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Can I travel to Germany from the United States?

Most visitors from the United States, regardless of vaccination status, can enter Germany.

Can I travel to Germany if I am vaccinated?

Fully vaccinated visitors from the United States can enter Germany without restrictions.

Can I travel to Germany without being vaccinated?

Unvaccinated visitors from the United States can enter Germany without restrictions.

Do I need a COVID test to enter Germany?

Visitors from the United States are not required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test or antigen result upon entering Germany.

Can I travel to Germany without quarantine?

Travelers from the United States are not required to quarantine.

Do I need to wear a mask in Germany?

Mask usage in Germany is not required in public spaces.

Are the restaurants and bars open in Germany?

Restaurants in Germany are open. Bars in Germany are .

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Coronavirus pandemic The following applies to travellers as of 1 August

Special rules apply when travelling back to Germany: from 1 August, every returning traveller must be vaccinated, recovered or tested. What applies to high-risk and virus variant areas? The most important questions and answers at a glance.

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Amended entry regulation: as of Sunday 1 August, all those entering Germany will be subject to a testing requirement.

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Before travelling within Germany

What do i need to know when travelling inside germany open minimise.

If the incidence is less than 100 , the rules take effect as set out by the federal states in their respective coronavirus control regulations. Rules may therefore vary depending on the incidence and the federal state. Before you travel – for whatever reason – check with the relevant federal state to find out what conditions apply and what the proof and testing requirements are.

Before travelling abroad

Where can i find out about the rules in force at my destination open minimise.

The Federal Foreign Office website offers up-to-date travel and safety advice for all countries. The Sicher Reisen travel app also provides up-to-date information on travel destinations. You can also check the information posted by the European Commission on the Re-open Europe website to see what COVID-19 rules apply when you are travelling within the EU.

Different travel warnings, testing, certificate and quarantine regulations apply depending on whether a destination is classified as a high-risk area or a virus variant area. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) publishes an up-to-date list of the countries classed as high-risk areas and virus variant areas. Given the dynamics of the pandemic, classifications can change at short notice.

Information on which countries are subject to travel warnings is provided by the Foreign Office.

For the return journey to Germany

What do i need to know when travelling to germany from another country open minimise.

  • Everyone entering Germany aged 12 or over must be able to present a negative test (PCR or antigen test) as of 1 August. This does not apply to vaccinated and recovered persons providing they are able to present the relevant proof. Those aged under 12 do not require a test.
  • The negative test result must not be older than 72 hours for a PCR test and 48 hours for an antigen test.
  • Extended regulations apply to high-risk and virus variant areas. All those entering Germany from a virus variant area must be able to present a recent negative test result (PCR test – maximum 72 hours old, or antigen test – maximum 24 hours old). This also applies to those who have been vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19.

For up-to-date information on the coronavirus situation in your destination country, see the Foreign Office website or this list published by the RKI.

What do I need to know when travelling to Germany from a high-risk area? open Minimise

The following applies to travellers who have been in a high-risk area within the ten days prior to travelling to Germany: 

  • Before entering Germany, all travellers must register electronically using the  digital immigration registration system .
  • In addition, a recent negative test result (PCR – maximum 72 hours, or antigen test – maximum 48 hours) is required upon entry, unless the person has recovered from the illness or been vaccinated. Children under 12 do not require a test.
  • All travellers must quarantine immediately on arrival in Germany at their own expense for a period of at least ten days. Anyone who has full vaccination protection or has recovered from COVID-19 must present the relevant proof to the responsible authorities. In this case, quarantine is not required. 
  • The following applies to all others: the quarantine can be ended prematurely no earlier than after the fifth day by means of a negative test.
  • Children aged under 12 are exempted from the testing requirement but not from the quarantine requirement. However, children under the age of 12 can come out of quarantine five days after entry – without having to take a test. 
  • Anyone who develops symptoms of a SARS-CoV-2 infection during the first ten days following arrival in Germany must report this to the responsible authorities. This will help us discover new variants.

