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Camping despite Corona: What is possible at Pentecost?

As of: May 19, 2021 1:38 p.m.

Many people are planning a vacation in Germany in 2021 because of Corona. But popular destinations are quickly booked out. Campsites can be an alternative. What do guests have to consider?

Last year, not only apartments and hotels, but also campsites in popular holiday regions, such as the North and Baltic Seas, were in high demand. This year, too, many people hope to be able to travel with a caravan, tent or mobile home. In the north, the campsites in Schleswig-Holstein and Lower Saxony have already opened. Other federal states such as North Rhine-Westphalia or Baden-W├╝rttemberg have already followed, others want to open soon, including Bavaria on May 21.

Restrictions on campsites

Camping holidays are sometimes possible in the north under strict conditions.

However, strict rules also apply to campsites, which the respective federal state specifies in its Corona regulation and which can therefore differ from one another in the individual countries. The specific rules change very dynamically according to the course of the pandemic. Before starting a trip, vacationers should therefore always find out about the latest measures or relaxations. The Federal Association of the Camping Industry gives an overview of which federal states have already opened the pitches and which conditions apply there.

The following rules for campsites currently apply in the northern German federal states:


  • Camping has been possible again in all parts of Schleswig-Holstein since May 17th. The prerequisite is a seven-day incidence below 100.
  • Binding negative corona test on arrival that is not older than 48 hours. Further mandatory tests on site every 72 hours. Alternatively, a vaccination certificate or a recovery certificate
  • Communal facilities such as shower rooms and toilets may be opened. Saunas and wellness areas remain closed.
  • The current Corona rules for Schleswig-Holstein also apply.

Lower Saxony:

  • Opening in regions with a stable seven-day incidence below 100 since May 10th for locals, from May 18th after a court decision also for holidaymakers from other federal states
  • Requirements: Binding negative corona test before arrival as well as further binding tests on site at least twice a week. Alternatively, a vaccination certificate or a recovery certificate
  • Seat occupancy may not exceed 60 percent.
  • The current corona rules for Lower Saxony also apply.

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania:

  • Overnight stays on campsites are currently only allowed for long-term campers, provided they either live in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania or can prove a full vaccination or recovery. The pitches are still closed for all other campers. The ban on accommodation for locals will not come into effect until June 7th, and also for holidaymakers from all over Germany from June 14th.


  • currently no opening of the places in prospect.

Basic rules for camping in Corona times

For a relaxing holiday, campers should also follow these basic rules:

  • Never leave for a campsite without prior notice or booking. Due to the high demand and the limited space - also due to the hygiene and distance rules - holidaymakers must otherwise expect to be turned away.
  • Before starting your journey, ask the campsite operator about the applicable corona protective measures by telephone. It is particularly important here where masking requirements apply and whether there are any restrictions on the use of the sanitary and disposal facilities. If self-catering is not planned, it is also interesting to know whether catering establishments are open.
  • Obtain a sufficient supply of protective masks as well as hand and surface disinfectants before you start your journey. Corresponding products ensure more personal safety when using the toilets and showers, for example.
  • Holidaymakers should also be prepared for the campsite operators to collect and save personal contact data in order to be able to trace infection chains in the event of a corona virus.
  • Campers should always strictly adhere to distance and hygiene measures to prevent places from having to close again.

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