MANY Brits celebrated that their holidays would go ahead when it was announced that Germany was on the UK’s quarantine-free air bridge list.
However, there are fears that Germany‘s second wave has begun after daily COVID-19 cases rose to mid-May levels.
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Germany is allowing open-air concerts againCredit: Getty Images
What is the latest travel advice for Germany?
Germany is on the travel corridor/air bridge scheme and is exempt from the Foreign Office advice against all non-essential international travel based on the current assessment of Covid-19 risks.
However, Government officials in Germany warned on July 26 that fresh lockdowns may be necessary to prevent renewed outbreaks.
German health authorities have warned that the infection rate is rising too and there are fears of a second wave as their new cases have started to climb.
Germany is one of the few countries that is now allowing open-air concerts again, but please be mindful of localised rules and restrictions.
North Rhine-Westphalia, which borders Belgium, and Baden-Wurtemburg, which borders France and Switzerland, account for most of the new cases in Germany.
Dominic Raab has also said it remains a possibility that people would have to cancel their holidays at the last moment, adding that he won’t be going abroad at all this summer.
British holidaymakers are wondering whether they will get to see the Brandenburg gateCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Will I have to quarantine in Germany or when returning to the UK?
The Government website says: “You may have to go into quarantine if you are entering from an area where there is a high rate of infection.”
However, the site does not go on to state which areas are classed as having a ‘high rate of infection’.
The general advice for Germany states that there air bridge policy is still in place, and so most holidaymakers will not have to quarantine.
Are cases on the rise in Germany?
German health officials have admitted that they are “very worried” about the new spike in coronavirus cases.
At a hastily arranged press conference this morning, RKI President Lothar Wieler said: “We have to realise that we have an increasing number of cases in Germany.
“I am very concerned about the latest developments in case numbers in Germany.”
Until recently the number of deaths across the country had been dropping, he pointed out.
Experts believe that there could be a second wave coming soon as cases are starting to pick up.
It comes as spikes of cases are being detected across Europe, with France warning progress has been “erased” in fighting coronavirus.
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Are flights operating to Germany?
Flights between the UK and Germany are still regular.
In the event that the travel corridor is closed and flights are not cancelled by the airline, Brits travelling to Germany are unlikely to get their money back on flights.
The only time that tour operators are required to give a refund on holiday packages is if the Foreign Office changes its travel advice for a region and turns it into a no-go area, which they have not done in this case.
Independent hotels are not required to refund money in this instance, so if you have paid in advance and choose not to turn up then you will lose your money.
If the hotel is a large chain, it could be worth asking to change your stay to another location or delay your trip but they are under no obligation to grant this.
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