Ordinance on Coronavirus Entry Regulations (CoronaEinreiseV)

The Ordinance on Coronavirus Entry Regulations of 12 May 2021 combines the regulations of the original Ordinance on Coronavirus Entry Regulations, the Coronavirus Protection Ordinance and the Model Quarantine Regulations. It thus regulates the registration, quarantine and testing requirements as well as the transport ban from areas of virus variant concern for Germany as a whole.

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The Ordinance includes a general requirement to provide proof of testing for persons entering Germany by air. These persons must always present a negative test result to the carrier before departure, regardless of whether they have spent time in a risk area. In addition, when entering the Federal Republic of Germany after a stay in a foreign risk, high incidence or virus variant area, requirements must be observed on testing and provision of proof of the result along with requirements on mandatory quarantine. In the case of entry from areas of virus variants of concern, there is – subject to very narrowly defined exceptions – a ban on passenger transport by train, bus, ship and plane directly from these 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 you 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 currently designated risk areas is available at : www.rki.de/risikogebiete

1. Mandatory registration

  • Even before you enter the country, you must complete a digital entry registration if you have stayed in a risk area within the ten days prior to entry. On the website www.einreiseanmeldung.de you enter the information about your stays in the last ten days. After you have provided all the necessary information, you will receive a PDF file as confirmation. As a rule, your carrier will check whether you can present that confirmation before departure. If you are unable to do so, you will not be allowed to travel.
  • If due to a lack of technical equipment or due to a technical malfunction, you are unable to submit a digital entry registration, you must submit a replacement registration in paper form instead. Please refer to the instructions on the replacement registration form to find out where you must hand it in (e.g. on request to either the carrier or the Federal Police). If you are not requested to hand in the replacement registration form, you are required to either complete a digital entry registration after entry or to send the completed replacement registration to the following address by post:
    Deutsche Post E-POST Solutions GmbH, 69990 Mannheim
  • Further information on registration requirements and any exceptions: Frequently asked questions on Digital Registration on Entry, the obligation to furnish proof and quarantine on entry

2. Quarantine Obligation

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 a quarantine obligation for persons who have entered Germany, or wish to do so, and who might have been exposed to 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. The obligation to quarantine will initially be in force until 28 July 2021.

  • 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). If you have spent time in an area of variants of concern prior to entry, you will need to quarantine for 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!
  • Quarantine at home may be ended prematurely if proof of recovery, proof of vaccination or a negative test result is submitted via the Federal Republic of Germany entry portal https://www.einreiseanmeldung.de. If you have spent time in a high-incidence area prior to entry, the relevant test may not be conducted earlier than five days after entry. Following a stay in an area of variants of concern, the duration of quarantine may not be shortened.
  • The requirement to quarantine will initially be in force until 28 July 2021.
  • You can find additional information on the obligation to quarantine and exemptions here: Frequently asked questions on Digital Registration on Entry, the obligation to furnish proof and quarantine on entry 

3. Mandatory tests

  • After staying in a risk area, you must also be able to prove no later than 48 hours after entry that you are not infected with the coronavirus. The competent authority (usually the public health department) may require you to provide proof up to ten days after entry. Proof is either a test result or a medical certificate regarding the absence of infection with the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. You can find out where you can get a test near your home by calling 116 117 or on the Internet at www.116117.de. If you want to be tested by your family doctor, you should make sure to call them first.
  • Travellers by air or after a previous stay in a high-incidence or area of virus variant of concern must be tested prior to departure and must present a negative test result to the carrier, e.g. the airline. Proof may also be required at the entry control in Germany by the Federal Police.
  • Information on accepted tests is available here: https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Tests.html
  • Further information on the requirement to provide a test result and any exception is available at: Frequently asked questions on Digital Registration on Entry, the obligation to furnish proof and quarantine on entry

4. Transport ban

In addition to the current registration, testing and quarantine rules, restrictions on the transport of persons entering the Federal Republic of Germany from countries classified as areas of virus variant of concern are necessary to protect the population in the Federal Republic of Germany and to limit the entry and rapid spread of the new virus variants. Further information on the transport ban and any exceptions is available here: Frequently asked questions on Digital Registration on Entry, the obligation to furnish proof and quarantine on entry

5. Transport operator and mobile network operator obligations

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.