Refusal of entry from Great Britain, Northern Ireland and South Africa

To prevent new variants of the coronavirus spreading to continental Europe, as of 22 December the Federal Ministry of Health has imposed a general transport ban on all travellers entering the country from Great Britain, Northern Ireland and South Africa.

With prior approval from the Federal Ministry of the Interior, from 1 January 2021 persons with a domicile and a right of residence in Germany may once more be transported.

In addition, as of 22 December 2020, travellers from these countries, as well as anyone who spent time there in the ten days prior to their arrival in Germany, require testing for the coronavirus. The existing quarantine obligation when entering from a risk area remains unaffected.

This transport ban concerns all direct passenger travel from these countries by rail, bus, sea or air. This Ordinance is effective from 22 December 2020 to 6 January 2021.