Current information for travellers

Things to watch when holidaying abroad, the regulations that apply and what persons arriving in Germany need to know after spending time in a risk area.

Entering Germany by plane or from a risk area (basic risk area, high incidence area or area of variants of concern)

If you are travelling by plane from any country (whether a risk area or not) 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. The Ordinance on Coronavirus Entry Regulations (Coronavirus-Einreiseverordnung) of 12 May 2021 includes the following:

  • A general obligation for travellers entering the country by air to furnish proof. Persons entering by plane must – irrespective of whether or not they spent time in a risk area – present a negative test result or proof of vaccination or recovery to their carrier prior to departure.

Special registration, proof and quarantine obligations for persons entering the country after spending time in a foreign basic risk area, high-incidence area or area of variants of concern:

  • Registration required: Persons entering the country after spending time in a risk area are obliged to fill out the digital registration on entry and carry the confirmation with them when entering the country. The confirmation will be checked by the carrier and may also be checked by the Federal Police within the framework of its responsibilities as a border control agency.

    Should you, for want of the necessary technical equipment, or because of a technical malfunction, be unable to conduct a digital registration on entry, you will be required to fill out a substitute registration. If neither the carrier, nor the Federal Police ask you to present the substitute registration, you must conduct the digital registration on entry within 24 hours after entry or submit the substitute registration immediately by post to Deutsche Post E-POST Solutions GmbH, Aussteigekarte, 69990 Mannheim

  • Obligation to furnish proof: Travellers who spent time in a high-incidence area or area of variants of concern must, as a rule, already carry with them a negative test result on entry and, if demanded by the carrier, present this proof for the purpose of carriage. Travellers who spent time in a high-incidence area may also present proof of vaccination or recovery. Without such proof, carriage is not possible. If entering Germany following a stay in a basic risk area, travellers must be in possession of a negative test result or proof of vaccination or recovery within 48 hours of entry. The proof must be uploaded via the travel portal.

  • Obligation to quarantine: Travellers who spent time in risk areas are obliged to proceed directly to their own home or other suitable accommodation (e.g. hotel) and remain exclusively at this location following arrival (quarantine). The basic quarantine period following a stay in a basic risk area or a high-incidence area is 10 days and, following a stay in an area of variants of concern, 14 days.

  • Ending quarantine: Travellers who spent time in a basic risk area may end home quarantine prematurely by submitting a negative test, proof of recovery or a vaccination certificate via the Federal Republic’s travel portal. Travellers who spent time in a high-incidence area may end home quarantine prematurely by submitting proof of recovery or a vaccination certificate via the travel portal or, after five days, by opting to “test themselves free” and presenting a negative test result. Quarantine can be ended in each case from the time the negative test result has been submitted.Following a stay in an area of variants of concern, even people with a negative test result or proof of vaccination or recovery are obligated to quarantine for fourteen days. Moreover, this quarantine cannot be ended prematurely.

  • The regulation on the obligation to quarantine when entering from risk areas will initially be in force until 28 July 2021.

  • For travellers entering Germany from so-called areas of virus variants of concern, a ban on carriage applies to the transport of persons from those countries into Germany by rail, bus, ship or plane.

Information on the exemptions from the obligations to register, provide proof or quarantine and the ban on carriage currently in force can be obtained from the website of the Federal Ministry of Health.

Safety warning

Fraudulent websites offering entry registration are currently in circulation. The operators of these websites pretend to conduct digital entry registrations for travellers and transmit data to the authorities. They demand a fee for these services.

Please use only the website www.einreiseanmeldung.de for your digital entry registration. The app is free of charge. Only evidence of a digital entry registration generated by this website will be accepted during checks.

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.

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 what 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.

Here you will find the most important questions and answers about digital entry registration, proof of arrival and entry quarantine.

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