Travellers that have stayed in an area of variant of concern within ten days prior to their entry to Germany must observe special regulations. Transport companies may not transport any persons from these countries to Germany unless exceptions apply. Travellers are required to register before entry, provide a negative PCR-test result and quarantine for 14 days.
Further information and details can be found on the World Health Organization’s Website. Extensive information in English and other languages on current regulations is available here. A requirement to self-isolate is in place in Germany pursuant to the Federal Ministry of Health’s Ordinance on Coronavirus Entry Regulations.
Eating my pretzel was difficult as an elderly man ran naked, wild and free across the river from me, periodically bathing himself and flaunting his body like he was Ryan Gosling on steroids. Like, you wanna go to the park in the summer time? We even have a special word for the older judgey people – the Oma and Opa-Polizei, (aka the grandma/grandpa police) who are sure to cast shade at you for even the most minuscule of offenses. Likewise, when making plans with a German person, don’t expect to get the whole 30 minutes buffer time you get in North America, where you both message “on my way! Even restaurants and clubs aren’t immune to this, so that’s why I say you should bring change with youat all times.
Speak in small voice, urinating, puncuality, taking care of cycle lane. Even some older people scold how to play pontoon you, this is the most wierd thing. I thing the yonger genration is much better the older are sucking. But you will find good old people who speaks in english and help you.
One point made me want to share a story with you…. The officer got out screaming at us, all the German I knew flew out the window. Let’s just say he thought it Germanly amusing when we finally muttered “Australien”! As an example, in Munich a one-way bus ticket is 2.80, whereas a 3 day group ticket for unlimited travel for up to 5 people is less than 30!
They even categorize byhowfizzy it is (e.g. Medium), and I just about lost it when once, I saw a teal bottle that said “EXTRA STILL” on it. How could still water possibly get any still-er? Turns out, it’s a cryptic German code for mildly fizzy water. Enjoy your Russian roulette of hydration. One of the biggest shocks for North Americans who travel to Germany is that in restaurants, a) water isn’t free and b) fizzy, carbonated water is usually what you get by default. Sometimes I like to pretend it’s because I’m a radiant goddess, but then the sensible part of me realizes it’s just a cultural thing.
I remember it used to freak my American friends out. Hahaha it’s so cool to hear your perspective! It must be so interesting bouncing between such different cultures. I had a Spanish friend I went to school with here in Munich and his lack of punctuality really drove our instructors insane lol.
As for the vaccination rates, the EU health agency, ECDC, reveals that Germany has administered a total of 174,702,866 vaccine doses as of May 12. The same further shows that 92.9 per cent of the entire adult population has completed primary vaccination, and another 71.2 per cent has received an additional vaccine dose. The World Health Organization shows that Germany has reported over 365,430 new COVID-19 infection cases in the last seven days. There may be bans on flights coming from countries designated as virus variant areas.
I know it’s weird, but you’ll find that many places in Germanydon’t actuallytake credit card, even shops in major transit hubs like central train stations. Mouth and nose must be covered aboard any public transport. Masks must fulfill the requirements of FFP2. Travellers can find more information about the travel ban on the website of the Federal Ministry of the Interior and Community ,the website of the Federal Ministry of Healthand this information leaftlet. The list of areas of variant of concern is published on the website of the Robert Koch Institute. Those who do not hold a vaccination or recovery certificate need to present a negative PCR or rapid antigen test in order to be permitted entry to Germany.
Travelers may incur charges for COVID-19 tests, although these vary by location. You miss the wonderful German landscape and it is often far more expensive than the other options. Many flights also stopover in other countries, making flying inconvenient and longer than necessary. Of course, sometimes the trip is an attraction in itself.