The latest information
As of 05 May 2021, 03:00 pm
Dear guests, here you will find the most important information about the current situation in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, crucial questions and answers, and contact addresses.
The federal government has decided on comprehensive and nationwide protective measures to contain the corona pandemic, which will also apply to Mecklenburg-Vorpommern from April 19, 2021 until presumably May 22, 2021*.
You can find the current regulation here (German only).
The following safety measures apply:
- Contact restrictions: Private gatherings in public and indoors are permitted only with members of the own household and one other person, children aged 14 or younger are not included. Spouses, registered partners and life partners who do not live together in the same household are considered as one household.
In case of close and long contacts with other people, especially in closed rooms, when shopping as well as in defined public places, it is obligatory to wear surgical masks or FFP2 masks. When using public transport, passengers are required to wear an FFP2 mask.
- Day trips: From 5 May 2021, fully vaccinated persons (last necessary vaccination at least 14 days prior to entry) will again be allowed to enter Mecklenburg-Vorpommern as day visitores. A vaccination certificate must be carried. Overnight stays for touristic purposes are not allowed.
- Accommodation: Hotels, inns, guesthouses and other tourist accommodation providers are prohibited from accommodating persons for touristic purposes and for visits of the nuclear family. Booked holiday trips can therefore not be taken.
- Persons with a primary residence in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern are allowed to enter the federal state. Temporarily, travel to Mecklenburg-Vorpommern to stay in secondary residences and permanent camping sites will not be possible. The same applies to property owners, allotment garden tenants, boat owners and holders of permanent contracts for vacation homes and houseboats from other federal states. Exceptions apply for fully vaccinated persons (last necessary vaccination at least 14 days prior to entry). In that case, staying in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern for non-touristic purposes is allowed.
- Private travel and visits of relatives in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern should be avoided unless there is an urgent need to do so. In any case, only visits of the nuclear family (spouses, registered partners, life partners, children, parents, siblings, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, grandparents and great-grandparents), including persons living in the same household, are permitted if their main residence is registered in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Contact restrictions apply. Family visits from other German federal states are also only possible within the nuclear family.
When returning to Mecklenburg-Vorpommern from a different federal state with a 7-day incidence of more than 200, it is obligatory to quarantine upon return to Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. There is also an obligation to register with the responsible health office. Exceptions are business trips, visits of the nuclear family, visits due to shared custody or rights of access or a stay in the main or secondary residence.
- Trips within Mecklenburg-Vorpommern: Specific rules apply (e.g. local entry and exit restrictions) if a county or county-free city becomes a high-risk area with more than 150 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the past 7 days. In counties with a 7-day incidence of more than 100, curfew restrictions must be observed between 10 pm and 5 am. Otherwise, there are no restrictions on travel within the state. Contact restrictions apply.
- Closure of restaurants: Restaurants, bars, clubs, discos, pubs and similar establishments will also be closed from November 2. This excludes delivery and collection of takeaway options for consumption at home and the operation of canteens not open to the public.
- Recreational facilities: Outdoor areas of zoos, botanical gardens, and animal and bird parks will be open to visitors. Museums and exhibitions will be closed - in case a 7-day incidence of more than 100 in the respective county, the visit is only possible with a daily negative COVID-19 test or for fully vaccinated persons (the last necessary vaccination must have been taken at least 14 days beforehand). Museums and exhibitions are closed.Libraries remain open for lending. Theaters, movie theaters, amusement parks, swimming pools, saunas and gyms will remain closed. Hygiene and safety rules apply during all visits.
- Events: Events for entertainment purposes (concerts, readings, theater, etc.) are completely prohibited. Professional sporting events can take place without spectators.
- Retail: Retail will be closed to a large extend. Retail stores with a predominant assortment of groceries, weekly markets, direct food marketers, pick-up and delivery services, beverage markets, pharmacies, medical supply stores, drugstores, gas stations, banks and savings banks, post offices, dry cleaners, laundromats, newspaper sales, florists, pet supply stores, garden markets, health food stores, baby stores, optometrists, hearing aid acousticians, and bookstores will remain open for basic services. Appointment and test shopping is eliminated.
Exception for hardware stores (Baumärkte): Hardware stores remain open up to a 7-day incidence of less than 100 in the respective district. At a seven-day incidence of over 100 up to 150, shopping with appointment and testing is possible. Fully vaccinated persons (the last necessary vaccination must have been taken at least 14 days beforehand) can shop without a test.The vaccination certificate must be carried. At a seven-day incidence of over 150, hardware stores are closed.
All closed retail can offer pick-up and delivery services.
- Body-related services: Body-related services such as beauty salons must close. Hair salons will remain open. The prerequisite for a appointment at the hairdresser is a current negativ rapid test by a pharmacy or test center (not older than 24 hours) or a self-test on site. Fully vaccinated persons (the last necessary vaccination must have been taken at least 14 days beforehand) may access the services without testing.Medical or therapeutic treatments, such as foot care, remain available.
Hygiene and safety standards apply.
Questions & Answers about traveling to Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
All travel to the federal state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is prohibited unless otherwise specified in the following FAQ:
1. How do I know whether I come from a risk area?
The classification as a risk area is made by the Federal Ministry of Health, the Federal Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry of the Interior, for Construction and Home Affairs and is published by the Robert Koch Institute on the website.
The classification as a particularly affected area is made public by the Robert Koch Institute for counties or cities in which the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants is higher than 50 within the last 7 days. The international risk areas can be found here.
