely. As a result, normal return flights were canceled, so that the passengers could not start their journey home during the Corona crisis. Customers of an EU airline stands after the Passenger Rights Regulation to the fact that the airline not only pays back the money for the canceled flight, “but also takes care of the care of the passengers and places them, for example, in a hotel if necessary – and above all ensures a replacement flight,” explains travel law expert Paul Degott. If the airline does not care or does not take care of package tours by the organizers or not quickly enough, holidaymakers can search for a return flight themselves. Only: The few places on return flights to Germany were scarce, so the prices rose; in addition, single flights are generally much more expensive than round-trip packages. Anyone who has booked their canceled flight with an airline based in the EU can claim the additional costs back from the airline. “It is important that the airline is given a remedial period and the so-called replacement is threatened so that the initially submitted costs can be claimed as damages or sued,” says Degott. In view of the volatile situation as in the corona crisis, a few hours were enough.

Degott emphasizes that even if the airline is based outside the EU, travelers could rely on these regulations, provided that it is a return flight booked in Germany. However, if a flight ticket from New Zealand to Germany has been booked in New Zealand and the flight is then canceled, the civil law of the respective country applies.

How does train travel change in the corona crisis?

The Deutsche Bahn had to reduce their offer, not only in international long-distance transport. Also the Regional traffic was restricted: In some federal states, the reduced schedule was valid until May 3, in others the number of trains rose again earlier. You can find an overview of current developments at Bahn here at bahn.de/aktuell. Travelers and commuters should always check whether their train is actually running before departure.

Due to the stricter entry regulations, Deutsche Bahn has to end or cancel a number of train connections earlier, e.g. trips to Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Poland and the Czech Republic. The number of trains between Germany and the Netherlands has also been drastically reduced. In addition, intercity trains no longer run between Amsterdam via North Rhine-Westphalia to Berlin, the Dutch rail company said. There are also fewer connections on other international routes.

Customers can postpone or cancel trips free of charge: Deutsche Bahn has theirs Cancellation rules largely relaxed. No one has to go to the sales outlets in the train stations in a hurry: “The goodwill regulations will apply in the coming weeks, so it is not necessary to report immediately,” the company emphasizes. Refunds could also be submitted after the booked day of travel.

Regardless of the travel destination, saver price and super saver tickets can be exchanged for vouchers. In contrast to flexible tickets at the normal price, this is not easily possible. For long-distance journeys after May 4, the following now applies: Customers can postpone their trip and use the tickets flexibly until October 31 – provided they were bought before March 13. The train commitment is also removed for the saver prices. Previously, the railways accepted these tickets by June 30th.

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The trains of Flixtrain do not drive for the time being. And the Austrian Federal Railways ÖBB have suspended train services to and from Italy, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Slovakia and Switzerland until further notice. International tickets valid until June 1st can be canceled free of charge.

The Italian railway companies also meet customers: Trenitalia already announced in February that train journeys will be fully reimbursed regardless of the tariff. Anyone who has booked a ticket for a high-speed or long-distance train will receive a voucher with a validity of one year, for regional train tickets there will be a cash refund.

What preventive measures does Deutsche Bahn take against the corona virus? Passengers are currently required to wear face-to-face masks on all long-distance and regional trains. If the authorities find a suspected corona on a train, the affected area will be blocked and professionally cleaned and disinfected after the trip, the company reports. The passengers would then be informed by the train staff that they should store their details (via bahn.de/corona or by calling 0800 5 14 15 14) so ​​that the authorities can contact them if necessary.

What does the Federal Foreign Office advise?

  • Because of the corona crisis, the federal government has one global travel warning pronounced.
  • Changes to the entry and quarantine regulations in other countries would be enacted in some cases without prior notice and with immediate effect.
  • Tourists should immediately use existing flight connections to return to Germany as quickly as possible.
  • Travelers should register in the crisis preparedness list and keep the contact details up to date. On the way you should keep up to date on the situation in the country, for example via the Office’s Safe Travel app.
  • Travel health insurance coverage should be reviewed and, if necessary, extended to be recalled.
  • In addition, it is advisable to organize a sufficient supply of necessary medication for the case of an extended stay abroad.
  • Travelers should be prepared for possible additional costs for an extended stay and should increase their credit line now.
  • Anyone returning home should get information from the Federal Police and the Interior Ministry about quarantine, travel restrictions and border controls. After a stay of several days abroad, a two-week quarantine obligation applies at home – however, according to the Interior Ministry, this should be lifted for travelers within the EU and only apply to third countries.

For more information, travelers can find information sheet COVID-19, the Robert Koch Institute, the WHO and the Federal Center for Health Education.

What if I come back from abroad?

Since April 10th Returnees – except commuters – in domestic quarantine for two weeks – this regulation is now partially repealed, for travelers from EU and Schengen countries as well as from Great Britain. Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer recommended on May 13 to the responsible federal states to loosen the quarantine rules that had previously applied and only apply to people who had previously been in third countries.

The topic is the responsibility of the federal states. According to the state government of North Rhine-Westphalia, the specific infection events abroad will once again be given greater consideration in future. Returnees from other countries would also be exempt from the quarantine obligation if the Robert Koch Institute determined for these states that quarantine was not necessary. Conversely, a renewed intensification of the pandemic in EU member states and Schengen countries could lead to protective measures being taken again with regard to these countries.

From the quarantine rule affected returnees are obliged“Immediately after entering the country you should go straight to your own home or another suitable accommodation and to continuously separate yourself there for a period of 14 days after your arrival”, says the regulation. During this time it was “not allowed to receive visitors from people who do not belong to their household”. There are exceptions for nurses, for example.

If you come by plane or ship, you must announce the route and contact details Health authorities at his place of residence should then monitor compliance with the quarantine.

