Corona tests have recently become mandatory when entering the country – but are they easy to get? An Upper Bavarian and his family ended their vacation in Italy very unpleasant.
Bibione – For a few days there has been a compulsory test when entering Germany. Most travelers are of good will and stick to it – even if they can face quite a few hurdles. This is shown by the example of an Upper Bavarian who went to Italy. “If I had known it would work like this, I wouldn’t have gone away,” the man said Merkur.de.
With his wife and three children, he queues this Thursday morning at 8:30 a.m. in front of a free corona test station in the tourist town of Bibione. The only one far and wide, as he describes. And with him countless other tourists and locals. The father estimates the number at 1200.
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At the time of the call, it was already 3pm, “and nothing in the queue is moving. I think we’ll get to it today. But probably not the people 20 meters behind us, and certainly not the 500 meters away, ”the 38-year-old said in despair.
There is a single Dixi toilet for those waiting, some of whom are holding their sleeping children in their arms. No way to buy water or a snack and the sun is burning. “The whole town is fully parked.” The processes seem “totally unorganized” to Upper Bavaria, a “single catastrophe, a chaos!”. He took photos with his smartphone (see above).
Italy tourist reports: “Many cannot afford 40 euros for a corona test”
Another option would be the second test station in the local thermal baths. But the corona test there costs 40 euros per person – also for children – “and many here cannot afford that,” believes the German. His tour operator, from whom he had rented a vacation home in the town, also had no further information. The evening before, he had given him and his neighbors a slip of paper with the address of the test station. At which he and his family have been standing for hours.
Some Italian-speaking people cursed, but the mood has not changed. He had feared that for a moment. “When you see how calm the people stayed here instead of freaking out, you can only be amazed,” reports the man. “People just want to go home.” Another question at 4 pm: Now it worked. “We have just poked our noses and are now waiting for our result,” he sounds relieved.
Corona test obligation when entering Germany came at short notice
The new rules have been in effect since last Sunday. All people from the age of twelve must be able to prove when entering Germany that they have either tested negative for the coronavirus, vaccinated against Covid-19 or have recovered. It applies to all modes of transport. Anyone who violates this must expect a fine.
The federal government announced the change at short notice. Apparently too short-term to build more test stations out of the ground in all tourist locations. Millions of Germans vacation in Italy every year. (frs)