Booking a trip abroad has been difficult for UK holidaymakers this year, following last-minute travel restrictions enforced by the Government.
Popular holiday destinations, including Spain and France, have been removed from the quarantine exemption list in recent weeks, prompting UK tourists to consider Germany as a safer destination to travel in Europe this year.
In general, Germany has been applauded for its handling of the coronavirus pandemic compared to other European countries thanks to its rapid response and robust testing. It has registered only 9,350 confirmed virus deaths so far, one-fourth of Britain’s virus death toll.
Germany’s disease control centre – The Robert Koch Institute – said coronavirus outbreaks are being reported in nursing homes, hospitals, schools and “especially among travellers and in the context of religious or family events”.
“The trend is very concerning,” the agency added.
Here’s everything you need to know if you’re planning a trip to Germany.
What is the latest Germany travel advice?
Germany is currently exempt from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice against all but essential international travel.
This means that those returning to Britain from Germany will not have to self-isolate for 14 days.
However, the Foreign Office is warning that anyone returning to the UK from Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg Airport will have to quarantine, as they will have to transit through France.
Is Germany likely to be added to the quarantine list?
Germany recorded more than 17,974 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in two weeks as of 14 September, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). This compares to 34,037 cases recorded in the UK, over that same period.
According to the ECDC, Germany has an also average of 21.7 cases per 100,000 people over the last 14 days.
Comparatively, the UK’s rate is at 51.1 people per 100,000 over the last two weeks.