Fines depend on the extent of the “extent of the public health hazards caused by the crime”, whether the person concerned has acted negligently or is unreasonable and whether there is a recurrence. Anyone who violates the requirement of domestic quarantine after entering the country should be loud Fines catalog pay between 500 euros and 10,000 euros. Violations of the ban on visits should be punished with a fine of at least 300 euros and a maximum of 5000 euros. If someone does not drive directly home, he should pay 150 euros to 3000 euros. Anyone who does not meet their obligation to contact the health authority must expect a fine of between 150 euros and 3,000 euros.

Who pays for the additional costs if vacationers were stuck in the hotel or on the cruise ship in quarantine for longer than expected?

Package holidaymakers are again better protected here: If they had to be in quarantine during their regular travel time, they could list this as a defect and get money back. However, they would have to inform the organizer on the spot, who in turn could try to recover the amount from the authorities who had ordered the quarantine. The paragraph also sees 651q BGB The organizer is obliged to assist, legal expert Degott explains: A package tour operator, for example, has to make sure that his customers come home with different return flights than planned. If the guests have to stay in quarantine longer than their rooms are booked and the hotel operator requests money, holidaymakers should not pay: the state that ordered the quarantine is responsible for this. Therefore, individual travelers would not have to pay for their longer forced stay – but probably for other return flights, unless the airline shows goodwill.

For example, in the case of the Costa Adeje Palace hotel in Tenerife, where guests had to stay for two weeks in March, the Tui had paid the costs for their package travelers, according to a press spokesman, and they would not have paid a surcharge for more expensive return flights, at least in this individual case have to.

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Summer vacation 2020: off to the Costa Corona trip

Usually the holiday motto is: summer, sun, beach. Everything is different this year. Where can you travel to? And what about relaxation? What vacationers can expect in 2020.

Germany is now becoming a dream destination. According to the German National Tourist Board (DZT), up to 9.6 million people have seen the #DiscoverGermanyFromHome campaign in the past few weeks, a collection of videos and picture galleries. With this campaign, the marketing organization on behalf of the federal government is currently promoting Germany as a travel destination after the Corona crisis. Germans themselves can also benefit from this kind of inspiration – by force. Because in times of travel warnings, border closures and closed beaches, this year it is likely that even more locals will have to spend their summer vacation on their doorstep – and their Pentecost vacation anyway. This is new territory for many travelers. They know the old town of Palma better than in Passau, prefer to sunbathe on the Costa Blanca than in Binz – but this year of being set, they have no choice but to look for suitable holiday resorts between Rügen and Berchtesgaden.

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Vacation in the corona crisis – travel at a distance – travel

Summer vacation on the beach – behind plexiglass? This is currently being discussed in Italy. There are nicer types of vacation that could be possible again first.

A lot of air in between: Holidays in the camper

The longing grows stronger. The longer the crisis and the ban on travel continue, the more people want to go abroad. At the same time, demands are sinking: if it had to be Sardinia or Corsica with its wild beaches a few weeks ago, we would be happy to be able to place our small camper on Lake Ossiach, or, you will still be able to dream, on a Croatian island . Wherever it will be possible at Pentecost or in August, one thing is certain: Camping in your own car is one of the forms of vacation that should be the fastest again.

First, you are outdoors most of the time and under the sun. Secondly, in pre-Corona times, attempts were made to keep as much distance as possible from the next camper so as not to be exposed to their snoring and grilled sausage smoke. In Corsica, this is usually possible without any problems during Pentecost holidays, as the places are not so full and you can stand where you want.

This would perhaps have to be handled a bit more strictly this summer by taking fewer campers per campsite and keeping more distance between them. Good for vacationers, good for virologists! The associated beach would then be more relaxed. The only thing missing is the sanitary facilities. Motorhome owners have toilets and showers themselves. If they wash themselves in the motorhome and only the bus owners and tents visit the camping toilets, the risk of infection is low.

That would be the ideal vacation. Word should only get around in politics. Corsica, Croatia, from me: Ossiach – we are coming! Hans Gasser

The way is really the goal: long-distance travel by bike

Alone along the lake: cyclists in the Sauerland.

(Photo: picture alliance / dpa)

Take a leisurely stretch, glide through the landscape, step and breathe in rhythm, work your muscles, let your thoughts fly, take breaks wherever you like – that’s not only good for your head. Cycling is also good against the virus. If you cycle, you lower your risk twice. He avoids full buses and trains in the city, keeps his distance and ventilates his lungs. Even slow driving strengthens the constitution and prevents cardiovascular problems that favor a severe course of Covid 19 disease.

Whereby it is one thing to keep your distance in cities. The bike lanes are full, the lanes are narrow, the queues at traffic lights are long, and instead of two meters, the bike has to be 20 meters if you don’t want to get any droplets in the slipstream of the others. So get out into nature on one of the many long-distance bike trails. There are hundreds in Germany and Europe. Whether through the Allgäu or Altmühl Valley, in the Harz or in the Thuringian Forest, from Berlin to Usedom, along the entire Baltic coast and back 1650 kilometers to Bavaria on the Germany route D 11 – there are countless possibilities. And if it is feasible again, the Loire Valley, the Curonian Spit, the Vltava or the classic Munich – Venice belong to the selection.

Just don’t take too much luggage with you, you can wash on the way in a guest house or on the campsite. And don’t tackle the stages too hard, enjoy the ride – the way is the goal. (Tips for long-distance cycling routes in Germany and Europe: sz.de/thema/Radreise) Jochen Temsch

Alone on the lake: houseboat on the Müritz

No stress on board – or only in exceptional cases. For example, the first time you put it on.

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It doesn’t always have to be the floating hotel. A small house with a panoramic terrace on the roof, with kitchen, bathroom, living room and bedroom is not the worst alternative. Instead of cruising through the Mediterranean, you just take the houseboat on the Müritz. Simply cast off, be a dream ship captain yourself, make your own announcements. The children are even allowed to drive under supervision. There is no timetable, but spontaneous shore excursions, organized and free of charge. The waters are calm, there is no threat of monster waves, at worst a swarm of snakes.

