Germany (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 15 September, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Entry For Vaccinated Travelers: Partially Allowed
Vaccination Requirements: Fully vaccinated travellers from third-country (with the exclusion of those arriving from “virus variant areas”) are eligible to enter Germany, even for non-essential purposes like tourism, if 14 days have elapsed since the second dose of a Coronavirus vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency (or single dose for Janssen/Johnson&Johnson). The vaccines approved by EMA are Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Janssen.

Travellers reaching the country by plane will have to prove their vaccinated status.

The proof of vaccination should be an “EU Digital COVID certificate” or a comparable certificate issued by the travellers’ country of residence, either in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish.
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: Partial
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational with restrictions
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 13.09.2021
1. Passengers are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals and residents of Germany;
– 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;
– nationals of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Switzerland, Vatican City (Holy See) and EEA Member States;
– 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 Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Switzerland, Vatican City (Holy See) or an EEA Member State;
– 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, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong (SAR China), Jordan, Korea (Rep.), Macao (SAR China), Moldova (Rep.), New Zealand, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Ukraine and Uruguay. They must have been living in the residence country in the past 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;
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Janssen, Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) at least 14 days before departure. The certificate must be in in English, French, German, Italian or Spanish. They must not be arriving from China (People’s Rep.);
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they received the first vaccine dose of AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) at least 14 days before departure, and a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued at least 6 months before the first vaccine dose. The certificates must be in in English, French, German, Italian or Spanish. They must not be arriving from China (People’s Rep.);
– passengers younger than 12 years accompanied by a parent with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that the parent was fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Janssen, Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) at least 14 days before departure. The certificate must be in in English, French, German, Italian or Spanish. They must not be arriving from China (People’s Rep.);
– passengers younger than 12 years accompanied by a parent with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that the parent received the first vaccine dose of AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) at least 14 days before departure. The parent must also have a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued at least 6 months before the first vaccine dose. The certificates must be in in English, French, German, Italian or Spanish. They must not be arriving from China (People’s Rep.).
2. Passengers must have:
– a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken at most 48 hours before arrival; or
– a negative COVID-19 PCR, RT-LAMP or TMA test taken at most 72 hours before arrival.
The test result must be in English, French, German, Italian or Spanish.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 12 years;
– passengers with a positive COVID-19 PCR, RT-LAMP or TMA test result issued at least 28 days and at most 6 months before arrival;
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate if they in the past 10 days have not been in China (People’s Rep.). The certificate must show that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before departure and must be in in English, French, German, Italian or Spanish. Vaccines accepted are AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Janssen, Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty);
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate if they in the past 10 days have not been in China (People’s Rep.). The certificate must show that they received the first vaccine dose of AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) at least 14 days before departure, and must be in in English, French, German, Italian or Spanish. They must also have a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued at least 6 months before the first vaccine dose.
3. Passengers arriving from a high risk area or an area of variant of concern must register before departure at https://www.einreiseanmeldung.de . The list of countries can be found at https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Risikogebiete_neu.html
4. Airline crew arriving from an area of variant of concern must register before departure at https://www.einreiseanmeldung.de .
5. Passengers could be subject to quarantine for 10 or 14 days. Details can be found at
https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/en/coronavirus/current-information-for-travellers.html .
– This does not apply to passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate if they in the past 10 days have not been in China (People’s Rep.). The certificate must show that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before departure and must be in in English, French, German, Italian or Spanish. Vaccines accepted are AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Janssen, Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty).
6. More 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 one of the countries listed at BMI (bund.de https://bit.ly/3djGrPU) are allowed to enter Germany also for non-essential purposes like tourism, regardless of their vaccination status. However, proof of vaccination, proof of recovery from COVID-19, or a negative test result is still required for entry via air travel.

Residents of other non-EU countries are only permitted to enter Germany if they have an urgent need to travel (https://bit.ly/3qwAkNa) or if they are fully vaccinated. A person is considered a resident of a country if they have their domicile or habitual residence there.

German citizens, citizens of EU Member States or Schengen Associated countries, and their family members are exempted from travel restrictions. The same applies to third-country nationals who have a long-term right of residence in an EU Member State or Schengen Associated Country (residence permit or long-term visa), and to members of their family.

First-time entry by citizens of non-EU countries, however, is only permitted if they demonstrate that one of the exceptions to the entry restrictions applies to them.

Starting from 25 June 2021, fully vaccinated travellers from third-country (with the exclusion of those arriving from “virus variant areas” https://bit.ly/35Y76xA) are eligible to enter Germany, even for non-essential purposes like tourism, if 14 days have elapsed since the second dose of a Coronavirus vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency (or single dose for Janssen/Johnson&Johnson). The vaccines approved by EMA are Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Janssen.

Travellers reaching the country by plane will have to prove their vaccinated status.

Travellers reaching the country by plane will have to prove their vaccinated status.

The proof of vaccination should be an “EU Digital COVID certificate” or a comparable certificate issued by the travellers’ country of residence, either in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish.

Unmarried couples

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/2UETx3v .

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 of 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.

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.
 

Lockdown Details

A nationwide rule is in effect that requires one of the following in order to access a wide range of indoor facilities: proof of vaccination, proof of recovery from the virus or a negative test (a rapid antigen test taken within 24 hours or a PCR test taken within 48 hours). This applies to visits to indoor facilities including hospitals, nursing homes, restaurants and catering establishments, hotels and tourist accommodation, events and attractions, sports activities and personal care facilities such as hairdressers.

Federal states can decide to relax these restrictions in districts with a low number of infections (7-day incidence below 35 per 100,000 inhabitants).

Specific regulations for each federal state are available at the Federal Tourism Competence Centre.

Current curfews and contact restrictions do not apply to fully vaccinated (people who have received the final vaccine dose at least 14 days ago) and to anyone who has recovered from COVID-19 between 28 days and 6 months ago (and has a PCR test to prove it). This includes the lifting of restrictions on private meetings between eligible people. In shops, they will be treated the same as people who have tested negative.

Everybody aged above 6 must wear a face mask in public transport, public buildings and shops. Medical masks (surgical masks, KN95, or FFP2 masks) are required. Face masks should also be worn in places where social distance (1.5 metres) cannot be maintained. Mask wearing is obligatory in schools for pupils from the seventh grade (12-13 years) upwards.

In public, wherever possible, a minimum distance of 1.5 metres from others should be kept.

Retail stores, with the exception of grocery stores and shops to meet daily needs, are closed. Book shops, garden centers and flowers shops can open. In areas where the infection rate is between 50 and 100 infections per 100 000 inhabitants in seven days, more shops are allowed to open, although under strict conditions (reserved time slot). All customers should wear medical masks (surgical masks or KN95 or FFP2 masks).
 

Sources

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