What do I need to know when travelling to Germany from a virus variant area? open Minimise

The following applies to travellers who have been in a virus variant area within the ten days prior to travelling to Germany:

  • In addition, a recent negative test result (PCR – maximum 72 hours, or antigen test – maximum 24 hours) is always required upon entry; a certificate of vaccination or recovery is not sufficient in this case. The testing requirement on entry does not apply to those aged under 12.
  • Everyone – including those who have recovered or been vaccinated – must observe a strict 14-day quarantine at their own expense; in view of the particular risk posed by virus variants, there is no option here to present a negative test in order to avoid the quarantine requirement. 
  • Exception: anyone who has been fully vaccinated can come out of quarantine by sending in their vaccination certificate, providing the Robert Koch Institute has determined (and published on its website) that this vaccine is sufficiently effective against the virus variant that led to the area being classified as a virus variant area.
  • Additional exception: the virus variant area in question is downgraded while the returning traveller is still in quarantine in Germany (i.e. it is classified as a high-incidence area or simply as a risk area). In this case, the regulations for high-incidence areas or simple risk areas apply to the termination of quarantine.

Brazil and South Africa are currently among those countries that have been designated as virus variant areas. For up-to-date information on the coronavirus situation in your destination country, see the Foreign Office website or this list published by the RKI.

For other important information on travel restrictions and exceptions to transport bans from virus variant areas, see the  Federal Ministry of Health website .

Going into quarantine when returning from a holiday – what do I need to know? open Minimise

Anyone who goes on holiday to a region that was already classified as being at risk (risk area, high incidence area or virus variant area) prior to the trip is not entitled to remuneration or compensation for the period spent in quarantine on their return. 

The situation is different if you are returning from an area that was not previously classified as a risk area. Anyone who has to go into quarantine in this case – for example due to an infection – is entitled to receive remuneration from their employer equal to their net pay for the duration of the quarantine, though only for a maximum period of six weeks. The employer can apply for reimbursement of the amount paid. Compensation is the responsibility of the federal state in which the authority (e.g. the health authority) that ordered the quarantine or the ban on employment is located. From the beginning of the seventh week, the state continues to pay benefits at the level of a regular sickness allowance.

Good to know: consumer tips for your travel planning

Can i cancel my holiday open minimise.

There is no one clear answer to this question, since situations vary. It will depend on whether you have booked a package deal or are travelling individually, where you are travelling from, whether you are travelling inside Germany or abroad, and what means of transport you use. If “unavoidable extraordinary circumstances” or “force majeure” apply at the time of travel or in the case of short trips, i.e. circumstances that could not be foreseen at the time of booking, it should be possible to cancel the trip free of charge. Immigration bans imposed because of the pandemic, for instance, or an official travel warning are important indications that consumers have the right to cancel. In the case of  package deals ,   you are then entitled to choose between reimbursement of the cost, issue of a voucher or the option to re-book. The situation is not so straightforward where  travel arrangements have been booked individually . If the accommodation booked cannot be used because of “exceptional circumstances”, for instance, under German law you would be entitled to withdraw from the contract free of charge. The situation might be different if you have booked accommodation directly with the property owner in another country, however, and the legal situation in that country applies. Even if a trip is planned several weeks or months in advance, consumers cannot automatically expect to be able to cancel free of charge. The pivotal factor in deciding whether or not it is possible to cancel a planned holiday is always that the “extraordinary circumstances” apply at the time of travel or shortly before. Simply being afraid of falling ill is not sufficient reason to be able to cancel a trip free of charge. If a tour operator cancels a trip, however, they are required to refund the cost or offer a voucher. Many travel providers now offer special supplements (flex rates) as well as free re-booking or cancellation options. Be sure to take a close look at the specific terms and conditions when booking. Does the supplement have to be booked in addition or is it included in the cost of the trip? What requirements apply to free cancellation and which of the provider’s trips or products are covered? In general: If consumers are unable or unwilling to travel, they should contact the hotel or travel company and endeavour to find a solution that is acceptable to both sides. As an alternative to cancelling free of charge, other options would be to accept a voucher or to re-book at a later date. Consumers can also contact the consumer advice centre in their federal state, which will be happy to give them advice on their specific case, whether it involves airlines or tour operators.

