Traveling despite Corona: Where the 3G or 2G rule applies in Germany

Due to the massive increase in the number of infections, the corona regulations are being tightened in many places in Germany. Up-to-date information on 2G or 3G rules in hotels or restaurants and what special features must be observed when traveling by car, train or plane.

  • Update 1: Free citizen tests again

  • Update 2: Several federal states are introducing the 2G rule

  • Current map: These are the corona hotspots in Germany

  • Overview for travelers: This applies in the individual federal states

The most important aspects of traveling in Germany

Overview of the corona numbers in German urban and rural districts

Citizen tests again for free

Different rules in the federal states

Significance of the 2G, 3G and 3G Plus rule

General corona rules in Germany

Travel by train, car and plane

Vacation in Europe

More corona hotspots in Germany

In the meantime, a number of urban and rural districts in Germany are reporting, in some cases dramatically, increased 7-day incidence values.

Citizen tests: again free of charge in Germany

+++ From now on, corona tests (citizen tests) are again offered free of charge in Germany. All citizens have the opportunity to be tested free of charge once a week. +++

2G or 3G: This currently applies in the federal states

Traveling in Germany in days of increasing corona infection means that you should have a good basic knowledge of the current regulations of the individual federal states. These regulate the provisions for restaurant visits, hotel accommodation, cultural visits and the use of public transport individually. The following overview should help travelers through the jungle of rules:

Baden-W├╝rttemberg | Bavaria | Berlin | Brandenburg | Bremen

Hamburg | Hesse

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania | North Rhine-Westphalia | Lower Saxony | Rhineland-Palatinate

Saarland | Saxony-Anhalt | Saxony | Schleswig-Holstein | Thuringia

Baden-W├╝rttemberg: 3G or 3G Plus rule

  • Gastro: 3G plus

  • Hotel: 3G (retesting every 3 days)

  • Culture: 3G plus

  • Public transport: mask compulsory (OP or FFP-2)

Bavaria: nationwide 2G rule

  • Gastro: 2G rule

  • Hotel: 2G rule

  • Culture: 2G rule

  • Public transport: mask requirement (FFP-2)

Berlin: 2G rule with the exception of hotels

  • Gastro: 2G rule

  • Hotel: 3G rule (retesting every 3 days after arrival)

  • Culture: 2G rule

  • Public transport: mask requirement (FFP-2)

Brandenburg: 2G rule

  • Gastro: 2G rule

  • Hotel: 2G rule

     

  • Culture: 2G rule

     

  • Public transport: mask compulsory (OP or FFP-2)

     

Bremen: 3G rule only in the hotel

  • Gastro: Currently no restriction; 3G or 2G rule optional

  • Hotel: 3G rule

  • Culture: Currently no limit

  • Public transport: mask compulsory (OP or FFP-2)

Hamburg: 3G rule and partly 2G rule optional

  • Gastro: 3G rule; 2G rule optional

  • Hotel: 3G (retesting every 3 days)

  • Culture: 3G rule; 2G rule optional

  • Public transport: mask compulsory (OP or FFP-2)

Hessen: 3G plus in restaurants and in culture

  • Gastro: 3G plus

  • Hotel: 3G rule (testing twice a week)

  • Culture: 3G plus

  • Public transport: mask compulsory (OP or FFP-2)

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: Hardly any restrictions

  • Gastro: No restrictions (stricter rules in counties with increased warning levels)

  • Hotel: 3G rule (stricter rules in counties with a higher warning level)

  • Culture: No restrictions (stricter rules in counties with increased warning levels)

  • Public transport: mask compulsory (OP or FFP-2)

Lower Saxony: 3G rule and 2G rule optional

  • Gastro: 3G rule; 2G rule optional

  • Hotel: 3G rule (testing twice a week)

  • Culture: 3G rule; 2G rule optional

  • Public transport: mask compulsory (OP or FFP-2)

North Rhine-Westphalia: 3G rule everywhere

  • Gastro: 3G rule

  • Hotel: 3G rule (retesting every four days)

  • Culture: 3G rule

  • Public transport: mask compulsory (OP or FFP-2)

Rhineland-Palatinate: 3G rule almost everywhere

  • Gastro: 3G rule

  • Hotel: 3G rule (retesting every three days)

  • Culture: Mostly 3G rule; Exceptions in some areas

  • Public transport: mask compulsory (OP or FFP-2)

Saarland: 3G rule

  • Gastro: 3G rule

     

  • Hotel: 3G rule

     

  • Culture: 3G rule

     

  • Public transport: mask compulsory (OP or FFP-2)

Saxony: Gastronomy and culture tighten up on the 2G rule

  • Gastro: 2G rule

  • Hotel: 3G rule

  • Culture: 2G rule

  • Public transport: mask requirement (FFP-2)

