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Transnational family in a pandemic world :-(

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Folks,

 

Kind of the opposite situation for me:  I'm in the US and have a step-brother-in-law (my wife's step brother) in Berlin.  He's in his early 80's and I usually come over to Berlin 2-3 times a year to visit, check on his finances, help with things.  He doesn't do computers, so email/skype is out.  I try to call each week to check on him.  He lives by himself and I can tell that the lockdown is really taking a toll on him.  

 

I was in Berlin the first week of March in 2020.  Covid was making the headlines and things were starting to close.  I remember trying to find toilet paper at Aldi, Edeka, or Lidl and couldn't.  I thought maybe they moved it somewhere else in the store?  That's when I asked a friend and he said "Hamsterkauf".  I said what?  He said whenever there is a cold/flu season, toilet paper, noodles and soup sell out at the stores.  

 

I'm hoping I can get back to Berlin sometime this Fall(?), but no telling with the way things are with the vaccine, borders, rules and whatever else.

 

S.

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Yes. Before boarding in NY, my mom was asked for proof of first degree relationship to a resident of Germany (I'm her son, and a copy of my birth certificate, my passport, and my Anmeldebescheinigung were sufficient), demonstration of urgent need (which we provided in a letter in English and German - DM if you want the details because it's personal), and proof that she filled in the Digitale Einreiseanmeldung. She had a negative COVID test result from the day before departure (PCR - but I think other tests are accepted as well), but she was only required to show that upon arrival in Germany. That was it! She even got upgraded to premium economy on the 25% full plane.

 

7 hours ago, kaffeemitmilch said:

Wait, what? Does this work? Can my mom visit?

 

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5 hours ago, Brockman said:

Yes. Before boarding in NY, my mom was asked for proof of first degree relationship to a resident of Germany (I'm her son, and a copy of my birth certificate, my passport, and my Anmeldebescheinigung were sufficient), demonstration of urgent need (which we provided in a letter in English and German - DM if you want the details because it's personal), and proof that she filled in the Digitale Einreiseanmeldung. She had a negative COVID test result from the day before departure (PCR - but I think other tests are accepted as well), but she was only required to show that upon arrival in Germany. That was it! She even got upgraded to premium economy on the 25% full plane.

 

 

Good for you :)

 

You're saying there was an urgent need to travel, though. I don't think we have that. We just want her and the grandkids to be able to see each other, especially since the boy is now almost 2 and she's missed most of that. Does that count? I'm not sure. My partner probably won't think so 😜

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On 4/5/2021, 9:14:40, fraufruit said:

 

Fuck you.

 

If you can't get in the spirit of the thread which is having empathy and understanding with those of us who are sharing our stories, you don't belong here.

 

I have taken a lot of comfort in knowing that I am not alone.

Coronavirus extracted all the worst in people (both Querdenker and Coronahysteriker), but I am happy that you transformed your passive aggression into an active one: it is very bad for mental health to keep hate inside. 

 

Of course, you are not alone, but take care outside of the Internet: people become mentally unstable during lockdowns, better keep quiet for safety.

 

Back to the topic: I am a transnational family (4 countries in total) in times of pandemic and I belong here. Get over it that I am not going anywhere. 

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11 minutes ago, yourkeau said:

Coronavirus extracted all the worst in people (both Querdenker and Coronahysteriker), but I am happy that you transformed your passive aggression into an active one: it is very bad for mental health to keep hate inside. 

 

Of course, you are not alone, but take care outside of the Internet: people become mentally unstable during lockdowns, better keep quiet for safety.

 

Back to the topic: I am a transnational family (4 countries in total) in times of pandemic and I belong here. Get over it that I am not going anywhere. 

I'm not sure it's brought out the worst in people, more scared them and allowed the fringes to have a common cause with which to talk to others.

They've always bene there, this virus has just given them something to hang their theories on. 

 

You would soon see a change in attitudes if the next mutation is far easier to catch and more deadly. No one would take part in demos saying it is a big conspiracy if the death the was 90%.

At least they wouldn't take part in a second one. 

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