The consumer advice centres and the European Consumer Centre Germany have compiled various scenarios to provide consumers with guidance in different cases.

Delayed or cancelled flights: am I entitled to compensation? open Minimise

In many EU countries, the general terms and conditions of service and the discretion of the airline determine whether a fight can be cancelled free of charge. Contact your airline and negotiate. Given the current situation, many airlines are accommodating and will offer you the chance to re-book or cancel free of charge.

If your flight is cancelled, the ticket price must be reimbursed or you must be offered alternative transport to your destination, e.g. a rail ticket, or the option to re-book on a later flight. Your rights are set out in the EU Flight Compensation Regulation .

If consumers have problems getting ticket prices reimbursed, the consumer advice centres are able to offer assistance. For further information, consult the website of the European Consumer Centre Germany.

What applies in the case of coach trips? open Minimise

Please contact your provider to find out whether the planned trip can take place and what hygiene measures apply.

If a coach is cancelled, the provisions of the EU Coach and Bus Passenger Rights Regulation apply. The operator is obliged to inform passengers about the situation and status of the trip in good time. Contact the company to find a solution. For further information, consult the website of the European Consumer Centre Germany.

What is the situation with cruises? open Minimise

Please check with your organiser. They provide details of the applicable regulations on their websites.

Would travel cancellation insurance help? open Minimise

Crises in your destination country are not covered by a travel cancellation insurance polic y . Here you are only covered if you fall ill yourself or are unable to travel as a result of certain events (e.g. death of a close relative, unemployment, short-time work). Many insurance companies do not offer cover for damage, sickness or death resulting from pandemics such as COVID-19. If your insurance policy does include coverage for a pandemic, your insurance company may not subsequently exclude this.

Important: Be sure to check with your insurance company. Some insurance companies have recently started offering additional coverage for pandemics.

I commute across a border to work – what do I need to know?

These rules apply to cross-border commuters open minimise.

Cross-border commuters are subject to specific testing, certification and quarantine requirements, depending on the classification of the area/adjacent (neighbouring) country to or from which they are commuting. 

You will find more detailed information in the regulations published by the relevant federal states and in the  FAQs published by the Federal Ministry of the Interior .

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Germany imposes tougher restrictions on US visitors

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Aug 16, 2021 • 2 min read

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Germany is tightening restrictions on US visitors amid concerns about a surge in cases of the highly transmissible Delta variant of COVID-19 there. Travelers who have recently spent time in the US will now be required to quarantine if they cannot present proof of vaccination.

Germany has increased its vigilance against risks from overseas outbreaks by designating a number of countries to its high-risk list on Sunday, including the US , Israel , Turkey , Vietnam and Montenegro . Under Germany's entry rules, unvaccinated arrivals from high-risk areas are required to self-quarantine for 10 days upon arrival—though that can be reduced to five days if they present a negative COVID-19 test result.

Read more: Do you need a visa to go to Germany?

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Vaccinated arrivals, or those who have recovered from COVID-19 within the last six months, don't have to quarantine if they can present proof of vaccination or recovery status.

Travelers who received all the required doses of either the AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines are considered fully vaccinated in Germany. Before traveling to Germany, visitors from high-risk areas must register on the Digital Entry Portal ; and upon arrival, travelers must present proof of vaccination in either paper (e.g. CDC card) or digital form.

The EU recommended in June that member states should allow nonessential travel for vaccinated and unvaccinated Americans when the US was added to the so-called 'white list' after recording low COVID-19 case numbers. EU officials review the travel lists every two weeks, though ultimately the decision on who can visit their country is down to each member state.

Previously, unvaccinated US travelers had to present a negative COVID-19 test to enter Germany. But now officials have taken the decision to impose tighter restrictions as the US records a surge in COVID-19 infections in recent weeks—largely driven by the Delta variant and a stalled vaccination campaign. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 50% of the population is fully vaccinated, while the Associated Press reports the country is seeing an average of about 129,000 new infections a day.

