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1. Posted by ro2124 (Budding Member 13 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

Well air travel at the moment it seems is a total nightmare ,so many rules and limited time, it almost seems impossible at times. Especially with these Covid tests.
I am flying from Medellin, Colombia.
Finally managed to find a flight with Iberia,after several cancellations going to Madrid.
Although actually trying to get to Germany.
But the only way these days is to go Madrid first and then book another flight to Germany separately.

So with these tests,just for example in Spain you have a window of 72 hours before test is invalid, from the day it was taken.
Well it takes up 48 hours to get a test here, which leaves you with about 24 hours to get there, which is cutting it a bit fine especially if there are flight delays.
For Germany is even worse they give you 48 hrs which is totally impossible, just a test result takes about 48 hours, so if you do fly test be invalid by the time you get there.
These bureaucrats don't seem to think very straight, when they make up these rules. Although some people have said that the time spent on the flight, doesn't count towards the time limit, but I'm not sure about that and it's difficult to get accurate information ,opinions vary.
Ahh one longs for the days when you just booked a flight, get on the plane and go, but it seems those days are over for the foreseeable future.

2. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2261 posts) 6w 1 Star this if you like it!

It seems fine to me that the onus is on you to show that you're not a risk, when you're asking to enter an area in lockdown. It's all about public safety and not spreading disease.

I think countries are basically saying we don't really want you to travel, but if you must, it's up to you to jump through the hoops.

3. Posted by ro2124 (Budding Member 13 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

Well it's not a matter of really wanting to travel ,you seem to forget some people have no other choice.
Originally I been trapped here during long quarantine so just trying to find a way back.
Already had several flight cancelled, which happens too many people all the time.And yes I don't mind going ,"through the Hoops"but some of the rules just seem imossible to follow . With the time limits required.

So for your information I'm not some irresponsible tourist,who thinks it's great to travel during a pandemic, it's simply a matter of trying to get back after a long and difficult quarantine period.
Get the idea?

[ Edit: Edited on 6 Mar 2021, 14:49 GMT by ro2124 ]

4. Posted by Vic_IV (Respected Member 146 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

Hi, ro2124! You are right about travel restrictions to Germany.
Why don 't you try travelling by train then?
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5. Posted by ro2124 (Budding Member 13 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

@Vic..
Well I think there might be a few problems with that, going from Colombia. Unless they've invented ocean-going trains.😁
And should think there will also be similar restrictions going by train.

6. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2261 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

Quoting ro2124

So for your information I'm not some irresponsible tourist,who thinks it's great to travel during a pandemic, it's simply a matter of trying to get back after a long and difficult quarantine period.
Get the idea?

You didn't seem to be asking anything, just venting, so I was pointing out how it looks from the other side. But I don't think I said anything about you being irresponsible. It's about the risk you pose, regardless of your reason for travelling.

7. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2261 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

The point about arriving by train is a good one, even if it's for the final leg - since that's when you're most challenged on time post test.

Are you a German citizen? (This is why we're always asking people to complete their profile.)

If it's the same as the UK, border officers are not empowered to refuse a citizen entry. But airlines *are* allowed to refuse you carriage, so you may find it easier to arrive at a ground border?

8. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1481 posts) 6w 1 Star this if you like it!

See this link: https://www.dw.com/en/traveling-germany-coronavirus/a-54124541

It's possible to get test results quickly at some airports before catching another flight. For example:

https://www.istairport.com/en/announcements/istanbul-airport-test-center-is-at-your-service-24-7

[ Edit: Edited on 6 Mar 2021, 19:46 GMT by berner256 ]

9. Posted by ro2124 (Budding Member 13 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

Quoting AndyF

The point about arriving by train is a good one, even if it's for the final leg - since that's when you're most challenged on time post test.

Are you a German citizen? (This is why we're always asking people to complete their profile.)

If it's the same as the UK, border officers are not empowered to refuse a citizen entry. But airlines *are* allowed to refuse you carriage, so you may find it easier to arrive at a ground border?

Well no actually British but I am legally resident in Germany, so should be able to enter.
Anyway I actually applied for German citizenship which has been approved, I just don't have the papers yet which I was supposed to do in March 20, but of course got stuck in Colombia, with this virus quarantine.
As for train travel I did look at various sites,but I can not find many trains ging to Germany from Madrid.only one that came up with a result is Deutsche Bahn

[ Edit: Edited on 6 Mar 2021, 23:25 GMT by ro2124 ]

10. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2261 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

Yes DB is the rail operator that's well-known for listing European international rail timetables.

The other place I'd look for different transport options in Rome2Rio. A quick look searching Madrid to Berlin suggests you could do it by plane, train, bus or driving.