CONTENT & INTRODUCTION
- General Information and links
- By country: covering local government information, travel restrictions and official health guidance
- Links to partner initiatives
As the situation is constantly changing it is often difficult to find relevant updates, particularly in English. With this weekly overview, CWSS attempts to provide a summary of the most recent information and relevant links to add some more transparency to the situation. The online overview will be updated weekly with the latest news on what is happening throughout the Wadden Sea World Heritage Destination in response to COVID-19, using the Wadden Sea network of public and private partners.
The pandemic caused by the corona virus affects all areas of life. In all three Wadden Sea countries, this has meant large-scale and sudden measures, including travel restrictions, recommendations on personal distance, and a ban on gatherings of people. It is important to note that there are certain differences in the recommendations of the various countries.
The closure of tourism operations for several months has had a devastating effect for many businesses and millions of livelihoods across the world. To kickstart recovery, countries within the Schengen Zone (26 countries in Europe) are now reopening their borders to tourists.
At present, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark advises against all non-essential travel to more than 160 countries outside of the EU/Schengen due to the global health situation. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark is now taking a step towards gradual normalisation of the travel advice. On Thursday, 2 July, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark will implement a new travel advice model for countries outside of the EU/Schengen and UK (also known as “third countries”). The travel advice will be eased for countries that both meet the EU’s new COVID-19 criteria for entry into the EU and do not have significant entry restrictions or quarantine requirements for incoming Danish travellers.
Life in Denmark: It is not mandatory to wear a mask in Denmark. People are asked to keep their distance and to stand at least 1m apart.
On 30 June 2020, in view of the improved global epidemiological situation in some regions, the Council of the European Union adopted a recommendation on relaxing the entry restrictions on the basis of a draft drawn up by the Commission. Germany will implement this recommendation from 2 July 2020. From 2 July 2020, unrestricted travel to Germany is once again possible also from the third countries with low rates of infection. List of countries is to be regularly updated. The Federation and the Länder have agreed on the main aspects of uniform quarantine regulations for people entering or returning to Germany. Further information, the model ordinance and links are available on the websites of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community. For information on the concrete implementation of the measures in the various Länder, please see the websites of the Land Ministries of Health.
The Netherlands’ approach is aimed at keeping the virus under control as much as possible in order to protect vulnerable groups and make sure the healthcare system can cope. The rules are now being made more general so that they can be applied in a wide range of contexts. The main distinction is between the rules that apply outside and the rules that apply inside. The basic rules, such as avoiding busy places and staying 1.5 metres apart, apply to everyone.
The European Commission is coordinating a common European response to the coronavirus outbreak.
- Updated daily: Overview (map) of cross-border and internal travel restrictions and other containment measures for 35 European countries.
- Updated daily: List of the temporary border controls between Schengen countries. Further information on the controls can be found here which includes other measures restricting people movement and the operation of transport services.
- 15 June: ‘Re-open EU’: New web platform to help safely resume free movement and tourism in the EU
The Commission launched ‘Re-open EU’, a web platform that contains essential information allowing a safe relaunch of free movement and tourism across Europe. To help people confidently plan their travel and holidays during the summer and beyond, the platform will provide real-time information on borders, available means of transport, travel restrictions, public health and safety measures, as well as other practical information for travellers.
- 11 June: Commission recommends partial and gradual lifting of travel restrictions to the EU after 30 June, based on common coordinated approach
The Commission recommended to Schengen Member States and Schengen Associated States to lift internal border controls by 15 June and to prolong the temporary restriction on non-essential travel into the EU until 30 June. It also set out an approach to progressively lifting the restriction afterwards.
UNWTO (World Tourism Organization)
UNWTO is the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism.
“The worldwide outbreak of COVID-19 has brought the world to a standstill, and tourism has been the worst affected of all major economic sectors. Against a backdrop of heightened uncertainty, up-to-date and reliable information is more important than ever, both for tourists and for the tourism sector.”
UNWTO is providing guidance and support for recovery measures of its members, the private and public tourism sector, including organizers of tourism events and fairs.
In light of the pandemic, UNWTO created a platform on restarting tourism with updated information.
What are they doing?
UNWTO has been providing the analytical insights needed for a better understanding and more effective response to the pandemic, by:
- Releasing regular updates of global travel restrictions
- Generating up-to-date data of COVID-19's impact on tourism
- Offering a worldwide overview of measures to support tourism
Tourism’s COVID-19 response has been furthered by UNWTO by
- Preparing the UNWTO Recommendations for Action – Supporting Jobs And Economies Through Travel & Tourism
- Producing a Technical Assistance Package
- Formulating an inclusive response to protect vulnerable groups
- Response through Innovation, Digital Transformation & Investments
- International Protection of Tourists
- General awareness raising through the #TravelTomorrow campaign, promoted also by countries, destinations, private sector and media, including a landmark agreement with CNN International
05.06.20: “Sustainability as the New Normal” a Vision for the Future of Tourism
The One Planet Vision calls for responsible recovery for the tourism sector, which is founded on sustainability, to build back better. This will underpin tourism’s resilience to be better prepared for future crises. The Vision will support the development and implementation of recovery plans, which contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to the Paris Agreement.
The One Planet Vision for the Responsible Recovery of the Tourism Sector is structured around six lines of action to guide responsible tourism recovery for people, planet and prosperity, namely public health, social inclusion, biodiversity conservation, climate action, circular economy and governance and finance.
Access the full document One Planet Vision for a Responsible Recovery of the Tourism Sector.
The controlled reopening of Danish society continues in phases. You will find the content of the agreed phases and plans for a controlled reopening of the Danish society below:
- Phase 1: Plan announced 6 April 2020
- Phase 2: Plan announced 7 May 2020
- Phase 2: Plan announced 20 May 2020
- Phase 3 and 4: Plan announced 8 May 2020
- 01.07.20: New travel advice model for countries outside of the EU/Schengen and UK
Effective Thursday, 2 July, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark introduces a new travel advice model for countries outside of the EU/Schengen and UK. One key element of the model will be the EU’s new list of countries that meet the defined COVID-19 criteria for entry to the EU.
An updated version of this EU list will be released every 14 days.
25.06.20: The new model for travel advice pertaining to EU and Schengen countries, as well as the UK, has now been implemented.
The travel advice during the summer for the EU and Schengen countries, as well as the UK, will be continuously updated on the basis of several parameters. One important element in these assessments will be the recently published overview from Statens Serum Institut (Danish), which categorises countries as “open countries” or “quarantine countries” according to objective criteria relating to the incidence of new infections and national testing regime. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark will also continuously update the travel advice in the event of changes to countries’ entry restrictions or quarantine rules.
- 29.05.20: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs presents a plan for travel advice during the summer of 2020 based on caution
These links to the Danish Police´s page with information from the Danish authorities in English regarding the state of COVID-19 in Denmark. It includes information on travelling to and from Denmark.
- Government homepage and page on COVID-19
- Government department for Foreign Affairs on cross-border travel
Tourism Boards and Agencies on COVID-19
Visit Denmark: Stay up to date with the latest information and recommendations for visitors travelling to Denmark.
Denmark’s borders will open to most European countries from 27 June 2020, based on a set of health measures and analysis. However, borders to Sweden and Portugal remain closed.
To enter Denmark, tourists from the approved countries must show documentation of a valid booking for a minimum of 6 days on entry. If a tourist wishing to enter shows clear signs of sickness, for example a cough, fever, or similar, they will not be allowed to cross the border.
The temporary entry restrictions for travellers from other EU countries, states associated with Schengen (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland) and the United Kingdom have been removed entirely since 21 June 2020. Travel to Germany from other EU states, the Schengen area and the United Kingdom has been possible without restriction since then.
Public life: Wearing a mask is mandatory in public transport and when shopping. Shops and restaurants must observe distancing and hygiene regulations. All large-scale events are generally prohibited until 31 October 2020.Some establishments may remain closed or restrict accesss. Most stores are allowed to open, but access may be restricted.
Tips on health and conduct can be found in several languages from the Federal Ministry of Health.
Back to everyday life with the Corona-Warn-App for Germany:the app is voluntary . It is a project developed on behalf of the Federal Government. Download the English version of the app here: https://www.bundesregierung.de/breg-de/themen/corona-warn-app/corona-warn-app-englisch
- Government homepage on COVID-19
- Robert Koch Institut (division in the Ministry of Health) on COVID-19
- Government department for Foreign Affairs on cross-border travel
- Government financial support measures for business
Tourism Associations on COVID-19
Tourism Boards on COVID-19
26.06.20: Day tourists have been allowed to travel to the East Frisian Islands again since 22 June. Juist and Baltrum made the start, Spiekeroog and Wangerooge followed on 23 June. On Wangerooge, however, there will be a restriction again from June 25th to 29th and on July 4th and 5th due to the summer vacation start in several federal states. Langeoog will initially only allow 200-day visitors to the island - none at weekends. Norderney, which on some days, according to the Aurich district, counts up to 4500 day guests, is to remain blocked for day visitors until June 30th.
24.06.20: Lower Saxony imposes a ban on accommodation for tourists from Gütersloh region after the Corona outbreak in the area. Accommodation facilities such as hotels, holiday apartments and campsites in Lower Saxony are no longer allowed to accommodate people who have their first place of residence or permanent residence in the Gütersloh district or in the Warendorf district.
19.06.20: The new Lower Saxony ordinance, which is valid from Monday 22 June, was presented at today's state press conference. With the new amendment, the phased plan of the state government is further implemented.
You can find it on the pages of the State Chancellery at: https://www.niedersachsen.de/Coronavirus/vorschriften-der-landesregierung-185856.html
Important changes include:
- Admission of meetings of up to 10 people and thus lifting the previous restriction to two households. This also applies to gastronomy, bus travel etc.
- Further relaxation in the area of culture, also indoor events e.g. cinema and theatre are permitted now
- Lifting of the 80 % maximum occupancy rate for overnight accommodation
- Children - and Youth trips are possible with max. 16 persons
- Saunas can be opened
- No limit on group size for city tours
In Lower Saxony, accommodation for tourist purposes has again been permitted in hotels and similar accommodation since May 25, 2020. Since May 11, 2020, apartments, holiday homes, campsites, mobile home parking spaces and boat berths can be rented out again.
Anyone entering from Sweden must be in quarantine: People who return to their place of residence in Lower Saxony after a stay in Sweden must now go into quarantine for two weeks. This was announced by the Lower Saxony Ministry of Health on June 7, 2020. Sweden exceeded the so-called incidence of 50 infected people per 100,000 inhabitants at the weekend, which is decisive for the regulation.
25.06.20: The National Park House Neuwerk is currently planning to open the doors again on July 1st in compliance with the applicable contact restrictions and hygiene measures. Events will also take place again from 9 July with certain restrictions.
12.06.20: It is permitted to resume operations of eating places and hotel restaurants, provided that the seats and standing places for the guests are arranged in a way that allows to keep a distance of at least 1,5 meters between the guests or that appropriate partition walls separate the guests. The minimum distance of 1,5 meters must also be kept when guests enter and leave the restaurant or eating place. Staff members must wear a face covering when they are in direct contact with the guests. It is prohibited to serve buffets. It is mandatory to register the contact information of the guests.
Specific travel advice is provided here.
Schleswig-Holstein: Far-reaching loosening
24.06.20: Entry restrictions apply to people who come from areas with a high spread of the coronavirus (risk area). Arrivals from domestic risk areas must also go to quarantine.
19.06.20: From June 20th, coaches and excursion boats will again be able to drive with full number of passengers.
15.06.20: The Robert Koch Institute has identified new risk areas. For travelers who have been in one of the risk areas, special regulations apply for entry or return travel to Schleswig-Holstein. They are in the new quarantine regulation that came into force today.
05.06.20: The following facilities and services may reopen from 8 June onwards, subject to conditions:
- Swimming pools: In the hygiene concepts, attention must be paid to the spacing requirement in the pools. Swimming pools divided into lanes, non-swimmer and baby pools may be used. Pure "fun pools" may not be opened, however.
- Collective showers and changing rooms on camping sites or in sports facilities
- Saunas, whirlpools or steam baths: However, these may only be used individually or by the members of a common household. This regulation also applies to saunas in hotels or swimming pools.
- Theme parks
- travel for tourist purposes, such as coach travel, provided that no more than half of the seats are occupied Passengers must wear a mouth-and-nose cover.
- Restaurants may reopen until 11 pm, motorway service stations until midnight, subject to conditions.
- Sports competitions may take place again with appropriate hygiene concepts. The regulations that apply to the event must be observed - especially the number of participants.
- Participants of extracurricular educational offers - e.g. first aid courses - may deviate from the distance requirement if the educational purpose requires it. The prerequisite is that all participants wear a mouth-and-nose cover.
- Private meetings of up to ten people are again possible - previously only families were allowed. In addition, members of two households can still meet privately, regardless of the number of persons.
You can find the specific provisions and the latest information on the website of the state government.
25.06.20: From 1 July, the following general rules apply for indoors and outdoors.
