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Flying to Germany? Here Are the Essential Things You Need to Know Before You Head to the Airport

Flying to Germany? Here Are the Essential Things You Need to Know Before You Head to the Airport

Sometimes a huge hankering for the quintessential German fast food dish currywurst (grilled pork sausage drenched with ketchup-curry sauce) is enough to make a non-citizen outside Germany book a flight to this Western European country on impulse. 

While this might be a far-fetched scenario due to border restrictions that have been brought by the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, it’s always a good idea to be in the know of the country’s quarantine and testing requirements before heading to the airport.

ENTRY 101

Generally, those coming from European Union member states are granted entry. These countries include Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden. 

Can’t see your country on the list? Don’t fret; head to the government agency Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community’s (BMI) official website to check if Germany allows unrestricted entry for residents of selected countries and territories.

It’s important to note that if you have visited a high-risk area or area of concern in the last ten days before your flight, you must register at einreiseanmeldung.de before arriving in Germany. You also need to carry proof of this digital entry registration at the border.

Travellers who are twelve years and above must either undergo testing and have a negative result, or present a validated proof of immunity for those who have had the jab or have recovered from COVID-19. 

Unsure how and where to get tested? Singapore-owned lifestyle and travel app Smoove Xperience can help you book a serology (S-protein) test or the widely accepted pre-departure test

A SAFE NAVIGATION

The concept of travel for the past two years has vastly changed, and those planning to jump through hoops just to scratch that wanderlust itch in Deutschland are expected to abide by certain rules. Should you be fortunate enough to reach the other side of the fence, keep these basic travel BMI advisories in mind on how to conduct yourself safely when in Germany:

1. Mask up

It’s basic knowledge now: your mouth and nose must be covered by a FFP2 or KN95/N95-type mask whenever you’re aboard any public transport, in stores, and high-traffic outdoor places. 

2. Practice honesty and act swiftly

No matter how anal you are with disinfection and social distance, there is still a sliver of a chance that you could catch the virus. If you develop COVID-19 symptoms (coughing, a runny nose, sore throat, or fever) while you’re in Germany, then phone a doctor or contact the hotline 116 117 immediately. Remember: being upfront with your health status will save lives, including yours.   

3. Follow local regulations

Different countries have various measures for stopping the spread of the virus. It is your responsibility as a holidaymaker and concerned individual to familiarise yourself with a country’s pandemic-related rules and regulations. Doing so will give you the confidence to think on your feet during stressful situations, especially with quarantine measures in the case of a confirmed infection of close contact.

4. Stay in

Holing up in your hotel or accommodation seems like a counter-intuitive activity when your objective in Germany is to experience its culture, preferably outside your rented property. But in a bid to further reduce the risk of infection, the BMI strongly advises that “travel should be reduced and public transport avoided”. 

Our tip: before heading to a venue you want to visit, thoroughly check the establishment’s health protocols to see if their sanitation practices are truly stringent enough to protect their clienteles’ well-being. Moreover, shoot them a message to ask about crowd size on your target visit hours, so you can avoid such a mass gathering.

In 2012, Ara packed her bags and braved Singapore to start a new life outside her comfort zone and hometown Manila, Philippines. She is a writer by heart, hip-hop dancer by passion, and jetsetter by choice. On her downtime, Ara is caught either chronicling her millennial adventures on her Instagram account, or curled up in quiet corner reading books on her Kindle.