Neighbors only have houseboat vacationers in the evening when they anchor in a marina. You greet each other from boat to boat, toasting yourself at the required distance without being anti-social. Sure, back in Ireland on the River Shannon, the nightly visit to the pub, the live music and the crowds at the bar formed a meaningful ritual that crowned the day. But you are now practiced in supplying yourself with beer, wine and everything necessary, and thus have the necessary logistical core competence for a houseboat trip. And in general: Isn’t shopping long ago the new go-out to which you peel out your jogging pants and even comb your uncut hair?

There is no dress code for houseboat vacationers. You can feel completely at home, only with more space around it. The boat chugs ahead with total deceleration. The unobstructed view sweeps across the water. Over cormorants, cranes, eagles, over magnificent castles on the bank, hidden between reed beds and weeping willows. Ingrid Brunner

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Corona virus and travel: you need to know that now – travel

The corona virus slows public life to an unprecedented extent, freedom of movement is extremely restricted, borders are closed.

How does the Federal Foreign Office help vacationers who are stranded at their travel destination?

One month after the Federal Government’s return campaign began, around 240,000 Germans stranded abroad are at home again. According to the Federal Foreign Office, only a “middle four-digit number” of travelers now has to be flown out, most of them from South Africa, Argentina and Peru, reports the dpa. The largest return campaign in the history of the Federal Republic is likely to be completed in a few days. Afterwards, the embassies will continue to deal with individual cases – which does not mean that they will all come home when all connections have been terminated.

The government initially provided € 50 million for the largest return campaign in the history of the Federal Republic. The Federal Foreign Office assumed up to 200,000 German tourists affected. In total, several hundred thousand Germans are abroad, many of whom also live there. “But not all of them want to go back,” said a spokeswoman for the Federal Foreign Office.

Travelers who could not get any further criticized the airlines: With the radical cut in international connections, also for economic reasons, they would have contributed to the fact that holidaymakers were stuck – their return flight simply did not take place. Instead, travelers had to strive for often more expensive replacement tickets and hope that this machine actually took off. The additional costs can be claimed back from EU airlines.

The Federal government recall campaign applies or was valid – as of April 17, 2:30 p.m. – for the following particularly affected countries (You can find detailed information about the return journey here, via the Federal Foreign Office Twitter channel as well as the social media pages of the embassies and on the websites of the respective consulates – you can easily access them via the country link): Egypt, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Bali (Indonesia), Bolivia, Cabo Verde, Chile, Costa Rica, Ivory Coast, of the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Gambia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canary Islands (Spain), Kenya, Colombia, Cuba, Laos, Liberia, Morocco, Mauritius, Mexico, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, the Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Sudan, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Uruguay and Vietnam. If you are in one of these countries and want to return to Germany, you have to go to the Enter website rueckholprogramm.de. For many countries, this has to be done repeated daily will be confirmed that you are still stuck in the country. You can find out which countries are currently on the Federal Foreign Office’s information page. Registration in the crisis preparedness list Elefand or another program (e.g. Condor) is not sufficient. However, the returns are almost complete.

Nevertheless, all Germans abroad should also register on the crisis preparedness list in order to be provided with current information.

A detailed article on the topic “How vacationers come home now – and who pays which costs” can be found here.

What travel restrictions apply?

Because of the corona pandemic, the federal government has one worldwide travel warning pronounced for tourist trips and already extended to the beginning of May. It is not yet clear whether the corona pandemic will prolong it. “At the present time, no prediction can be made as to how long the travel warning will be maintained,” Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on April 17. “As long as there are curfews in many countries, there will be no vacation there. We will decide from week to week.” They will also try to coordinate “as best as possible” European.

The Federal Foreign Office provides information on the restrictions applicable worldwide on its website in the travel and security information for the respective countries, and the consulates sometimes offer even more up-to-date information.

The external borders of the European union are cordoned off. The heads of state and government agreed on a preliminary one Entry ban. This decision is also intended to help keep internal borders open, where long traffic jams are currently forming. As the Federal Ministry of the Interior announced, the ban affects all flights and ship journeys that have their origin outside the EU. There are exceptions for citizens of Norway, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland and Great Britain. The federal police inform who is still allowed to enter Germany and which documents are required.

Germany also has itself Entry bans put in place and with strict border controls began. Transitions to Switzerland, France, Austria, Denmark and Luxembourg are affected, as are flights from the five countries mentioned as well as from Spain and Italy. German citizens would “naturally have the right to return to their home country,” said Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer. The same applies to commuters and foreigners with a residence permit and residence in Germany. Appropriate documents must be presented upon entry. Other travelers are no longer allowed in the country. From April 10th Returnees are also quarantined at home for two weeks.

Exiting Germany from neighboring countries is also becoming increasingly difficult: Poland, Czech Republic and Denmark have adopted strict rules so that travelers are no longer allowed to enter the country without a valid reason. In the Switzerland may only Swiss citizens, people with a residence permit or professional entry reasons. In Austria a medical certificate is required at the border with Germany: only those who can prove that they are not infected with Sars-CoV-2 are allowed to enter the country. There are exceptions for Austrians and people residing in the country – there is also an exit restriction.

They also agreed Federal government and states in fighting the spread of the virus Prohibitions and exit restrictions Bavaria has also imposed its own strict requirements.

In what period do tour operators currently cancel trips?

The decision was made to “suspend the majority of all travel activities, including package tours, cruises and hotel operations,” said the Tui Group – worldwide. Initially, the stop was valid until the end of March, meanwhile Tui Germany has canceled all trips until April 30th. Customers whose booked trips would have occurred during the Easter holidays should be informed accordingly. However, there may still be delays “because the large number of travel bookings are processed after the departure date”.

On its homepage, the Tui provides information about its approach for the different travel countries. Bookings would be “proactively canceled” and customers informed, chronologically after departure date.

The FTI Group (FTI Touristik, 5vorFlug, BigXtra and LAL Sprachreisen) announced that all trips are canceled until April 30th. Studiosus, Alltours, THE tourism and Vikings travel such as Schauinsland Reisen also cancel trips until April 30th. Anex Tour, Öger Tours and Bucher Reisen as well as Gebeco have canceled their offers up to this day.

