Within the next three weeks there are several good opportunities to use extended weekends to travel: The holiday of Ascension Day on May 13th, one week later the Whitsun weekend – and half of all federal states even explicitly have Whitsun holidays.
The Foreign Office still warns against “unnecessary, tourist trips” to risk areas. But defined model regions within Germany show that the return to tourism is also being prepared officially.
If you want to travel abroad, you should check carefully beforehand what the entry requirements are on site. In a few countries you are allowed to enter with a negative corona test.
Model region North Frisia
If you are drawn to the sea, you can take a closer look at North Frisia. The district has been participating in a model test since last weekend with the mainland, the Halligen and its islands of Sylt, Föhr, Amrum and Pellworm. In this region, hotels, holiday apartments and campsites are again allowed to accept tourists. In addition, restaurants and certain cultural sites are allowed to open in the model region. Closing time for restaurants is at 11 p.m.
Before you can check into your accommodation, however, you have to present a negative corona test, which must not be older than 48 hours. In contrast to most foreign holiday destinations, it does not necessarily have to be a PCR test, but can also be a rapid antigen test. So you can still use one of the free citizen tests in your home country. In addition, you have to do another quick test on site at least every 48 hours, which is also free of charge. You can get one either at the place where you stay or from a test center in the area.
However, the openings should be treated with caution: the project can be canceled at any time by the health authorities as soon as the incidence values rise significantly.
In addition to North Friesland, the Schlei region on the Baltic Sea fjord with Eckernförde and the municipality of Büsum will take part in the model test in Schleswig-Holstein – and the Inner Lübeck Bay will probably also be taking part from May 8th.
The media waves surrounding the first holidaymakers on Mallorca a few weeks ago have smoothed out. Entry there is still possible; But you need a negative PCR test, which must not be older than 72 hours. There are PCR tests, for example, at all German airports (an overview here); the costs vary depending on the provider, but you have to reckon with at least 69 euros. You must also fill out a digital health questionnaire 48 hours before arriving in Mallorca.
Since the Robert Koch Institute removed the Balearic Islands and thus Mallorca from the list of risk areas in mid-March, there is no quarantine obligation after the return journey, in contrast to the return from Greece and Dubai.
Those who love the sun could be drawn to Dubai over the holidays – the city that remained open to tourists over Christmas and New Year as one of the few travel destinations. That has hardly damaged the tourist reputation. Although the number of infections rose shortly after the turn of the year, the infection rate today is similar to that in Germany.
If you want to travel to the United Arab Emirates, you also need a negative PCR test here, which must not be older than 72 hours. Malls, shops and restaurants are open in compliance with hygiene regulations. You can even watch the half-hour water feature in front of the famous Burj Khalifa, the tallest skyscraper in the world.
In order to be allowed to enter Greece, you need a negative PCR test, which must not be older than 72 hours. Unless you have been vaccinated: If your second vaccination was 14 days ago, you can enter the country without a test. There is no quarantine requirement for travelers from EU countries. However, you have to fill out a digital form 24 hours before entry – if you don’t do that, you risk a fine of 500 euros.
The outdoor catering has been open since last Monday, but there is a curfew in Greece from 11 p.m. From May 15th, just in time for the Ascension weekend, it should be relaxed further.
Return to Germany
What you should not forget when planning your trip: If you are traveling back by plane from Mallorca, Dubai, Greece or other countries, you are obliged to submit a negative corona test to the airline concerned, which must not be older than 48 hours, before departure. You have to organize the test yourself in the respective travel destination – this sometimes requires some research, and you should also plan the test in your travel budget. After all: In addition to the more expensive PCR tests, certified rapid antigen tests are also recognized. What is not accepted are self-tests.
The corresponding entry regulation will initially apply until at least Wednesday, May 12th – i.e. until immediately before the Ascension weekend. It is considered likely that it will be extended. Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) announced on Monday that a draft would be launched this week according to which the compulsory test for people with a full vaccination should overturn.