Welcome to Germany!

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. As a rule, this does not apply if you have spent time in an area of variants of concern prior to entry.

Basic knowledge about coronavirus

Did you receive a coronavirus 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.

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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 high-risk areas and areas of variants of concern: www.rki.de/risikogebiete

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 November 2021.

  • If you have spent time in a high-risk area or area of variants of concern, you must, as a rule, 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!
  • If you spent time in a high-risk area, home quarantine can be ended early 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/. A test result only reduces the quarantine period if the test was conducted no earlier than five days after entry. In the case of children under the age of 12, the quarantine automatically ends at the end of the fifth day after entry.
  • After a stay in an area of variants of concern, this period cannot, as a rule, be ended early.
    Note: It should be noted that no determination by the Robert Koch Institute in accordance with section 4 (2) sentence 5 of the Ordinance on Coronavirus Entry Regulations is currently in effect. Section 4 (2) sentence 5 of the Ordinance on Coronavirus Entry Regulations provides for persons to be exempted from the need to quarantine, even after a stay in an area of variants of concern, if “the person entering is fully vaccinated with a vaccine against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus for which the Robert Koch Institute has determined and explicitly stated on its website with reference to this provision that the vaccine is sufficiently effective against the variant of the virus for which the classification as an area of variants of concern was made.” This means that even persons who have been vaccinated, regardless of the type of vaccine taken, are subject to an obligatory fourteen day quarantine after spending time in an area of variants of concern.
  • In addition, home quarantine 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:

Last change: 20. October 2021