If package tours and flights are canceled by the organizer, the price must be reimbursed according to current law. However, that may change in the future. There have recently been massive demands in the industry to allow coupons instead of refunds to reduce the financial burden on businesses. On April 2, the “Corona Cabinet” of the federal government introduced a corresponding regulation, which has yet to be approved by the EU Commission. Accordingly, the travel price will no longer have to be refunded immediately. Instead, vouchers are said to be allowed. They would be limited until the end of 2021 and should apply to all tickets and trips purchased before March 8th. If the customer has not redeemed their voucher by the end of 2021, the organizer must refund the value.

As long as there is no EU decision, the voucher remains voluntary. Some big tour operators like Tui, FTI or DER Touristik advertise with bonus payments. There are also a number of companies, such as Alltours, Schauinsland-Reise and Vtours, which have announced that they will forego vouchers and reimburse the travel price.

Customers who want to cancel a trip planned from May in view of the current situation, on the other hand, have to expect cancellation fees. The amount depends on how soon the departure is imminent. However, more and more tour operators are offering a free rebooking, for example the Tui Group and DER Touristik for all trips that would have started in May, and the FTI Group for departures by the end of June.

(In this article, you will read detailed information on travel law issues relating to travel in the coming months.)

What are the restrictions for rail travelers?

The Deutsche Bahn According to their own information, currently runs around 75 to 80 percent of their usual offer. Thereby the Regional traffic restricted: Since Monday, March 23rd, a reduced timetable for regional traffic (RE, RB, S-Bahn) applies until after the Easter holidays on April 19th. In Bavaria, excursion connections, trains used by schoolchildren and clock amplifiers in commuter traffic are being cut. Many DB regional trains then run every hour. “We guarantee basic services everywhere,” said Transport Minister Kerstin Schreyer (CSU) on Friday in Munich.

You can find an overview of current developments at Bahn here at bahn.de/aktuell. Travelers and commuters should always check whether their train is actually running before departure.

Due to the stricter entry rules, Deutsche Bahn has to end or cancel a number of train connections earlier, for example trips to Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Poland and the Czech Republic. The number of trains between Germany and the Netherlands has also been drastically reduced. In addition, intercity trains no longer run between Amsterdam via North Rhine-Westphalia to Berlin, the Dutch rail company said. There are also fewer connections on other international routes.

Customers can postpone or cancel trips free of charge: Deutsche Bahn has theirs Cancellation rules largely relaxed. No one has to go to the sales outlets in the train stations in a hectic pace: “The goodwill regulations will apply in the coming weeks, so it is not necessary to report immediately,” emphasizes the company. Refunds could also be submitted after the booked day of travel.

Regardless of the travel destination, saver price and super saver tickets can be exchanged for vouchers. In contrast to flexible tickets at the normal price, this is not easily possible. The regulation initially applies to travel until the end of April. From April 2, passengers should also be able to cancel a saver fare or super saver ticket booked online or on the go, directly online. Anyone who has booked with a flex price can cancel free of charge. All customers who just want to postpone their trip can use their booked ticket flexibly until June 30th (except for group tickets). All tickets can be converted into vouchers that can be redeemed after June 30th.

There Flixtrain until probably at the end of April, the tickets valid until April 30 may also be used for the second class of the IC and ICE of the Deutsche Bahn, if you are still traveling. Flixtrain customers could “travel flexibly on a day of their choice during this period with their ticket,” says bahn.de. All connections that correspond to the route on the Flixtrain ticket should be used. This only needs to be shown and not converted into a DB ticket.

The Austrian Federal Railways ÖBB have suspended train services from and to Italy, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Slovakia and Switzerland until further notice. International tickets valid until May 1st can be canceled free of charge.

The Italian railway companies also meet customers: Trenitalia already announced in February that train journeys, regardless of tariff, would be fully reimbursed if trips were canceled due to the corona virus. Anyone who has booked a ticket for a high-speed or long-distance train will receive a voucher with a validity of one year, for regional train tickets there will be a cash refund.

What preventive measures does Deutsche Bahn take against the corona virus? If the authorities find a suspected corona on a train, the affected area will be blocked and professionally cleaned and disinfected after the trip, the company reports. The passengers would then be informed by the train staff that they should store their details (via bahn.de/corona or by calling 0800 5 14 15 14) so ​​that the authorities can contact them if necessary.

Who pays when a train is delayed due to suspected coronavirus? On the night of Rosenmontag two trains of the ÖBB had to stop at the Brenner – only when two sick women had been tested negatively were the other passengers allowed to travel on and did not arrive in Munich until well after midnight. If, in such a case, public transport can no longer bring the passengers to their destination, they are entitled to a taxi ride under European law (however, the railway companies pay a maximum of 50 euros) or, for larger distances, an overnight stay (limited to 80 euros additional payment, often should if possible, stay in nearby contract hotels – here the compensation rules of Deutsche Bahn and ÖBB). In addition, customers who are more than one hour late can claim a quarter of the one-way fare as compensation, from two hours even half. These amounts are due for rail travel – unlike flights – regardless of fault.

What other changes and restrictions should passengers expect?

In Europe and worldwide, travelers are being thwarted by the virus: if connections are canceled, passengers get all their money back.

The Lufthansa has drastically reduced their offer, passengers should check the current status of their flight. On April 2, Lufthansa announced that it would extend its fuselage flight schedule by two weeks until May 3. All flights from the regular schedule will be canceled by this date. The daughter Austrian Airlines will cease regular flights until April 19, only return flights for Austrians will take place. Even the holiday pilot Condor reduces flights to major destinations such as the United States, the Caribbean and Turkey. The company still sent planes to bring vacationers back.

British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus, Vueling and Level cancel at least 75 percent of their flights in April and May. Air France-KLM will cut 90 percent during this period. Lot Airlines have already largely canceled flight operations. Also Easyjet and Ryanair, the two largest low-cost airlines in Europe, are decommissioning the majority of their fleets – with Easyjet, all planes have been on the ground since March 30th.