For more information on Germany's entry rules, see here .

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The Ordinance on Coronavirus Entry Regulations ( CoronaEinreiseV ) expires on 7 April 2023. After that date, entry into Germany will again be possible without coronavirus-related entry restrictions while observing the general entry requirements under the law of residence and relating to the border police (information from the Federal Ministry of the Interior " Lifting of COVID-19-related restrictions ").

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Lifting of covid-19-related restrictions for entry into germany with effect as of saturday, 11 june 2022, 12pm/0.00h cet.

From Saturday, 11 June 2022, 12pm/0.00h CET, all COVID-19-related restrictions for entry into Germany will preliminarily be lifted. From that date, travel to Germany will be permitted for all travel purposes (including tourism and visits).

Special COVID-related entry requirements and entry restrictions apply to people travelling from virus variant areas, in line with the Ordinance on Coronavirus Entry Regulations. Areas classified as virus variant areas are listed on the website of the Robert Koch Institute.

More detailed information in Chinese on entering Germany for residents of China can be found on the website of the German diplomatic missions and consular posts in China.

 Visas as required for entry into Germany may be applied for with the German embassies and consulates for all travel purposes. Due do the high demand delays may occur in the issuing of visas.

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This article contains information on entry to Germany for persons who are fully vaccinated with approved vaccines.

Persons who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus SARS‑CoV‑2 with vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) (or equivalents of these vaccines used in third countries) can enter Germany from the United States. This includes persons who wish to enter Germany for the purpose of visits or tourism. Fully vaccinated persons as defined above can apply for visas at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany if required.

However, this does not apply to entry to Germany from countries that are classified as areas of variant of concern. Transportation to Germany from these areas continues to be prohibited.

Only persons who have been vaccinated with vaccines listed on the website of the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut ( PEI ) can enter Germany (see details below). This currently applies solely to vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or equivalents of these vaccines used in third countries. The plan is to extend this to other vaccines with a comparable level of protection as soon as the necessary tests have been completed.

Proof of vaccination

To enter Germany, all travellers must present proof of vaccination that meets the requirements listed under 1., 2. and 3. below in full.

1. It must be a digital EU COVID certificate or comparable proof of vaccination in digital or physical (paper) form in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish. Photographs of physical proof cannot be accepted as digital proof. Proof in digital form should have been issued digitally by the authorised issuer and transmitted digitally to the entitled holder.

2. Proof of vaccination must contain the following Information:

  • the personal data of the vaccinated person (at least their family name, first name and date of birth or the number of a valid passport or other official photo ID, which is to be presented upon inspection),
  • date of vaccination, number of vaccinations,
  • name of vaccine,
  • name of disease vaccinated against, and
  • identifiers that indicate the person or institution responsible for administering the vaccination or issuing the certificate, for example an official symbol or the name of the issuer.

3. Furthermore, the vaccine itself must meet certain requirements. These requirements – which are mandatory – are published on the website of the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut and concern:

  • the vaccines used,
  • the number of individual vaccinations required for full protection,
  • any booster shots required to maintain full protection,
  • the time that must be waited following vaccination before the individual is considered fully protected, and
  • the maximum time allowed between individual vaccinations or booster shots.

Before all planned travel, you should therefore check whether your proof of vaccination meets the above requirements – in particular, whether the vaccination that you have received meets the criteria published on the website of the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut in full.

Children under the age of 12 who are not yet vaccinated can enter the country with proof of a negative test result (PCR test or antigen test) when accompanied by at least one fully vaccinated parent. Children under the age of six do not require proof of a negative test result.

For more information, please consult the website of the Federal Ministry of the Interior .

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A Country-by-country Guide to COVID-19 Entry Requirements in Europe

Everything you need to know for a safe and healthy trip to Europe.

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When the COVID-19 pandemic first spread around the world, many countries shut their borders. In the years since, countries have opened, welcoming tourists with different vaccination or testing rules in place. 

But many countries in Europe have since dropped travel-related restrictions, reverting back to pre-pandemic times and making it easier than ever to plan a trip. 

Here, we've outlined every country in Europe and its current reopening status, including entry any requirements foreign travelers need to know.

Albania does not require U.S. travelers to show any COVID-19-related documents or tests, according to the U.S. Embassy in Albania .

To get to Andorra, visitors need to go through France or Spain, and therefore abide by the rules and regulations for those individual countries. Beyond that, there are no further entry requirements for coming to Andorra, according to the Andorra tourism site .

Austria is open to travel and there are no vaccination or testing requirements in place, according to the country’s official tourism site . In Vienna, masks must be worn on public transportation. 

Belgium welcomes travelers from the U.S. and does not require them to show proof of vaccination, recovery, or a negative test, according to the U.S. Embassy in Belgium . 

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina welcomes U.S. travelers without any COVID-19-related travel restrictions, according to the U.S. Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina .

Bulgaria welcomes U.S. travelers without any COVID-19-related travel restrictions, according to the U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria . 

Croatia welcomes U.S. travelers without any COVID-19-related travel restrictions, according to the Croatian National Tourist Board .

Cyprus has eliminated all COVID-19-related entry restrictions, according to the Deputy Ministry of Tourism . Masks remain mandatory on public transportation. 

Czech Republic

The Czech Republic has eliminated all COVID-19-related entry restrictions, according to the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic .

Denmark eliminated all of its COVID-19 entry and internal restrictions, according to the government’s COVID-19 website .

Estonia has eliminated all COVID-19-related rules, according to the government .

Finland has lifted all COVID-19-related entry rules, according to the Finnish government .

France has lifted all pandemic-related entry rules, according to the French government .

There are no longer any COVID-19-related entry rules for travel to Germany, according to the German Missions in the United States .

Greece has lifted all pandemic-era travel rules, according to the government . Greece has an optional Passenger Locator Form travelers can choose to fill out.

Hungary has lifted all COVID-19-related entry rules, according to the Hungarian Police .

Iceland welcomes travelers without any pandemic-era entry rules in place, according to Iceland’s COVID-19 website .

Ireland has removed all COVID-19-related entry rules for travel, according to the government .

Italy has lifted all COVID-19-related travel rules, according to the country's National Tourist Board .

Travelers entering Kosovo are not required to show proof of vaccination, according to the U.S. Embassy in Kosovo , but the embassy recommends travelers bring such proof. The country also doesn’t require pre-arrival testing, but the embassy said some airlines may.

Access to public institutions, malls, and indoor dining inside does require proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test for customers over 16.

Latvia has lifted all COVID-19-related travel rules, according to the Latvian tourism board .

Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein, a landlocked country, is accessible through Switzerland or Austria. Switzerland handles all immigration for Liechtenstein. COVID-19-related travel restrictions have been lifted in Liechtenstein, according to the European Union .

Lithuania no longer requires any pre-arrival testing or proof of vaccination to visit, according to the national tourism development agency .

Luxembourg welcomes travelers from all countries, regardless of their vaccination status, according to the U.S. Embassy in Luxembourg . Travelers do not need any pre-arrival COVID-19 tests.

Malta has eliminated all pandemic-related travel restrictions, according to the Malta Tourism Authority .

Moldova does not have any COVID-19-related entry restrictions in place for U.S. travelers, according to the U.S. Embassy in Moldova .

To get to Monaco, most visitors must travel through France. Monaco does not have any pandemic-related travel restrictions in place, according to the government .

Montenegro does not have any COVID-19-related entry rules in place, according to the U.S. Embassy in Montenegro . Face masks are required on public transportation, according to the country’s government .

Netherlands

The Netherlands has lifted COVID-19-related entry rules, according to the government .

North Macedonia

North Macedonia is open to American travelers who are not required to undergo any COVID-related entry requirements, according to the U.S. Embassy in North Macedonia .

Norway has discontinued all COVID-19-related entry restrictions, including pre-arrival testing, according to the government . 

Poland has lifted all pandemic-era entry rules, including for vaccination and testing, according to the government . 

