Germany (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 07 May, 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 10 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 05.05.2021
1. Passengers arriving from a country other than Botswana, Brazil, Eswatini (Swaziland), India, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, 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, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, 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;
– 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), India, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, 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), India, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia or Zimbabwe are not allowed to transit through Germany to Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden or Switzerland.
– This does not apply to nationals and residents of Germany.
4. Passengers are not allowed to transit if arriving from a non-Schengen Member State to another Schengen Member State.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of Switzerland and an EEA Member State;
– passengers with a residence permit issued by Switzerland or an EEA Member State;
– passengers with a “D” visa issued by Switzerland or an EEA Member State;
– passengers arriving from the United Kingdom.
5. Passengers entering or transiting through Germany must have a negative COVID-19 test result. The test must be taken at most 48 hours before arrival. Tests accepted are: antigen, PCR, RT-LAMP and TMA. The test result must be in English, French or German.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 6 years.
6. Airline crew entering Germany from Botswana, Brazil, Eswatini (Swaziland), India, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia or Zimbabwe must have a negative COVID-19 test result. The test must be taken at most 48 hours before arrival. Tests accepted are: antigen, PCR, RT-LAMP and TMA. The test result must be in English, French or German.
7. Airline crew entering Germany from Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Bahrain, Bolivia, Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cape Verde, Colombia, Croatia, Curacao, Cyprus, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, France, Hungary, Iran, Jordan, Kosovo (Rep.), Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malta, Mexico, Mongolia, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia (Rep.), Oman, Palestinian Territory, Paraguay, Poland, Qatar, Serbia, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, St. Maarten, Sudan, Sweden, Syria, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine or Uruguay must have a negative COVID-19 test result. The test must be taken at most 48 hours before arrival. Tests accepted are: antigen, PCR, RT-LAMP and TMA. The test result must be in English, French or German.
– This does not apply to airline crew who are staying in Germany for less than 72 hours.
8. Passengers arriving from a risk area must register before departure at https://www.einreiseanmeldung.de .
9. Airline crew arriving from a high-incidence area or an area of variant of concern must register before departure at https://www.einreiseanmeldung.de .
10. Passengers could be subject to quarantine for 10 or 14 days. More information can be found at
www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/coronavirus-infos-reisende/faq-tests-entering-germany.html .
11. More COVID-19 related information can be found at www.bundespolizei.de/Web/DE/04Aktuelles/01Meldungen/2020/03/200317_faq.html .

 

Detailed Tourist Information

Germany has blocked nearly all travel from India for now. It will only allow German nationals or passengers holding German residency permits to enter the country. Even these persons will have to produce a negative COVID report before departure and undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival. While this rule also applies to those travelling to Schengen destinations via Germany, transit to non-Schengen destinations is allowed for all nationalities.

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.

Unmarried partners may enter Germany from third countries that are not included in the above list, for short-term visits to the partner living in Germany when the general entry requirements (passport and visa, if applicable) are met, under the condition that the couple is in a long-term relationship/partnership and both partners have met in person in Germany at least once, or the couple had a previously shared residence in another country until recently.
See declaration of the existence of the relationship (https://bit.ly/3bqQCBG).

Provided that the general entry requirements are met, unmarried couples travelling together may enter Germany for short-term visits for urgent reasons from third countries that are not included in the above list:

-their relationship is a long-term relationship between a third-country national and a German, or EU+ citizen or national and
-the couple has a shared residence abroad and there is an important reason for both partners to enter Germany. This is generally the case for births, weddings, bereavements/funerals or other exceptional cases in which there is an urgent family reason (e.g. serious illness of a first- or second-degree relative who therefore urgently needs help).

The urgent reason for the joint entry of both partners is to be submitted in writing on entering Germany, together with a declaration of the existence of the relationship. Additional documentation such as photos, social media posts, postal/email correspondence may also be provided.

The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border officials. All travellers must additionally follow the quarantine rules of the relevant federal state of Germany.
 

Lockdown Details

Germany continues to be under lockdown, with restrictions based on regional COVID-19 rates, specifically the 7-day-incidence as reported by RKI. Each federal state may have additional restrictions; please see individual state websites https://bit.ly/3nUgGJS (in German) for details. As the situation will vary across regions, please check the regulations for your locality.
The “federal emergency brake” restrictions that are in force if the regional 7-day-incidence as reported by the RKI rises above 100 for 3 days in a row are as follows:

Private contacts: Private contacts must be reduced to one household and maximum one other person. Children up to the age of 14 are not counted.
Curfew: Between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. people are only allowed to leave their homes to commute to and from work, seek medical assistance, or walk pets. Until midnight, it is permissible to go for a walk or jog alone.

Essential Retailers: Retailers offering food, health food supplies, pharmacies, medical equipment, drug stores, opticians and hearing aid specialists, gas stations, newspaper and bookstores, baby care stores, flower shops, pet supply shops, and garden centers may remain open with a limited customer access based on store size and mask mandate.

Non-essential Retailers: Shopping by appointment with a negative COVID-19 test, taken within the last 24 hours, will be allowed only when the 7-day incidence rate is below 150.

Personal Services: Personal services are only allowed for medical or nursing purposes. Hairdressers and pedicurists are allowed to provide services only with appointment and the customer must present a negative COVID-19 test taken within the last 24 hours.

Cultural and leisure facilities: All cultural and leisure facilities must close except for zoological or botanical gardens. Visitors will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test taken within the last 24 hours.

Sports: Sporting activities are only allowed alone, with members of the same household or up to one other person. Children up to the age of 14 may engage in non-contact sports outside with up to five other children.

Mandatory Home Office: Home office regulations have been incorporated into the Infection Protection Act. All employers must offer their staff the chance to work from home where feasible.

Schools: At a 7-day incidence rate of 165 for three consecutive days in a district or an independent city, schools will close for in-person classes. Daycare centers will revert to emergency care only.

Travel within Germany should be restricted to essential travel only, and overnight hotel stays for tourists are not allowed.

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.
 

Sources

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