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Travelling to the UK from Germany? This is the form you need to fill in

If you're travelling from Germany to the UK you need complete a contact locator form before travelling. Here's the details.

Travelling to the UK from Germany? This is the form you need to fill in
People arriving at Heathrow airport in London in June. Photo: DPA

The UK on July 10th began lifting its quarantine for travellers from certain countries that it deemed 'safe' – including Germany.

However, although it is no longer necessary to self isolate when travelling to the UK from Germany, passengers do need to fill out the contact locator form before leaving the country.

The form asks for detailed information about your journey, where you will be staying in the UK, contact information and details of someone who can be contacted if you fall ill – so it's best not to leave the form to the last moment as your train/ferry/flight is about to depart.

You can look access the form here. Passengers have the choice to either show a printout or a completed version on their phone. You cannot submit the form more than 48 hours before you travel, so make sure to check your timings so you don't have any problems when travelling.

The information you need to provide includes:

  • your passport details
  • the name of the airline, train or ferry company you’re travelling with
  • the name of the company organising your tour group – if you’re travelling as part of a tour group
  • your booking reference
  • the name of the airport, port or station you’ll be arriving into
  • the date you’ll be arriving
  • your flight, train, bus or ferry number
  • the address you’ll be staying at for your first 14 days in the UK
  • details of someone who can be contacted if you get ill while you’re in the UK

If you’re travelling by Eurostar or Eurotunnel:

  • put ‘Eurostar’ or ‘Eurotunnel’ when the form asks ‘What is the flight number, train service or ship name that you will arrive on?’
  • provide your scheduled time of departure

People travelling from the UK to Germany will be given information about the procedure when they leave the country.

The UK did not have international travel restrictions during the strictest phase of the lockdown, but on June 8th introduced a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all international arrivals.

From July 10th these were lifted for arrivals from a list of 'safe' countries which included European countries like Germany.

The initial announcement from the UK government referred only to arrivals in England, but devolved authorities in  Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland later confirmed that they would be applying the same rules.  

Germany began, lifting its travel restrictions for arrivals from within Europe on June 15th.

From July 1st the EU began opening up its external borders to countries deemed to be low risk from Covid-19, although travellers from the USA remain excluded.

READ ALSO: When will Americans be allowed to travel to Germany again?

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Court turns down AfD-led challenge to Germany’s spending in pandemic

The German Constitutional Court rejected challenges Tuesday to Berlin's participation in the European Union's coronavirus recovery fund, but expressed some reservations about the massive package.

Court turns down AfD-led challenge to Germany's spending in pandemic

Germany last year ratified the €750-billion ($790-billion) fund, which offers loans and grants to EU countries hit hardest by the pandemic.

The court in Karlsruhe ruled on two challenges, one submitted by a former founder of the far-right AfD party, and the other by a businessman.

They argued the fund could ultimately lead to Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, having to take on the debts of other EU member states on a permanent basis.

But the Constitutional Court judges ruled the EU measure does not violate Germany’s Basic Law, which forbids the government from sharing other countries’ debts.

READ ALSO: Germany plans return to debt-limit rules in 2023

The judgement noted the government had stressed that the plan was “intended to be a one-time instrument in reaction to an unprecedented crisis”.

It also noted that the German parliament retains “sufficient influence in the decision-making process as to how the funds provided will be used”.

The judges, who ruled six to one against the challenges, did however express some reservations.

They questioned whether paying out such a large amount over the planned period – until 2026 – could really be considered “an exceptional measure” to fight the pandemic.

At least 37 percent of the funds are aimed at achieving climate targets, the judges said, noting it was hard to see a link between combating global warming and the pandemic.

READ ALSO: Germany to fast-track disputed €200 billion energy fund

They also warned against any permanent mechanism that could lead to EU members taking on joint liability over the long term.

Berenberg Bank economist Holger Schmieding said the ruling had “raised serious doubts whether the joint issuance to finance the fund is in line with” EU treaties.

“The German court — once again — emphasised German limits for EU fiscal integration,” he said.

The court had already thrown out a legal challenge, in April 2021, that had initially stopped Berlin from ratifying the financial package.

Along with French President Emmanuel Macron, then chancellor Angela Merkel sketched out the fund in 2020, which eventually was agreed by the EU’s 27 members in December.

The first funds were disbursed in summer 2021, with the most given to Italy and Spain, both hit hard by the pandemic.

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