Optimally informed - travel restrictions and national measures for work assignments by Corona
On a special page, the Medical Technology Working Group in the VDMA provides an overview of the development of production capacities for infection protection equipment in Germany and Europe.
The VDMA has compiled advice and experience from various companies in the mechanical and plant engineering sector on how to maintain production despite a pandemic.
The legislator has not extended the special regulation on home office, which is valid until 30 June 2021.
Special testing regulations for work assignments. Quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated EU and US nationals removed from 2 August. Test remains requirement for entry.
The currently spreading "Coronavirus" leads to considerable uncertainty in the personal as well as professional area.
For your information and convenience, we have compiled an overview and the corresponding contact details and web addresses below. We hope that this will help you in your work. If you have any questions or general queries or concerns during this difficult period, please do not hesitate to contact us.
No quarantine for vaccinated travellers (as of July 22, 2021)
Globally reduced travel activities cover problem of acceptance of vaccination policies.
Over the past few weeks, the Executive Board of the North Rhine-Westphalia Regional Association has held intensive discussions on the impact of the Corona crisis on the mechanical and plant engineering sector.
No PCR test required on entry.
Negative PCR test or antigen test required on entry.
Quarantine no longer required
The VDMA is closely monitoring the developments around the corona virus and has provided VDMA members with topic-specific information on legal and insurance-related issues.
Due to the corona pandemic, a growing number of companies in various industries are facing completely new challenges. In the meantime, the Federal Government has also sharpened its instruments for comprehensive liquidity protection and uncomplicated receipt of the short-time working allowance.
The VDMA NRW is closely monitoring the developments around the corona virus. For VDMA members, topic-specific information on legal and insurance-related issues is available.
Various information portals are available to member companies for dealing with the corona pandemic: in addition to a central VDMA website, the North Rhine-Westphalia regional association also offers a constantly updated website with NRW-specific information.
The corona pandemic is now also having a significant impact on mechanical and plant engineering in North Rhine-Westphalia. According to the 4th Blitz Survey of the VDMA (709 companies were surveyed, 190 of them from North Rhine-Westphalia), 87 percent of the North Rhine-Westphalian machine and plant construction companies surveyed believe that their operations are affected.
The 7th VDMA flash survey shows that the majority of mechanical engineering companies in North Rhine-Westphalia expect the situation to improve in 2021 after a disappointing year in 2020.
The 9th VDMA flash survey shows that the effects of the corona pandemic for the mechanical and plant engineering industry in NRW are not as serious as feared. Nevertheless, there is still a rocky road ahead.
According to the VDMA's 6th flash survey, the vast majority of NRW machine builders (more than 80 percent) are confident of returning to the nominal sales level of 2019 by 2022.
The state-specific NRW results of the VDMA's 8th "Blitz" survey show that - contrary to initial hopes - the economic recovery is still some way off.
83 percent of the mechanical engineering companies in North Rhine-Westphalia have already taken measures to adjust capacity.
According to the VDMA's 5th flash survey, almost all of the North Rhine-Westphalian mechanical and plant engineering companies surveyed see their operations impaired.
Entry without testing and quarantine.
Millions of people use elevators every day - but how safe is it in times of a pandemic? The latest episode of the VDMA's industry podcast is about infection-free use of lifts during the Corona pandemic. Even simple measures can make elevators safer for people.
The outbreak of the Corona pandemic has also affected the mechanical engineering sector. In its new 5-point plan, the VDMA summarizes its key demands for a solidarity-based, stable and secure European future.
End of the patchwork: Federal government standardizes regulations for entry and quarantine as of May 13, 2021. Some state regulations are still in force.
Travelers from Germany (regardless of nationality) are denied entry to Morocco (as of 28.04.2021)
The "Procurement" task force of the NRW ministries coordinates inquiries and offers via central mail address.
New customers discovered export credit guarantees in 2020, with Russia and Turkey leading the way in Hermes cover.
The regulation with new entry restrictions for foreigners was published on 28 May. (Status 17.06.2021)
Entry to Russia is becoming possible for more and more EU citizens.
The entry ban for all foreigners not resident in Chile has been extended for the time being up to and including 14 July 2021. The region is considered a high incidence area.
Recognition of the ditigtal COVID certificate of the EU introduced.
The VDMA offers information events on current foreign trade topics, on the web and live on site.
The successes in the fight against the pandemic are being recklessly put at risk in Europe when full football stadiums convey the image that Corona has been defeated. People's health and economic recovery are put at risk for the sake of the game.
With the revision of the SARS-CoV-2 Occupational Health and Safety Regulation on 01 July 2021, the employer's obligation to offer corona testing remains in place.
Operations in China continue to require a high level of effort.
The Higher Regional Court of Cologne (Case No.: 1 U 9/21) has ruled that a cancellation of hotel rooms booked before the outbreak of the pandemic justifies a 50/50 split of the booking costs.
In spring 2020, special regulations were introduced with regard to the receipt of short-time allowance and the reimbursement of social security contributions in order to cushion the consequences of the Corona pandemic.
From 07 June 2021, company doctors will also be involved in the decentralised COVID-19 vaccination campaign.
On 23 June 2021, the Federal Cabinet adopted the new version of the Corona - Occupational Health and Safety Ordinance - with effect from 1 July 2021.
On 9 June 2021, the Federal Cabinet adopted the Third Ordinance Amending the Short-Time Work Benefits Ordinance.
Prime Minister issues regulations for partial reopening of air borders from 1 June 2021 (as of 24/06/2021).
Entry for distribution and assembly also possible without quarantine.
Visa requirement extended until December 31, 2021. Procedure simplified.
Air travel to Colombia is slowly resuming (as of 16.06.2021).
Israel is no longer classified as a risk area as of 11/04/2021.
It is possible to send employees to Egypt. A PCR test must be available upon entry. (as of 28.04.2021)
In principle, entry is again permitted for foreigners. But there are conditions. Travellers from Germany do not have to be in quarantine at present.
The EU Commission is drawing its lessons from the Corona pandemic. From the VDMA's point of view, it is clear that only open markets and global partnerships contribute to economic recovery.
As of May 27, 2021, the U.S. Department of State has expanded opportunities for business travel to the United States. Travel opportunities for VDMA member companies will improve significantly as a result.
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