What’s Germany’s advice for travelling to the UK?

On Monday the German government replaced its blanket travel warning with advice for most EU countries and states. However Germany advises against travel to the UK. Here's what it says.

What's Germany's advice for travelling to the UK?
Heathrow Airport on June 8th. Photo: DPA

On Monday June 15th, the Federal Foreign Office removed a warning against travelling for non-essential reasons to 27 European countries.

The warning has been replaced with detailed travel advice for each country. The Foreign Office website includes information on the infection situation in countries, entry requirements, possible restrictions on freedom of movement and hygiene rules.

However, Germany is recommending that residents do not travel to some countries.

The Foreign Office has strongly recommended that people in Germany do not travel to the UK, Ireland and Malta because in these countries a two-week quarantine is still required on entry.

What does the UK advice say?

In the UK advice section, the Foreign Office states: “The spread of Covid-19 continues to lead to restrictions in international air and travel and disruption of public life.

“Non-essential tourist travel to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, including British Overseas Territories, is currently strongly discouraged due to the need for a 14-day quarantine on entry.

“The number of new infections is still high according to the government (alert level 4). In view of the different counting methods and testing procedures within Great Britain and Northern Ireland, a considerable number of unreported cases are also possible.

“All persons entering Great Britain and Northern Ireland are generally required to register electronically before entering the country and are subject to a 14-day domestic quarantine.


“Registration and quarantine were introduced on June 8th 2020 and are to be reviewed every 3 weeks, with the first review taking place on June 29th 2020.”

The advice goes on to say that the electronic declaration is intended to enable UK authorities to follow up any detected Covid-19 infections.

“Therefore, a lot of information including the means of transport and the place where the quarantine will take place has to be provided,” says the German Foreign Office information.

Some groups, including commuters, are exempt from quarantine but not from registration, says the information.

The German government website says that flight and travel connections to and from Germany are “available, but currently still limited”.

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The Foreign Office website also provides information on restrictions in place across the UK (such as in England, Scotland and Wales), and what is currently open and closed.

It's unclear if the quarantine will continue after it is reviewed on June 29th. The German government has said it will continually update the travel advice on the Foreign Office website to reflect the current situation in countries.

There is currently no quarantine requirement for people travelling to Germany from EU states, as well as the states of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and the UK (because the Brexit transition period is still in place until the end of 2020).

However, if an EU country reports an increase in coronavirus infections (over the last seven days the number of new infections in the respective country amounts to more than 50 per 100,000 inhabitants), individual states in Germany can order people returning to go into 14-day self isolation.



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Travel in Europe: UK to scrap all Covid travel rules

The UK is set to scrap all Covid-19 travel restrictions in what the government described as a "landmark moment".

Travel in Europe: UK to scrap all Covid travel rules

Testing is no longer required for vaccinated travellers, but the UK government has announced that it will scrap all Covid-19 travel rules on Friday, March 18th.

“As one of the first major economies to remove all its remaining Covid-19 travel restrictions, this is a landmark moment for passengers and the travel and aviation sector,” said the Government in a press release. 

From 4am on March 18th:

  • Passengers going to the UK will no longer be required to fill out a Passenger Locator Form before travel;
  • Passengers who are not vaccinated will not be required to take a pre-departure Covid test, or a Day 2 test following arrival. Fully vaccinated travellers are already exempt from having to do this;
  • Hotel quarantine for travellers coming from ‘red list’ countries, of which there are currently none, will also be scrapped by the end of the month. 

“We will continue monitoring and tracking potential new variants, and keep a reserve of measures which can be rapidly deployed if needed to keep us safe,” said UK Health Minister Sajid Javid. 

The UK has lifted all Covid-related rules including mask rules and mandatory self-isolation if you test positive for Covid.

Some European countries still have Covid restrictions in place for unvaccinated people coming from the UK. 

Until March 18th

Until the new rules come into effect, all travellers are required to fill out a passenger locator form. 

Unvaccinated travellers are also required to take pre-departure test and a test on or before Day 2 following their arrival. 

The UK border officers will recognise proof of vaccination provided with an EU Covid Certificate.

For the UK “fully vaccinated” means 14 days after your final dose of a EMA/FDA or Swiss approved vaccine (Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson). 

After a period of confusion, the UK government says that it will accept mixed doses administered in the EU (eg one dose of AstraZeneca and one of Pfizer).

However people who have only had a single dose after previously recovering from Covid – which is standard practice in some European countries – are not accepted as vaccinated by the UK.