Covid pass obligatory on trains in Germany

Masks are compulsory when travelling a train in Germany, source: Deutsche Bahn / Oliver Lang

In Germany, it will be compulsory from Wednesday 24 November to show a corona pass at work and on public transport. People must have been vaccinated, recovered from Covid or have proof of a recent negative test for the coronavirus. Rail union GDL has criticised the 3G checks, which DB personnel has to carry out. 

With the introduction of the so-called 3G rule for public transport and on the work floor, Germany wants to reduce the number of new coronas infections. It is an extension of the current German policy; at the moment, a corona pass is already compulsory to attend events and sports competitions or to go to the catering industry, among other things.

In Germany, the number of infections has been reaching record levels for weeks. Hospitals are also under increasing pressure.The new rule will be in force at least until 19 March 2022.

‘No auxiliary police’

The checks in the trains are carried out on a random basis by DB security and control staff. In long-distance traffic alone, controls on 400 connections are planned in the first few days after the new rules come into force. Should the DB have to issue an exclusion from transport, they can ask the Federal Police for assistance in the event of problems.

Rail union GDL has criticised the plans, saying the 3G checks are costly and difficult to carry out. “We have already made it clear that train staff are not auxiliary police when we introduced the compulsory wearing of masks on trains.” Their greatest concern, however, is that the 3G controls by the train staff will exacerbate verbal or violent assaults on the train staff.

QR code or daily test

Germans can use a QR code or a vaccination booklet to prove that they have been fully vaccinated against the virus. A booster shot is not necessary for this. People who have had Covid-19 must be able to prove that they have recovered with an official certificate. People who have not been vaccinated or do not want to show this proof, have to be tested every day.

The employer also has to check the coronation certificate of the railway personnel. For people who have been vaccinated or cured, the check is a one-off, while people who get tested have to be checked daily to see if they have an admission ticket. Employers must pay for two tests per day, and employees can have a free weekly rapid test.

The measure is introduced to prevent a new lockdown. The German government wants to keep schools and shops open in this way. The measure will be evaluated on 9 December.

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Author: Esther Geerts

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