FAQs on coronavirus / SARS-CoV-2 regarding holidays in Lower Saxony

- A brief overview for our visitors -

 

ENTRY

Am I allowed to travel to Lower Saxony from another country?

The Federal Foreign Office will provide you with information on the current entry requirements.

The European Union also provides information regarding the entry requirements.

 

WHILE STAYING AT YOUR TRAVEL DESTINATION

In Lower Saxony, a three-tier system is in place for pandemic-related protective measures. As the indicators for the three alert levels are assessed and announced on a district-by-district basis, different rules may apply within Lower Saxony. Before your journey, please find out which regulations apply to your particular destination. The federal state of Lower Saxony’s website will tell you which alert level a given district is currently at.

Can I go on holiday or take an overnight trip in Lower Saxony? 

Yes. All accommodation providers in Lower Saxony that have appropriate hygiene measures in place are open. This applies to hotels, guesthouses, holiday homes and apartments, youth hostels, campsites, campervan berths/sites and boat-mooring berths/sites. There are no capacity restrictions or minimum time periods between guests. 

However, for alert level 1 or above, or where the seven-day incidence exceeds 50 in a given district (including municipalities that constitute a district in their own right), only those who have been fully vaccinated against or have recovered from Covid-19 may stay overnight. For those who are not vaccinated, a negative Covid test is required on arrival and twice a week during their stay. The result of PoC antigen tests (also known as rapid tests) is valid for 24 hours, and the outcome of PCR tests is valid for 48 hours.

Can city tours and nature/scenic tours take place? 

Yes. City tours and nature/scenic tours are permitted, as are guided tours of open-air museums, parks and gardens. 

Can boat trips or carriage rides for tourists take place? 

Yes. Boat trips or carriage rides for this purpose can take place, provided appropriate hygiene measures are in place. 

If all passengers can provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against or have recovered from Covid-19, or can show a negative test result, then face coverings do not need to be worn. 

Are zoos, animal parks and botanical gardens open? 

Yes, both inside and outside. There are no capacity restrictions. 

Here, too, where the alert level is 1 or above, or where the seven-day incidence exceeds 50, access is limited to those who can show that they have been fully vaccinated against or have recovered from Covid-19, or can present a negative test result.

Are indoor swimming pools, water parks, thermal spas, saunas and solariums open? 

Yes, indoor swimming pools, water parks, thermal spas, saunas and solariums can open, provided appropriate hygiene measures are in place. 

Here, too, where the alert level is 1 or above, or where the seven-day incidence exceeds 50, the same applies: entry is limited to those who are fully vaccinated against, have recovered from, or have tested negative for Covid-19. 

Eating out and shopping

Are shops open in Lower Saxony? 

Yes. Shops with appropriate hygiene measures in place are open. Customers and sales staff must wear a medical-grade mask. There are no restrictions on customer numbers. 

Do I have to wear a face covering in shops? 

Yes. Both customers and staff must continue to wear medical-grade masks. 

Are restaurants and cafés open? 

Yes, restaurants, cafés and other establishments serving food which have appropriate hygiene measures in place are open. No capacity restrictions apply. 

Where the alert level is 1 or above, or where the seven-day incidence exceeds 50, indoor access is limited to those who are fully vaccinated against or have recovered from Covid-19, or who can present a negative test result. It is not necessary to wear a face covering while seated. 

Do I have to register on visiting a restaurant? 

Yes. Establishments serving food are required to register the full name, full address and telephone number of patrons, as well as the date and time of the visit. This may be done digitally (via an app) or manually (i.e. on paper). These data are intended to support track & trace, and must be deleted after four weeks at the latest. 

Is there a curfew in place? 

No curfew is in place. 

 

YOUR RETURN JOURNEY

Do restrictions apply regarding my return journey?

It depends where you are coming from. Please enquire with your government or embassy as to which arrangements have been agreed with your country and what the return journey requirements are.

**This overview is intended to provide our visitors with a brief summary.

The regulations refer to the Federal State of Lower Saxony and the ordinances are adapted to current developments. Therefore, these may be modified again at short notice, meaning that you should double check the requirements frequently.**

For detailed information here are additional links with important content concerning the topic of coronavirus.