Saxony-Anhalt: 3G rule and 2G rule optional

  • Gastro: 3G rule; 2G rule optional

  • Hotel: 3G rule; Renewed testing after three days in counties with an increased infection rate

  • Culture: 3G rule; 2G rule optional

  • Public transport: mask compulsory (OP or FFP-2)

Schleswig-Holstein: nationwide 3G rule

  • Gastro: 3G rule

  • Hotel: 3G rule

  • Culture: 3G rule

  • Public transport: mask compulsory (OP or FFP-2)

Thuringia: tightening to 2G or 3G-Plus

  • Gastro: 3G rule (2G or 3G plus in counties with the highest warning level)

  • Hotel: 3G rule (2G or 3G plus in counties with the highest warning level)

  • Culture: 3G rule (2G or 3G plus in counties with the highest warning level)

  • Public transport: mask compulsory (OP or FFP-2)

Due to the time of year, the regulations (as of November 15, 2021) relate to indoor gastronomy; culture refers to museums and theaters. Exceptions, e.g. for children, are not included in this list. What also applies in which area in which federal state can be found on the website of the Federal Tourism Competence Center *.

If the number of infected people falls, the federal states can suspend the 3G rule in whole or in part: for example, if the 7-day incidence in a district is stable below 35 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants or the indicator system of a federal state (which differs from state to state and includes other factors, such as hospital occupancy) reflects a comparably low incidence of infections .

2G, 3G and 3G Plus rule: what does it mean?

3G: vaccinated, recovered or tested

Fully vaccinated is anyone who - depending on the vaccine - has received one or two vaccinations with a vaccine approved in Europe. At least 14 days must have passed since the last required single vaccination.

Those who have recovered require proof of a positive PCR test that was made at least 28 days and a maximum of 180 days ago. If those who have recovered want to keep their status after the 180 days have expired, they have to get vaccinated. A single vaccination to refresh the immune protection is sufficient.

Anyone who is not fully vaccinated or is not considered to have recovered must either present a negative rapid antigen test (maximum 24 hours old) or a negative PCR test (maximum 48 hours old).

3G-Plus: vaccinated, recovered or PCR-tested

With 3G-Plus (in Austria 2.5G) the same regulations apply as with 3G, however not fully vaccinated and not convalescent have to present a negative PCR test. Evidence of a negative rapid antigen test is not sufficient.

2G: vaccinated or recovered

Only vaccinated or recovered people have access to 2G. There, for example, distance rules and other restrictions can be dispensed with. The federal states are responsible for implementing and structuring the 2G rule.

2G-Plus: vaccinated or recovered and additionally tested

If the 2G-Plus rule applies, only those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered have access. All of them must also have a current negative corona test: It is currently unclear whether a rapid test is sufficient or a PCR test is required.

General corona rules in Germany

Certain measures are still in place to contain the infection rate:

  • In closed, publicly accessible rooms, everyone is obliged to wear mouth and nose protection .

  • The distance and hygiene rules continue to apply nationwide. A minimum distance of 1.5 meters must be strictly observed.

Corona tests are currently not generally free in Germany . They remain free in the following  exceptional cases: For children under 12 years of age and for people who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons (e.g. pregnant women). Anyone who had to be quarantined because of a corona infection and would like to end it with a negative test can also be tested free of charge.

Short trips and day trips in Germany

Tourist trips within Germany are currently possible with only minor restrictions. Here are some ideas for short trips or day trips:

Worth seeing parks and gardens in Germany

Mountain hiking in Germany: the most beautiful day tours

These are the most beautiful castles and palaces in Germany

The best excursion destinations from Flensburg to Garmisch-Partenkirchen

National parks in Germany: experience adventure in nature

Travel by train, car and plane

In order to ensure the best possible distance on train journeys , the railway has adjusted its reservation system: When choosing the  least frequented train  , the load indicator *, which can be called up on the railway website for each connection, helps  .

Everything you need to know about traveling by train in Corona times

What is important for driving in Corona times can be found here: These are the Corona rules for drivers . The traffic on German motorways is returned to normal levels. Anyone planning a longer journey should consider the ADAC traffic jam forecast in advance .

The Lufthansa has again significantly more flights. Early booking is recommended. It is also advisable to inquire about the flight status in good time. Short-term cancellations or changed departure times cannot be ruled out.

There are Covid-19 tests for travelers at these German airports .

Air travelers in Corona times must also bear this in mind .

Vacation in Europe: The borders are open

Some European countries are classified as Corona high-risk areas by the Robert Koch Institute .

A negative corona test is necessary for many border crossings: This is the situation at Germany's borders .

Special entry rules apply to travelers returning to Germany from abroad .

Overview: travel warnings and corona risk areas worldwide