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An increased risk of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus still remains. In order to protect yourself and others, please make sure you adhere to the following regulations and infection control measures. This is to protect yourself and others from a potentially severe infection with COVID-19 and its possible long-term effects.

What rules must I follow on account of my entry into Germany?

According to the regulations, upon entering Germany you must carry with you proof of vaccination or recovery or a test result. Children under the age of 12 do not require such proof.

* For further information, see, for instance, the Federal Ministry of Health’s FAQ on entry requirements.

If you spent time in an area classified as a high-risk area or area of variants of concern in the last few days prior to entering the Federal Republic of Germany, before entering you would have had to register via the travel portal at https://www.einreiseanmeldung.de.

If you stayed abroad in areas still classified as high-risk areas or areas of variants of concern when entering Germany, then you must observe the obligation to quarantine. The areas currently classified as risk areas are listed here: www.rki.de/risikogebiete.

Information for persons entering Germany from high-risk areas

Please be aware of the requirement to observe a 10-day quarantine that ends for vaccinated and recovered individuals as soon as proof of vaccination or recovery is submitted to the competent authority. If you have been tested, but are neither vaccinated nor recovered, the test to obtain proof of testing may not be conducted earlier than five days after entry into the country.

Children under 6 years of age are not required to quarantine. Children between the ages of six and twelve years who have not submitted proof of recovery or vaccination, can end their quarantine immediately - and not just after five days - by submitting a test result. Should no test result be submitted, quarantine nonetheless ends automatically after five days.

Information for persons entering Germany from areas of variants of concern:

If you are aged 12 or above, the regulations state that you are to carry with you, upon entry, a test result, where the test in question is based on a nucleic acid test (e.g PCR).

After your arrival, PCR testing may be ordered by the health authorities at the airport or at the place of isolation/quarantine. Please be aware of the 14-day quarantine requirement, which also applies to vaccinated and recovered individuals. The duration of the 14-day quarantine cannot be shortened.

What does the obligation to quarantine mean for me?

Quarantine means that upon arrival you must make your way directly to your home – or other place of accommodation at your destination – and remain isolated there. You may not leave your house or apartment, nor receive guests. Non-compliance with the quarantine rules can be penalised with a fine!

How long does the quarantine last?

When entering from high-risk areas,  as a rule the quarantine period lasts 10 days, for areas of variants of concern 14 days.

I am vaccinated. Do I still need to quarantine?

When entering from high-risk areas the quarantine period lasts until you submit your proof of vaccination to the competent authority via the Federal Republic’s travel portal at https://einreiseanmeldung.de. Please use the individual link provided in your registration confirmation for the Digital Registration on Entry (PDF document) to upload your proof. If you already submitted the proof of vaccination before entering the country, you need not quarantine.

When entering from areas of variants of concern, you must also quarantine even if you possess proof of vaccination. That is because the virus variants circulating in areas of variants of concern may change their properties, leading, for instance, to a potentially higher transmissibility, altered immune response, or a severer disease progression. A negative test result does not shorten the length of your quarantine.

Please not that your proof of vaccination must correspond with the criteria listed in the Protection Against Infection Act (Infektionsschutzgesetz) or in the Ordinance on Coronavirus Entry Regulations (with respect to vaccine used, number of vaccine doses, boosters and interval periods).

I possess proof of recovery. Do I have to quarantine?

When entering from high-risk areas, the quarantine period lasts until proof of recovery is submitted to the competent authority via the Federal Republic’s travel portal at https://einreiseanmeldung.de. Please use the individual link provided in your registration confirmation for the Digital Registration on Entry (PDF document) to upload your proof. If you already submitted proof of recovery before entering Germany, you need not quarantine.

When entering from areas of variants of concern, you must also quarantine even if you possess proof of recovery. That is because the virus variants circulating in areas of variants of concern may change their properties, leading, for instance, to a potentially higher transmissibility, altered immune response, or a severer disease progression. A negative test result does not shorten the length of your quarantine.

Please note that your proof of recovery must comply with the criteria published in the Infection against Protection Act (Infektionsschutzgesetz) or in the Ordinance on Coronavirus Entry Regulations.

Upon entering Germany, I will possess a negative test result. Do I need to quarantine nonetheless?

Yes, unless any of the exemptions (below) apply to you. You can, however, end the quarantine early by providing a further negative test result. Please pay attention to the waiting period. This test may not have been taken earlier than five days following entry into the country. You must upload the negative test result via the Federal Republic’s travel portal at https://einreiseanmeldung.de, then your quarantine ends.

