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Of: Franziska Kaindl

The end of the corona quarantine obligation in four federal states offers many citizens more freedom again. However, be careful when traveling in Germany.

Anyone who tests positive for the corona virus in Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, Hesse or Schleswig-Holstein has no longer had to go into quarantine at home since November 16th. Those affected only have to wear a mask outside of their own four walls – wearing an FFP2 mask is recommended. So far, the rule has applied throughout Germany that infected people must spend at least five days in self-isolation. Now who is traveling despite corona infection wants to go, but should be careful. In the other federal states there is still a quarantine obligation.

Corona quarantine obligation in other federal states: penalties of up to 5,000 euros for violations

With the four federal states going it alone, there is now a patchwork quilt in Germany again. Those who tested positive from Bavaria are allowed to travel to Baden-Württemberg or Hesse, for example, by bus, train or plane, but not to Hamburg or Berlin. Anyone who can be proven to violate the quarantine regulations in Hamburg must expect a fine of between 150 and 2,000 euros. In Berlin, a violation of the Corona Protection Ordinance costs between 1,000 and 5,000 euros. The easing in Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, Hesse and Schleswig-Holstein is therefore not a free ticket to move within Germany again without conditions. Also at Travel across national borders Those who have tested positive should first find out about the regulations of the country. In France, for example, there is still an obligation to isolate.

Autumn is a wonderful time to explore nature in Germany – but you should be careful if you have a corona infection. © Imago

Encouragement and criticism at the end of the corona quarantine obligation

The Associations of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians welcome this End of the Corona quarantine in the four federal states and is even in favor of a nationwide uniform procedure. “We have to get back to normality and deal with Corona and live like we do with other infectious diseases,” said KBV Deputy Chairman Dr. Stephen Hofmeister. “In the case of more dangerous variants, quarantine regulations can of course still make sense.”

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The German Foundation for Patient Protection, on the other hand, sees it differently: According to the board member Eugen Brysch, the obligation to isolate prevents the virus from spreading, as the dpa news agency reports. “Furthermore, infected workers will be protected from giving in to employment pressures. Federal states that are burying the obligation to isolate are wiping these facts off the table.” The different regulations would also only cause chaos for employees with jobs in other federal states. “After all, millions of commuters alone cross national borders every day. It is not uncommon for it to be just a few steps.”