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 risk areas listed below (basic risk area, high-incidence area or area of variants of concern), within the 10 days prior to entering the Federal Republic of Germany, you must follow specific regulations.

Information for vaccinated and recovered persons:

Proof of vaccination or of recovery from COVID-19 can replace a negative test and exempt you from quarantine on entry. This currently 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 conjunction with section 12 of 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 proof or quarantine.

In what areas 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
☑ By air: Negative test, certiicate of recovery or vaccination 

After entry:

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

* Information on testing opportunities in Germany: https://map.schnelltestportal.de/

**From 28 July 2021, quarantine ends automatically, when the respective country is no longer listed under www.rki.de/risikogebiete. The obligation to quarantine will initially be in force until 10/09/2021.

Before entry:

☑ Registration
☑ Negative test, certificate of recovery or vaccination

Few exceptions!

After entry:

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

**From 28 July 2021, quarantine ends automatically, when the respective country is no longer listed under www.rki.de/risikogebiete. The obligation to quarantine will initially be in force until 10/09/2021.

Current issues:

  • Ban on transportation
  • Some entry restrictions

Very few exceptions!

Before entry:

☑ Registration
☑ Only negative test

Very few exceptions!

After entry:

  • Quarantine**

very few exceptions!

**From 28 July 2021, quarantine ends automatically, when the respective country is no longer listed under www.rki.de/risikogebiete. The obligation to quarantine will initially be in force until 10/09/2021.

Before entry:

☑ By air: Negative test, certificate of recovery or vacination

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 entry quarantine provisions are uniformly regulated at federal level in the Ordinance on Coronavirus Entry Regulations. The obligation to quarantine will initially be in force until 10 September 2021.

  • If you have spent time in a risk area, you must generally 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 spent time in an area of variants of concern prior to entry, you will need to self-isolate 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!
  • Home quarantine can be avoided or ended prematurely by submitting proof of vaccination or recovery or a negative test result to the competent authority, via the Federal Republic's travel portal at https://einreiseanmeldung.de/. If you have spent time in a high-incidence area prior to entry, the test to release may not be conducted earlier than five days after entry. Following a stay in an area of variants of concern, the self-isolation period may, in particular, be ended early if the respective area of variants of concern is down-graded in Germany during said isolation period (in other words: it is either classed as a high-incidence area or as a basic risk area). In this case, when the self-isolation period ends depends on the regulations for high-incidence or basic risk areas.
  • Home quarantine also automatically ends if the area concerned is no longer listed under www.rki.de/risikogebiete (known as de-listing).
  • You can find additional information on the obligation to furnish proof and exemptions here: https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/coronavirus-infos-reisende/faq-tests-einreisende.html

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

  • 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 find additional information?

Questions concerning the ban on carriage and its exemptions:

Questions concerning entry restrictions from areas of variants of concern:

Questions concerning proof and exemptions from the obligation to present proof:

Here you can find information regarding test results and proof that you have recovered or been vaccinated, such as the exemptions from the obligation to present proof that might apply and the requirements such proof must meet:

Questions concerning registration and exemptions from the obligation to register: