A roadtrip in safety
Camping in times of the Coronavirus
+++ This article will be updated regularly and should give you an overview of the Information about camping during the Corona-pandemic. Bevor you start your adventure, you should inform yourself on all offical sites about which regulations may be relevant for your end destination. If you are on violation of certain restrictions, there are can be high fines. +++
Your travel destinations in Europe
Overview of Countries
Entry into Denmark is possible without a Test or quarantine. Upon entry, a digital entry form has to be presented.
The border to Denmark is open again. There is no mandatory qurantine but a negative test result must be presented. Fully vaccinated individuals (with certificate) are not subject to mandatory testing.Die Grenzen zu Dänemark sind wieder geöffnet.
Restaurants, bars, stores, museums, and recreational facilites are open under certain conditions. Campsites are also open but currently do not always allow tourists from abroad to stay overnight.
Starting on June 26th, “normal” vacation will be possible. The requirement for this is the planned EU-wide Vaccine-Passport.
In Germany, camping is possible again! The condition for this is that the region has an incidence under 100.
If one wants to stay overnight on a public parking spot instead of on a campsite can use §12 of the road traffic regulations if necessary. Parking and staying overnight is possible everywhere, where it is no explicitly stated otherwise e.g. information signs. This is also the case for “restoring driving ability” – but only 10 hours – on public spaces and hiking parking los. You shoud also inform yourself about regulations in the city or county you are planning to travel to. In case of violations, there are high fines.
When traveling back to Germany, there is no mandatory quarantine or testing. The travel warning will be lifted on July 1st. The exception to this are high-incidence areas (10-day quarantine) and virus-variant-areas (14-day quarantine). The countries that are considered as high-risk-areas are categorized by the RKI. You can read more about it here.
France’s borders are open again! Upon entry, a negative Antigen-Test has to be presented. In addition, a health form has to be filled out, which is to be presented upon entry. There is no more quarantine. Recovered individuals and those who are fully vaccinated are no longer subject to testing.
Campsites and cultural sities are open. Restaurants can offer inside and outside dining. There is no more nightly curfew.
Upon entering Greece a negative Antigen-Rapidtest and a digital entry form have to be presented (latest 24 hours before entry).
Entry into Italy is possible without any restrictions. There is no testing or quarantine necessary.
Crotia is no longer a risk area. Tourists from Germany (except from Baden-Württemberg and Saarland) are not subject to Test- or quarantine regulations.
Entry into Montenegro is possible without any restrictions. There is no Test- or manadatory quarantine.
The Netherlands has again been declared a high incidence area. You still do not need a negative test to enter the country, but when you return to Germany you need a negative test and must be quarantined for 10 days, which can be ended from the fifth day onwards by a second negative test. Vaccinated and recovered persons are exempt from the test and quarantine obligation.
Campsites, restaurants and shops are still open.
Fully vaccinated individuals are exempt from quarantine, as long as they can preset a vaccine certificate. Starting on July 5th, non-vaccinated individuals can enter without quarantine.
Restaurants, cultura sites and campsites are open.
Austria is no longer a risk area and tourists are able to enter again. Mandatory quarantine has been lifted, it is only necessary to presented a negative test result a certificated from fully vaccinated individuals or from recovered covid-individuals.
Entry into Poland is possible when presenting a negative test result (PCR or Antigen-Test).
Upon entry, a negative test result (Antigen-Test) has to be presented.
Due to the Dela-Variant the planned easing of restrictions will not happen. Some Restaurants and stores already have to close in the afternoon. Leaving and reentering the region of Lisbon is difficult and is not allowed for tourists. Because Portugal ist categorized as a Virus-variant-area, individuals traveling back to Germany have to go into a mandatory 14-day quarantine.
To enter Sweden, a negative Antigen-Test result must be presented. When arriving over land from Denmark there is no test necessary.
Switzerland is longer categorized as a risk area. Entry is possible without quarantine or a test.
Entry into Slovenia from non-risk areas is possible without quarantine or tests. Upon entering from a risk area, a negative test must be presented.
Spain has again been declared a high incidence area, which means that returnees must be quarantined for 10 days, which can be shortened from the 5th day onwards by a second test. When entering Spain by land via France, you must show a negative test or proof of vaccination. If you enter Spain by plane, you don’t need a test and you don’t have to go into quarantine.
The health emergency imposed by the Spanish government has ended. This also means that the travel ban between the Spanish regions has been lifted.
Campsites, restaurants and shops are still open.
Entry into Czechia (Czech Republic) is possible again. Czechia is not categorized as a risk area by the RKI anymore. When entering, a negative test result and a digital entry form has to be filled out.
Campsites, restaurants and hotels are open.
There is no mandatory testing or quarantine for travelers from Germany after presenting a vaccination certification, where the full vaccination is at least 14 days old or where the first partial vaccination is at least 22 days old.
The entry into Hungary is possible without test or quarantine restrictions.
Which campsites and pitches are currently open?
Campsites are open again in Germany! The only condition is that the region has to have an incidence unter 100, which is the case everywhere in Germany.
As for the UK, check out in which Tier you live (or wish to travel to) here.
Campsites are closed, what now?
Rent a camper with shower and toilet and camp self-sufficiently thanks to your own living, cooking, sanitary and sleeping facilities. This means that you can also respect any distancing rules when travelling within your country and keep contact with other people to a minimum. However, always check before you set off on your roadtrip, wheter there is a ban on tourism or not.
