Due to the Corona pandemic North Rhine-Westphalia’s public life is currently completely restricted. Overnight stays for private reasons in any kind of accommodation are prohibited, cultural and leisure facilities as well as most of the retail stores are closed. In addition to that, very strict contact restrictions apply.
In some municipalities with particularly high infection rates, movement restrictions also apply: Residents are normally only allowed to leave their home town within a radius of 15 kilometres. Conversely, non-residents who live further than 15 kilometres away are only allowed to enter the area in a few exceptional cases.
Travellers entering or returning from a country in which virus variants are widespread within the last ten days prior to their entry must go into quarantine immediately after their arrival until the tenth day after their departure from the affected country and are subject to observation by the local health office during this time. If typical symptoms occur, they must be reported to the health office immediately. A negative Corona test must also be presented upon entry. The quarantine can be ended at the earliest after a further test after five days. 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. (German only).
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.
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 Schutzverordnung“ (protective regulations of the Government) can be found on the website of the North Rhine-Westphalian Ministry of Health under "Legal regulations" -> "Ordinances": www.mags.nrw (only available in German). For non-medical question you can reach the public hotline under +49 211 / 9119-1001.
We hope things will get better soon. Until then, stay safe and take care! And if you want to dream about your next trip to North Rhine-Westphalia, you can always have a look at our website, where the beautiful sides of our region are shown.
We are looking forward to welcome you again!
(As of 19 January 2021)