Ordinance on Coronavirus Entry Regulations (Coronavirus-Einreiseverordnung – CoronaEinreiseV)

The Ordinance on Coronavirus Entry Regulations of 30 July 2021 regulates a uniform, nation-wide obligation to register, quarantine and furnish proof, as well as a ban on carriage from areas of variants of concern.

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The new Ordinance on Coronavirus Entry Regulations contains a general obligation for persons entering the country to furnish proof, irrespective of the mode of transport or whether they previously spent time in a high-risk area or area of variants of concern. Persons aged 12 or over must, as a rule, possess a negative test result or proof of vaccination or recovery when entering the country. Persons who, at any time within the last 10 days prior to entry, spent time in an area which is classified as a high-risk area or area of variants of concern at the time of their entry must, in addition, observe special obligations to register, furnish proof and self-isolate.

What has changed since revision of the Ordinance on 30 July 2021?

The Revision of the Ordinance on Coronavirus Entry Regulations becomes effective 1 August 2021. From 1 August 2021, the following changes, inter alia, become effective:

Concerning designation of risk areas:

As of 1 August 2021, risk areas will distinguish between two categories: high-risk areas and areas of variants of concern. The category of “basic” risk area will no longer apply.

Concerning the obligation to furnish proof

  • From 1 August 2021, all travellers entering the country, irrespective of whether or not they spent time in a high-risk area or area of variants of concern, are obligated upon entry to present proof of the absence of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus (test result or proof of vaccination or recovery).
  • Note: The stringent obligation for persons entering the country to undergo testing following a stay in an area of variants of concern remains in effect.
  • Children under the age of 12 are exempt from the obligation to furnish proof.

Concerning quarantine on entry:

  • At this point in time, the obligation to self-isolate will remain in force until 30 September 2021.
  • For children under the age of 12, quarantine after a stay in a high-risk area automatically ends after the fifth day following entry into Germany.

Concerning entry when accompanied by children:

Children under the age of 12 are exempt from the obligation to furnish proof. In their case, quarantine after a stay in a high-risk area automatically ends after the fifth day following entry into Germany.

Information for vaccinated and recovered persons:

Proof of vaccination or of recovery from COVID-19 can replace a negative test certificate and exempt from quarantine on entry. This currently does not apply if you have spent time in an area of variants of concern prior to entry.

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.

A list of the current risk areas can be found at the RKI.

Obligation to register

  • Even before entering Germany, you must carry out a digital registration on entry if, at any time in the ten days prior to your entry, you spent time in an area classified as a high-risk area or an area of variants of concern at the time of your entry. Please enter information on the places you stayed over the previous ten days via the www.einreiseanmeldung.de 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, you will be required alternatively to fill out a substitute registration on paper. Please refer to the substitute registration for information on where to submit it (e.g. on request, to the carrier or to the Federal Police). Where no request to present the substitute registration is made, you are required to either complete the Digital Registration on Entry at a later point or submit the completed substitute registration by post to the following address:

Deutsche Post E-POST Solutions GmbH, 69990 Mannheim

Obligation to self-isolate

The entry quarantine provisions are uniformly regulated at federal level:

  • If, at any time within the ten days prior to entry, you spent time in an area which is classified as 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 (home quarantine). If entering Germany following a stay in a high-risk area, you will, as a rule, need to self-isolate for ten days; if you spent time in an area of variants of concern prior to entry, your self-isolation period will be 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!
  • Ending quarantine in the case of high-risk areas: Home quarantine can be ended early by submitting proof of vaccination or recovery or a negative test result via the Federal Republic's travel portal at www.einreiseanmeldung.de. Quarantine ends the moment such proof is submitted. If proof of vaccination or recovery is already submitted before entry, no quarantine is necessary. When a test result is transmitted, the test may not have been conducted earlier than five days after entry. For children under the age of twelve, the self-isolation period automatically ends five days after entry.
  • Ending quarantine in the case of areas of variants of concern: Following a stay in an area of variants of concern, as a rule the quarantine lasts for a period of 14 days. The possibility of ending quarantine early when entering from areas of variants of concern may be considered in the following case:
  • If, during the self-isolation period following entry into Germany, an area of variants of concern is downgraded, the end of self-isolation is governed by the regulations for this type of area.

Note: no determination according to section 4 (2) sentence 5 of the Ordinance on Coronavirus Entry Regulations by the RKI is currently in effect.

  • Special case of ending quarantine owing to de-listing Home quarantine also automatically ends if the area concerned is no longer listed under www.rki.de/risikogebiete (known as de-listing)
  • The obligation to quarantine will initially be in force until 30 September 2021.

Obligation to furnish proof

  • General obligation to furnish proof for all travellers:

Travellers aged 12 or over must, irrespective of the mode of transport or whether they previously spent time in a high-risk area or area of variants of concern, as a rule carry with them a negative test result or proof of vaccination or recovery when entering the country. In the context of policing cross-border traffic into Germany, such proof may also be demanded by the Federal Police or other responsible authority. Persons travelling by air must already present such proof to their carrier before departure.

  • Special obligation to furnish proof after staying in a high-risk area or an area of variants of concern:

    1. Also, travellers who have spent time in an area classified as a high-risk area at any time within the last ten days prior to entry must present their carrier, e.g. the airline, with a negative test result or proof of vaccination or recovery before departure. In the context of policing cross-border traffic into Germany, this proof may also be demanded by the Federal Police.

    2. Travellers who, at any time within the last ten days prior to entry, spent time in an area which is classified as an area of variants of concern at the time of their entry must present their carrier with a negative test certificate; proof of recovery or proof of vaccination is not sufficient in such cases. In the context of policing cross-border traffic into Germany, this proof may also be demanded by the Federal Police. 
  • The test result must pertain to a test that is no older than 48 hours (for antigen tests) or 72 hours (for PCR tests). Relevant when calculating these time frames is the time of entry into Germany. When entering from areas of variants of concern, this time frame is reduced to 24 hours with antigen tests.

Ban on carriage

In addition to the current rules on registration, quarantine and furnishing proof, it is necessary to restrict the transport of persons from the countries classified as areas of variants of concern into the Federal Republic of Germany to protect the population of the Federal Republic of Germany and limit the introduction and rapid spread of dangerous virus variants. You can find additional information on the ban on carriage and exemptions in the FAQs on Digital Registration on Entry, the obligation to furnish proof and quarantine on entry.

Obligations for transport companies and mobile network operators

The Ordinance on Coronavirus Entry Regulations also lays down obligations for transport companies and mobile network operators.

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