Current information for travelers

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

New Entry Regulation

As of Thursday, March 3, 2022 at 0:00 a.m., with the enactment of the "Third Amendment to the Coronavirus Entry Regulations, („Dritte Änderungsverordnung der Coronavirus-Einreiseverordnung“)" no states or regions will be considered high-risk areas.

The 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. With respect to entry into Germany from areas of variants of concern, a ban on carriage – subject to a very limited set of exceptions – applies to the transport of persons via rail, bus, ship or plane directly from those countries.

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

Before departure, please be prepared for your carrier (e.g. airline) to require from you an up-to-date PCR test if you spent time in an area of variants of concern at any time in the ten days prior to entry. After your arrival, further 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 changes from 3 March 2022 onwards

The Ordinance Amending the Ordinance on Coronavirus Entry Regulations became effective on 3 March 2022. In terms of content, the rules for entry according to the Ordinance on Coronavirus Entry Regulations remain largely unchanged. The changes affect the definition of proof of recovery and proof of vaccination, the definition of high-risk areas, as well as additional exemptions for children under the age of 12.

  • Proof of recovery: Proof of recovery must comply with the criteria published in section 2 number 8 of the Ordinance on Coronavirus Entry Regulations.
  • Proof of vaccination: The proof of vaccination must also correspond with the criteria pertaining to boosters and the interval periods that must be observed and not exceeded between individual vaccine doses or boosters, for full vaccination protection, as specified in section 2 number 10 of the Ordinance on Coronavirus Entry Regulations.
  • Change in the definition of high-risk areas: From now on, the classification as a high-risk area will only refer to areas with a high incidence with respect to the spread of variants whose virulence – that is, characteristics than can cause sickness – is by comparison higher than that of the Omicron variant. Consequently, the spread of the Omicron variant is no longer a criterion for classifying an area as high-risk.
  • Children under the age of 12: Further relaxation of the quarantine obligation, the requirement to furnish proof, as well as conditions for carriage are envisaged for children under the age of 12.

What does the Ordinance on Coronavirus Entry Regulations regulate?

With the Ordinance to Amend the Ordinance on Coronavirus Entry Regulations of 3 March 2022, the coronavirus-related regulations concerning entry into Germany still remain in force.

Designation of risk areas:

Risk areas will distinguish between two categories: high-risk areas and areas of variants of concern. The category of “basic” risk area already no longer applies.

Obligation to furnish proof:

  • 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.

Entry when accompanied by children:

Children under the age of 12 are exempt from the obligation to furnish proof. The obligation to quarantine does not apply to children under the age of six. For children between the ages of six and twelve years, who have not submitted proof of recovery or vaccination, quarantine ends automatically five days after entry or after submitting the test result before five days have expired.

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 for vaccinated persons – regardless of the type of vaccine used – a fourteen-day quarantine period applies 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 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 you are entering Germany following a stay in a high-risk area, you will need to self-isolate for ten days; if you spent time in an area of variants of concern prior to entry, the self-isolation period is 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 upload portal of the Digital Registration on Entry. Please use the individual link you were provided in your registration confirmation (PDF document) to upload your proof. Quarantine ends the moment such proof is submitted. If proof of recovery or vaccination 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. Children under the age of six are not required to quarantine. For children between the ages of six and twelve years, who have not submitted proof of recovery or vaccination, quarantine ends automatically five days after entry or after submitting the test result before five days have expired.
  • 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 quarantine period following entry into Germany, an area of variants of concern is downgraded, the end of quarantine 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)

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:
    • 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.
    • Travellers who, at any time within the last ten days prior to entry, spent time in an area classified as an area of variants of concern at the time of entry must present their carrier with a negative test result, where the test in question is based on a nucleic acid test (PCR, PoC-NAAT or other nucleic acid amplification test methods). Proof of vaccination or recovery does not suffice. In the context of policing cross-border traffic into Germany, this proof may also be demanded by the Federal Police.

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.

Frequently asked questions

Our FAQs on the Corona Entry Regulations bring together the most important information on risk areas, obligation to register and to provide proof, as well as quarantine upon entry.

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Last change: 03. March 2022
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