General rules for indoor activities
Maximum 100 people per room with fixed seats (excluding staff).
In shops, museums, libraries and other locations with flow of visitors, 1.5 meters away is the rule (locations themselves ensure compliance with this rule). There is no maximum number of people.
General rules for outdoor activities
Maximum 250 persons (excluding staff).
No maximum number of people under the following conditions: fixed seats, a reservation and a health check in advance.
In zoos, amusement parks and other outdoor locations with flow of visitors, 1.5 meters away is the rule (locations themselves ensure compliance with this rule).
In public transport, wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory. All seats in bus, train, tram and metro are available. For other transport from A to B (such as taxis, passenger buses and coaches), a reservation and health check in advance and a non-medical mask are required.
If the situation permits and the virus remains under control, discos and nightclubs can open in the long term. This will be reviewed around 1 September.
The province of Friesland is deploying an additional € 5 million to support companies and organisations affected by the corona crisis. This is done with the recovery package “Lok op 1: No en Moarn”. It focuses on circular economy, hospitality, culture, liveability, care and education, so that the region remains attractive to live, work and recreate in. The majority of the measures are widely available for all sectors, for all organisations with a Chamber of Commerce registration. A number of measures are also for a specific target group, for example for the recreation & tourism sector, for the culture sector and for village houses and sports clubs.
After 15 June the following applies when travelling to the Netherlands from other EU and Schengen countries:
- Tourists from EU and Schengen countries, except Sweden and the United Kingdom, can visit the Netherlands this summer.
- All tourists must follow all the rules in place in the Netherlands to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
- Foreign tourists must reserve their holiday accommodation before they travel to the Netherlands.
- Measures may be taken at popular tourist sites to avoid these places becoming too busy.
- Public transport should be used for essential travel only. To get around tourists should use their own vehicle or, for example, rent a bike.
Government homepage on COVID-19
Government department for Health on COVID-19
Government department for Foreign Affairs on cross-border travel
Wadden Sea World Heritage sends greetings to UNESCO. All videos sent to the World Heritage Centre can be viewed on their page.
The European Travel Commission (ETC) teamed up with Euronews to create and launch a new media campaign entitled “We are Europe”, designed to inspire people to get ready to travel again as travel restrictions across Europe are gradually being eased. The campaign, which will air in June and July 2020 on Euronews’ TV and digital platforms as well as on ETC and partners’ digital platforms, is targeted primarily towards European markets. To get involved in the campaign, please download the toolkit and follow the step-by-step instructions.
Giving Back While the travel and hospitality industry is under great strain, altruistic initiatives continue to provide recognition for front-line workers and community support. A recent example is Night On Us, through which hotels are pledging two-night mini breaks for all intensive care nurses in the UK.
Danish Wadden Sea World Heritage live on Facebook
Through a cooperation between the three South Danish UNESCO World Heritage sites and funded by the South Denmark Region the Danish collegues were live on Facebook telling about the Wadden Sea World Heritage. The videos can be watched at:
Kampagne “Wir sind bereit” - https://tourismuscluster-sh.de/de/wirsindbereit.php?sn=snd4c8d0f08893018d8a7b03d9e3bc1b
Bringing the region to the visitor: "East Frisia for your living room" – online initiative of the Ostfriesland Tourismus GmbH
NDR TV report “How does it work? An island under quarantine – Neuwerk” After 14 days of quarantine, Uli Patzwahl accompanied the islanders with the camera in their exceptional situation.
ANWB Podcast "The Field Service" - Listening to Dutch nature
Online presentation “Vakantiemonitor” ( in Dutch)
On Thursday 2 July, NBTC and Royal Schiphol Group will present the results of the second measurement of the Vakantiemonitor: a series of measurements of the travel behavior of tourists from the Netherlands and core markets like Belgium, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, the United States and China.
The presentation of the research results is from 10 am to 10.30 am, followed by 10.45 am for questions. Attend the online presentation on 2 July via this link (registration is not necessary)
dwif survey of local / regional tourism organizations as part of the Sparkassen-Tourismusbarometer. The results reflect the current mood in the industry on the topics of the development of inquiries, interests of customers, personnel situation and fields of work of the tourism organizations. A total of 143 locations and regions in nine federal states participated.
- "Travel in times of Corona" A representative online survey in Germany
- Score Media Group: Current study "Germany, your vacationers" - the travel behavior of the Germans. Overview of the key results.