Current information for travellers

Find out what you should pay attention to when holidaying abroad, what regulations apply and what persons arriving from a risk area need to know.

Holidays abroad

In principle, Germans are able to holiday in EU countries. This also applies to some other European countries. However, travel outside of the EU may be problematic.

Owing to the pandemic, travel warnings for specific countries apply. On the website of the Federal Foreign Office, you can find out which countries are affected and which rules apply in other countries.

Please check there for entry regulations before starting your journey. Many countries currently do not allow entry if you are travelling from Germany.

Frequently asked questions

Tests when entering Germany

Since 8 August 2020, persons entering from risk areas are required to undergo a coronavirus test if requested to do so by the competent authority. Here you can find the most important frequently asked questions.

Entering from a risk area

Important things to remember:

  • You are travelling to Germany and have spent time in a risk area within 10 days prior to your entry? If so, 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). The Federal Government and the federal states (Länder) have agreed on these rules. Note: The quarantine regulations are implemented by means of ordinances issued by the federal states (Länder). Ultimately, the law of the federal state (Land) you are entering, and/or where you are staying, is binding. Please observe possible special regulations on the quarantine obligations that apply under the law of your federal state (Land) (especially persons in transit and cross-border commuters).

  • From 8 November, you are required to conduct a digital registration on entry if you spent time in a risk area within 10 days prior to your entry. Please enter information on the places you stayed over the previous 10 days on the website After filling in all of the necessary information, you will receive a PDF file as confirmation. Before transporting you, your carrier will check whether you are in possession of a confirmation. Otherwise, the carrier will not be allowed to take you. Should you, in exceptional cases, be unable to conduct a digital registration on entry, you are instead required to fill out a substitute registration on paper.

  • Within 10 days after entry, the public health office may require that you submit a negative test result or, if you do not possess such a result, that you have yourself tested.

  • For persons entering Germany from risk areas, the test is free of charge until 1 December if it is carried out within 10 days of entry. You can call 116 117 or check to find out where in your vicinity you can get tested. If you wish to be tested by your family doctor, please be sure to call the office in advance.

    It is vital that you quarantine yourself until you receive your test results.

  • During the quarantine period, you are not allowed 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!
  • In general, home quarantine can be lifted earlier, but at the earliest after five (5) days, if you submit a negative test result. Please check the quarantine rules for your federal state (Land) to see which regulations apply to you.

  • This list by the RKI can help you determine whether you have been to a risk area. Many countries outside of Europe are considered risk areas.

  • If you have questions on the quarantine regulations, it is best to get in touch with your public health office directly. You can find the public health office (Gesundheitsamt) responsible for you here.

Regulations for persons entering Germany in connection with coronavirus SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 and the digital registration on entry for persons entering from risk areas in several languages.