Can I go to Germany for the Christmas markets? Rules for Brits this festive season

Germany’s Christmas markets have long been a firm favourite with Brits looking for a fun getaway during the festive season.

Of course, the coronavirus pandemic has been wreaking havoc on travel plans, so this year things look a little different.

Some iconic markets have been cancelled due to fears of rising numbers of cases, such as Nuremberg’s world-famous market, but there are some markets still currently scheduled to go ahead with social distancing measures.

But cancellations aren’t the only factor to consider. Germany has introduced new entry requirements for British visitors, as it deems the UK a ‘high-risk’ country in relation to Covid-19 cases.

To give you a helping hand, we’ve put together a guide with everything you need to know about visiting Germany’s Christmas markets including entry rules and which markets are cancelled/still going ahead.

Can I go to Germany?

Christmas market in Munich

Yes – at the time of writing, the Foreign Office doesn’t advise against travel to Germany.

However, German authorities have deemed the entire UK to be a high risk area, so you’ll be subject to entry requirements.

These include; having to take a Covid-19 test, notifying the local German health authority of where you’ll be staying.

You may need to quarantine for 14 days, unless you test negative for Covid-19 – but in some parts of Germany, you may need a second test to exempt you.

You can read more in the FCDO advice on Germany’s entry requirements.

Will I need to quarantine?

Christmas market in Cologne

Germany is currently on the UK’s list of travel corridors, so you won’t need to quarantine when you return to the UK.

However, it may be different when you arrive in Germany. You’ll need to take a Covid-19 test and have a negative result, otherwise you’ll need to quarantine for 14 day. Some parts of Germany may require you to take a second test to be exempt from having to self-isolate.

Which markets are cancelled?

Huge crowd of people moving over Nuremberg´s world-famous christmas market (Christkindlsmarkt) at night, passing colorful illuminated christmas decoration and food stalls. Nuremberg´s landmark Frauenkirche (Church of our Lady) can be seen in the back.
Nuremberg’s Christkindlsmarkt is world-famous

A number of Christmas markets have sadly had to be cancelled due to fears of rising numbers of coronavirus cases in Germany.

Popular markets which are confirmed as cancelled include:

  1. Nuremberg’s Christkindlesmarkt
  2. Berlin’s Gendarmenmarkt (not all of Berlin’s Christmas markets are closed)
  3. Frankfurt’s market
  4. Cologne has cancelled its markets in Roncalliplatz, as well as the Heinzel Market
  5. Heidelberg has cancelled its markets

Which markets are going ahead?

Stuttgart Christmas Market

During the coronavirus pandemic, organisers are currently looking at ways that the markets could be opened with social distancing measures, so a lot of the events are up in the air.

We take a look at those currently planned to go ahead…

  1. Berlin : Some markets are still planned to open, with social distancing measures. Visit Berlin has a handy list of Berlin’s Christmas markets set to go ahead.
  2. Hamburg: The city has 30 Christmas markets are currently planned to go ahead with special health and safety measures in place. No cancellations have been announced at the time of writing. Find out more here.
  3. Munich : It’s currently set to host its market from the 23rd November until the 24th December 2020. Authorities have warned that the market could be cancelled if there is a rise in numbers of coronavirus cases. Find out more here.
  4. Stuttgart: Its market is planned to run from the 25th November until the 23rd December. Find out more here.
  5. Leipzig: The main Christmas market is planned to run from the 24th November through to the 23rd December. Find out more here.

Some cities haven’t yet confirmed whether their markets will go ahead. For example, Dresden’s authorities said they are currently looking into whether to move forward with its popular Striezelmarkt.

This list is correct at the time of writing, but due to the ongoing pandemic, they could change quickly.

  • Information regarding the travel restrictions and entry requirements are subject to change quickly during the coronavirus pandemic – you should always check the latest FCDO advice before planning, booking or going on a trip.


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