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

The Ordinance on Coronavirus Entry Regulations of 12 May 2021 brings together the regulations of the original Ordinance on Coronavirus Entry Regulations, the Coronavirus Protection Ordinance and the Model Quarantine Ordinance. It thereby 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 includes a general obligation for travellers entering the country by air to furnish proof. These travellers must – irrespective of whether or not they spent time in a risk area – present a negative test result or proof of vaccination or recovery to their carrier prior to departure. In addition, when entering the Federal Republic of Germany following a stay in a risk area outside of Germany (basic risk area, high-incidence area or area of variants of concern), a special obligation to register, quarantine and furnish proof has to be observed. In respect of 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 who have received a vaccine or have recovered from COVID-19

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

A list of the current risk areas can be found here: www.rki.de/risikogebiete

1. Obligation to register

  • 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  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, alternatively you will be required to fill out a substitute registration on paper
    PDF-Datei (nicht barrierefrei, 223 KB). 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
  • You can find additional information on the obligation to register and exemptions here: Frequently asked questions on Digital Registration on Entry, the obligation to furnish proof and quarantine on entry

2. Obligation to self-isolate

Note: The Fourth Civil Protection Law of 29 March 2021 (Federal Law Gazette I p. 370) empowered the Federal Government in Section 36 (8) sentence 1, no 1 of the Protection against Infection Act to introduce an obligation to self-isolate for persons who have entered Germany, or wish to do so, and who might have been exposed an increased risk of being infected with coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. In the Ordinance on Coronavirus Entry Regulations, use has now been made of this possibility to regulate the entry quarantine provisions uniformly at federal level.

  • 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 self-isolate there (home quarantine). If entering Germany following a stay in a basic risk area or high-incidence area, you will 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!
  • Home quarantine can be ended prematurely by submitting proof of vaccination or recovery or a negative test result via the Federal Republic's travel portal at   https://www.einreiseanmeldung.de. Quarantine ends the moment such proof is submitted. If this proof is already submitted before entry, no quarantine is necessary.  If you spent time in a high-incidence area prior to entry, testing may at the earliest be conducted five days after entry. If you spent time in an area of variants of concern, quarantine lasts for a period of 14 days and cannot be ended prematurely.
  • The obligation to quarantine will initially be in force until 10 September 2021.
  • You can find additional information on the obligation to self-isolate and exemptions here:  Frequently asked questions on Digital Registration on Entry, the obligation to furnish proof and quarantine on entry 

3. Obligation to furnish proof

  • After spending time in a basic risk area, you must, within a maximum of 48 hours after entering the country, also be able to prove that you are not infected with coronavirus (test certificate), or you must be in possession of proof of vaccination or recovery and must submit one of these via the Federal Republic's travel portal at http://www.einreiseanmeldung.de. You can call 116 117 or check www.116117.de 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.
  • Travellers entering the country by plane or following a stay in a high-incidence area or area of variants of concern must already get tested before starting their journey and must present a negative test result to their carrier, e.g. the airline, or be in possession of proof of vaccination or recovery. This proof may also be demanded by the Federal Police when passing through entry control in Germany.
  • Information on accepted tests is available here: https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Tests.html
  • You can find additional information on the obligation to furnish proof and exemptions here:  Frequently asked questions on Digital Registration on Entry, the obligation to furnish proof and quarantine on entry

4. Ban on transportation

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 in the Federal Republic of Germany and limit the introduction and rapid spread of new virus variants.

5. 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.

Here you will find the most important questions and answers about digital entry registration, proof of arrival and entry quarantine.

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