Information on coronavirus in Rhineland-Palatinate

The 3G plus rule applies to the vast majority of places in the Federal State of Rhineland-Palatinate. This states that only those who have been vaccinated or those who have recovered or present evidence of a negative test are authorised to take part in cultural and leisure activities. The 3G rule also applies to other tourist facilities and to hospitality and hotels. The following test processes are approved:

  • PoC antigen test by trained personnel (rapid test, max. 24 hours in advance),
  • PCR test (max. 48 hours in advance),
  • an on-site PoC antigen test, self-administered under supervision (self-test). These do not apply generally as evidence of a test, just for this specific occasion.

The testing obligation does not apply to children under the age of 18 years (please note any existing exemptions). In cases where tests are mandatory for adults, this does not apply to vaccinated people who can show evidence of a booster vaccination (valid from the date of the booster).

You can find more detailed, up-to-date information on the current COVID-19 regulations on the website of the state government of Rhineland-Palatinate at corona.rlp.de/aktuelles.

Source: corona.rlp.de

Facilities and businesses

The measures are based on the 32nd Corona Control Legal Regulation (CoBeLVO) issued by the regional government of Rhineland-Palatinate on 17 March 2022. The 32nd CoBeLVO has been in force since 18 March 2022.

Basic information

The key metric for further protective measures in Rhineland-Palatinate is the global seven-day hospitalisation rate for the state of Rhineland-Palatinate. No distinction is made for the counties and boroughs.

1. Hotels and accommodation establishments

Hotels and accommodation companies are open with some restrictions:

  • Hotels, bed and breakfasts, boarding houses, guest houses and similar establishments (in accordance with the 3G rule)
  • Holiday homes, holiday apartments, private accommodation and similar establishments (no evidence required)
  • Youth hostels, family holiday parks, educational establishments, convalescence, holiday and training homes, holiday centres and similar establishments (in accordance with the 3G rule)
  • Campsites, camper van sites, motorhome sites and similar establishments (no evidence required)

The following conditions apply:

  • In hotels, guest houses, bed and breakfasts, youth hostels, convalescence homes, holiday centres and similar establishments, all guests must have been vaccinated or have recovered or present evidence of a negative test (3G rule). Where testing is mandatory, a repeat test must be carried out every 72 hours from the last test for longer stays.
  • The rules applicable to the hospitality industry are valid for all food and drinks served in these establishments. Any testing requirements for guests of hotels and group accommodation are based on the regulations for establishments of this type.
  • The remaining terms of the regulation apply accordingly for sport and leisure activities, the use of saunas, wellness and cosmetic facilities and group leisure activities.

2. Hospitality

Hospitality establishments such as restaurants, bistros, canteens, refectories, bars, pubs, cafés, hookah lounges, ice cream parlours and wine bars may open under the following conditions:

  • Only those who have been vaccinated or those who have recovered or present evidence of a negative test may use these establishments (3G rule).
  • Masks are still required when picking up food.

3. Culture and leisure

The following establishments are open with some conditions:

  • Leisure parks, climbing parks, crazy golf, zoos, wildlife parks, botanical gardens and similar facilities: Only those who have been vaccinated or those who have recovered or present evidence of a negative test may use these establishments (3G rule). 
  • Museums, exhibitions, memorials, cinema, theatre, concert halls, circus and similar establishments: Only those who have been vaccinated or those who have recovered or present evidence of a negative test may use these establishments (3G rule). Masks are required in indoor areas that are accessible to the public.
  • Swimming pools, leisure pools, saunas and spas: Only those who have been vaccinated or those who have recovered or present evidence of a negative test may use these establishments (3G rule). Establishments must maintain a hygiene system including specific arrangements for the use of changing rooms, showers and similar shared facilities, and for the maximum number of visitors. 

4. Events

  • Events up to 2,000 participants (3G): For events with up to 2,000 participants, the 3G rule applies. At indoor events with more than 250 participants who do not occupy fixed seats for the majority of the event, the mask requirement applies. The mask requirement does not apply for the duration of taking up a fixed place or when consuming food and beverages.
  • Indoor events with more than 2,000 participants (2G): Indoor events with more than 2,000 participants may only be attended by those who are vaccinated or have recovered, or have an equivalent status (2G rule). In addition, children who have not been vaccinated, have recovered or are equivalent to such persons may also participate, provided they have proof of testing. Masks must be worn, but are not required when eating and drinking or when at a fixed seat. 
  • Outdoor events with more than 2,000 participants (2G): Outdoor events with more than 2,000 participants may only be attended by those who are vaccinated or have recovered, or have an equivalent status (2G rule). In addition, children who have not been vaccinated, have recovered or are equivalent to such persons may also participate, provided they have proof of testing. 

Case numbers

An overview of current case numbers and hospitalisation figures for the state of Rhineland‑Palatinate can be found here.

There is an interactive map of current case numbers and rates from the Robert Koch Institute here.

Travellers from high-risk areas (within Germany and abroad)

Before booking or starting your journey to Rhineland‑Palatinate, please check on the current risk level of your home region. It is critical that you take this risk level into consideration before deciding to start your journey.

The Federal Ministry of Health also provides more information on this: Read the information for travellers and information on digital entry requirements.

The regional parliament of Rhineland‑Palatinate also provides additional information about the coronavirus warning and action plan for Rhineland-Palatinate and an overview of quarantine rules, etc.

Events and transport

Events

Church services can be held, and religious and interest groups can meet under some conditions.

Public transport

All people using public transport must wear face coverings. The 3G rule applies (vaccinated, tested or recovered).

Bus and boat trips

Only those who have been vaccinated or those who have recovered or present evidence of a negative test may use these establishments (3G rule).  Where evidence of a negative test must be provided, this test must be repeated every 72 hours for journeys lasting longer than this period. Where food and drink is offered, the same rules apply as to the hospitality sector. 

Travellers from abroad

The borders to neighbouring EU countries remain open.

Before booking or starting your journey to Rhineland‑Palatinate, please check with the relevant authorities on the applicable arrival regulations from neighbouring countries.

The Federal Ministry of Health’s leaflet for travellers from abroad provides additional information: download the leaflet.

Further information

You can find more detailed information from the relevant Rhineland‑Palatinate authorities, including the regional parliament of Rhineland-Palatinate and the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Transport, Agriculture and Viniculture.

For businesses, there is a clear collection of links, including links to financial support, at the Rhineland-Palatinate Tourism Network.

(Date: 18/03/2022)

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