Welcome to Germany!
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 when entering Germany?
When entering the Federal Republic of Germany, you must be in possession of proof of testing based on a nucleic acid test (PCR, PoC-NAAT or other nucleic acid amplification test methods). Children under the age of 12 do not require such proof.
If you spent time in an area classified as an 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 areas of variants of concern when entering Germany, then you must observe the obligation to quarantine. The currently classified areas are listed here: www.rki.de/risikogebiete.
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 (for example 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. As a rule, the duration of the 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?
Quarantine lasts for a period of 14 days.
I am vaccinated. Do I still need to 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 characteristics, leading, for instance, to a potentially higher transmissibility, altered immune response, or a more severe disease progression. A negative test result does not shorten the length of your quarantine.
The quarantine obligation ends before 14 days have expired at the time when the specific area of variants of concern is no longer classified as such following entry into the Federal Republic of Germany, or the person entering the country submits to the competent body proof of vaccination that shows that the person 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.
I possess proof of recovery. Do I have to 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 characteristics, leading, for instance, to a potentially higher transmissibility, altered immune response, or a more severe disease progression. A negative test result does not shorten the length of your quarantine. If the relevant risk area is no longer classified as a risk area following entry into the Federal Republic of Germany and before expiry of the self-isolation period, an exemption applies. Your quarantine ends as of the time of de-listing.
Upon entering Germany, I will possess a negative test result. Do I need to quarantine nonetheless?
Yes, your quarantine will last for a period of 14 days. If the relevant risk area is no longer classified as a risk area following your entry into the Federal Republic of Germany and before expiry of the self-isolation period, an exemption applies.
Are there exemptions from quarantine?
In certain situations, there are exemptions from the obligation to quarantine. If such an exemption applies to you, you need not quarantine.
Examples of exemptions from the obligation to quarantine
- Transit through the area of variants of concern or Germany
- Cross-border commuters, border crossers
- 24-hour stays
- Transport personnel (up to 72 hours)
- Cultural and sports events
A list of all exemptions and additional information on the Ordinance on Coronavirus Entry Regulations can be found here: https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/en/coronavirus/infos-reisende/faq-tests-einreisende.html
What rules apply to children?
The obligation to quarantine also applies to children.
If the area is no longer classified as an area of variants of concern, is my quarantine lifted?
The quarantine ends automatically when the specific country is no longer listed as an area of variants of concern.
What should I be aware of during my stay in Germany?
Masks are required when using local and long-distance public transport.
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 to:
- 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 way that infection figures develop.
How can I protect myself and others from infection?
- Protect yourself and others by reducing contact with others and following basic protective and hygiene measures. Maintain a distance of 1.5 meters and wash your hands regularly and thoroughly. 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 (for example 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 suitable accommodation, self-isolate and do not receive any visitors.
- Please use the Corona-Warn-App (https://www.coronawarn.app/de/). 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.