Spain, Portugal and Germany impose new restrictions
Angela Merkel’s government advised against travel on March 17, at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, but considers that the improvement of the epidemiological situation allows the withdrawal of the warnings issued for 29 countries, including, in addition to those of the EU, the United Kingdom, Iceland and Liechtenstein, countries which together with Norway (off the list) complete the Schengen zone.
In the case of Italy, last March the Italian government imposed a national containment in an attempt to curb the virus and on May 4 began its de-escalation. Coldiretti, the largest association of agricultural entrepreneurs in Italy, estimates that between March and May there has been a loss of 20,000 million Euros in tourist spending on accommodation, catering, transport and shopping, due to the massive cancellations caused by the fear of the pandemic.
Restrictions to enter Italy and Germany – August 2021
The German Ministry of Health has approved regulations for persons entering Germany to go to their home or other suitable accommodation immediately after their trip, and remain there continuously for a period of 14 days. One is also obliged to immediately contact the health department responsible for their area, to report their return.
Travelers returning to their place of residence may continue to travel, but must carry evidence (e.g., certificate of place of residence) showing the need to cross the border.
The general rule is that travel that is not absolutely necessary should be avoided. As part of border controls, all persons who are not German citizens are generally not allowed to enter, unless there is an urgent reason to do so.
In addition, citizens of the United Kingdom and nationals of Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Norway and Iceland may return with their family members to their country of origin or to their habitual residence in Germany or another country. In principle, transit through Germany is only permitted, if there are no alternative transport connections and the return journey is also insured by the transit countries. The purpose of travel and the entry requirements for the destination and transit countries must be credible and documented. Under these conditions, entry is also possible by land and air from an airport in Germany. This applies to the return journey of third-country nationals to their country of origin or to the country in which they are entitled to stay with a long-term residence title, including a long-term visa.
Restrictions and travel report to Marche and Puglia
Since March 1, 2022, and by resolution of the European Council, it is possible to travel to Germany for non-essential travel from outside the European Union. On the other hand, since June 11 the general regulations have been greatly relaxed, reducing the requirements for travel to Germany and facilitating mobility between countries.
It is a free document, valid throughout the EU, which can be obtained in paper or electronic format and generates a QR code with all the information, thus facilitating its reading. It is not mandatory for travel, but it makes it much easier to present the documentation referred to vaccination tests, recovery and tests.
Here you can consult the map of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control for incidence and other data on the coronavirus in the different European regions. However, please note that the parameters for entry into Germany are set by the Robert Koch Institute.
Please note that these standards are currently suspended except for entry into healthcare facilities or nursing homes where there is a vulnerable population. Therefore, the application of these standards are not a requirement for travel to Germany.
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Licensed vaccines include those approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the World Health Organization (WHO).Those who are not vaccinated must present a negative PCR test, taken within 72 hours prior to departure.A negative antigen test, taken within 48 hours prior to departure, may also be presented. A negative antigen test, taken within 48 hours prior may also be submitted.Those who have recently recovered from coronavirus and are not vaccinated may submit a positive antigen or PCR test, taken at least 11 days prior to departure and no more than 6 months (180 days).In addition, all travelers must complete an ‘affidavit’ and an ‘EU Passenger Digital Tracing Form’ prior to arrival.