Germany is following a rule called 2G, 2G plus, or 3G.
These rules have nothing to do with cell service as you might want to believe but with the number of vaccines you got and more.
All over Germany you have to show proof of vaccination and an ID and with the CDC version of the vaccination passport we are more or less singled out in this world since everyone has the yellow international vaccination passport.
So here I will give you some tips on how to make it work while being in Germany.
First of all, 2G means you are fully vaccinated, which means two shoots and the booster or you have two shoots and you had Covid and proof that you recovered. You need proof of that from a doctor’s office.
2G plus means all of the above and you got tested within the last 24 hours. This is free in Germany and takes about twenty minutes.
3G means you are fully vaccinated (three times) and or recovered and got tested within the last 24 hours.
Since we don’t have the international vaccination passport in the USA for some unknown reason, we have to do with what we have.
You can get the EU COVID-19 certificate in every pharmacy in Germany and it will make it so much easier for you especially when you are only vaccinated twice and recovered from Covid before being able to get the 3rd shoot.
After getting it, getting into restaurants and checking into hotels was so much faster and less stressful.
Sure you can do it with your CDC vaccination pass but in some cases, you might need to speak German in order to clear things up, so visit a pharmacy and make it easier on restaurants and such.
You might wonder why restaurants and such are so strict on you, and it’s quite easy. The health department of the city they are in can come in and check everyone in the restaurant at any time of the day and can get fined when they allow unvaxxed people to come in.
In Germany, you must wear FFP2 or surgical masks and can’t wear cloth masks like you can in the USA.
FFP2 are similar to N95 or KN95 masks. They look the same and have the same feel. You also need to wear such a mask when flying to or from Germany, so it’s better to get some beforehand.
Something we saw on the Christmas markets is that the cities can make it mandatory to wear such masks outside as well and not just inside.
So if you don’t want to wear masks, you might want to not visit Germany as they can fine you for it.
When you get fined as a none German, you will have to pay on the spot and can thank some US citizens in the past that didn’t want to pay by mail.
If you can work with wearing masks and got vaccinated, you can visit Germany and I always love to visit it. Especially as an American, you will love it there and everyone you meet will love that you came over. They will try to speak English and help you as much as possible since they love Americans eep down.
At the same time, I hope you will not take advantage of that as we want that they see us as the good guy and not change their mind about us as this would make it harder on others in the future.
The picture to the right is the Festung Ehrenbreitstein at night. It’s located above Koblenz and you will enjoy it there.