The long-distance bus companies Flixbus and Blablabus have stopped operating. All national and cross-border connections to and from Germany will be suspended.

Most Cruises are completely canceled: Aida cruises all journeys of its 14-ship fleet have since been canceled by the end of May. Also the Tui canceled all cruises. Ships that are still on the move are having great problems finding a port of call with sick people on board.

Who pays when the return flight has been canceled and the traveler has to organize a more expensive return?

Airlines worldwide have cut their flight program extremely, Lufthansa by about 95 percent. This also means that normal return flights are canceled, so that passengers cannot make their way home in the Corona crisis of all places. Customers of an EU airline stands after the Passenger Rights Regulation to the fact that the airline not only pays back the money for the canceled flight, “but also takes care of the care of the passengers and places them, for example, in a hotel if necessary – and above all ensures a replacement flight,” explains travel law expert Paul Degott. If the airline does not care or does not take care of package tours by the organizers or not quickly enough, vacationers can search for a return flight themselves. Only: The few places on return flights to Germany are scarce, therefore the prices rise; in addition, single flights are generally much more expensive than return flight packages. Anyone who has booked their canceled flight with an airline based in the EU can claim the additional costs back from the airline. “It is important that the airline is given a remedial period and the so-called replacement is threatened so that the initially submitted costs can be claimed as damages or sued,” Degott says. Given the current situation, a deadline of a few hours was enough.

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Degott emphasizes that even if the airline is based outside the EU, travelers could rely on these regulations, provided that it is a return flight booked in Germany. However, if a flight ticket from New Zealand to Germany was booked in New Zealand and the flight is then canceled, the civil law of the respective country applies.

Who pays for the cancellation of the trip if you are no longer able to come to the holiday destination due to changed entry requirements?

At Package tours the organizer is obliged to either pay back the price or offer a rebooking – here the German travel law applies. Because of the exceptional circumstances, customers will not receive any compensation for lost vacation enjoyment.

Individual travelers on the other hand, have themselves booked a hotel or rental car and are therefore faced with the respective national laws. According to German law, you would not have to pay anything if you cannot use the services. “This is the case, for example, if the accommodation is located in a restricted area and cannot be reached,” says the consumer center. If a contract was made directly with landlords abroad, however, the law of the respective country applies – here it is important, for example, whether the contract is invalid because of the worldwide travel warning from the German Foreign Office. Depending on the cancellation conditions, those affected may have to hope for goodwill or try to negotiate that the hotel stay, for example, is only postponed and not canceled at a high price.

Anyone on a German speaking Hotel portal has booked accommodation on the Internet or at the hotel directly, for example in Italy, the law of the place of accommodation applies, i.e. Italian law. Travel law expert Ernst Führich advises holidaymakers to contact the accommodation company and to insist on a fee-free cancellation of the stay due to the inaccessibility of the domicile. However, by decree of March 8, 2020, Italy allowed the accommodation companies to issue vouchers instead of reimbursements for the travel price paid.

In the event of a dispute, an exception can also be brought to the consumer’s place of residence. However, the prerequisite is that the guest has booked on an interactive website of the foreign hotelier or holiday home provider in Germany. Then the activity of the accommodation company is “aligned” to Germany in the sense of the EU jurisdiction agreement. The German court then applies Italian law.

It should look good for individual travelers, though Airlines are involved, says travel law expert Paul Degott: once a country has imposed an entry ban or deleted visas for Germans, the airline can no longer transport the passenger to their destination. Otherwise, it would have to take care of the return transport immediately and would also face a penalty from the target country. “So the contract has to be reversed beforehand”, the passengers get their money back for the ticket, explains Degott.

All reimbursements may in future also take the form of Vouchers possible: The German government launched a corresponding solution, which has yet to be approved by the EU Commission.

Who pays for the additional costs if vacationers are stuck in the hotel or on the cruise ship in quarantine for longer than expected?

Package holidaymakers are again better protected here: If they had to be in quarantine during their regular travel time, they could list this as a defect and get money back. However, they would have to inform the organizer on the spot, who in turn could try to get the amount back from the authorities who had ordered the quarantine. The paragraph also sees 651q BGB The organizer is obliged to assist, legal expert Degott explains: A package tour operator, for example, has to ensure that his customers come home with different return flights than planned. If the guests have to stay in quarantine longer than their rooms are booked and the hotel operator requests money, holidaymakers should not pay: the state that ordered the quarantine is responsible for this. Therefore, individual travelers would not have to pay for their longer forced stay – but probably for other return flights, unless the airline is accommodating.

For example, in the case of the Costa Adeje Palace hotel in Tenerife, where guests had to wait two weeks, the Tui had paid the costs for their package travelers, according to a press spokesman, and they would not have had to pay a surcharge for more expensive return flights, at least in this individual case.

What does the Federal Foreign Office advise?

  • Because of the corona crisis, the federal government has one worldwide travel warning pronounced and meanwhile extended until the beginning of May.
  • Changes to the entry and quarantine regulations would in some cases be issued without prior notice and with immediate effect. Numerous travelers in several countries are currently affected and prevented from traveling on or back.
  • Tourists should immediately use existing flight connections for the fastest possible return trip to Germany, as long as there are still commercial flight or land connections. If a return trip is no longer possible, you should register in the return program. More information can be found in the FAQ on the return campaign.
  • Travelers should register in the crisis preparedness list and keep the contact details up to date. On the way, you should keep up to date on the situation in the country, for example via the Office’s Safe Travel app.
  • It also warns that quarantine measures should not be expected to be retrieved by the organizer or the federal government, but should follow the instructions of the local health authorities.
  • Travel health insurance coverage should be reviewed and, if necessary, extended to include a return.
  • In addition, it is advisable to organize a sufficient supply of necessary medication for the case of an extended stay abroad.
  • Travelers should be prepared for possible additional costs for an extended stay and should already increase their credit line.
  • The increased entry controls and health checks would particularly affect cruise ships. “There have been several refusals to call at ports. Delays, route changes and, in certain cases, quarantine measures by local authorities can still be expected,” it says.
  • Also for tourists: you should wash your hands regularly and properly and generally keep them away from your face.
  • If you have a fever, cough or difficulty breathing, you should contact a doctor and point out a trip to an outbreak area.
  • Anyone returning from a risk area should obtain information in advance from the Robert Koch Institute and the German Ministry of the Interior about travel restrictions and border controls.
  • When returning after a stay of several days abroad, a two-week quarantine obligation applies at home.

