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.

The Ordinance on Coronavirus Entry Regulations contains special obligations to register, quarantine and furnish proof for persons who at any time within the last 10 days prior to entry stayed in an area classified as an area of variants of concern at the time of their entry into the country. For travellers entering Germany from areas of virus variants of concern, a ban on carriage – subject to a very limited set of exceptions – applies to the transport of persons from these areas via rail, bus, ship or plane.

Note

The Federal Government has decided to amend the Ordinance on Coronavirus Entry Regulations (Coronavirus-Einreiseverordnung). On June 1st, the obligation to provide proof – vaccinated, recovered or tested negative – ended when entering Germany. Excluded are people arriving from a virus variant area. However, no country is currently classified as a virus variant area.
From June 11, 2022, the remaining corona-related entry restrictions for entry from third countries were also lifted. Due to a reciprocity reservation, however, this does not apply to entries by residents from China.

Further details on entry from third countries (website of the Federal Ministry of the Interior and Community)

What applies since 1 June 2022?

  • The category of high-risk areas was removed. Travellers entering the country no longer need proof that they have been vaccinated, recovered or tested unless they travelled from an area of variants of concern. In this case, the existing strict rules on registration, quarantine and furnishing proof remain effective.
  • Proof of vaccination: Vaccinations administered with the WHO-authorised vaccines Sinova, Sinopharm or Coronavac by Chinese manufacturers, or Covaxin by an Indian manufacturer, will suffice for the purposes of proof of vaccination. If vaccinated with one of the WHO-authorised vaccines indicated above, 270 days after attaining the basic immunisation a booster is needed with one of the WHO-authorised vaccines indicated above or a vaccine authorised by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

What does the Ordinance on Coronavirus Entry Regulations regulate?

With the Sixth Ordinance to Amend the Ordinance on Coronavirus Entry Regulations, the coronavirus-related regulations concerning entry into Germany still remain in force as before:

Designation of risk areas:

Since 1 June 2022, only the category “area of variants of concern” exists. The categories of “basic” risk area and high-risk area already no longer apply.

Areas of variants of concern can be areas with widespread occurrence of a virus variant (mutant strain) of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that is not widespread within Germany and that can reasonably be believed to pose a particular risk. Such particular risks can result, among other things,

  • from the virus variant causing more severe symptoms
  • or from vaccines or prior infection with coronavirus affording no or only limited protection against this variant.

Obligation to furnish proof:

  • All persons who have at any time within the last 10 days prior to entry stayed in an area which is classified as an area of variants of concern at the time of their entry must, when entering the Federal Republic of Germany, be in possession of proof of testing based on a nucleic acid test (PCR, PoC-NAAT or other nucleic acid amplification test methods); proof of recovery or proof of vaccination is not sufficient in such cases. In the context of policing cross-border traffic into Germany, such proof may also be demanded as part of random checks by the Federal Police or other responsible authority.
  • 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. Minors 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 be registered. As a rule, your quarantine will last a period of 14 days.

The quarantine ends before the full 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.

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.

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 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 may conduct random checks to verify whether you are in possession of a confirmation. Otherwise, the carrier will not be allowed to take you. Please note that persons across all age groups must be registered and children under the age of 12 are not exempted.

  • Should you, for want of the necessary technical equipment or because of a technical malfunction, be unable to conduct a digital registration on entry, you will be required to fill out a substitute registration on paper. Please refer to the substitute registration for information on where to submit it (for example 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 an 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 spent time in an area of variants of concern prior to entry, as a rule the quarantine 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!
  • If the respective area of variants of concern is no longer listed as such during your period of quarantine in Germany, then your obligation to quarantine ceases. You can find additional information on the obligation to self-isolate and exemptions in the FAQs on Digital Registration on Entry, the obligation to furnish proof and quarantine on entry.

Obligation to furnish proof

  • Travellers aged 12 or over must, if they previously spent time in an area of variants of concern, as a rule be in possession of a negative test result, whereby the test in question must be 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, for the purpose of random checks, such proof may also be demanded by the Federal Police or other responsible authority. Upon request, airline passengers are to present their carrier with this proof before starting their journey. In the context of policing cross-border traffic into Germany, this proof may also be demanded by the Federal Police. Without such proof, carriage is not possible in any of the above cases.
  • The test result must pertain to a test that is no older than 48 hours. When calculating this time frame, the actual time of entry into Germany or scheduled time of carrier departure is decisive.
  • You can find additional information on the obligation to self-isolate and exemptions in the FAQs on Digital Registration on Entry, the obligation to furnish proof and quarantine on entry.

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.

Transport undertakings’ obligations

The Ordinance on Coronavirus Entry Regulations also lays down obligations for transport companies.

What should I be aware of during my stay in Germany?

Face masks are required when using local and long-distance public transport

Long-distance public transport: During the journey, a respirator mask (FFP2 or comparable) must be worn. Passengers that use long-distance public transport, who are aged between six and thirteen years, are required to wear a medical face mask (mouth-nose protection) or respirator mask (FFP2 or comparable).

Local public transport: The rules for local public transport are determined by the Federal Länder. At this point in time, at least a medical face mask (mouth-nose protection) must usually be worn. Please check which regulations apply in your Federal Land before commencing your journey.

Excluded from the obligation to wear a face mask when using local and long-distance public transport are

  • 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.

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.

Frequently asked questions

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

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Last change: 07. November 2022
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