The latest information
As of 15 February 2021, 11 am
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, together with the state governments, has decided on comprehensive and nationwide protective measures to contain the corona pandemic, which will also apply to Mecklenburg-Vorpommern from November 02, 2020 until presumably March 07, 2021*.
You can find the current regulation here (German only).
New restrictions from November 02, 2020 onwards:
Personal contacts must be reduced. Private meetings both in public and indoors are only permitted with members of your own household and one other person (who does not live in your own household). Children up to the age of 12 years are not included.
In the case of close and longer contact with other people, especially in closed rooms, when grocery shopping, in buses and trains as well as in designated public places, there is an obligation to wear surgical masks or FFP2 masks.
Travel to Mecklenburg-Vorpommern:
- Overnight stays in touristic accommodations for touristic purposes are prohibited. Hotels, holiday apartments, guest houses and other touristic accommodations are no longer allowed to accept guests from November 2nd.
- Private trips to visit relatives should be avoided if there is no urgent need. Only visits of your nuclear family (spouses, registered partners, life companions, children, parents, siblings, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, grandparents and great-grandparents) are allowed.
- Traveling to Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is only permitted for necessary and expressly non-touristic purposes. It is advisable to carry proof of the urgent reason for the journey with you (proof of work, etc.).
- Quarantine is mandatory after returning to Mecklenburg-Vorpommern from private visits in German high-risk areas in other federal states (high-risk areas: incidence of more than 200 new corona infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 7 days). After your return, you must report to the local health department and go into quarantine. This rule does not apply to visits of the nuclear family and business trips.
- When returning from "new areas of variant of concern" or "new high incidence areas" from abroad, you are required to stay in quarantine for 10 days immediately after entry. There are no expectations. Information by the Robert-Koch-Institute can be found here.
- 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 visits of the nucelar family and commuter traffic.
A corona test recognized in Germany must be taken before or upon entry. The test must not be older than 48 hours upon arrival.
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.
Please note: This applies regardless of whether it was a risk area at the time of departure or not.
Restaurants and bars will be closed, except for take-away.
Entertainment facilities such as theaters, cinemas, museums, amusement parks, swimming pools, saunas and fitness studios will be closed. Doing sports outdoors is only possible by yourself, with another person, and with members of your own household for example your own family.
Events for entertainment purposes (concerts, readings, theatre, etc.) are prohibited. Professional sports events can only take place without spectators.
Shops: Wholesalers and supermarkets remain open - the general distance and hygiene standards apply. This applies to: supermarkets, weekly markets for groceries, direct sellers of groceries, pick-up and delivery services, beverage stores, baby shops, pharmacies, medical stores, drug stores, opticians, hearing aid acousticians, petrol stations, car & bicycle workshops, banks, post offices, dry cleaning stores & self-service laundries, newspaper sales, as well as pet stores.
One customer is allowed per 10 square meters (108 square feet). A face mask must be worn. There is an obligation to wear surgical masks or FFP2 masks.
Thank you for protecting yourself and others.
We appreciate your participation!
Questions and answers
May I travel to Mecklenburg-Vorpommern from abroad?
It is possible for foreigners to travel to Mecklenburg-Vorpommern for non-touristic purposes, provided they do not come from a risk area designated by the RKI. Visits of relatives should be avoided if there is no urgent need.
Should you have been in a risk area abroad at any time within 10 days before entering Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the quarantine ordinance (German only) of the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern applies. In this case, you are required to provide a corona test and stay in quarantine for 10 days immediately after entry (can be shortened to 5 days with a second test).
Am I allowed to travel through Mecklenburg-Vorpommern?
Yes, passing in transit is allowed.
May I enter Mecklenburg-Vorpommern for work-related reasons?
From other other German federal states the entry for job-related reasons is permitted, also if these are designated risk areas. It is advisable to carry a certificate / proof of work with you.
When entering from an international risk area for work-related reasons, there is the possibility to exempt yourself from the generally existing rule to quarantine. Further information can be found in the general decrees of the relevant districts (see districts below). In case there is no exemption possible, the quarantine ordinance of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern applies (German only).
In addition, since November 8th 2020, a digital registration has to be made if you are entering Mecklenburg-Vorpommern from an international risk area. The digital registration can be accessed at www.einreiseanmeldung.de.
Commuter and further border crossers (e.g. pupils) from the border regions between Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Poland are allowed to enter MV without a quarantine obligation, provided that they do not show any symptoms of a corona infection. The absolute necessity to cross the border regularly must be proven.
Am I allowed to travel to Mecklenburg-Vorpommern from abroad as an one-day visitor?
No, you are currently not allowed.
I have booked a holiday trip - am I allowed to travel to Mecklenburg-Vorpommern?
No, you are currently not allowed.
I am currently in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and believe I show symptoms of Covid-19. Who can I contact?
An infection with the coronavirus can lead to symptoms such as fever and a continuous cough. A runny nose, shortness of breath, muscle and joint pain, a sore throat and headaches have also been reported. Some people experience nausea / vomiting and diarrhea. If you notice symptoms of this kind during your stay in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, please contact the local health department in the region you are visiting or call the nationwide patient service on +49 116 117.
A guide to what to do next can be found here.
How can I cancel my vacation 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.
Can I use public transport in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern?
Yes, using public transport is possible. All passengers must wear a face mask (e.g. medical mask, scarf, cloth). This does not apply to children until they start school and to people who cannot wear a mask because of health restrictions or disabilities. In that case a medical certificate is necessary.
What do I generally need to consider?
- There must be a minimum distance of 1.5 meters between people
- If the required minimum distance cannot be maintained, a face mask should be worn.
- A face mask is mandatory in local public transport and in retail.
- People are asked to stick to the general hygiene measures (e.g. regular hand washing, sneezing and coughing etiquette, regular airing of rooms).
- In case of corona-related symptoms, please contact the local health department in the region you are visiting or call the nationwide patient service at +49 116 117.
Where do I find official information?
In Germany, general rules and recommendations for social interaction in everyday life, when travelling, and when using public transport are available here. Nationwide, the extended rules on restricted contact remain in place, as do the hygiene and social distancing rules. Please note that each federal state will make its own decision regarding the gradual easing of the lockdown on public life while taking the regional number of COVID-19 infections into account.
- International risk areas can be found here
- German risk areas on dictrict level can be found here (German only)
- 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
*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.