Sunday, November 28

Corona and vacation: Cuba waives quarantine travel


October 21: No test, no quarantine – vacations will soon be easier for vaccinated people in Cuba too. As of November 15, all that is required for entry is complete immunization with a vaccine recognized in the respective country of origin, as announced by the Cuban Tourist Office in Berlin with reference to a press conference by the Cuban Minister of Tourism, Juan Carlos García Granda. By then, 90 percent of Cubans should be vaccinated. As early as November 7th, the previously prescribed quarantine will be lifted after entry. Unvaccinated travelers must present a negative PCR test no more than 72 hours old on arrival. Children under the age of twelve do not need a vaccination or a test. However, from the perspective of the federal government, Cuba is currently a high-risk corona area. The Federal Foreign Office has issued a travel warning that unvaccinated people must be quarantined after their return.

Thailand plans to open up for vaccinated people from Germany

12th of October: Out of the sandpit: So far, holidaymakers in Thailand have only been able to travel to a few regions that have been declared as “sandbox” model projects. Vaccinated people from ten countries are now to be allowed to travel all over Thailand again from November 1st. In addition to Germany, the list also includes the USA, Singapore and China, as Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha announced in a televised address. He had instructed the Crisis Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) and the Ministry of Health to “urgently review the plan by the end of the week,” said Prayut. In addition to full vaccination protection, a PCR test would be required before departure and another upon arrival in Thailand. After that, vacationers could travel freely to all parts of the country. For a long time it was not possible to travel to Thailand because of the corona pandemic. In the summer, the model projects started on the islands of Phuket and Ko Samui, for example. Vaccinated travelers were allowed to come, but had to adhere to strict rules and largely stay on site.

Canada introduces mandatory vaccination on trains and airplanes

October 6th: Without a vaccination certificate, it will be difficult to travel by plane or train in Canada in the future. From October 30th, all travelers over the age of twelve will have to be vaccinatedwho take machines from Canadian airports or travel on public trains in the country, said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. A corresponding regulation for travelers on cruise ships is also being worked on. Companies in the transport sector would also have to ensure that their employees provide evidence of their vaccination status. However, foreigners cannot even enter the country without a vaccination: The entry ban, which had been in effect for a long time due to Corona, was lifted in September, and complete vaccination protection is now a prerequisite for a vacation in Canada. Only children under the age of twelve are excluded. In addition, a negative PCR test is required and you have to register online.

Vaccinated foreigners will be allowed to return to the USA from November

20. September: A city trip to New York, a road trip along the Pacific coast, a tour through the national parks: this should be possible again for holidaymakers from Germany from November – provided they are fully vaccinated against the corona virus. Under these conditions, foreigners will then be allowed to enter the United States, as the Coronavirus coordinator of the White House, Jeffrey Zients, announced. Evidence must therefore be presented before departure for the USA, and a negative corona test that is no more than three days old is required. The airlines should keep contact information from passengers for 30 days so that they can be notified of any corona cases.

A White House spokeswoman said precise guidelines on how this follow-up should take place would be announced at a later date. This also applies to the question of which vaccines are recognized by the USA and how a vaccination has to be proven. So far, only three vaccines have been approved in the USA: the preparations from Pfizer / Biontech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. In March 2020, at the beginning of the corona pandemic, the then US President Donald Trump ordered foreigners from many countries around the world to be banned from entering the country.

In Mallorca you can party again at night

7. September: It can again be celebrated around the clock: In view of the falling number of infections, the regional government is loosening the corona restrictions on Mallorca. People from different households can now get together for nightly parties. Since the end of July, such meetings were initially forbidden between one o’clock and six o’clock, and later from two o’clock. The dance floors in bars, discos and clubs are still closed, however, the rules of behavior that were introduced before Corona apply to the Ballermann: drinking bouts on the street are taboo. In restaurants, up to eight people can be entertained at one table indoors, and up to twelve people outdoors, according to the regional official gazette. In Ibiza with slightly higher corona numbers, which like Mallorca, Formentera and Menorca belongs to the Balearic Islands, the party ban remains in force for the time being. The seven-day incidence in the Balearic Islands is on a similar level to that in Germany.

Rail travel in Italy only with the “Green Pass”

1. September: Italy has implemented what is still being discussed in Germany: Anyone who travels by long-distance buses or by rail with high-speed and intercity trains needs proof that they have been vaccinated against Covid-19, tested negative or recovered, the so-called Green Pass (Grüner Passport). Only children under the age of twelve are excluded. Travelers from Germany can use their digital vaccination certificate. The railway company Trenitalia announced that the railway staff will check the certificates at the stations and on the trains. They are also compulsory on some ferry connections and on domestic flights. Only local public transport is excluded.

Denmark lifts corona restrictions

27. August: A mask requirement has not existed for a long time, now Denmark is also largely lifting the other corona restrictions. Discos and nightclubs are allowed to open, from September 10th, a “Corona passport” with proof of vaccination or test results no longer needs to be presented in restaurants, nightclubs or at larger events. At the same time, however the entry rules for Germans tightened. Anyone who has not been vaccinated or recovered must show a negative test upon arrival and take another test within 24 hours of arrival. Fully vaccinated, convalescent and children under 16 years of age are excluded. The stricter rules do not apply to residents of Schleswig-Holstein either.

Federal government issues new entry rules

30th July: From August 1, stricter rules apply to those returning to Germany: from the age of twelve, only: who can present a negative corona test or proof of vaccination or recovery. This applies regardless of the infection situation and risk status of the holiday country. Travelers must have their proof with them and be able to show it to the authorities on request. In the state of Bavaria, for example, people who are required to test who do not do this are according to a general decree obliged to submit a result to the authorities “immediately, at the latest within 24 hours” after crossing the border.

Passengers have had to present the negative test result to the airline a few weeks after a stay abroad before their return flight, otherwise they are not allowed to board.

There are also changes in the risk classifications: The category of the “simple” risk area has been dropped, there is now only Hochrisikogebiete with particularly high case numbers as well Virus Variant Area. For returnees from the affected regions, stricter requirements for tests and quarantine apply.


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