Portugal, including the Azores and Madeira, no longer requires proof of vaccination or a negative test to enter, according to Visit Portugal .

Romania has lifted all pandemic-era entry rules, according to the government . 

San Marino is a landlocked country surrounded by Italy. The country doesn’t have any specific COVID-19-related entry rules, according to the International Air Transport Association .

Serbia has removed all COVID-19-related entry restrictions, according to the U.S. Embassy in Serbia .

Slovakia has lifted all pandemic-related entry rules, according to Slovakia Travel . Travelers no longer have to show any proof of vaccination or tests to enter hotels, restaurants, or other venues.

Slovenia has eliminated pandemic-era travel restrictions, according to the government .

Spain has dropped all COVID-19-related health controls at entry points, according to the government , becoming one of the last European countries to do so. However, the country still asks that travelers from outside the European Union travel with either proof of vaccination administered within 270 days, proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure, proof of a negative rapid antigen test taken within 24 hours of departure, or proof they contracted COVID-19 and recovered within 180 days.

Sweden no longer has any COVID-19-related entry restrictions, according to the Public Health Agency of Sweden .

Switzerland

Switzerland has lifted all COVID-19-related entry rules, according to the Federal Office of Public Health .

Turkey is open to foreign travelers and does not have any COVID-19-related entry rules in place, according to the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Turkey .

Visitors to Ukraine must show proof of either vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours, according to the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine . Travelers must also have a health insurance policy to cover the potential costs of COVID-19 treatment.

The U.S. Department of State has currently issued a Level 4: Do Not Travel warning against visiting Ukraine due to the ongoing war and Russian invasion.

United Kingdom

The United Kingdom has dropped all COVID-19-related entry rules, according to the government .

Vatican City

Vatican City is the world's smallest country and is encircled by the Italian city of Rome. It is open to travelers who are able to enter Italy .

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Everything you need to know about traveling to Germany

Berlin is full of life again, bustling with tourists trying to capture the best picture for their Instagram feeds. The clubs the city is famous for are open again, with tourists and locals alike dancing to techno into the wee hours of the morning.

“Berlin is open and is as vibrant and dynamic as it used to be before covid-19,” says Ralf Ostendorf, the director of market management of VisitBerlin .

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Susan Choi, owner of cocktail bar Mr. Susan , depended on locals to keep the doors open during the height of the pandemic. Now that travel is back, Choi has noticed the influx of international guests through her doors, especially visitors from the United States.

“You can see at the bar all the Americans are back drinking margaritas and dirty martinis,” Choi says.

With the easing of coronavirus restrictions in the past few months, there has been a clear sign of pent-up travel demand as visitors slowly return to Germany for a little European holiday. Here are a few tips if you also decided to go.

How to get there

Travel to Germany is open for all, regardless of vaccination status. As of June 11, travelers no longer need to show a negative test or proof of recovery for entry. But there are other restrictions: Although the European Union has recommended lifting the mask mandate when flying, FFP2 or medical-grade masks are required for flights taking off or landing in Germany. In German airports, masks are recommended but not required.

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Airports in Europe are seeing the same crowds and chaos as U.S. airports because of labor shortages, so be sure to give yourself enough time to check baggage, get through security and immigration checkpoints, and eat before a long flight.

What to know about restrictions

You no longer need to show proof of vaccination or wear a mask to enter shops, hotels, bars and restaurants in Germany. A mask — specifically an N95, KN95 or FFP2 — is required on public transportation. Since regulations easily can change, Ostendorf recommends regularly checking for updates in Berlin and other regions you will visit.

Getting around

To ease the rise of the cost of living, the German government is offering a 9-euro monthly transit pass valid anywhere in the country for June, July and August. This ticket is available to everyone, including visitors, and can be used for local and regional trains, buses and trams. Tickets can be purchased at Deutsche Bahn ticket machines or local public-transport stations.

While the discount ticket encourages people to use public transportation, trains throughout the country have been packed with travelers taking advantage of the deal. Deutsche Bahn warns that if you are planning a trip along touristy routes with the 9-euro ticket, expect a higher number of passengers, especially on the weekends and sunny days. To avoid crowds, travel on the weekdays if possible.

