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Travel to Germany from US and from Germany to Italy Covid restrictions

Old May 21st, 2021, 10:07 AM
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Travel to Germany from US and from Germany to Italy Covid restrictions

Hello all!

I'm creating this post because I would like to travel to Germany from the United States this summer and from Germany to Italy.

I have a valid German passport and am planning on getting vaccinated close to a month before traveling. My original plan was to fly to Germany on the first of July where I will spend roughly a week with my family that lives in Germany. From Germany, I plan on taking the Eurail to Italy.

I've already read quite a lot about the travel restrictions from the United States to Germany, however, I have found that with a German Passport and vaccination, that the process will be easier.

MY MAIN QUESTIONS
  1. If I am fully vaccinated do I need to quarantine for 10 days in Germany?
  2. After spending a week in Germany, I'll get on the Eurail to Italy but I cannot find that much information regarding to covid restrictions on travel between countries in the EU via the Eurail.
  3. What are the Eurail requirements for covid?
  4. Once I arrive in Italy from Germany do I need to quarantine again and for how long?
  5. Are youth hostels still open in Germany and Italy? I've seen contradicting information from multiple websites and I cannot get a clear answer.
  6. I've seen that Italy has eased their regulations regarding travel to their countries depending on whether or not you have been vaccinated or recovered from covid, is this true?
Also if any of you can include other questions I should be asking, PLEASE LET ME KNOW. I am grateful for any and all help I can get.
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Old May 21st, 2021, 01:51 PM
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Hello SlimeBawg,

There is an early reminder by the WHO here that Europe is not yet ready for travel:

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/wh...ws-11621522299

But for when it is ready, here is some information on the trains. You didn't find anything because you were looking under 'Eurail'. This is not a rail company or system, it is a rail pass (i.e. a kind of ticket) that allows free travel on various railway companies in Europe. The train companies for Germany and Italy respectively are Deutsche Bahn and Trenitalia. Deutsche Bahn has very good, thorough information, Trenitalia less so.

https://www.bahn.com/en/view/home/help/corona.shtml

https://www.trenitalia.com/en/info_c...-measures.html

You will also need OeBB, which is the Austrian company, because it lies between Germany and Italy:

https://www.oebb.at/en/neuigkeiten/e...im-bahnverkehr

And last: a company by company guide to what each country is doing:

https://www.internationalrail.com/fe-covid-19

You will find rail schedules are greatly reduced. When Europe is ready to travel again this will change, but in the meantime sit tight and wait for the rules to relax.

Youth hostels are partially open as in Germany some regions are still restricted; Germany has been closed for business on a region by region basis. Here is a list of youth hostels open in May 2021:

https://www.jugendherberge.de/alle-b...bergen/page/0/

It's a long list with numbers at the bottom, click on the numbers to take you further into the list. I am sorry I don't have comparable information for Italy but my Italian is not that good.

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Hi SlimeBawg,

I live in Germany, so I hope I can help.

Yes, once you are fully vaccinated (+ 2 weeks), you won't have to quarantine when you enter Germany. There should be a vaccine passport approved & used in Germany/EU in June, but your CDC card should also be recognized easily. You can Google "EU vaccine passport" and follow the news.

Whether things (hotels/hostels/restaurants) are open will depend entirely on the rate of infection in the region. Things are opening up in Bavaria right now, but they will shut down again immediately if infection rates rise. Your family in Germany should be able to tell you what the infection rate is and what is open. You can also google that.

For the trip to Italy, Lavandula has given you the best site for schedules & tickets -- www.bahn.com. You should know that the best prices are published in advance, and they do sell out. It would be best to but that ticket as soon as your plans are firm.

Hope you get good info for the Italy portion!

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My wife and I have a month scheduled starting mid September flying into Munich, immediately traveling to Salzburg for 3 nights, on to Italy and finishing up in Germany for 6 nights. This is what I have found out to date (We have both our vaccinations):

1. We are allowed into Germany as long as we have a covid negative test within 72 hours.
2. Austria is closed for travel from the US through 7/31.
3. Italy has the same restrictions as Germany.

I will wait until 8/1 to either cancel or revise travel ton eliminate Austria.

Huggy





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**From Germany, I plan on taking the Eurail to Italy.**

As lavandula pointed out, Eurail is a train pass company, not the actual rail lines so you don't want to buy from them. A rail pass is rarely cost effective for Italy and doesn't include seat reservations which are mandatory on faster trains. Depending on itinerary, it might be cheaper/faster to fly from Germany to Italy.
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Italy may be a bit trickier than Germany. CNN just put out an article about traveling to Italy. It said "On May 17, the quarantine requirement was dropped for passengers from the EU, UK or Israel with a negative test, as well as travelers from the United States on a 'Covid-tested' flight." Perhaps that means you won't have any issue since you hold a German passport and are entering Germany from Italy.

Here is the article: https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/i...-19/index.html
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Transit through Munich from US

am US Citizen traveling to Italy but transitung through Germany. I just heard that Germany is not allowing any visitors from US as we are in high risk category according to Germany. I checked the German covid restrictions and they are only allowing people with urgent very specific cases. I am about to cancel my trip but wqnt to check before I do that. Plz let me know if you have any information that I might be missing. Thx.


Originally Posted by Huggy View Post
My wife and I have a month scheduled starting mid September flying into Munich, immediately traveling to Salzburg for 3 nights, on to Italy and finishing up in Germany for 6 nights. This is what I have found out to date (We have both our vaccinations):

1. We are allowed into Germany as long as we have a covid negative test within 72 hours.
2. Austria is closed for travel from the US through 7/31.
3. Italy has the same restrictions as Germany.

I will wait until 8/1 to either cancel or revise travel ton eliminate Austria.

Huggy
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I think you might need to give some more information, CovidConnections. Are you booked through on the one ticket and just changing planes airside? Or do you need to leave the airside area and come into the airport? You might be interested to read this from the German government(see no. 3):

https://www.bmi.bund.de/SharedDocs/f...f-concern.html

If you are not leaving airside what I have read here implies that you are OK just to transit through a German airport. I would confirm with the airline in your country though, you should never rely on a forum to provide the correct information on official positions on Covid.

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