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10 countries you can travel to from Germany without restrictions

Germany has now lifted its blanket travel warning against tourist travel worldwide, but unfortunately for holidaymakers, the world is still far from their oyster.

10 countries you can travel to from Germany without restrictions
The blanket warning against worldwide travel may have been lifted, but many restrictions are still in place. Photo: DPA

While the travel warning that applied to all 160 countries outside of the EU and Schengen Zone has been removed, each country now has specific travel advice from the Federal Foreign Office.

Areas with particularly high infection rates are deemed as ‘risk zones’. If travellers return to Germany from these areas, they have to be tested for the virus and self-isolate until receiving their results. 

READ ALSO: What you need to know about changes to travel and quarantine rules in Germany in October

Currently, there are region-specific or country-wide warnings against travel to 183 out of 193 states that are members of the United Nations, either due to high infection risk or travel restrictions on entry. 

Poland is currently the only of Germany’s nine neighbouring countries that isn’t fully or partially classified as a risk area.

However, travellers from the non-EU countries Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay are able to travel into Germany without any restrictions at the moment.

READ ALSO: Who is currently allowed to travel to Germany from outside of the EU?

Countries which are not subject to any travel warnings as of October 2nd are:

  • Georgia

  • Greece

  • Italy

  • Lichtenstein

  • Malta

  • Monaco*

  • Poland

  • San Marino 

  • Sweden

  • Slovakia

READ ALSO: Who is currently allowed to travel to Germany from outside the EU?

What else should you know?

*Monaco may be on the ‘restriction-free’ list, but travellers returning from the country will have to be tested and go into self-isolation regardless. Due to the growing case numbers in the surrounding French region Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, German authorities deem the risk of infection to be significant enough to warrant stricter measures. 

The same is not the case for the microstate Vatican City, however: as it is the only country in the world that does not belong to the UN, there are no travel restrictions or quarantine requirements upon entry or return.

While the United Kingdom has been taken off the ‘restriction free’ list, travel warnings currently apply to Wales, Northern Ireland, North East England, North West England and Yorkshire and the Humber. Those returning from Scotland and some parts of England do not have to self-isolate upon arrival.

It is likely, however, that the list of countries free from restrictions will continue to change as the pandemic develops: the infection rate in each country is under constant surveillance by the Robert Koch Institute and the German Foreign Office. 

READ ALSO: These are the countries and regions on Germany's 'high risk' quarantine list

Countries or regions that exceed the limit of 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the last seven days are then declared as risk areas. 

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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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