How to dine and explore

Katherina Klimke, vice president of operations of 25hours Hotels , said bookings from Americans have doubled compared to last year, but they are not at pre-pandemic level. She advises visitors to book their hotel stay early to secure the best rates and availability.

“While leisure destinations fill up more quickly and reservations two to three months in advance would be advisable, some city destinations might also have last-minute availability,” Klimke adds.

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Sebastian Riewe, director of sales and marketing of the Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin , also has noticed an increase in bookings from Americans. They have had some last-minute booking requests that they were unable to accommodate.

“So ideally, we would recommend that clients go back to the old booking patterns — i.e., a lead time of at least six to eight weeks, or ideally two to six months for international trips,” Riewe says.

Hotels and restaurants are not the only ones seeing an increase in bookings; tours around Germany are on the rise again. Since March, BottleStops founder Jerome Hainz has gotten many inquiries and bookings for his wine tours and tastings for Mainz and the surrounding German wine regions. The one significant difference is that more people are opting for private tours.

“This has to do with people wanting to be careful about sitting in a car with strangers,” Hainz says.

Because of this demand, Hainz suggests booking private tours three to four weeks in advance, but he said public tours are more flexible and can sometimes be arranged at the last minute.

How to find tests before returning home

As of June 12, it is no longer required to show a negative coronavirus test to enter the United States. You still might want to get tested before your flight home for peace of mind.

You should still test for travel, health experts say

You can find testing sites at any major airport in Germany, but expect to book an appointment and pay a premium. The easiest and cheapest way to test is to buy an at-home coronavirus test, which can be found in most grocery stores and pharmacies for less than $2.

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Vacation planning: Start with a strategy to maximize days off by taking PTO around holidays. Experts recommend taking multiple short trips for peak happiness . Want to take an ambitious trip? Here are 12 destinations to try this year — without crowds.

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Expert advice: Our By The Way Concierge solves readers’ dilemmas , including whether it’s okay to ditch a partner at security, or what happens if you get caught flying with weed . Submit your question here . Or you could look to the gurus: Lonely Planet and Rick Steves .

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Fans bring the noise, colour and fun to Euro 2024

T hree years on from the soulless Euros, played amid sparse crowds and restricted travel due to coronavirus restrictions, Germany is hosting a football festival at Euro 2024 as fans from across the continent take over the country.

The Dutch have hopped their way through Hamburg, a mass of Turkish fans descended on Dortmund and the Tartan Army took over Munich, Cologne and Stuttgart to win many more friends than Scotland managed points.

In spite of travel chaos that has dogged train routes and journeys to and from stadiums, most notably for England’s opener against Serbia in Gelsenkirchen, the fans have so far been the stars of the show as the big names have struggled to deliver on the field.

Even frequent downpours have not spoiled the party. Turkey's 3-1 win over Georgia played in monsoon-like conditions produced one of the most memorable atmospheres and games of the group stage.

Germany’s positioning at the heart of the continent makes it the perfect host. Eight of the 24 countries competing share a land border and as Europe's largest economy it is also home to huge expat populations from many others.

But Euro 2024 is also a throwback for many fans to what major tournaments used to be -- a fun-filled few weeks free from concerns about geopolitics.

Hosts of the 2018 World Cup Russia are banned from this Euros due to the invasion of Ukraine.

Two years ago the eyes of the world turned on Qatar with questions over the conditions experienced by migrant workers in building the infrastructure needed for the tiny Gulf nation to host the tournament.

Thanks to FIFA's expansion of the competition to 48 teams, future World Cups are set to take place over vast distances.

In two years' time the USA, Mexico and Canada will combine to play host, before the 2030 World Cup will be spread across Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Spain, Portugal and Morocco.

"Seeing fans of every nation mixing together, singing in the squares and watching the games in bars is what a tournament should be about. Everyone feels part of it, all are welcome," said Thomas Concannon from the Football Supporters Association.

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The carnival atmosphere is also helping inspire a competitive tournament.

