Entry into Germany

Entry into Germany

Due to the current situation, restrictions are in place for entry into Germany. Here you can find out what you should consider when entering Germany, which regulations apply and what travelers from a risk area need to know.

Restrictions on travel from countries with coronavirus variants

A travel ban has been imposed on countries with widespread occurrence of SARS-CoV-2 virus variants of concern (referred to as “areas of variant of concern”). Transport companies, e.g. air carriers and railway companies, may not transport any persons from these countries to Germany. There are only a few, strictly defined exceptions to this travel ban, namely for:
  • Persons who are resident in Germany with a current right to reside in the country
  • Persons on connecting flights, who do not leave the transit zone of an international airport
  • Few other special cases

According to the explanatory memorandum on the law, transport shall not be denied to German citizens who are not resident in Germany.

All those who qualify for the above-mentioned exceptions are equally required to complete an online registration form and must present a negative COVD-19 test result prior to entry. Further information is provided below.
Travellers can find more information about the travel ban on the website of the Federal Ministry of the Interior. The list of “areas of variant of concern” is published on the website of the Robert Koch Institute.

General Entry

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, restrictions are in place for entry into Germany from a large number of countries. These regulations are issued by the Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI).

From 8 November 2020 all travellers to Germany have to register online prior to their entry on the website www.einreiseanmeldung.de, if they have stayed in a risk area within the last 10 days prior to their entry to Germany. Also they must be able to present proof of this registration when entering Germany. If, in exceptional cases, a registration is not possible through the website mentioned above, travellers must instead fill in a substitute registration.
Further Information is available on an information sheet an on the website of the Federal Ministry of Health.

Unless specifically classified as a risk area (see below), entry in principle is possible from:
  • EU member states
  • states associated with Schengen: Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein
  • Countries, from which entry is possible due to the epidemiological situation assessment by the EU.
Entry from other countries is only possible in exceptional casesand is conditional on there being an urgent Need.

Entry from a risk area

From 8 November 2020 all travellers to Germany have to register online prior to their entry on the website www.einreiseanmeldung.de, if they have stayed in a risk area within the last 10 days prior to their entry to Germany. Also they must be able to present proof of this registration when entering Germany. If, in exceptional cases, a registration is not possible through the website mentioned above, travellers must instead fill in a substitute registration.
Further Information is available on an information sheet an on the website of the Federal Ministry of Health.

Test required for entry
Entrants over the age of six who have been in a high incidence area or in a virus variant area in the last 10 days before entering Germany must carry proof of testing for an infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus upon arrival and submit this to the responsible authorities upon request and, if necessary, to the transport company prior to departure.
 
Travelers who have stayed in another risk area (neither high incidence area nor virus variant area) in the last 10 days before entering Germany must have a test result at least 48 hours after their entry and present this to the responsible authorities on request.
 
The lists of high incidence areas, virus variant areas and other risk areas are published on the website of the Robert Koch Institut.
 
In any case, the test must not have been carried out more than 48 hours prior to entry (time of the smear test). Proof of the test result must be available on paper or in an electronic document in German, English or French. Travelers can find details of the requirements for the test on the website of the Robert Koch Institut. The test result must be kept for at least ten days after entry.
 
There are basically no exceptions for entry from virus variant areas. Transit travelers from high-incidence areas and other risk areas are exempt from the registration, test and quarantine requirements under certain circumstances. This includes transit without stopping through a risk area before entering Germany, as well as transit through Germany using the fastest route, e.g. with a confirmed onward flight to a third country.
 
Regardless of the test result, there is an obligation to quarantine in accordance with the regulations of the respective federal state.

Quarantine regulations and COVID‑19 tests

In Germany, the individual Länder (states) are responsible for quarantine regulations. These have issued their own regulations based on specimen regulation.

Because the new specimen regulation contains significant changes, we ask that prior to entering a Land you read the regulations on quarantine and testing carefully that apply to your specific destination. Information on this can be found on the websites of the state ministries.
You can also find the contact information of your competent local health office by entering the post code of your destination using the website of the Robert-Koch-Institut.

Quarantine regulations
Under the current specimen regulation, the following applies:

Upon entry into Germany following a stay in a risk area within the last 10 days
  • you must register through the website www.einreiseanmeldung.de before entering Germany and carry proof of your registration,
  • you must undergo a test for an infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus before or immediately after entering the country (see above),
  • proceed directly to your destination following entry into Germany and
  • self-isolate at home for 10 days (quarantine).
A stay in a risk area means a stay in the area concerned at any point within the 10 days prior to entry. What counts is whether the area was classified as a risk area at the time of entry to Germany (i.e. not necessarily at the time of the stay).

Travellers can find more information on the mandatory tests here.

Exception: negative test result after 5 days
Depending on the regulations of the Länder, the quarantine may end after 5 days if a test for Coronavirus carried out on the fifth day after entry to Germany or later is negative.

As of February 30, 2021
 
Please inform yourself on the website of the Federal Foreign Office before you travel, as changes may occur at short notice. This page does not claim to be complete.