Covid tests

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1. Posted by ro2124 (Budding Member 17 posts) 21w Star this if you like it!

Anyone know much about Covid tests?
Situation is this, been stuck in Colombia for 11 months with the quarantine.
Did have a flight in December,but that was cancelled.
Now have another one end of January, MED-BOG-MAD-BER
But part of that already been cancelled, the last leg from Madrid to Berlin.
Still at least if I can get to Madrid, I should be able to get to Berlin somehow.
Problem is these virus tests, I understand in Germany you have to show a negative test and also register on line before arriving.
With Spain I'm a bit uncertain, as I am flying to Madrid, only to change planes, in theory I would assume that would be classed as Transit.
But these days one cant be sure, often it states you have to collect your luggage to check in again, so probably means leaving the transit area.

With the tests there is is another problem, for example in Germany test has to be taken within 48 hours before arriving.
But really this 48 hour test rule is almost impossible.
It's not just taking test and waiting for the test results, if it's an overseas flight that can be nearly 20 hours, if having to wait for connecting flights,etc
So in effect where you are, you only have 24 hours to take the test and get results.
In some countries like Colombia totally impossible.
How they expect people to do all that in 48 hours is beyond me.
Plus the possibility that flights may be delayed or changed, which happens quite often these days.
So one has to consider the possibility of arriving after the 48-hour rule, then what will happen?
Will they refuse entry or have facilities to do a test on site?

Any advice would be welcome.

2. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 1635 posts) 21w Star this if you like it!

I don't suppose there is a German embassy or consulate you could contact? I would think they would know the details of such procedures

3. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 3214 posts) 21w Star this if you like it!

"..stuck in Colombia for 11 months with the quarantine."

Maybe your country still has some sort of repatriation flights. (Assuming a German passport.)

Yes, check with your embassy.

Quick search shows that Germany has done quite a few repatriation flights already.

https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/news/germany-carries-out-the-largest-repatriation-process-in-its-history/

4. Posted by ro2124 (Budding Member 17 posts) 21w Star this if you like it!

Yes you would think the embassy could give information, but they didn't.
They said contact the Bundespolizei.So waiting for an answer from them now.
And repatriation flights aint on the cards got British passport, although be able to get a German one, once I get back.
Although that isn't much use at the moment.

5. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 2751 posts) 21w Star this if you like it!

I'm afraid the fact that you are a UK citizen adds another layer of complexity.

>How they expect people to do all that in 48 hours is beyond me.
>Will they refuse entry or have facilities to do a test on site?

You are not a German citizen and Germany, like many/most countries, is not overly concerned with international travellers at the moment. I have a friend (also a UK citizen) who has been legally resident in Hungary for many years. He was on holiday in Egypt when the borders closed in March and he has been unable to return to his home.

Unless you are resident in Germany...and can prove it...you may be denied entry.

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/germany/entry-requirements

Lateral flow tests provide quick results. PCR tests do not and it is PCR tests which are required. In-airport PCR tests for arriving travellers aren't really feasible.

If you're not sure whether bags will be transferred you should assume they won't be. Spain requires a PCR test to be taken no less than 72 hours before entry. There are spot checks and a minimum fine of 3000 euro for non-compliance. Details here:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain/entry-requirements

If this routing doesn't seem feasible could you could fly Columbia> UK and then fly onward to Germany, perhaps after you've met UK quarantine requirements? As a UK citizen you wouldn't be refused entry though you'll need proof of a negative PCR within the previous 72 hours.

6. Posted by ro2124 (Budding Member 17 posts) 21w Star this if you like it!

>Unless you are resident in Germany...and can prove >it...you may be denied entry.

Well should be ok there then, I am legally registered as resident and also have German citzenship document, (although not on me), just dont have ID card yet. That was due to be issued last March but of course got stuck with virus.
Also written to German police explaining the 48hr test rule is virtually impossible from Colombia and what would happen if time limit was excceded due to flight delays etc.so should know more next week

7. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 2751 posts) 21w Star this if you like it!

I do hope you can get it sorted out.