Only in four of the 36 group games has there been a three-goal or more margin of victory.

"In this tournament you've now got incredible support for all the teams in the stadiums as well, which is a little different to the last two tournaments," said England manager Gareth Southgate in explaining his side's struggles compared to recent years.

Incidents of trouble have even been few and far between. Albania's Mirlind Daku was banned for two matches and the Albanian federation fined after he joined in anti-Serb chants following a 2-2 draw with Croatia in the only major flashpoint so far.

Instead, Germany's hope for a second 'sommermarchen' (summer fairytale) following the scenes at the 2006 World Cup have come to pass with capacity having to be expanded at the Munich fan zone for the hosts last 16 showdown against Denmark on Saturday.

Even a broken hand suffered by one German fan from a shot by the hosts' brutish centre-forward Niclas Fuellkrug before the tournament's opening match failed to dent national pride.

"I sang along to the anthem on the stretcher," said the unfortunate supporter Kai Flathmann.

"I didn't know whether to laugh or cry: I unfortunately had to give up my dream of watching the opening match. But when do you ever get your hand broken by Fuelle?"

Sadly for eight teams the sights of flag waving and sounds of car horns tooting in celebration long into the night across the country is over.

"The atmosphere was great and that's why we want to stay in the tournament, to enjoy playing in this atmosphere as long as we can," said Czech coach Ivan Hasek, whose side were one of those to bow out.

For others, the party has just begun with an enticing set of last 16 fixtures kicking off on Saturday.

Albanian fans descended on Germany in their droves before a group stage exit

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If you plan to travel in Europe, you need to know about the Schengen Borders Agreement, which allows you to move freely within a number of countries without border checks. Tourists, exchange students, and people visiting for business from certain countries, like the United States, can travel in the Schengen area for up to 90 days. The Schengen area includes most EU countries, except for Cyprus and Ireland. It also includes four non-EU countries: Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein.

Before you travel to the Schengen area, we recommend you do the following:

  • Check the expiration date on your passport book carefully before traveling to Europe. Ensure your passport book is valid for at least six months when you enter the Schengen area. This is especially important for minors under age 16 as their passports are only valid for five years. In contrast, U.S. citizen adults aged 16 and older receive passports that are valid for 10 years.
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German Cabinet Agrees Tighter Deportation Rules for Praising Terrorism

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German Chancellor Olaf Scholz attends a cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany June 26, 2024. REUTERS/Liesa Johannsen

BERLIN (Reuters) - The German government agreed on Wednesday a draft law to make it easier to deport people for praising or promoting "terrorist crimes", the interior ministry said.

Under the draft law, condoning or glorifying a single terrorist offence - even on social media - will be sufficient to consider a "serious interest in deportation," the ministry said.

This will make it easier for foreigners who condone terrorist crimes to forfeit their right to remain in Germany and be deported. A criminal conviction would not be required.

"We are taking tough action against Islamist and anti-Semitic hate crime online," said Interior Minister Nancy Faeser.

The government aims to get the draft law passed by the Bundestag lower house of parliament quickly, the ministry said.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz earlier this month announced tighter deportation rules after an Afghan man stabbed and killed a German police officer in Mannheim.

At the time, Scholz said the government was working to enable the deportation of criminals and dangerous migrants back to countries such as Afghanistan.

Such a move is controversial as Germany does not repatriate people to states where they are threatened with death.

The measure comes amid a rise in support for the anti-migrant far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) and growing concern about migration and public security.

(Reporting by Emma-Victoria Farr, Alexander Ratz, writing by Miranda Murray, editing by Madeline Chambers)

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The Olympic rings are seen on the Eiffel Tower Friday, June 7, 2024 in Paris. The Paris Olympics organizers mounted the rings on the Eiffel Tower on Friday as the French capital marks 50 days until the start of the Summer Games. The 95-foot-long and 43-foot-high structure of five rings, made entirely of recycled French steel, will be displayed on the south side of the 135-year-old historic landmark in central Paris, overlooking the Seine River. (AP Photo/Aurelien Morissard)

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