In general, all tourism-related facilities in North Rhine-Westphalia are open. However, in view of the currently very dynamic infection situation, the North Rhine-Westphalian state government has put measures in place to curb the pandemic development, especially in the leisure sector.
The 2G rule (access or participation only for vaccinated or recovered persons) applies, among other things, in the gastronomy, for tourist overnight stays in accommodation establishments, for tourist bus trips as well as for visits to Christmas markets, museums and exhibitions, amusement parks, zoos and sports events.
The 2G-plus rule (access or participation only for vaccinated or recovered persons who also have to present a rapid test that is not older than 24 hours or a PCR test that is not older than 48 hours) applies, among other things, in clubs, discotheques and at indoor carnival or comparable traditional events.
The 3G rule (admission or participation only for vaccinated, recovered and tested persons with a rapid test not older than 24 hours or a PCR test not older than 48 hours) applies, among other things, at trade fairs and congresses as well as for non-tourist overnight stays in accommodation establishments (tested persons must present a test on arrival and then every four days). The 3G rule also applies to the use of public transport throughout Germany.
If you are in doubt, we recommend that you contact the tourism provider directly to find out if there is a test obligation, additional requirements or even changed opening hours. In some places, the requirements go beyond the national regulations.
It is also important to note that in some areas, such as shops or public transport, masks still must be worn. In some places, masks that meet at least a medical or FFP2 standard are mandatory.
Current information about the Corona virus is available 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.
Due to the infection situation, a general obligation to provide proof of infection applies to all persons over the age of twelve when entering Germany. It does not matter which means of transport is used for the entry or return journey: A negative test result, proof of vaccination or proof of recovery must be available. After a stay in a foreign high-risk area or virus variant area, a special registration, proof and quarantine obligation must be observed. Detailed information on the rules can be found on the website of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) at https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Risikogebiete_neu.html.
Be sure to take care of yourself! You can find lots of ideas for planning your next trip to North Rhine-Westphalia on our website. We look forward to seeing you!
(as of 24 November 2021)