Due to the low incidence rates, almost all restrictions in North Rhine-Westphalia have currently been lifted. Basically, a four-stage plan applies, which is based on the incidences in the respective cities and districts. A low incidence means that almost everything is possible again without restriction; at higher incidences, stricter rules apply again. The North Rhine-Westphalian Ministry of Health also publishes the current opening level and where it applies on its website www.mags.nrw/coronavirus-rechtlicheregelungen-nrw. Please be sure to inform yourself about the applicable regulations at your destination before you set off. Because not all establishments will open 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, requirements and the like.
It is also important to note that masks must still be worn in some areas such as shops or public transport. In some cases, masks are required that meet at least a medical or FFP2 standard.
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. Exceptions apply to fully vaccinated persons who have been vaccinated with a vaccine assessed by the RKI as effective against the respective virus variant. 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.
If an area is downgraded from a virus variant area to a high incidence area after entry and before the end of the possible quarantine, the regulations for high incidence areas apply. If an area is completely phased out during quarantine, quarantine ends.
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 28 July 2021)