Measures at the roadsurfer stations
Even though we are known for our high interest in personal contact with our roadsurfers, we have to limit it in times of the Corona-crisis. This reduction is however a great contribution towards our common goal of feeling the wind on our skin while we drive towards a sunset. Of course, we are still here for all your inquiries. To make sure these two don´t clash, we have made some changes in our working process.
Always “clean & ready” – our roadsurfer campervans
We do everything to ensure that your campervan is hygienically clean and ready at anytime. This way, nothing stands in the way of your carefree and safe roadtrip! What do we do, exactly? Just keep reading!
Clean and well-kept campervans
All of our campers are extensively prepared and cleaned, both inside and out. For each vehicle, we use freshly washed (min 60 °) cloths and specialized branded products from Sonax for interior cleaning. 90% of all surface germs are already removed and we guarantee absolute cleanliness without the use of dangerous chemicals.
Hygienic deep cleaning
After cleaning, all contact surfaces (e.g. steering wheel, door handles, controls, etc.) are also carefully treated with skin-friendly disinfectants. Our staff wears disposable gloves and face masks during the entire cleaning process.
Safety at the roadsurfer station
Our team is required to comply with all local safety regulations. This includes keeping a safe distance, washing hands, wearing face masks and regular disinfection of all contact surfaces (including vehicle keys etc.) at our roadsurfer stations. There is sufficient disinfectant available. We count on you to implement these requirements as well in order to protect our staff.
Stay flexible: rebooking instead of cancelling
Positive mindset during the quarantine: If you have to stay at home for weeks, there is quite a chance that this will have a negative impact on your mood. That’s why it helps to think positive thoughts and get the best out of the situation. A pretty effective way to do this is to see light at the end of the tunnel: the well-deserved vacation afterwards. Although we all don’t know when that will be, the time will definitely come, and we can all look forward to it.
You can avoid organizational stress by rebooking your existing reservation: It is quite possible that the situation will have improved by the summer. If you rebook instead of cancelling, you can start right away instead of having to restart at zero with a new booking later on.
Currently we offer free rebooking or cancellation for everyone who booked a camper in 2020-2021. This means: If you are unable to start because of the severely limited travel options, you can rebook or cancel free of charge up to 48 hours before the start of your trip. In case of a cancellation or if you do not feel like choosing a new travel date yet, we will issue you a voucher in the amount of the deposit, or the full amount already paid. You can then book your camper van again until the end of 2021.
You have further questions? Please contact our hotline from Monday to Saturday between 9 and 18 o’clock: + 49 (0)89-2154 1673
Traveling during Covid: Why camping might be the best idea
While planning a holiday is a lovely task, most of us are unsure on how to do it during this pandemic. Our advice? Choose the most flexible type of travel, the van life of roadsurfer. Why? Let us entice you:
1. Destination and travel period remain flexible
Your travel destination is not set. Only on the day of departure, you decide which region you want to visit. No reason to worry there will be still restrictions at your vacation destination: simply drive to the direction where the coast is clear!
2. Vacation away from the crowds
You avoid crowds, such as in hotels, trains or airplanes. Maybe you are still a little uneasy about getting back into the hustle and bustle, even though the restrictions have already been lifted. No problem. With a camping vacation you can take the time to slowly get back to re-socializing.
3. You can cook for yourself
You can even stay away from the touristic bustle when it’s coming to meals, because you have your own kitchen. Aditionally, you don´t have to worry about others not keeping to the safety guidelines. You are your own boss.
If you really want to keep clear of any crowds in campgrounds, we recommend trying out dispersed camping (camping on a national forest or national park). That way, it´s only you and the wilderness.
Are campsites open?
In the UK, restrictions are based on a Tier system. You can find your Tier here.
As for Germany, there is currently a general ban on tourism, meaning no campsites will be open until, at least, January 31.
We recommend you check the restrictions in your area and in your destination before starting the trip. Violation of the restrictions can result in a heavy fine.
Step #1: Don’t worry be happy
Even if your planned vacation is in danger or you have already had to cancel it, moping doesn’t make things better. To get in a good mood, think positive and get your mindset back on track. Italians sing on their balconies and we sweeten the wait by planning the next vacation, which will surely come one day.
Step #2: Avoid trains and planes
Even if the situation will ease at some point, one or two people may still feel uncomfortable using public transport again as usual. Maybe train and air traffic will only gradually pick up speed again. Thus, what could be better than a camping trip with your loved ones? Here you have your own private space and you can decide flexibly on the direction and duration of your trip.
Step #3: Find an alternative and travel individually
If your planned trip to Italy falls through, you can simply go for grabbing a camper and head for a new destination. It’s best to keep yourself regularly informed about how the situation is developing in the individual countries. And if one country stays closed, you can steer flexibly in a different direction. Or take the opportunity to explore your own home country a little more closely, provided there are no curfews or other restrictions. At home and almost around the corner there are also plenty of beautiful places to discover.
Step #4: Take it easy
With the necessary hygiene measures and as little contact with crowds as possible, the danger of infection can be contained. Therefore: No panic. Even if you have been restricted in your travel plans, there are cool alternatives waiting for you. If we all stick to the measures and hold together, the chances of a carefree vanlife summer will increase.