Welcome to Germany!

Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, special regulations apply to entry into Germany. If you are travelling by plane or have spent time in one of the risks areas listed below within the 10 days prior to entering the Federal Republic of Germany, you must follow specific regulations.

Information for persons who have received a vaccine or have recovered from COVID-19:

Proof of vaccination or of recovery from COVID-19 can replace a negative test certificate and exempt from quarantine on entry. This does not apply if you have spent time in an area of variants of concern prior to entry.

Since 1 March 2021, in line with section 36 (10) sentence 1 no. 3 of the Protection Against Infection Act in connection with the Ordinance on Coronavirus Entry Regulations, German mobile network operators have been sending text messages containing current coronavirus information from the Federal Government to travellers entering Germany.

Which rules apply to me?

The following overview will inform you of the obligations with respect to SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus when entering the Federal Republic of Germany.

Please note: Exemptions may apply with regard to the obligations to register, provide a test result or quarantine.

In what area did I spend time in the 10 days prior to entering Germany?

Countries currently listed as risk areas: www.rki.de/risikogebiete

Before entry:

☑ Registration
☑ Negative test result (unless entry is by plane, also possible up to 48 hrs after entry)

After entry:

  • If applicable, get test result later (up to 48 hrs after entry)*
  • Quarantine** , exceptions particularly for persons who have been vaccinated or have recovered; you can test yourself free by presenting a negative test result

* Information on testing opportunities in Germany: www.116117.de / Tel. 116117

**The obligation to quarantine will be in force at least until 30 June 2021. 

Before entry:

☑ Registration
☑ Negative test result

Few exceptions!

After entry:

  • Quarantine**, exceptions particularly for persons who have been vaccinated or have recovered; you can test yourself free by presenting a negative test result from day five

 

**The obligation to quarantine will be in force at least until 30 June 2021. 

Current issues:

  • Ban on transportation
  • Some entry restrictions

Very few exceptions!

Before entry:

☑ Registration
☑ Negative test result

Very few exceptions!

After entry:

  • Quarantine**

Very few exceptions!

**The obligation to quarantine will be in force at least until 30 June 2021. 

Before entry:

☑ Effective when entering by plane: Negative test result

Very few exceptions!

After entry:

  • No obligations

Fact sheet on regulations for persons entering Germany in connection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus

Questions concerning quarantine and exemptions from the obligation to quarantine:

Note: The Fourth Civil Protection Law of 29 March 2021 (Federal Law Gazette I p. 370) empowered the Federal Government in Section 36 (8) sentence 1, no 1 of the Protection against Infection Act to introduce a quarantine obligation for persons who have entered Germany, or wish to do so, and who might have been exposed an increased risk of being infected with coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. In the Ordinance on Coronavirus Entry Regulations use has now been made of this possibility to regulate the entry quarantine provisions uniformly at federal level. The obligation to quarantine will initially be in force until 30 June 2021.

  • If you have spent time in a risk area, you must make your way directly to your home – or other place of accommodation at your destination – upon arrival and remain isolated there for a period of ten days (home quarantine). If you have spent time in an area of variants of concern prior to entry, you will need to quarantine for 14 days.
  • During the quarantine period, you are not allowed to leave your house or apartment, nor receive guests. Please do not forget that these measures are meant to protect your family, neighbours and all other persons around you. Non-compliance with the quarantine rules can be penalised by fine!
  • Quarantine at home may be ended prematurely if proof of recovery, proof of vaccination or a negative test result is submitted to the competent authority. If you have spent time in a high-incidence area prior to entry, the relevant test may not be conducted earlier than five days after entry. Following a stay in an area of variants of concern, the duration of quarantine may not be shortened.
  • You can find additional information on the obligation to quarantine and exemptions here: https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/coronavirus-infos-reisende/faq-tests-einreisende-englisch.html

What should I be aware of when travelling and during my stay in Germany?

  • In principle, the protective measures against coronavirus are subject to Federal Land law. If the seven-day incidence rate in the county (Landkreis) or county borough (kreisfreie Stadt) in which you are located exceeds the threshold of 100 on three consecutive days, additional national protective measures come into effect from the second day after. These include, for instance, night-time curfews between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., stricter contact restrictions and, in many sectors, the obligation to wear medical facemasks (i.e. surgical facemasks) or respirator masks (FFP2 masks, KN95 or N95). Further information on this topic, as well as other national protective measures, can be found in this FAQ.

    If the seven-day incidence rate falls below 100 on five consecutive days, the Federal Land’s protective measures once more apply. Information on these is available on the specific Federal Land’s website.

    The seven-day incidence rate in your area can be accessed here: www.rki.de/inzidenzen

    Persons who have been vaccinated or have recovered are exempt from some of these protective measures. Additional information is available at: https://www.bmjv.de/SharedDocs/Gesetzgebungsverfahren/DE/Corona-Impfung_Verordnung.html
  • You can protect yourself and others by reducing your number of contacts and following the DHM+A rules  (maintaining a Distance + proper Hygiene + wearing a Mask when there is little space + Airing).
  • If you have symptoms typical of an infection with the coronavirus (coughing, fever, runny nose, or loss of your sense of smell or taste), please call your general practitioner or the out-of-hours patient care services (www.116117.de / Tel. 116117). Proceed to a suitable accommodation, self-isolate and do not receive any visitors.

Where can I get additional information?

Questions concerning the ban on carriage and its exemptions:

Questions concerning entry restrictions from areas of variants of concern:

Questions concerning testing and exemptions from the testing obligation:

Here you can find information regarding test results such as the exemptions from the testing obligation that might apply and the requirements the test result must meet (-> “Testing obligation”):

Questions concerning registration and exemptions from the obligation to register: