Current information for travellers

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

Holidays in Germany

If you would like to holiday in Germany, you will need to observe the regulations in place in the specific Federal Land you will be visiting. This is important, especially if you are entering the country from a region in which there have been a particularly large number of new infections. In some Federal Laender, for example, you are not allowed to spend the night at a hotel or hostel if you enter the country from a region that has had a particularly large number of new infections. But, here too, there are exceptions, such as the need to show a negative test for coronavirus (which, however, may not have been taken more than 48 hours prior to entry). Please visit the website of the Federal Land to which you would like to travel for detailed information on its specific regulations.

Holidays abroad

In principle, Germans have been able to holiday in EU countries since 15 June. Border checks are also no longer being conducted in these countries. This also applies to some other European countries. However, travel outside of the EU may still be problematic. On the website of the Federal Foreign Office, you can find out which countries are affected and which rules apply in the other countries.

Please check entry regulations there before starting your journey. Many countries are currently not allowing 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. Here you can find the most important frequently asked questions.

Entering from a risk area

Important things to note:

  • You are entering Germany from a risk area? If so, you must present a negative coronavirus test or go directly to your home – or destination – upon arrival and remain isolated for a period of two weeks (home quarantine). You must also inform your local public health office immediately. The coronavirus test results may not be older than 48 hours. If passenger locator cards are distributed on the plane, boat, bus or train when you enter Germany from a risk area, it is enough to fill out the passenger locator card and return it to the carrier. The Federal Government and the Laender have agreed on these rules. You can find the public health office (Gesundheitsamt) responsible for you here: competent public health office.

  • In many countries it is possible for you to get tested before commencing your journey, or you can be tested upon arrival in Germany. In Germany, the test is free of charge. Many German airports already operate testing facilities. Alternatively, you can call 116 117 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. If you test positive, you will in any case require a two-week quarantine. It is vital that you observe the quarantine rules 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 very costly!

  • 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.

  • Since 8 August, tests are mandatory for persons entering the country from risk areas (Download Mandatory Testing Ordinance in German).

Regulations for entering Germany in connection with the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19 and the passenger locator card for persons from risk areas in multiple languages

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