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Covid restrictions…Uk, Amsterdam & Germany

We are transiting through the UK from the USA, flying to Amsterdam and due to lockdown immediately getting in a train to Germany. We are vacc’d and boosted. The recent story about leaving Paris has me a little freaked out. Are we going to have a problem leaving Amsterdam for Germany? In other words- are they going to want to quarantine us?

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As of right now, the USA is not on the quarantine list. And, even if it was, transiting passengers - less than 12 hours in the country - are not subject to quarantine.

Have a great trip!

Posted by
74 posts

I think the other question to ask yourself is can you afford to stay over ten plus days if you test positive on your return PCR test? And, what would you have to do to quarantine - state facility, special hotel, etc?

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1338 posts

Effective as of Saturday, 25 December 2021 at 0:00 a.m, the USA is back on the RKI High Risk Country list.

"Obligation to register: Travellers who spent time in a risk area are obliged to fill out the digital registration on entry at https://www.einreiseanmeldung.de and carry the confirmation with them when entering the country. New risk areas appear in the digital registration on entry at 0:00 on the day they come into force. The confirmation will be checked by the carrier and may also be checked by the Federal Police within the framework of its responsibilities as a border control agency."

The UK is a Variants of Concern (since 20 December 2021); however I do not no the rules regarding transit. Netherlands is also a High Risk Country (since 21 November 2021).

https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Transport/Archiv_Risikogebiete/Risikogebiete_aktuell_en.pdf?__blob=publicationFile

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12 posts

@mchpp ok so I see we will need to register, upload vaccine info and have a negative test. Do you interpret this to mean that we will have to quarantine for 14 as well? I see these changes have today's date on them. Thanks so much for responding with this latest info. from Germany.

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1338 posts

For High Risk Country's: "Vaccinated and recovered persons can end the quarantine from the time when the proof of vaccination or recovery is transmitted via the entry portal. If the transmission takes place before entry (strongly recommended), no quarantine is needed."

What would concern me is the UK transit as an Area of Variants of Concern. What I do not know is if transit only requires 14 day Quarantine in Germany. I would contact your carrier.

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12 posts

@mchpp I will and thank you so much for pointing out these details. We are flying British Air to London where "transit" via KLM to Amsterdam and have train tickets from Amsterdam to Dusseldorf. Would you recommend contacting both BA and KLM?

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1338 posts

Not sure what other help I can give. See here from the German Federal Ministry of Health: Frequently asked questions on Digital Registration on Entry, the obligation to furnish proof and quarantine on entry. It addresses transit too. https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/en/coronavirus/infos-reisende/faq-tests-einreisende.html
You might try beginning to complete the Digital Registration on Entry online.
Omikron is rapidly changing things...

Posted by
4600 posts

Your itinerary makes me very nervous, there are so many moving parts and at this moment in time, that is not good.

Can you change or simplify it somehow? At least try to cut out the Amsterdam bit.

Posted by
10356 posts

Assuming your trip is soon, movement between countries is changing all the time. Have you considered staying in the UK, for example Scotland and Wales. Your plans are dicey

The other poster had a problem because his plan was to stay, not transit. As a resident of a city in the Languedoc region of France, I know several people who have flown from France to England this past week, citizens of both countries. I don't know what is happening to all Americans, though.

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1338 posts

Just FYI, the UK will no longer be considered an "area of variants of concern" by Germany from 4 January and will be reclassified as “high risk.”

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6664 posts

I agree with phred, this plan seems risky. Travel to Germany via UK (which is now a 3rd country) and the Netherlands seems like asking for trouble. Try to rebook to a flight direct to Germany. The Netherlands now require quaranting for all passengers arriving from USA. There is an exception for transit passengers, but I'm not sure a plane-train transfer counts.

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4474 posts

I'm sorry, but there's no way I would try this right now. I agree with the idea of staying in the UK-or at least fly from UK to Germany. Do not go to Amsterdam-they have some of the most restrictive quarantine policies.