Are there exemptions from quarantine? Can I reduce my waiting period before testing to release?

In certain situations, there are exemptions from the obligation to quarantine. If such an exemption applies to you, you need not quarantine.

If no such exemption applies to you and you have not recovered or been vaccinated, when entering from a high-risk area as a rule you cannot test to release any sooner than five days after entry.

But there are certain exemptions from the waiting period. A negative test result allows you to be relieved of the need to self-quarantine even before expiration of the waiting period. For instance, through the test result you needed in order to enter Germany. Upload your test result via the individual link in your registration confirmation for the Digital Registration on Entry (PDF document). Your quarantine then ends upon successful upload of the file. If you already uploaded the test result via the travel portal before entering the country, you need not quarantine.

Examples of exemptions from the obligation to quarantine:

  • Transit through the high-risk area or Germany
  • Cross-border commuters, border crossers
  • 24-hour stays
  • Transport personnel (for areas of variants of concern: up to 72 hours)
  • Stays of up to 72 hours to visit first-degree relatives (not in case of areas of variants of concern)

Examples of exemptions from the waiting period (not applicable for areas of variants of concern):

  • Compulsory stays of up to five days on account of work, training or study.
  • Visits of second-degree relatives (e.g. siblings, grandchildren or grandparents)
  • Cultural and sports events

A list of all the exemptions and additional information on the Ordinance on Coronavirus Entry Regulations can be found here: https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/coronavirus-infos-reisende/faq-tests-einreisende.html

What applies to children?

The obligation to quarantine does not apply to children under the age of six. For children between the ages of six and twelve years entering from high-risk areas who have not submitted proof of recovery or vaccination, quarantine ends automatically five days after entry or immediately after submitting a negative test result.

If the area is no longer classed as a high-risk area or an area of variants of concern, is my quarantine lifted?

Quarantine automatically ends if the area concerned is no longer listed under www.rki.de/risikogebiete (known as de-listing).

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

A nationwide 3G rule (vaccinated, recovered or tested) and the obligation to wear a mask when using local and long-distance public transport

Across Germany, you may only travel by air or by local or long-distance public transport if you are vaccinated, have recovered or have been tested (as stipulated in the COVID-19 Protective Measures Exemption Ordinance of 8 May 2021). This excludes pupils outside of school holiday periods and transport by taxi.

In addition, during the journey a respirator mask (FFP2 or comparable) or medical face mask (mouth-nose protection) must be worn. The obligation to wear a mask does not apply for:

  • Children under the age of six,
  • People medically certified as not being able to wear a respirator mask or medical face mask on account of a health disorder, chronic illness or disability and
  • People who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, the people with whom they communicate, and their accompanying persons.

Which infection control regulations apply in my Federal Land?

Please check which infection control regulations apply in your Federal Land. Your Federal Land determines the infection control regulations that apply to your stay and/or everyday life. Here you can, for instance, find regulations concerning where a mask must be worn, when proof of vaccination or recovery or a test result must be submitted and which infection control measures need to be observed when visiting a restaurant or recreational event.

This link will take you to the Federal Land websites: https://www.bundesregierung.de/breg-de/themen/coronavirus/corona-bundeslaender-1745198

The Protection against Infection Act is implemented by the Federal Länder. The Federal Länder have the authority to determine infection control regulations for their Federal Land through ordinances. This means that one Federal Land’s infection control regulations may differ from another’s. The Heads of Government of the Länder meet regularly to coordinate infection control measures. That way the rules can be kept as uniform as possible across Germany despite regional differences in the infection development.

How can I protect myself and others from infection?

  • Protect yourself and others by reducing contacts and following basic protective and hygiene measures. Maintain a distance of 1.5m and regularly and thoroughly wash your hands. When there is little space in everyday life, wear a mask. Please remember to air regularly while indoors.
  • If you have symptoms typical of an infection with the coronavirus (e.g. 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.
  • Please use the Corona-Warn-App (https://www.coronawarn.app/en/). The app will inform you if you had contact with people who have been infected with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and also suggests important rules of conduct.

Where can I get additional information?

Why did I receive an SMS?

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. The SMS is transmitted by the mobile network operators. To help people avoid receiving the coronavirus SMS multiple times (e.g. people who live close to a border), mobile network operators have implemented a week-long suspension period, in which no repeated coronavirus SMS will be sent.

Further information on data protection is available here:
https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/coronavirus-infos-reisende/einreise-sms/datenschutzhinweise.html

Last change: 24. March 2022
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