Due to the falling incidence rates, many holiday and leisure facilities in North Rhine-Westphalia are once again permitted or open. What exactly is allowed can vary from city to city and from district to district, because the opening possibilities are based on a three-stage plan: Where the incidence is lower, more is possible than in cities or districts where the incidence is still higher. An overview of what applies where can be found on the website of the North Rhine-Westphalian Ministry of Health: https://www.mags.nrw/coronavirus-rechtlicheregelungen-nrw. Please be sure to check the regulations at your destination before you travel. Because not all facilities will open immediately or as usual despite the theoretical possibility, we also recommend that you take a quick look at the respective website before your visit to find out about opening hours, conditions and the like.
It is also important to note that masks must still be worn in many areas such as shops and public transport. Often masks that meet at least a medical or FFP2 standard are required.
Travellers entering or returning from a country where virus variants are widespread within the last ten days prior to their entry must quarantine themselves immediately after their arrival until 14 days after their departure from the affected country and are subject to observation by the local health authority during this time. If typical symptoms occur, they must be reported immediately to the health office. A negative Corona test must also be presented upon entry. Which areas are considered "virus variant areas" can be found on the website of the Robert Koch Institute at https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Risikogebiete_neu.html.
Anyone who has stayed in another high-incidence area designated by the RKI within ten days prior to entry must be quarantined, but can end this quarantine by submitting a negative test no earlier than five days after entry. For people entering from normal risk areas, proof of complete vaccination with an EU-approved vaccine, recovery or alternatively a negative test result is sufficient.
Current information on the Corona virus can be found on the website of the North Rhine-Westphalian state chancellery at www.land.nrw/corona. The current Corona protection regulation can also be found there. For questions of a non-medical nature, the state government has also set up a citizens' telephone number: +49 211 / 9119-1001.
Be sure to take care of yourself! To plan your upcoming trips to North Rhine-Westphalia, you will find many suggestions on our website. We look forward to seeing you!
Your DeinNRW team
(as of 11 June 2021)