2. Am I allowed to transit through Mecklenburg-Vorpommern?
Yes, passing in transit is allowed.
3. May I enter Mecklenburg-Vorpommern from a risk area abroad?
If you have been in a risk area abroad at any time within 10 days before entering Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the quarantine regulation (German only) of the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern applies. You are required to stay in quarantine for 10 days immediately after entry. Exceptions include e.g. visits of the nucelar family and commuter traffic. A negative Covid-19 test recognized in Germany must be taken before or upon entry. The test must not be older than 48 hours upon arrival and the test result must be kept for 10 days.
When returning from "high incidence areas" abroad, you are required to stay in quarantine for 10 days immediately after entry. This can be shortened at the earliest after 5 days with a negative test result. There are exceptions, e.g. when visiting the nuclear family or entering Mecklenburg-Vorpommern for medical reasons, as well as for commuters. One can be exempted from the quarantine obligation provided one can show a negative test result every two days. Information by the Robert-Koch-Institute can be found here.
There are no exemptions from the quarantine requirement when entering from “areas of variant of concern”. The 14-day isolation period for travellers from “areas of variant of concern” cannot be shortened. The classification as a “area of variant of concern” or "high incidence area" is published by the Robert Koch Institute.
In addition, if you arrive from an international risk area, you must register digitally before entering Germany. The digital registration can be accessed at www.einreiseanmeldung.de
Registration is not necessary for commuters if they have spent a maximum of 24 hours in the risk area.
When travelling by plane, passengers must be tested before departure. Exempted from this are the aircraft crew and children younger than 6.
4. I have a second home/secondary home or I am a permanent camper, (permanent) tenant of a vacation home/house or a houseboat, owner or heritable building right holder or tenant of a property located on the territory of the state of M-V, allotment garden or boat owner with mooring in MV. Can I travel to Mecklenburg-Vorpommern?
Temporarily, travel to Mecklenburg-Vorpommern for the use of second homes and permanent campsites is not allowed. The same applies to property owners, allotment garden tenants, boat owners and holders of permanent contracts for vacation homes and houseboats from other federal states. Exceptions apply for fully vaccinated persons (last necessary vaccination at least 14 days prior to entry). In that case, staying in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern for non-touristic purposes is allowed.
5. May I enter Mecklenburg-Vorpommern for work-related reasons?
Urgently required business trips from other German federal states to Mecklenburg-Vorpommern are possible. Please carry a certificate/proof of work from your employer or similar. From 6 April onwards, a daily negative Covid-19 rapid or self-test recognized in Germany must be taken before entry. There are exceptions for fully vaccinated people (last necessary vaccination at least 14 days prior to entry): They do not need a test, but must carry their vaccination certificate with them.
For commuters and other cross-border commuters (e.g. pupils) from Poland, entry to Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is permitted without a quarantine obligation, provided the persons do not show any symptoms of a Corona infection. All persons of legal age must have a current Covid-19 test that is not older than 4 days. Digital registration is not required. The compelling need for regular border crossing must be proven.
If you enter from a high incidence area, a negative test result must be submitted every two days.
6. May I visit my family members in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern?
Private travel and visits of relatives should be avoided unless there is an urgent need. Only visits of the nuclear family (spouses, registered partners, life partners, children, parents, siblings, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, grandparents and great-grandparents) who have their primary residence (main or sole residence) in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is allowed. Current contact restrictions apply.
7. May I enter the country for medical reasons?
Yes, medically induced travel to Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is permitted. Please note: The physician must certify the compelling necessity.
8. May I enter the country for the preparation and execution of a sports event? What applies to participation in training and competition events?
Amateur and recreational sporting events are prohibited as of November 2, 2020. This includes visits to gyms. Professional sports will only be allowed without spectators.
9. I attend a school, vocational school, school for adults or day care center for children in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern or am enrolled at a university. May I enter the country?
You are allowed to enter MV. It is recommended that you carry proof of enrollment with you. You may be accompanied by persons living in the same household.
10. Are moves to Mecklenburg-Vorpommern allowed?
Yes, moves that cannot be postponed are allowed. The current contact restrictions apply.
11. How can I cancel my holidays in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and will I get my expenses reimbursed?
Generally, the cancellation rules agreed between the hotel / holiday apartment / online booking platform / tour operator etc. and the guest apply.
Please check the cancellation policy, contact your contractual partner and try to find an amicable solution. For binding legal information on your individual booking, please contact your legal advisor.
12. Where do I find official information?
The latest information by the state government of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (German only): www.regierung-mv.de
Information at district level:
- Schwerin: schwerin.de
- Rostock and Warnemünde: rathaus.rostock.de
- Island of Usedom, Greifswald, Region Vorpommern: kreis-vg.de
- Island of Rügen and Hiddensee, Stralsund (German only): lk-vr.de
- Mecklenburg Laek District, Mecklenburg Schweiz, Neubrandenburg and Neustrelitz: lk-mecklenburgische-seenplatte.de
- Mecklenburg Schwerin, Ludwigslust, Parchim (German only): kreis-lup.de
- Wismar, Baltic Coast Mecklenburg, island of Poel: nordwestmecklenburg.de
Thank you for protecting yourself and others.
We appreciate your participation!
*This website is constantly being updated to the best of the Tourist Board’s knowledge. We would recommend to check it regularly. Please note that we do not take legal responsibility for the correctness / comprehensiveness of this information.