The latest information
As of 09 April 2021, 10 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 April 18, 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 household with a total of five persons. Children up to the age of 14 are not included. Spouses, registered partners and life partners who do not live together in one household are considered as one household.
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 or to visit the nuclear family are prohibited. Hotels, holiday apartments, guest houses and other touristic accommodations are no longer allowed to accept guests from November 2nd, 2020.
- 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.
- 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 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.
Please note: This applies regardless of whether it was a risk area at the time of departure or not.
- When returning from "high incidence areas" from 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.
Restaurants and bars will be closed, except for take-away.
Leisure facilities: Outdoor areas of zoos, botanical gardens and animal and bird parks are open to visitors . Museums, cultural exhibitions, memorials, libraries and archives can only be visited by prior appointment. Theatres, cinemas, amusement parks, swimming pools, saunas and fitness studios remain closed. Hygiene and safety rules apply during all visits.
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. There is the obligation to wear surgical masks or FFP2 masks.
By scheduling an appointment in combination with a daily negative COVID-19 rapid or self-test, retailers as well as body-related services such as hairdressers, beauty salons may once again receive customers.
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.
The rules stated above under "Travel to Mecklenburg-Vorpommern" apply.
Am I allowed to travel through Mecklenburg-Vorpommern?
Yes, passing in transit is allowed.
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 4 April onwards, a daily negative Covid-19 rapid or self-test recognized in Germany must be taken before entry.
For commuters and other cross-border commuters (e.g. pupils) from Poland, entry to MV 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.
In the case of a onetime business trip from a foreign risk area to Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the rules stated above under "Travel to Mecklenburg-Vorpommern" apply. In addition, since 8 November 2020, a digital registration must be made if the entry to MV is from an international risk area. The digital registration can be found at www.einreiseanmeldung.de.
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.