Germany (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 25 February, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: COVID-19 test required for some countries.
Quarantine Required: Depends
Quarantine Details: Self-quarantine for 14 days for some countries.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Yes
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational with restrictions
Shopping: Essential only
Restaurants and Bars: Delivery/Takeout only
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 11.02.2021
1. Passengers arriving from a country other than Botswana, Brazil, Eswatini (Swaziland), Ireland (Rep.), Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Portugal, South Africa, United Kingdom, Zambia or Zimbabwe are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of EEA Member States and Switzerland;
– passengers arriving from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden or Switzerland;
– immediate family members of nationals of EEA Member States and Switzerland. They must present proof of their family relationship;
– immediate family members of residents of Germany. They must present proof of their family relationship;
– passengers with a residence permit issued by an EEA Member State or Switzerland;
– British nationals with a residence permit issued by Germany before 31 December 2020;
– passengers with a long term “D” visa issued by an EEA Member State or Switzerland;
– passengers with a visa issued by Germany after 17 March 2020;
– residents of Australia, Korea (Rep.), New Zealand, Singapore and Thailand. They must have been living in the residence country for at least 6 months;
– military personnel;
– merchant seamen;
– students;
– unmarried partners of residents of Germany. They must have a written invitation and a copy of the identity document of the resident in Germany. They must also have a declaration and be able to present proof of their relationship.
2. Passengers arriving from Botswana, Brazil, Eswatini (Swaziland), Ireland (Rep.), Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Portugal, South Africa, United Kingdom, Zambia or Zimbabwe are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to nationals and residents of Germany.
3. Passengers arriving from Botswana, Brazil, Eswatini (Swaziland), Ireland (Rep.), Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Portugal, South Africa, United Kingdom, Zambia or Zimbabwe are not allowed to transit through Germany to Austria, Belgium, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden or Switzerland.
– This does not apply to nationals and residents of Germany.
4. Passengers entering Germany from Afghanistan, Albania, Andorra, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Colombia, Czechia, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Eswatini (Swaziland), Iran, Ireland (Rep.), Israel, Kosovo (Rep.), Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Lithuania, Malawi, Mexico, Montenegro, Mozambique, Namibia, North Macedonia (Rep.), Palestinian Territory, Panama, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sudan, Syria, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, USA, Zambia or Zimbabwe must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) test result. The test must have been taken at most 48 hours before arrival. Tests accepted are: antigen, PCR, RT-LAMP and TMA tests. The certificate must be in English, French or German.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 6 years.
5. Passengers transiting through Germany from Botswana, Brazil, Eswatini (Swaziland), Ireland (Rep.), Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Portugal, South Africa, United Kingdom, Zambia or Zimbabwe must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) test result. The test must have been taken at most 48 hours before arrival. Tests accepted are: antigen, PCR, RT-LAMP and TMA tests. The certificate must be in English, French or German.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 6 years.
6. Airline crew entering or transiting through Germany from Botswana, Brazil, Eswatini (Swaziland), Ireland (Rep.), Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Portugal, South Africa, United Kingdom, Zambia or Zimbabwe must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) test result. The test must have been taken at most 48 hours before arrival. Tests accepted are: antigen, PCR, RT-LAMP and TMA tests. The certificate must be in English, French or German.
7. Passengers entering Germany from a country other than Afghanistan, Albania, Andorra, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Colombia, Czechia, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Eswatini (Swaziland), Iran, Ireland (Rep.), Israel, Kosovo (Rep.), Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Lithuania, Malawi, Mexico, Montenegro, Mozambique, Namibia, North Macedonia (Rep.), Palestinian Territory, Panama, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sudan, Syria, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, USA, Zambia or Zimbabwe are subject to a Coronavirus (COVID-19) test upon arrival.
8. Passengers and airline crew arriving from high risk countries must register before departure at https://www.einreiseanmeldung.de .
9. Passengers could be subject to quarantine for 10 days. More information can be found at
www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/coronavirus-infos-reisende/faq-tests-entering-germany.html .
10. More Coronavirus (COVID-19) related information can be found at www.bundespolizei.de/Web/DE/04Aktuelles/01Meldungen/2020/03/200317_faq.html .

 

Detailed Tourist Information

Residents of the following third countries can enter Germany without restrictions: Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand.

Upon confirmation of mutual entry possibilities, the list will also include: China, Hong Kong and Macao.

For all persons residing in a third country that is not mentioned above, restrictions on travel continue to apply and these persons may enter Germany only for urgent reasons.

Such restrictions do not apply to German citizens. Citizens of EU Member States or Schengen Associated countries, and their family members, are also exempted from travel restrictions. The same applies to third-country nationals who already have a long-term right of residence in an EU member state or a Schengen country (residence permit or long-term visa), and to members of their family.

 

Lockdown Details

The German authorities have extended the full lockdown through March 7, 2021. Each federal state may have additional restrictions; please see individual state websites (in German https://www.bundesregierung.de/breg-de/themen/coronavirus/corona-bundeslaender-1745198 ) for specific details. At a minimum:

Gatherings are restricted to one household and one additional person from another household. This includes children under the age of 14 years.

Medical grade masks (surgical masks, or masks meeting the N95, KN95, or FFP-2 standards) are required in all public transportation and stores. It is also recommended to wear medical grade masks whenever there is extended or close contact indoors.

All retail except for essential goods such as groceries are closed.

Restaurants and bars are closed except for take-out. Alcohol consumption in public spaces is forbidden.

Recreation and sports facilities (including gyms and swimming pools), cultural/entertainment venues (including theaters and concerts halls), and personal care services (such as hair salons, massages, nail salons, etc.) are closed.

Religious services are allowed with restrictions
 

Sources

https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Risikogebiete_neu.html
Data Source: covidcontrols.co