For more information, travelers can find information sheet COVID-19, the Robert Koch Institute, the WHO and the Federal Center for Health Education.

What if I just come back from a trip?

Germans, EU citizens and foreigners who have lived in Germany for many years have generally been required for two weeks in home quarantineif they return to the Federal Republic after at least several days abroad – this is how the infection chains should be interrupted. The Corona crisis cabinet recommended this to the federal states, which agreed. The quarantine obligation, which will initially apply until April 19, should not affect commuters, and there are exceptions for certain groups such as truck drivers and medical personnel as well as transit travelers in the EU.

All other immigrants are obliged “to go straight to their own home or other suitable accommodation immediately after entering the country and to isolate themselves there continuously for a period of 14 days after their entry”, says the regulation. During this time it was “not allowed to receive visitors from people who do not belong to their household”. There are exceptions for nurses, for example.

If you come by plane or ship, you must announce the route and contact details Health authorities at his place of residence should then monitor compliance with the quarantine.

Fines depend on the extent of the “extent of public health hazards caused by the crime”, whether the person concerned has acted negligently or is unreasonable and whether there is a recurrence. Whoever violates the requirement of domestic quarantine after entering the country should be loud Fines catalog pay between 500 and 10,000 euros. Violations of the ban on visits should be punished with a fine of at least 300 euros and a maximum of 5000 euros. If someone does not drive directly home, he should pay 150 euros to 3000 euros. Anyone who does not meet their obligation to contact the health authority must expect a fine of between 150 euros and 3,000 euros.

Because of the corona pandemic, people who are neither Germans nor permanently resident here have only been allowed to come to Germany for a “valid reason to travel” since mid-March. Since March 16, border controls have been carried out temporarily on the borders with Austria, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg and Denmark in coordination with the neighboring countries. In border regions where there are no such controls, the federal police use the “existing search and control instruments”. This means that people who enter from there can also be quarantined or returned if they are addressed by the police in the 30 km border area.

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Exit restrictions on Easter – what is allowed where? – Travel

Small ball traffic: Two girls play badminton in Constance over the provisional border fences between Germany and Switzerland.

(Photo: Daniel Kopatsch / Getty Images)

Baden-Wuerttemberg

A walk in the green, one Bicycle or motorcycle tour, then maybe sausages from Barbecue in your own garden – that remains allowed in Baden-Württemberg despite the corona pandemic. You can only be on the move alone, with another person or with the people living in the household, i.e. family members or flat-share partners (Here is an overview of all provisions for Baden-Württemberg). At Meet in your own apartment the rules are not quite as strict: A maximum of five people can arrange an Easter breakfast there. If you live in a domestic community or if you are related in a straight line – such as parents, grandparents and children – the cozy round may be even bigger. The Second home may be used day trips are also allowed. Tourism Minister Guido Wolf still asks to avoid the tourist highlights at Lake Constance or in the Black Forest if possible. Some hiking parking lots and waterfront promenades were closed by the municipalities last sunny weekend.

Mountaineering Ammergäu Alps Coronavirus Exit restriction Excursion mountain hike

Alone on the mountain, here on the Friederspitze in the Ammergau Alps? Better not!

(Photo: Angelika Warmuth / dpa)

Bavaria

Bavaria has imposed particularly strict exit restrictions – actually. Basically, the following applies Leave home may those who to work, to the doctor to buy groceries or to help others. But: Bavaria can also go outside for exercise in the fresh air – but only alone or together with someone from the same household. A meeting or even Easter brunch with friends is prohibited. Parents and grandparents should only be visited if they urgently need help. Maybe you can have breakfast together on the holidays via video chat or search for eggs. Good news but for lovers who are defiant long-distance relationship finally want to see again: This is also allowed in Bavaria, for several days or even weeks.

Whoever goes out has to stay mobile: Picnic is forbidden, longer breaks on the park bench are at least undesirable. You can grilling, but not in the park, but only in the garden or on the balcony. Small or allotment gardens owners can continue to use, only the same rules apply here as in other private gardens: only those who live in the same household or are life partners are allowed in. And what about that Caravan at the campsite or the Second home? Actually “trips to the caravan or second home should not take place”, informs the Bavarian Ministry of the Interior and appeals: “Please consider whether this trip is now absolutely necessary.” The allotment gardener must also think about this.

Trips to Lakes and in the mountains are also not strictly prohibited. However, the Interior Ministry asks to get some fresh air near the apartment. Some communities lock also popular (Hiking) parking spaces. By the way, simply driving through the landscape by car or motorcycle is not allowed – again because of the risk of accidents. For the Jaunt you would have to take the bike (hopefully also without an accident). But cycling, like jogging and walking, predominates in strengthening physical and mental health. (Here you will find an overview of all the regulations for Bavaria.)

Sunrise in Berlin

The sunrise behind the Quadriga on the Brandenburg Gate is impressive – however, tourists are currently unable to see it due to travel and exit restrictions.

(Photo: dpa)

Berlin

The Ban on “group formation” The same applies in the capital, as does the order to leave your own home as little as possible. Anyone who travels for no good reason can be fined between 10 and 100 euros. A spokesman for the interior administration said that the primary goal was to “reduce physical contacts”. There are state regulations for this, but everyone’s sense of responsibility is also required.

walks and Outdoor sports are allowed, in pairs or with those who live in the same apartment. If you need to take a breather, you can rely on the Park bench or sit on the lawn – observing the minimum distance. A picnic however, does not count as a break. A visit to the home of the spouse or partner is also permitted, as well as to the elderly or sick. It is the responsibility of the individual to decide how much closeness is acceptable (Here is an overview of all provisions for Berlin). You can get out of the city and back into the city, “provided that it takes place directly from or to the apartment or ordinary accommodation” – but in Berlin, as in all other federal states, the following applies: to travel should only be undertaken if absolutely necessary.

