“Better than I could have imagined”: what foreigners think about being able to travel to Germany

Whether it’s reuniting with friends, meeting family members – including newborns – or hoping to see the Christmas markets, there are many people who are excited to be able to come back to Germany, or at least. hope to be able to plan a trip.

On On June 25, Germany lifted entry restrictions for fully vaccinated people from many non-EU countries, opening up the possibility of smoother travel.

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Of those polled earlier this summer, just over 30% had booked a trip to Germany, while around 36% were planning a trip.

Jennifer Hill, 48, in Wisconsin, US, had planned her summer trip to Germany for over a year.

She was due to visit Munich, Würzburg and her great-grandfather’s town in Lower Franconia in May. But she moved it in July. Fortunately, Germany relaxed travel rules for the United States as well as other non-EU countries at the start of the summer so that she could make her trip.

“I had originally planned to include Austria, but decided it was better to stay in Germany,” she told us.

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Hill chose to stay in Airbnb accommodation instead of hostels to avoid too much contact with other people. She also packed FFP2 masks and purchased travel insurance with Covid medical benefits to prepare for the trip.

She said the holidays were less about tourism and more about “see where my family lived and enjoy being in Germany ”.

“My visit was better than I could have imagined,” said Hill, who is fully vaccinated. “I felt very safe there, regarding Covid. I visited a few churches and other sites, ate at outdoor breweries, hiked, researched as a family, and stayed with relatives in my great-grandfather’s town.

“I really appreciated that masks were mandatory in public spaces, as they are not here in the United States. And the restaurants I visited had good contact systems in place.

“In the end, I had a quick take-out Covid test to return to the United States. Cases are on the rise now in my home community, as they are everywhere with the Delta variant. Glad I had the opportunity to go when I did.

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Of those who responded to our survey, the majority – over 67% – were fully vaccinated against Covid. 13 percent were not yet fully vaccinated and just over 13 percent were not vaccinated but still wanted to come from Germany.

“I miss my children”

Many people have told us that they are desperate for family reunions or to see loved ones in Germany.

Eloise Tunnicliffe-Grundy, UK, said: “I have been visiting to see my boyfriend for three years as we are in a long distance relationship. I look forward to spending time with him and eating some local food, as well as seeing his family.

Lars Kroll, 32, from the Netherlands, plans to go sailing with his father, see his parents and grandmother, and friends.

Many people said they were concerned about Covid rules affecting their plans.

Pat Milner, 65, of Rugby in England, said: “I can’t wait to visit my son Stephen and Anne who I haven’t seen in a year. They were due to get married in 2020 and their reorganized wedding was for this month of July. It is now postponed to summer 2022.

“I feel relatively safe as I have been vaccinated, but I am concerned that I will be denied entry to countries due to Covid restrictions.”

People at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin in July. Photo: picture alliance / dpa | Fabien Sommer

George Throup, 20, from London, is planning a trip to visit his girlfriend and family. “I look forward to some great food in and out of the UK. I’m afraid we in the UK will be hit by another variant and get back on the banned list! “

For some people, it has been very difficult to plan due to complications from the Covid restrictions.

Harafa Minga Jerome, 42, from South Africa, said: “My children and my ex-husband live in Germany. My children are still young and in school. I last saw them in 2019 when I went to Hamburg to visit them.

“I was planning to visit in February 2020 but the lockdown has started and our borders are still closed and I cannot travel to Germany. I miss my children very much. I can’t wait to see them smile, hold them, talk to them and we love dancing as a family.

Susan Mathew, from Bangalore, said she wanted to visit her son and daughter-in-law in Germany and enjoy the countryside.

“I fell in love with Berlin”

Others seek to explore their past.

Greg Carter, 66, from Nevada, USA, said he was stationed in Germany in the 1970s. He loved beer and food and has a lot of friends he wants to visit.

Steven Thompson, 61, of Las Vegas was also stationed in the United States in the 1970s. “I spent my weekends mainly in Rothenburg ob der Tauber and I would like to meet old friends, ”he said.

“Since I am not traveling until September, I am in standby mode at the moment.”

With tourist attractions across the country such as stunning castles like Neuschwanstein in the south as well as lakes, mountains and beaches, Germany is high on some people’s wish lists.

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A wonderful summer day in Titisee-Neustadt, Baden-Württemberg. Photo: picture alliance / dpa | Philipp von Ditfurth

Gary Michael Dubret, 57, based in New Orleans, Louisiana, said: “I want to visit my friend and I would like to see the world’s largest model train table in Hamburg.

Melissa Mongelli, 45, is from the United States. She came to Germany in 2019 and “Fell in love with Berlin”, making her desperate for a return trip as soon as possible.

“I love the city,” she says.

Charlie Ehrmann, 78, based in Georgia, US, said he attended high school in Berlin and met his wife on a trip to Munich, so he made many trips to Germany.

He wants to take his family – including his grandchildren when they graduate from high school – to Germany. He loves “the Germany / Austria region, the castles, the mountains, the food and the music”.

Ehrmann said he is looking at how tourists can get tested in various cities. “Most hotels were helpful in letting us know if they require and / or provide testing, ”he said.

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Mark Jeavons, 58, in England, wants to find the Schwarzwald (Black Forest) for his annual trip to improve his language skills.

Chris Laing, 53, from Edinburgh, is also a frequent visitor. “We visit Germany every year,” he said. “We love food, beer and the mountains.”

David and Nancy, who are 70 years old and live in Indiana, US, also visit each year.

“We lived in Germany for six years,” they explained. “I can’t wait to drive along the Rhine and Moselle and enjoy the scenery and the good restaurants. Unfortunately we missed Spargel (asparagus) season! ”

Meet grandchildren

Other people who responded to our survey said they wanted to return to their second home in Germany, attend weddings – or even prepare to study in the federal Republic.

For Sharon Rosslind in Cape Town, a trip to Germany will be “to meet my two grandchildren”.

Tsitsi Makoni, 59, from Zimbabwe, said she wanted to “see my grandsons”.

She added: “One was born in 2020 and due to Corona I was not able to visit and meet him. My other grandson is arriving on July 27, 2021 and would really love to be with my daughter when she is will give birth.

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Thanks to everyone who shared their experience with us. While we were not able to include all of the submissions, we have read each and every one and are really sympathetic to the challenges everyone is facing right now when it comes to traveling during the pandemic.

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