Germany scraps quarantine requirement for Swedish travellers

If you're planning to travel from Sweden to Germany this summer, things just got a little bit simpler.

Germany scraps quarantine requirement for Swedish travellers
The River Spree and Berlin Cathedral in the German capital. Photo: Halvard Alvik / NTB scanpix / TT

From early June, Sweden has been the only EU country named as a 'risk area' by Germany, which meant people arriving in Germany from Sweden could be required to quarantine for 14 days. Now, that requirement will be abolished.

The risk area designations are made by the German Robert Koch Institute (RKI), which bases its assessment on several criteria, the key one being more than 50 new infections per 100,000 residents in the previous seven days. 

But on Tuesday, the list of risk areas was updated, and Sweden was not among the 126 countries from where travellers should quarantine on arrival in Germany.

That means people can now travel between Germany and Sweden for all reasons, including for tourism or leisure, the German Embassy said in a statement on Tuesday. 

Individual federal states have the option of imposing their own restrictions, but the German ambassador to Sweden told the TT newswire that states must follow the national decision to remove the Swedish quarantine.

“The same rules apply to all European countries; if the rate of infection is lower than 50 per 100,000 residents [in the last seven days] the quarantine requirement is lifted. Since the development in Sweden was positive, we could lift it. We look at this over a time period of several days and it seems to be a stable trend now,” ambassador Anna Prinz said. 

It is possible to travel from Sweden to Germany by air, by boat from Trelleborg or Gothenborg, or by train if crossing through Denmark. Denmark however has its own restrictions on travel from Sweden, so tourists should make sure they have the correct documents if entering Denmark for the purpose of transit.

Member comments

  1. Hi where to get the exact information to visit the family members in Norway by car and what are the restrictions currently.

  2. Use this link instead

    You can choose english language if you want.

    Everyone who enters Norway from abroad are obligated to quarantine upon arrival, except for “the green” areas in Europe. Here is an overview of which countries and regions are exempt from the quarantine obligation at the National Institute of Public Health (external website).

    If you are among those who must stay in quarantine when you come to Norway, you must document that you have a permanent address during the period you have a quarantine obligation. For example, this can be a written confirmation from the person who will host you.

    Persons who cannot document having a place to stay at the same address for the ten days of quarantine can be denied entry to Norway.

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Covid face mask rule on flights in Europe set to be eased

The mandatory EU-wide mask requirement for air travel is set to be dropped from Monday, May 16th, but airlines may still require passengers to wear masks on some or all flights

Covid face mask rule on flights in Europe set to be eased

Europe-wide facemask rules on flights are set to be ditched as early as next week in light of new recommendations from health and air safety experts.

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) dropped recommendations for mandatory mask-wearing in airports and during flights in updated Covid-19 safety measures for travel issued on Wednesday, May 11th.

The new rules are expected to be rolled out from Monday, May 16th, but airlines may still continue to require the wearing of masks on some or all of flights. And the updated health safety measures still say that wearing a face mask remains one of the best ways to protect against the transmission of the virus.

The joint EASA/ECDC statement reminded travellers that masks may still be required on flights to destinations in certain countries that still require the wearing of masks on public transport and in transport hubs.

It also recommends that vulnerable passengers should continue to wear a face mask regardless of the rules, ideally an FFP2/N95/KN95 type mask which offers a higher level of protection than a standard surgical mask.

“From next week, face masks will no longer need to be mandatory in air travel in all cases, broadly aligning with the changing requirements of national authorities across Europe for public transport,” EASA executive director Patrick Ky said in the statement. 

“For passengers and air crews, this is a big step forward in the normalisation of air travel. Passengers should however behave responsibly and respect the choices of others around them. And a passenger who is coughing and sneezing should strongly consider wearing a face mask, for the reassurance of those seated nearby.”  

ECDC director Andrea Ammon added: “The development and continuous updates to the Aviation Health Safety Protocol in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic have given travellers and aviation personnel better knowledge of the risks of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and its variants. 

“While risks do remain, we have seen that non-pharmaceutical interventions and vaccines have allowed our lives to begin to return to normal. 

“While mandatory mask-wearing in all situations is no longer recommended, it is important to be mindful that together with physical distancing and good hand hygiene it is one of the best methods of reducing transmission. 

“The rules and requirements of departure and destination states should be respected and applied consistently, and travel operators should take care to inform passengers of any required measures in a timely manner.”