Sunset at the Rangsdorfer See

Small excursions are allowed in Brandenburg, for example at sunset at Rangsdorfer See.

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Brandenburg

Brandenburg is a popular excursion region for many Berliners in particular – the state government does not want to prevent this from happening even during Easter, but at the same time appeals to people to use these opportunities “moderately”. “Little one trips anyone can do it – even to Brandenburg, “Interior Minister Michael Stübgen told the RBB information radio. Tourist activities are forbidden, sporty like To go biking on the other hand allowed: “We made a conscious decision not to partition Brandenburg to Berlin or to build a new Berlin Wall.” With any type of Sport and exercise in the fresh air, the usual distance rules must be observed: you can only be on the move alone, with another person or with people from the same household. This applies not only on land, but also on water. A Paddle tour is allowed on one of the numerous waterways in the country, but not in the group. Boat owner may spend the night on the water, but boats may not be rented. The Easter eggs must be hidden at home or in your own garden and found again by the family or roommates: Nobody may be invited to the Easter celebration on private property, only visits to life partners are permitted (Here is an overview of all the provisions for Brandenburg).

A cyclist with a face mask drives over the Bremen market square.

A lone cyclist with a face mask drives over the market square in Bremen.

(Photo: Sina Schuldt / dpa)

Bremen

Just get out and spend the beautiful day in the countryside: this is possible in Bremen. Not only walks and “Solo sports” are allowed, but also day trips in recreation areas. You just can’t get too close: As almost everywhere, there is a minimum distance of 1.50 meters. It is forbidden to arrange to go hiking with several friends. The family, who already lives together, can travel as a group, otherwise a maximum of two people (Here is an overview of all provisions for Bremen). Those who do not stick to it pay 50 to 150 euros – per person.

Few people sit in Hamburg on the Outer Alster.

It’s rarely so empty when the weather is nice on the Außenalster: in Hamburg, too, you have to keep your distance.

(Photo: Stuart Franklin / Getty Images)

Hamburg

Some walkers and cyclists have crossed a border in the past few days: Schleswig-Holstein is north of the city-state and tourists are no longer allowed to enter there. Cyclists and pedestrians were also checked and rejected. This caused trouble and should no longer occur in the future: It was agreed with the neighboring country that it made no sense to check people who were “in the vicinity of their place of residence on the border”, said Hamburg Mayor Peter Tschentscher. Tours to the North or Baltic Sea on the other hand, there must be no: Schleswig-Holstein generally does not tolerate day trippers, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania imposes a corresponding ban on the Easter days. Are within the Hamburg city limits Outdoor sports and Excursions to the local recreation areas allowed, but only with a maximum of one person not belonging to the household. You shouldn’t go hungry on hunger: public consumption of food is not permitted (Here is an overview of all provisions for Hamburg).

Police patrol the Great Feldberg in the Taunus.

Police patrol the Feldberg plateau in the Taunus. They are intended to prevent large crowds from gathering on the popular mountain.

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Hesse

Easter one hike to the Great Feldberg in the Taunus? Better not. day trips are not prohibited in Hessen, but the state government appeals to the population to refrain from all unnecessary trips and activities. Of the Second home or the Allotment garden but may be used.

If, despite the ban on contacts, too many people move outside, the law enforcement agencies will react quickly, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Social Affairs said. Then, for example, parking spaces can be blocked – or the access road to Großer Feldberg, as happened last weekend due to the rush of motorists and bikers. Basically, you can only be outside with a maximum of two or together with those with whom you live. grilling or a picnic but even couples are prohibited in the park (here is an overview of all regulations for Hessen).

The pier from Zinnowitz on Usedom is almost deserted.

Only two lonely walkers are on the pier in Zinnowitz on the island of Usedom. Tourists have not been allowed to enter for a long time, and the locals are no longer allowed to go to the coast at Easter.

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Mecklenburg-West Pomerania

Family visits “Within the nuclear family”, for example with parents, are not expressly forbidden in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, but should be reduced to “the absolutely necessary minimum” or, at best, deleted altogether: The Easter days are, so the urgent request, on best spent at home. A Easter walk – a maximum of two or with the family – is possible, as well as one Cycling tour, but not one Day trip to the coast or to the lakes: trips to the Baltic Sea islands of Rügen, Usedom and Hiddensee, to the entire Baltic Sea coast and to the Mecklenburg Lake District are prohibited from Good Friday to Easter Monday – this also applies to locals. Tourists from other federal states have not been allowed to enter Germany since March. Even in your own Allotment garden You can only stay during the Easter days if the green area is “in your own living environment or in the same community”. “Do without private trips of any kind, including second homes,” is the state government’s urgent appeal (Here is an overview of all provisions for Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania).

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By far, please: Walkers are in Cuxhaven on the North Sea beach.

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Lower Saxony

In contrast to many other federal states, Lower Saxony also remains private visits possible over the holidays, even if “reduced to an absolutely necessary minimum”. The circle of those who come together in the apartment or in the garden should be as small and as constant as possible, according to the explanations on the contact restrictions (Here is an overview of all provisions for Lower Saxony): “The conceivable constellations are very different: Some meet with their children who have already moved out, others with only a close friend, others with the couple from the neighborhood.” Size Family celebrations or Parties are taboo, as well Short break. The same restrictions apply in the open air as in most other federal states: On walk is allowed with members of your own household or a maximum of two, also on the bicycle or motorcycle no larger groups may be on the road. trips are not prohibited, but the possibilities are already limited anyway: The Islands in the North Sea have been closed to tourists since March 16, closures are also possible in the coastal towns on the mainland if the crowds of sun-seekers become too large. In the Aurich and Wittmund districts, none are allowed during the Easter days Motorhomes and caravans be parked more in public traffic areas.

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In the evening on the Rhine, better alone – or at the most enjoy the sunshine in pairs.

