Risk areas: Germany controls weakly or not at all

A negative PCR test often has to be presented when entering the country (Photo: Jan Gruber).
A negative PCR test often has to be presented when entering the country (Photo: Jan Gruber).

Risk areas: Germany controls weakly or not at all

A negative PCR test often has to be presented when entering the country (Photo: Jan Gruber).
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Germany declared Vienna a corona risk region, which means that either a negative PCR test, not older than 48 hours, must be presented upon entry or a quarantine is in effect. So much for theory, but in practice travelers do not expect any strict controls at all.

An airline employee explained to Aviation.Direct that currently only the Passenger Locator Cards called “exit cards” by Germany have to be filled out. There is a box on these that can be ticked if you have a negative PCR test with you. Nobody checks the findings themselves. The planes continue to arrive at the Schengen gates as normal. Neither the passport nor anything else was checked by travelers coming from Vienna in the last few days.

Not even the correctness of the data on the “exit card” is checked. The crew must collect these and hand them over to the authorities. A few days ago it became known that the majority of these at Frankfurt Airport alone are filled in with fake data such as Mickey Mouse. The tracking of contacts or even the delivery of a quarantine notice is completely impossible. The German authorities therefore do not seem to take the implementation of the tough entry regulations very seriously and allow passengers to have many loopholes.

The law currently in force in most of the German federal states, however, stipulates that those entering the country must report to their local health authority themselves. Failure to report this may result in administrative penalties, but due to the chaotic way in which Germany handles entry from risk areas, it is almost impossible to find the “quarantine slackers”. Officially, travelers without a negative PCR result have to have a test at the airport, but in many places this is only inadequately checked or not checked at all. In Stuttgart, for example, only green folding signs indicate this obligation, but anyone who has given incorrect data and avoids it can obviously not really be tracked. ”The plane arrived at the Schengen gate as normal. On board you had to fill out the Passenger Locator Card, which the crew then collects again. There you also tick whether you have a negative PCR result. Otherwise no control when getting out - everything as always. Was a bit disappointed that nobody was interested in my last minute PCR test results. I discussed this with a few colleagues, apparently the authorities in Germany prescribe quarantine or tests - but they do not control it. Colleagues who flew to Leipzig and Frankfurt at the weekend said the same thing, ”a high-ranking employee of an Austrian airline told Aviation.Direct.

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