Public life in North Rhine-Westphalia continues to be severely restricted due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Overnight stays for private reasons are prohibited in accommodation establishments, many leisure facilities are closed. Retail shops and museums, zoos, castles or ski lifts are closed in cities or counties with a 7-day incidence of over 100, or customers and visitors must present a negative Covid-19 test result, not older than 24 hours, and book an appointment. So it's best to find out in advance what is open under what conditions, and whether you need an appointment for your visit or not.
To protect everyone as best as possible, medical masks must be worn on buses and trains, as well as in shops and some other places such as doctors' surgeries. And in many other public places at least a mouth-nose protection is needed. In addition, in cities and counties with a 7-day incidence of over 100, a household may normally only meet with a maximum of one other person. Children under 14 are not counted.
Travellers entering or returning from a country in which virus variants are widespread within the ten days prior to their entry must go into quarantine 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 to the health office immediately. A negative Covid-19 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 risk area designated by the RKI within ten days prior to entry must normally be tested for Covid-19 a maximum of 48 hours prior to entry or immediately after entry, or be quarantined for ten days, calculated from the date of departure from the risk area. As soon as a negative test is available, the quarantine can be terminated. As of 30 March, travellers wishing to enter Germany by plane need to hold a negative Covid-19 test before departure. This test has to be no older than 48 hours at the time of entry (calculated from the time of the test).
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 be found on the website of the North Rhine-Westphalian Ministry of Health: www.mags.nrw. For questions of a non-medical nature, the state government has also set up a citizens' telephone: +49 211 / 9119-1001.
We hope that travelling will soon be safe again. Until then: Take care of yourself! But you can of course always visit our website, which shows the beautiful sides of North Rhine-Westphalia.
We are looking forward to welcome you soon!
(as of 29 March 2021)