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North Rhine-Westphalia

Even little things that beautify life can be dangerous. Cherry blossoms for example. Too many people came too close to see the spring spectacle Bonn to admire – now the streets of the old town are closed to visitors. “Unfortunately, since the beginning of the cherry blossom at the end of last week, it has been shown that the attraction of this natural spectacle is greater than the willingness to comply with the ban on contact and to keep a distance,” said Ashok Sridharan, Mayor of Bonn. He made use of the right that cities and municipalities can tighten the rules of the state government even further.

In all of North Rhine-Westphalia the following applies: Everyone is allowed to get out, but also longer, as long as you stick to it No contact holds. In public – and also in private cars – a maximum of two people are allowed to travel together. If there are more, they must be members of a household or a family, even if not all of them live under one roof. However, the prohibitions are a matter of interpretation: have a picnic For example, it is not allowed to eat the snack outside in pairs and with a little distance, but it is.

Otherwise, reason is appealed to day trips or hikes to renounce. And, as warned, Prime Minister Armin Laschet: Also at the Dutch North Sea coast German day tourists are “currently undesirable”. Conversely, the Dutch should not go to the Sauerland. The time out in Allotment but is still in there, this is not a public space. The state government only advises not to organize barbecues or group Easter egg hunts: Because of the risk of infection, the two-person rule should also be followed in the allotment garden. (Further information on North Rhine-Westphalia can be found here.)

A water-spouting fountain figure in front of the historic town hall of Koblenz wears a face mask.

A mouthguard was left for the snake, a fountain figure in front of the historic town hall of Koblenz.

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Rhineland-Palatinate

In Rhineland-Palatinate, Easter eggs should only be found in the apartment or in your own garden. Excursions are not prohibited, but the “urgent recommendation” applies private trips and up Day tours to do without, as well Visits with relatives and friends. Who has the days off in his own Holiday home or on his parcel in the Allotment garden want to spend it – but here too the requirement is: as little contact with others as possible. No chat around the garden fence, no after-work beer with the neighbors. A maximum of two is one walk allowed – or together with the people you live with in the household (here is an overview of the regulations for Rhineland-Palatinate). Violators face a fine of 200 euros. A hundred euros are due if you get closer to other people than 1.50 meters. If the good weather attracts too many people to the hiking trails and parks, the authorities also reserve the right to block them.

A man passes a border crossing between France and Saarland.

The border bridge that connects the small Blittersdorf in Saarland with the French Grosbliederstroff is actually closed. This man just ignores it.

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Saarland

In Saarland, as in Bavaria, not only contact, but also apply Exit restrictions: The apartment may only be left for good reason, friends or acquaintances may not be visited. Sport and exercise in the fresh air remain allowed, either alone, in pairs or with people who live in the same household. Lots Border crossings towards France are closed, only commuters are allowed to enter and leave anyway (here is an overview of all provisions for Saarland).

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Jogging with a dog – allowed! In the background is the Blue Wonder, the bridge in Dresden connects the Blasewitz and Loschwitz districts.

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Saxony

In Saxony, the apartment may only be left if absolutely necessary, for example for shopping or for one walk – but that should be “priority in the vicinity of the living area“take place and not only after a long drive, for example to Saxon Switzerland or the Ore Mountains. A motorcycle tour, just because of the nice weather, is also not allowed. This strict ban on excursions was confirmed on Tuesday by the Bautzen Higher Administrative Court: the judges specified that a maximum of ten to 15 kilometers should be allowed to move away from his home for exercise in the fresh air. The Drive to the second home against it remains possible – regardless of how far away it is from the main residence. If it is in another federal state, the local regulations apply, as does the federal government’s requirement that travel be avoided as far as possible. relative may only visited if they are registered at the same place of residence, otherwise only the family chat via phone and video remains over Easter. The reason why meetings in small groups are prohibited is simply answered on the government website: “So that you and others stay healthy.” (here is an overview of all provisions for Saxony)

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Few people go through the market with the Red Tower in Halle, Saxony-Anhalt.

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Saxony-Anhalt

In Saxony-Anhalt, longer ones are needed Easter trips fail this year. “Travel for leisure purposes and for tourist reasons” is prohibited. Many day-trippers from Lower Saxony have been in the past few days resin in front of closed parking lots. Anyone who arrives from another federal state can be fined up to 400 euros. Also a Second home may no longer be visited. Family travel on the other hand remain permitted, visits to life partners, to the parents or to the children are permitted (Here is an overview of all the provisions for Saxony-Anhalt).

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Standing around meaningless: beach chairs on the North Sea in Ording, Schleswig-Holstein

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Schleswig-Holstein

Schleswig-Holstein still exists until April 19 Entry ban for tourists, day trippers and second home owners. The police can punish entry violations with 150 to 500 euros. Anyone who is already in his second home can stay, as long as the domicile is not on the islands. Also the Schleswig-Holsteiners can be traveling in their state in the Easter days, as almost everywhere, either alone or in pairs or with members of your own household. The Islands and Halligen however, are reserved only for their main residents. Day trippers should also pack enough provisions. Not only restaurants and cafes are closed, but also ice cream and snack stalls. For Family visits there are no restrictions in private space – but “the urgent request to reduce the contacts to an absolutely necessary minimum”. That’s why too Celebrations and parties prohibited (Here is an overview of all provisions for Schleswig-Holstein).

At the Goethe-Schiller memorial in Weimar, the laurel wreath wears a face mask.

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Thuringia

The Ministry of Health in Thuringia puts it positively: “It is an explicit wish of the state government that people go out into the fresh air, exercise in nature and maintain their allotments.” So there is no entry bans for tourist areas, including the Second home may be used, even a picnic is allowed if only those who otherwise share the apartment sit on the ceiling. Otherwise, the distance and hygiene rules that also apply in most other federal states must be observed: as little contact as possible with people who do not belong to your own household – and if contact cannot be avoided, then only with a minimum distance of 1.5 meters (Here is an overview of all provisions for Thuringia).

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