Current information for travellers

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

From 30 March 2021, in principle all persons entering the Federal Republic of Germany by plane are required to present their carrier with a negative test result before departure.

This obligation to undergo testing and provide proof applies irrespective of whether or not the carriage took place from a risk area. The swab specimen indicated in the test result must have been taken within 48 hours prior to entry into the Federal Republic of Germany.

The new obligation to undergo testing and provide proof initially applies until 12/05/2021 (inclusive).

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 can find the most important frequently asked questions when entering Germany from risk areas, high-incidence areas and areas of variants of concern

Entering Germany from a risk area

Please note: In order to prevent the spread of variants of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in the Federal Republic of Germany, the Federal Government has issued an ordinance banning the transport of persons from „areas of variant of concern“ until May 12 2021 - strictly limited exemptions reserved.“

  • You wish to travel to Germany and have spent time in a risk area in the ten days prior to arriving in Germany?

  • This list by the RKI can help you determine whether you have been to a risk area.

  • Even before entering Germany, you must carry out a digital registration on entry if you have spent time in a risk area within the ten days prior to your entry. Please enter information on the places you stayed over the previous ten days via the website. After filling in all of the necessary information, you will receive a PDF file as confirmation. Before transporting you to your destination, your carrier, as a rule, will check whether you are in possession of a confirmation. Otherwise, the carrier will not be allowed to take you.

  • Should you, for want of the necessary technical equipment or because of a technical malfunction, be unable to carry out a digital registration on entry
    PDF-file (not barrier free, 223 KB), you will be required to fill out a substitute registration. Please refer to the substitute registration for information on where to submit it (e.g. to the carrier or to Deutsche Post E-POST Solutions GmbH, D-69990 Mannheim).

  • After spending time in a risk area, you must, within a maximum of 48 hours after entering the country, also be able to furnish proof that you are not infected with the new coronavirus.  The competent authority (usually your public health office) may demand you submit this proof up to ten after your entry into the country. Valid proof can either be a test result or a medical certificate to indicate the absence of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. You can call 116 117 or check 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.

Important instructions

Please note the special rules that apply to entry into Germany after spending time in an area that involve a particularly high risk of infection. These include regions with an especially high number of cases (high-incidence area) or regions in which distinct virus mutations are spreading (area of variant of concern). These areas are marked on the RKI’s list. Travellers from these areas must already get tested before starting their journey and present a negative test result to their carrier (for instance: the airline). This proof may also be demanded by the Federal Police when passing through entry control in Germany.

  • If you have spent time in a risk area, you must 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). The Federal Government and the Federal Länder have agreed on these rules. Note: the quarantine regulations are implemented by means of ordinances issued by the Federal Länder. Ultimately, the law of the Federal Land you are entering, and/or where you are staying, is binding. Please observe possible special regulations on the quarantine obligations that apply under the law of your Federal Land (especially persons in transit and cross-border commuters).

  • 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!

  • Home quarantine can in general be lifted earlier with a negative test result, at the earliest after five days. Please check the quarantine rules for your Federal Land to see which regulations apply to you.

If you have questions on the quarantine regulations, it is best to get in touch with your public health office directly.

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.