Frequently asked questions and answers as of: May 12, 2021
What type of test must be presented to the accommodation establishments?
• Evidence of a rapid antigen test can be presented, which was carried out, for example, in a test station, in a pharmacy, at a doctor's or by appropriately trained staff in a company. In the case of a rapid antigen test, the test result must not be older than 48 hours. A PCR test is also permitted; the test result here must be a maximum of 48 hours old.
• In addition, guests must provide the operator with proof of a negative test every 72 hours. The above requirements apply, whereby the test may also be carried out on site in the accommodation facility under the supervision of the staff (according to the FAQ of the State of SH).
Do guests who are accommodated for professional, medical or compulsory socio-ethical purposes also have to prove a test BEFORE arrival and every 72 hours from May 17, 2021, or does this test obligation only apply to tourists?
• Since there is no longer a ban on accommodation, there are no longer any exceptions for travel for professional, medical or compelling socio-ethical purposes. The same rules apply to the group of these travelers as to tourists.
Who bears the costs for the tests?
• The citizen tests are free of charge, everyone can be tested for the coronavirus at least once a week free of charge. A free test every 72 hours is therefore possible
What must the proof of corona tests and the documentation look like for landlords who are not on site? Is it sufficient that the guest's negative corona test is available in digital version in advance so that a late arrival with a key safe is possible?
• Insofar as the current ordinance requires proof of a test within the meaning of Section 2 Number 7 SchAusnahmV, proof of the absence of an infection with the coronavirus in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish in embodied or digital form is sufficient if the the underlying testing was carried out by laboratory diagnostics using nucleic acid detection (PCR, PoC-PCR or other methods of nucleic acid amplification technology) and the underlying testing was performed a maximum of 48 hours ago (in accordance with Section 4 Special Hygiene Requirements).
Do fully vaccinated persons (14 days after the 2nd vaccination) still have to submit a rapid or PCR test for the journey to the hotel / holiday apartment, for the stay in the restaurant and have themselves tested every 72 hours?
• Fully vaccinated persons (basically two vaccinations and at least 14 days after the second vaccination) and those who have recovered do not have to present a negative test. In this case, proof of vaccination is sufficient by presenting a vaccination card or a vaccination certificate or proof of recovery (positive PCR test result that was at least 28 days ago and is not older than 6 months). However, guests with symptoms typical of the corona must be tested (according to the FAQ of the State of SH).
Do tests / vaccination certificates have to be copied, documented or even transmitted in accommodation establishments? Or is it enough if the hosts have this shown to them? Do tests / proof of vaccination have to be kept in accommodation establishments? If so, how long?
• The guest must “present” proof of a negative test every 72 hours. So there is no need for documentation, storage or the like as with the contact details (explanations on § 17 accommodation establishments)
Minimum age of the tested
• Children under 6 years of age do not need a test (explanations on § 17 accommodation providers).